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Max O. McKitrick

June 22, 2006

Dr. Max O. McKitrick, professor emeritus of business education and administrative services at Western Michigan University, died June 3 in Indiana. He was 88.

McKitrick came to WMU in 1964 and retired in 1982. He developed the graduate program in business teacher education as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in consumer principles. In addition, he co-wrote "The Contemporary Consumer," a modular series of consumer education textbooks for secondary schools, and in 1974, conducted a significant study of Norway's mandated consumer education program.

A member of numerous professional organizations, McKitrick received the Michigan Business Education Association Award in 1980 for distinguished service to business education in the state.

McKitrick earned a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University in 1939, a master's degree from Ohio State University in 1947 and a doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1960.

Prior to joining WMU's faculty, he was a business education analyst at the U.S. Armed Forces Institute and taught at West Liberty State College, Defiance College and Ohio Northern University.

Following his retirement from WMU, McKitrick was a longtime resident of Greenville, S.C. His wife, Nellie Lucille Blake McKitrick preceded him in death in 1996.

Memorials may be made to the Max O. and Nellie B. McKitrick Endowed Scholarship Fund in Economics at Wittenberg University, Springfield OH 45501-0720.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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