Richard K. McKay, 83, state education official

March 29, 2003

Richard Kenneth McKay, a retired assistant state superintendent of education, died of a bacterial infection Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Timonium resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated first in his class at Forest Park High School and received a bachelor's degree in geology in 1943 from the Johns Hopkins University. In 1944, he married the former Frances Virginia Bitz of Baltimore. She survives him.

Dr. McKay served in the Army as an infantry unit commander in Italy and Europe and spent nine months in Germany as a prisoner of war. He returned to Baltimore in 1946.

In Baltimore, he was counselor and then state field supervisor for On-Job Training, a State Department of Education counseling service for World War II veterans.

From 1951 to 1952, he served as an infantry unit commander in Korea.

He received a master's degree in 1953 and a doctorate in 1962, both in educational administration, from the Johns Hopkins University.

He went to work for the State Department of Education in 1949 as assistant supervisor of accreditation. Later, he served as supervisor of accreditation, supervisor of adult education, supervisor of instruction and director of the division of research and development, and assistant state superintendent in the division of research, evaluation and information systems.

In 1977, he became assistant state superintendent in the office of developmental projects. He oversaw personnel development and managed programs that linked high schools to area colleges. He retired in 1981.

Dr. McKay taught a graduate course, Critique of Educational Research, at Hopkins from 1969 until 1980. He was an instructor at Loyola College in 1981.

Editor and contributing writer for several State Department publications, he co-wrote a civil defense manual for Maryland public schools.

He was a member of the American Educational Research Association and Phi Delta Kappa.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McKay is survived by a stepson, Bruce Campbell Herd of Hunt Valley; and a brother, Wilbur Stewart McKay of Bay Villiage, Ohio.

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