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Robert (Bob) F. Dickie, March 1934–January 2018

California University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus Bob Dickie passed away peacefully on January 29, 2018, at the age of 83. Bob was one of the original co-editors of Education and Treatment of Children (ETC) established in 1977 along with Daniel Hursh and Andy Reitz. ETC was the successor to School Applications of Learning Theory (SALT), founded by Robert P. Hawkins and Howard E. Farris in 1968. More recently Bob had been serving as Senior Editorial Consultant.

Bob served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in both Germany and Korea as a member of the Medical Corps.

More than anything Bob loved kids with special needs, and his entire career was spent making the world a brighter place for them and their families. He worked directly with kids during his years at the Pittsburgh-based Pressley Ridge Schools, the journal's original publisher and a nonprofit organization that has helped to rebuild communities and families by providing innovative and diverse services for children and their families at risk for or experiencing emotional or behavioral problems. [End Page v]

During his 38 years at California University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Special Education, Bob not only instilled a love of learning and teaching in thousands of undergraduate and graduate students but also touched many thousands more when his students took to the classroom and put the methods he taught them into practice.

His tenure as chair of the Department of Special Education spanned a quarter century. He left his mark on a department that was recognized and praised for its adherence to both best practice and cutting-edge pedagogy. He sought out exceptional teachers and practitioners for inclusion in the department, helping it to attain its continued excellence.

ETC has continued to evolve with its editorial review board, with its members drawn from the ranks of well-known behavior analysts involved with the education and treatment of children at risk for or experiencing emotional or behavioral problems.

In the end Bob just faded away like the Cheshire Cat in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; all that was left was his smile.


Carroll, Lewis, 1832–1898. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2000. Print.


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