PLANO, Texas – Dr. Thomas Joseph Sergiovanni, loving husband, father, grandfather and dedicated educator, passed away on Friday (Jan. 4, 2013) after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Thomas Sergiovanni was born April 18, 1937, in New Rochelle, N.Y. He graduated from State University of New York, Geneseo with a degree in education.
He went on to receive his master's degree from Columbia University and his doctorate from the University of Rochester. Additionally, he received honorary degrees from The University of San Diego and State University of New York.
Dedicating his career to improving education, he spent 19 years as a professor at the University of Illinois and over 25 years at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, as the Lillian Radford Distinguished Professor of Education.
He was an internationally respected scholar, lecturer and author of over 30 books on all aspects of educational leadership that went through numerous editions and translations.
Thomas Sergiovanni's influence on education was felt by countless school leaders throughout the world in a career that spanned over 50 years.
Thomas Sergiovanni is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Ann; his three children, Susan, John and Steven; his daughter-in-law, Sheila; and his four grandchildren, Christopher, Katherine, Christian and Anna.
His passion for education was only superseded by his love for his family.
Professor Robert Starratt of Boston College commented: "Tom Sergiovanni was an educator's educator. In his writings and lectures to administrators, teachers, and university professors around the world he insisted that the work of educators involved not only their professional skills, but their hearts and souls as well in their commitment to the human integrity of the work of educating the young. He was an inspiration as both a colleague and as a friend. One of the great gifts in my life was the chance to study with Tom Sergiovanni and then to work with him for over 40 years. He was an enormous influence in the field of education through his writing and teaching and lecturing around the world. Most of all, I admired his integrity as a human being, and his great heart."