Obit: Beyer, Landon Edward (1949 - 2006)

Contact: Carol (Purkis) Mitte

Surnames: Beyer, Meier, Venden, Dybas, Winter

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, WI) April 26, 2006

Beyer, Landon Edward (30 Aug, 1949 - 15 April, 2006)

Landon Edward Beyer, age 56, of Galesburg, IL, died Saturday, April 15, 2006 in Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg.

Landon was born Aug. 30, 1949 in Eau Claire, the son of Harold and Helen (Meier) Beyer. He married Louise Venden in 1967. He married Linda Dybas in 1986. He had a long and distinguished career as an educator. He was a Professer and Associate Dean of Teacher Education at Indiana university, Bloomington IN from 1997 to 2004, Professor and Chair of the Knox College Department of Education Studies in Galesburg from 1981 to 1984 and 1990 to 1994, associate professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA from 1986 to 1988 and Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, NY from 1984 to 1986. He had also been a K through 12 classroom teacher, in Stoughton, Oregon and Madison, and the Hannahville Indian Reservation, Wilson MI. He also served on the school board in Stoughton, from 1974 to 1977.

He received his higher education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received two bachelor's degrees with a major in Philosophy, 1972, and a major in Curriculum and Instruction, 1976 a Master's degree in Philosophy, 1974, and a PhD from the School of education in 1981.

He is the author of eight books and over 80 professional journals. He was an active member of several professional societies. During his career he organized numerous conferences on education and curricular issues in addition to being the invited keynote speaker at international education conferences, most recently in Taiwan and Portugal. Over his career he has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching including the Distinguished Elementary Education Alumni Award from the University Of Wisconsin School Of Education.

He spent his personal and professional life pursuing social justice through education. He loved his home state of Wisconsin and had hoped to retire there.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Dybas, of Galesburg; his parents, Harold and Helen Beyer, of Neillsville; a son Nathaniel (Nate) Beyer of Boston, MA; a daughter, Emma Beyer, of Galesburg; a brother, Harold "Bud" Beyer, of Monroe; a sister Rebecca Winter, of Lake Mills, WI; and a granddaughter, Zoe.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Leah Beyer.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Knox College Center for Community Service. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Hincliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel



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