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Robert M.W. Travers

Oct. 29, 2004

Robert M.W. Travers, professor emeritus of education at Western Michigan University, died Oct. 7 in San Diego. He was 91.

Travers retired from WMU in 1983 after 18 years at the university. Granted the unusual title of Distinguished University Professor, Travers was one of the world's foremost scholars in educational psychology and the methodology of educational research. In 1978, he was one two faculty members to receive the university's first Distinguished Faculty Scholar Awards.

Among his books were "An Introduction to Educational Research" and "Essentials of Learning," both of which were published in multiple editions.

Prior to his tenure at WMU, Travers was a department chair at the University of Utah, a research administrator with the U.S. Air Force, a faculty member at the University of Michigan and a research psychologist for the U.S. War Department. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of London and did his graduate work at that school and at Cambridge and Columbia universities, earning his doctoral degree from Columbia in 1941.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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