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William E. Amos, former director of the Criminal Justice Institute

William E. Amos, former director, criminal justice, obitWilliam Earl Amos, 85, died Aug. 6, in Dallas.  

Amos was director of the Criminal Justice Institute from 1980 to 1984 and taught in the School of Community Service until 1991. He was professor emeritus until 1995.

Amos taught at Georgetown University, American University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Amos was a president of the American Society of Criminology and of the Western Society of Criminology, and received service awards from both. He was the author or co-author of books, articles and monographs about juvenile delinquency, community counseling and criminality.

Amos was a U.S. Army veteran and military police officer during the post-World War II liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and at the Nuremburg prison. He was superintendent of schools in Cabot, Ark., before he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

He became a Secret Service agent in 1956 and was assigned to protect President Dwight Eisenhower, his family and Vice President Richard Nixon.

Amos was superintendent of the Hawthorne/Cedar Knolls School for juvenile delinquents in the Washington, D.C. area, and was assistant director of the President’s Commission on Crime in the District of Columbia, which was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Amos was chief of the division of youth employment and guidance service in the U.S. Department of Labor. He was appointed to the U.S. Parole Commission in Washington D.C. In 1974, he established the U.S. Parole and Probation regional office in Dallas.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the State College of Arkansas, master’s degrees from the University of Tulsa and the University of Maryland, and a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.

Survivors include wife, Ava “Kit” Mitchell Amos, two sons, two daughters, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Posted on: Wed 10 August 2011

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