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A Farewell to John Cawthorne

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A Farewell to John Cawthorne



Nearly 150 Lynch School of Education students and alumni turned out for a reception on April 29 in the Yawkey Center’s Murray Room to wish Associate Dean John Cawthorne well as he retired after 13 years. The event was organized by graduating seniors.

Cawthorne was named assistant dean in 1997, after serving as a senior research associate in the study of testing, evaluation, and educational policy at LSOE and following an appointment as director of the education bureau for the National Urban League from 1995-1997. Cawthorne earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in teaching from Antioch-Putney Graduate School of Education, and he has served as a consultant to school systems in the Boston area and nationally, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

In this video, students and alumni recall a man whose office door was always open and knew nearly every undergraduate’s first name; and recall a man who inspires them daily as educators in the field.