In Memory of Laurel N. Tanner

The John Dewey Society extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Laurel N. Tanner, Ph.D., who died on October 20, 2013.  Dr. Tanner was an important Dewey scholar and past president of the Society.  Her book,Dewey’s Laboratory School: Lessons for Today (NY: Teachers College Press, 1997), was among the many notable contributions she made to Deweyan scholarship. Director of Urban Education at Temple University as well as serving as a professor at the University of Houston, Dr. Tanner leaves the legacy of a long and productive career as a professor of curriculum. She brought a close reading of Dewey’s work to all of her activities in the areas of curriculum and instruction and was always able to see the limits and over-emphases in passing curriculum fads. Those who knew Dr. Tanner remember her pleasant and positive demeanor, her sincerity, and her lack of self-promotion and personal ego.  Read Dr. Tanner’s full obituary here.



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