William F. Brazziel, a professor emeritus in the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, passed away Nov. 21, 2010, at his home after a long illness. Dr. Brazziel was born in Munford, Tenn. on Feb. 5, 1925, and is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Marian Edmondson Brazziel, their son, Dominique, and a sister, Ruby Walker.
Dr. Brazziel served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and was stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Area: New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. He received a Ph.D. in higher education and administration from Ohio State University and came to Connecticut from the post of director of general studies at Norfolk State University. Dr. Brazziel was appointed to the National Research Advisory Committee for Project Head Start by the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and to the National Advisory Committee on the Teaching Professions by the U.S. Commissioner of Education.
He was the author of Quality Education For All Americans, co-author of Shaping Higher Education’s Future and retired from UConn in 1996 after 27 years of work as a professor of higher education. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Dr. Brazziel to UConn’s Neag School of Education Dean’s fund. Checks noting the dean’s fund memorial to Dr. Brazziel’s memory should be made out to the UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206.