IET Faculty Member Leo Rigsby Dies

Posted: March 25, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Leo C. Rigsby, associate professor of educational transformation, faculty member and former director of the Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) program in the College of Education and Human Development, died on Feb. 6 of an aneurism. He was 70.

Rigsby joined Mason in 1996 and served as director of IET from 1999 to 2003. His research at IET focused on the epistemological and social bases of teacher research.

“Leo always had his door open and was always eager for a rousing debate or discussion on the latest theories. He was a kind and gentle man with a keen intellect and a compassionate heart,” says Betsy DeMulder, current IET director.

In addition to his position at Mason, Rigsby previously served on the faculties at Vanderbilt University and Temple University. He earned his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.

At the time of his death, Rigsby lived in Fredericksburg, Va. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 14 in Fredericksburg. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Mental Health America of Fredericksburg, 2217 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401; or Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Box 1006, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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