Thomas Sergiovanni

Thomas Sergiovanni

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His passion for education was only superseded by his love for his family.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."

amypars@earthlink.net wrote on January 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I am sorry to hear about the passing of such a wonderful man. I have known John since grade school and I can still remember John and his family from way back when. . .
I had no idea that Mr. Sergiovanni had written so many books and had influenced so many worldwide. To me and others, he was John's Dad. I loved the part where it says "His passion for education was only superseded by his love for his family." The last time I saw him was probably at John's wedding. Your home in Devonshire was always a fun place to be with the pool and I believe Mrs Sergiovanni worked at Art Floral? Susan and Steven were always kind and fun. Although I do not speak to John often, I have reconnected with Susan on Facebook. You are in my thoughts and I am sending prayers/warm thoughts your way. It is always sad to hear of a good friend's parent passing away - as a part of our Champaign history passes away as well. John and his family are part of our special Champaign history.