Academic journal article Journal of Thought

Letter from the Editors

Academic journal article Journal of Thought

Letter from the Editors

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Dear Readers,

The editorial team here at the Journal of Thought was saddened recently when we learned of the death of Dr. James J. Van Patten. Dr. Van Patten was the founder of the Journal of Thought, and made many contributions to educational philosophy in the United States and to international academia as a whole. We would like to take a moment to remember Dr. Van Patten, and to dedicate this issue of the Journal of Thought to his memory.

Dr. Van Patten was a veteran of the Western Front in World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Purple Heart. After returning home from the war, he dedicated his life to education. He earned his bachelor's degree in Syracuse, New York. In 1961, Dr. Van Patten went on to earn a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas in Austin. He married Major Anita Cox in September of that same year.

The Journal of Thought was founded by Dr. Van Patten, and under his leadership the first issue was published in 1966. He served as the Editor for many years, as well as serving on the Society of Philosophy and History of Education's (SOPHE) editorial review panel. SOPHE is currently the sponsor of the Journal of Thought.

Dr. Van Patten's career as an educator was long and varied. …

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