Letters from the Editor - June 2008

Jeffrey Hillard


RED! the breakthrough ‘zine dedicates issue #2 to the life and work of Edward C. Eckel, a longtime friend and colleague. 

Ed Eckel was a champion of educators, students, and learning in a wide range of capacities.  The beloved husband of Shauna (Sullivan) Eckel, of Willoughby, Ohio, Ed died at the age of 69 on February 29, 2008. He worked for over 42 years in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education after receiving his M.Ed. and B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.

Ed dedicated his life to the education of others: Executive Director of Admissions at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Principal and Associate Principal of Oak Hills High School, math teacher, and basketball coach. Having received such honors as “Educator of the Year,” “Exemplary Educator,” “Teacher Touches Lives,” “Honorary Admission Counselor,” from the U.S. Naval Academy, and “The Maroon Award of Western Hills High School” which recognizes lifetime service of distinguished alumni.

Ed Eckel’s passing will be felt by many. He was the brother of Robert Eckel, M.D.; esteemed uncle of ten nieces and nephews; and was preceded in death by his loving father and mother, Harold Eckel and Ruth Andree. Ed was a constant supporter of me and my writing, publishing, teaching, and speaking of RED! He was one of the great minds in education that I have ever known. And he was a kind, joyous friend. There was no end to Ed’s friends or his positive impact on so many of them.


Edward Eckel

Edward Eckel
Courtesy of the College of Mount St. Joseph