Phyllis Ann Bradley Kirkpatrick, 1958–2009

Posted on December 9, 2009

The Charles A. Dana Center is saddened to announce the death of our esteemed colleague, Phyllis Ann Bradley Kirkpatrick, on December 8, 2009.

Phyllis KirkpatrickDuring her five years at the Dana Center, Phyllis was instrumental in the development and production of various science products, including Integrating High School Science: Meeting the TAKS Challenge, Understanding High School Science Assessment: Biology and Integrated Physics and Chemistry, and the high school vistas True Solutions, ChemRocket, Controlled Motion, Biological Evolution, and Mechanisms of Genetics. She also worked to improve science education in numerous school districts across the state of Texas and the nation.

Before coming to the Dana Center, Phyllis spent 17 years teaching in Texas high schools and then worked at the Texas Education Agency, serving as the science content coordinator for the Student Assessment Division and assisting with the development of the science Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. She also represented the state of Texas at National Assessment of Educational Progress science assessments meetings.

Phyllis's warmth was a given; she had a generous and nurturing spirit. At the same time, Phyllis suffered no fools. Phrases such as "Good morning, Sunshine!" could easily be followed by "Kiss my happy hiney" as the situation demanded. Her passion for science and for teaching kept us all focused, while her sense of fun and her knack for telling a good story kept us entertained. She made us laugh, even while she kept us in line.

We will miss this ardent Aggie swimming in a pool of Texas orange.