Education Obituary


By Debra Viadero — January 19, 2010 1 min read

Mary Anne Raywid, a noted scholar on alternative and small schools, died on Jan. 12. She was 81.

Ms. Raywid passed away at the home of her son, Scott Scheele, in Fairfax, Va., after battling lung and pancreatic cancer, Mr. Scheele said.

She spent the last 20 years of her life first as a visiting professor and then an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii. For most of her academic career, she was on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

She wrote more than 300 books and articles, including the well-known 1963 book The Ax Grinders, which took on the critics of public schools. She was the president of three professional societies: the Philosophy of Education Society, the John Dewey Society, and the Society of Professors of Education. In addition, several awards and lectures were named for her.

A version of this article appeared in the January 20, 2010 edition of Education Week as Obituary