Thu 22 Sep 2011
If you haven’t seen the new memorial behind Winther Hall, you should go take a look. It is a gift from the family of Dr. Lewis William Stoneking, dean of the College of Education & Professional Studies from 1972-1989.
But who was this mysterious man?
Dr. Stoneking was born on July 5th, 1923 in Hannibal, Missouri. Following his service in World War II, Dr. Stoneking attended Harris Teachers College in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his BA degree in Education in 1952. He then went on to earn his MA in School Administration from Ball State University and his Doctorate in Elementary Education from Indiana University.
Prior to his arrival at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Stoneking was an elementary school teacher, a junior high math teacher, and a faculty member at George Peabody College and Parsons College. He served on numerous committees and frequently lectured at local, state, regional and national conferences on teacher education. He was one of the first deans of education to be selected by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development to speak to college professors in China for six weeks in 1987.
During his 20 years as dean, Dr. Stoneking’s goal was to make Whitewater’s College of Education the best within the University of Wisconsin System.
We know he more than met his goal!