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Claude W. Cheek, retired professor of special education

Claude CheekClaude Wallace Cheek, 89, a retired professor of special education, died May 25 at his home.

He retired from the College of Education faculty from 1972 until he retired in 1992.

He served on several National Education and Texas Departments of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Committees.  He was chosen as a Student Association Honor Professor in 1980 and was a member of the UNT Retired Instructor and Personnel Committee.

After graduating high school in Wichita, Kan. he joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and served in the South Pacific in the 96th Infantry Division. He received a Purple Heart for his service in the Battle for Okinawa. The GI Bill allowed him to continue his education culminating in a doctorate from Wichita State University in 1970. He served as Director of Language Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia and the Clinical Director of the Institute of Logopedics in Wichita from 1954 to 1962. In 1962 he accepted the Director of Special Education position for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio. He became chairman of the Department of Special Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas from 1968 until 1972 when he came to UNT.

He is survived by his wife Myrna Cheek of Denton, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

—Jill King, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Posted on: Mon 08 June 2015

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