Charles R. “Chuck” Spellman, Ed.D, long time scientist of the Life Span Institute at Parsons passed away this past August (2019). Chuck was a leader in our center and nation. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Baker University and a Master’s degree and Ed.D. from the University of Kansas.
His career included grant-funded projects that supported the first public school in Kansas serving students with severe disabilities, beginning in 1974; the first public school district in Kansas to serve all students K-8 at their neighborhood schools in general education classrooms; collaborated on the creation of a statewide project to provide assistive technology services; and partnered with others to offer one of the first graduate level distance learning programs in the nation to train assistive technology service providers. Other fields of scientific interest included early detection and treatment of vision disorders, picture reading/software development, and the development of individualized physical fitness programs for individuals with disabilities. He co-authored a number of professional journal articles and book chapters.
He retired in 2007, after 39 years of service, as Senior Scientist Emeritus. At his retirement, it was noted, “In recognition of the scientific pursuits and achievements of Charles R. Spellman and his many contributions to development of service delivery programs, support systems, research and innovative strategies positively affecting the lives of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and their families. Chuck has passionately endeavored to optimize the quality of life and forward the concept of full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life. Through persistence, questioning, and leadership he has inspired those around him. The Bureau of Child Research, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities and Life Span Institute have become better places because of Chuck.” June 2007.
A fund in his memory, the Charles R. Spellman Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Study of Dementia at the University of Kansas has been established at The University of Kansas Endowment. This fund is flexible, i.e., not just for medical students, but for any graduate level student who wants to do basic or applied research to prevent dementia or improve the lives of people with dementia and their families. Graduate students enrolled at KU, including but not limited to medical students, can apply.
Donations to the Charles R. Spellman Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Study of Dementia at KU would typically be sent as a check made out to the KU Endowment Association with the name "Spellman Fund" in the memo line at the bottom of the check. Checks should be sent to the attention of Jim Mechler at KU Endowment. Address: PO Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044.
KU Endowment can arrange for other payment options - electronic wire transfer, donation of property, royalties from the sale of books and other merchandise, etc. If you wish to give online, please go to www.kuendowment.org/givenow.