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Barbara (Boyle) Mehoke

by Jeanne Baron

May 25, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Barbara (Boyle) Mehoke.
Mehoke, assistant professor emerita of education
Barbara (Boyle) Mehoke, a former Western Michigan University faculty member, died May 17 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 84.

Mehoke joined the faculty in 1966 and retired as an assistant professor emerita of education in 1990 after 24 years of service to the University. She taught undergraduate teacher education courses and guided student teachers through their initial classroom assignments in schools throughout Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

A Michigan native, Mehoke worked as a reporter for the Pontiac Press soon after graduating from high school. She wrote for the newspaper throughout World War II, remaining on staff until 1949, then taught at Fowlerville Elementary School and other Pontiac schools.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and master's degree from the University of Michigan.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held this summer in Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to the Oakland Press Newspapers in Education Program.