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James O. Ansel

April 30, 1999

James O. Ansel, professor emeritus of teacher education and former director of rural life and education, died April 24 in Kalamazoo. He was 89.

Before joining the WMU faculty in 1949, he served as a counselor at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a teacher and principal at Zilwaukee Township School in Saginaw County, a research assistant in rural school administration at Columbia University and senior lecturer in rural life and education at the University of London.

A native of Somerset, Ohio, Ansel received his bachelor's degree in 1935 from WMU, a master's degree in 1939 from Northwestern University and a doctoral degree in education in 1949 from the Teacher's College at Columbia University.

Ansel was a member of many professional organizations and published numerous articles. He served on the advisory board of Rural Youth USA in 1959 and 1960. In 1964, he was invited to address delegates at the National Conference of the Department of Rural Education in Washington.
He retired from the University in 1974.

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