The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is sad to learn of Dr. Sherrie Reynolds’ passing from her colleague Dr. M. Francyne Hucakby. Below is Dr. Reynolds’ obituary. We wish her family, friends, and colleagues our heartfelt condolences.
Dr. Sherrie Reynolds, 71, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, March 15, 2014. Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Vigil service: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole followed by visitation until 8 p.m. Memorial: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the TCU College of Education for a graduate-level scholarship honoring Dr. Sherrie Reynolds, TCU Box 297044, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, or at www.makeagift.tcu.edu.
Sherrie was a loving mother, spouse, sister, aunt and friend. Professionally, she was a loyal colleague and an inspiring mentor. She was a professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at TCU. She shared her passion and love for the new sciences and the construction of knowledge, place-based education, feminist and inclusive ways of teaching and learning with both undergraduate and graduate students for over 25 years. Her published works include multiple papers and three books that give an indication of the breadth of her interests: “Learning is a Verb;” “Higher Education Reconceived (HER),” with Toni Craven; and “The Arms of God.” Professionally, she held various offices in Chaos and Complexity Theories of American Educational Research Association. Education was life-changing for Sherrie. She often spoke of a class in creativity that she took as a young undergraduate that opened her mind to how someone could take ideas, put them together and create something entirely new and wonderful. She thought this was so important, that she spent her entire career sharing this insight with others. Her doctoral students quoted her as often saying, “Until we know what is possible, what is seems necessary.” Sherrie grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., and received her B.S. in physical education at the University of Arizona (1964), M.S. in physical education at Southern Illinois University (1965), M.Ed. in counseling at Texas Woman’s University (1976) and Ph.D. in psychology at Texas Woman’s University (1982). Her years teaching in the College of Education at TCU were a continuation of her own education as she taught and learned from students. She truly believed that 21st century education is like “crossing a bridge that we are building as we cross” (Gregory Bateson). A recent grant funded her work on “Preparing Students for Their Future Instead of My Past.” Sherrie lived in the “sunlight of the Spirit,” loved by all who traveled with her on the “Road of Happy Destiny.” Her life included multiple expressions of devotion to God, expressed primarily in her association with the Sisters of St. Mary, who regarded her as a great friend. Sherrie interviewed many of the Sisters in the writing of their history and their caring contribution to education in our area as told in “The Arms of God: Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, Western Province.” Sherrie loved to swim, ride her bike, plant flowers, watch TCU football and spend time with her family, including her cats, Mouse and Bambi. One of her greatest joys was to help individuals grow in mind and spirit, exceeding their own expectations. She will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Survivors: Sherrie is survived by her son, Matthew, who was her pride and joy; beloved spouse, Diane Murray; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Robin and John Shelander; niece, Lezli Shelander; nephews, JD and Ryan Shelander; stepsister, Joyce Farquer Johnson; and stepbrother, Rus Farquer. Additionally, she leaves a special group of women who declared themselves her “Ducks,” numerous friends and many amazing current and future educators inspired by her teaching and mentorship.
Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 19, 2014