Richard Whelan*

Richard Whelan*

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Richard   Whelan*

Richard Whelan, ba '55, was born June 23, 1931. While at Washburn, he majored in history, political science, psychology and education. He graduated cum laude with departmental honors. He was a member of Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, on the Washburn Review staff and was a MacVicar Scholar. Whelan served in the Korean War as an instructor of then top-secret electronics, computers and power control systems at the United States Army Radar and Guided Missile School. After serving, he earned his Ed.D. from the University of Kansas in 1966 with concentrations in special education, educational psychology and research. At the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center, he held academic appointments in psychiatry, pediatrics, special education and was the R. L. Smith Distinguished Professor of Child Development. His administrative posts included Chairperson of the Department of Special Education, Dean of a Graduate Division, Dean of the School of Education, and Director of Education for the University Affiliated Program at the medical center. From 1972 to 1974 he traveled to Washington, D.C., and worked as the Director of Personnel Preparation in the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, now the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, where he managed competitive grant programs that funded innovative programs at colleges and universities. He retired from the University of Kansas in January 2000, and served as a consultant for the Blue Valley Schools, Overland Park, Kan., and a complaint investigator for Special Education Services/Kansas State Department of Education. He was married to Carol (King) Whelan and they had two children.