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Published: 12/12/2007

TC Mourns Four from Its Faculty

Teachers College lost an active professor-Leslie Williams-and retired faculty members Robert Bone, Kenneth Herrold and Elizabeth Maloney in November. All were leaders in their fields.


Williams, Professor of Education in the Curriculum and Teaching department, died on November 22, 2007. She held an Ed.D. from Teachers College and taught at the College for 33 years.

In her work in multicultural and early childhood education, Williams was a powerful advocate for inclusion, which she defined as "a dialogue between self and other" in which both adults and children move "from initial identification of others like oneself, to acknowledgement and acceptance of differences, and finally to a deeper recognition of fundamental human similarities without denial of differences." It was a view she formed in part through her work with Native American children, and it was a gospel that she spread worldwide through her scholarship, publication, teaching, mentorship and work to promote educational exchange. Among her many publications wereMulticultural Education: A Source BookandKaleidoscope: A Multicultural Approach for the Primary School Classroom.


Bone, an emeritus faculty member, passed away on November 25th. A conscientious objector during World War II, he served in the Civilian Public Service program as a hospital orderly near Philadelphia, also volunteering as a subject for jaundice research at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as National Secretary of the Young People's Socialist League from 1946-47, became a member of the United Auto Worker's union and worked in a Buick factory and ultimately was drawn to the struggle for racial integration and the study of black history and literature.

Bone's dissertation at Yale,The Negro Novel in Americawas published in 1958, reissued in 1965 and translated into Japanese in 1972. During his long academic career, 25 years of which were spent on the academic faculty at Teachers College, he published other works on black literature, includingDown Home: A History of Afro-American Short Fiction from its Beginnings to the End of the Harlem Renaissanceand a well-regarded monograph on the author Richard Wright. At his death, he was working on a manuscript titledLost Renaissance: Afro-American Cultural Expression in Chicago, 1930-1950.


Herrold, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, died on November 22ndat the age of 94. In his early research at Teachers College in the late 1940s, Herrold studied the interaction of crew members on multi-engine airplanes-his first foray into the dynamics of group behavior, which became his career-long interest. Through Herrold Associates, which he founded in New York City in 1953, and later with the American Management Association, he studied behavior in large corporate environments-work that eventually matured into the field of business psychology.

Herrold lectured throughout the U.S., England and Europe, and authored or co-authored several books and more than 100 articles. He was a consultant for the U.S. Children's Bureau 1950 White House Conference on Children and Youth, and he advised numerous corporations and government institutions on improving organizational effectiveness. As a consultant to Bankers Trust Company, he helped integrate minority groups into the banking world and bring banking to under-served areas of the Bronx.

Herrold retired from Teachers College in 1978.

Maloney, former Associate Professor of Nursing Education and Chair of Nursing Education at TC, died on November 21stin Wilmington, North Carolina. Maloney earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Columbia. Her career brought her many honors, including an Alumni Achievement Award from TC's Nursing Education Alumni Association and induction into the Nursing Hall of Fame at the College. She was particularly outspoken about the lack of adequate nursing care for the mentally ill and failure of the profession to recruit from nursing education programs.

Born in upstate New York in 1922, Maloney received a diploma in nursing from St. Elizabeth Hospital in 1943 and served in the Army Nurse Corps in France during World War II. After her discharge, she began a more than 40-year association with TC, retiring in 1993. She was a leader in the field of graduate nursing education and influential in psychiatric nursing on a national level as consultant, lecturer, author and editor ofPerspectives in Psychiatric Care.