Thursday, May 14, 2015
Passing of Dr. Dana Swick
FOR THOSE DOUGLASS ALUMNI WHO REMEMBER DR. DANA SWICK, FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF THE KINGSPORT CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM... HE PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK IN MURFREESBORO:
Dr. Dana F. Swick, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. He was the son of the late Thomas F. and Audrey F. Swick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Lucille Warner and Grace Wiley; son, The Reverend Dana Craig Swick; brother, Lewis.
Surviving are his loving wife, Donna; sons, Brent (Carol), Kirk (Mary Dee); daughter, Janeen; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 3 nieces and 4 nephews.
Born in Berne, Ohio he worked for forty years in education. He earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern and was later invited to do post doctoral work at Columbia and Harvard. He taught in the Ohio Public Schools and in the Mathematics Department at Ohio University. Dr. Swick was a Superintendent and Director of Instruction in Kingsport, Tennessee, Director of Instruction for the Metro-Nashville public schools, Superintendent of Worthington Public Schools, Superintendent in Murfreesboro City Schools and a superintendent of schools for 23 years and head of the Division of Education at George Peabody College in Nashville.
Dr. Swick was a Danforth Fellow, served as chairman of Florida committee to study public education in the state, worked for the U.S. Office of Education and did consulting work for various South Eastern U.S. School systems.
Awards and honors also included President of the Tennessee Education Association, Chairman of the Tennessee Superintendents Study Council, Treasurer of the American Association of School Administrators, a member of the first Board of Directors of the A.A.S.A. National Academy for School Executives and invitation to the first three I.D.E.A. Conferences held for superintendents whose school systems were on the leading edge of promising innovative educational programs.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three and half years during World War II. Dana served his church as an Usher, Treasurer, and member of the stewardship and finance committees and was co-chairman of the administrative board.
Dr. Swick will be buried in his home town cemetery at Berne Carlisle, Ohio.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital, Memphis, TN, St. Josephs Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326 or to the Building Fund of the First United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro, TN.
Private arrangements were entrusted to Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, OH, where online condolences may be offered to the family at reebfuneralhome.com.
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