Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Former Kappan Editor Stanley Elam Dies

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Former Kappan Editor Stanley Elam Dies

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On 14 November 2003, Stanley M. Elam, editor of the Kappan from 1956 through December 1980, passed away quietly at his Florida residence after a long illness. Elam was born in 1916 and grew up on a farm in central Illinois. He attended a rural elementary school and in 1934 was valedictorian of Stewardson District High School. It was there that he acquired the ambition to be a journalist.

He attended Eastern Illinois State Teachers College (now Eastern Illinois University), where he edited both the student newspaper and the student yearbook. He earned a bachelor's degree in education (with honors) in 1938 and a master's degree in educational administration at the University of Illinois in 1941. During those years he served in several Illinois districts as teacher, principal, and superintendent. After two years of service in the South Pacific, he became director of public relations and alumni services at Eastern Illinois University, where he remained until he became editor of the Kappan in 1956. While at Eastern Illinois, he earned a doctorate, under the direction of N. …

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