Thomas H. Weeks, 79 of Westfield, died on March 5, 2018. Tom was born on March 24, 1938, in Evansville, Indiana, to Harold Wright Weeks and Amy Vance (Thomas) Weeks, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Zona R. (Dotty) Weeks and by his children, Gregory Thomas Weeks (wife Gerit) and Amy Christine (Weeks) Kristensen (husband Michael) and two grandchildren, Hailey Mae Kristensen and Ian Michael Kristensen. Tom was looking forward to celebrating his 80th Birthday on March 24th with his family.
Tom graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana, in 1956 and from Evansville College (University of Evansville) in 1960. He received his master's degree from Butler University in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1974.
Tom taught English and social studies in the Washington Township Schools (Marion County) at Westlane Junior High School and Northview Junior High School from 1960 to 1968. During these years Tom served as head of the social studies department, chair of the professional negotiations committee, and chair of the township-wide social studies curriculum committee.
Dr. Weeks was assistant, associate and full professor of education at Butler University for 29 years before retiring as Professor Emeritus of Education in 1997. During his years at Butler, he served as chair of the financial affairs committee of the Faculty Assembly and taught undergraduate and graduate education courses in addition to supervising student teachers. While at Butler, Dr. Weeks co-authored a textbook titled Introduction to Education, published by the Macmillan Publishing Company in 1987 and revised as Introduction to the Foundations of Education in 1991.
Dr. Weeks was a longtime member of the Association of Teacher Educators - Indiana Unit (ATE - I). He held many positions in the organization over the years, including president, vice-president, chair of the Turkey Run conference planning committee, newsletter editor, chair of the committee to revise the ATE-I constitution and by-laws, and chair of the state publications committee. In addition, Dr. Weeks served on the by-laws committee of the national ATE organization. In February of 1999, Dr. Weeks was honored at the ATE National Conference in Chicago as an ATE laureate for his 20 years of membership and service to the organization. In 1998, Dr. Weeks was inducted into the ATE-I Teacher Educator Hall of Fame at the 51st annual Turkey Run Teacher Educator Conference. This award was established to give recognition to teacher educators who have given a lifetime of dedicated service to teacher education in the state of Indiana.
Visitation will be from 5 - 8 pm on Friday, March 9th at Leppert Mortuary - Nora Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 10th at Union Chapel United Methodist Church. Dr. Weeks was an active member of the Union Chapel United Methodist Church, serving as past president of the Administration Council, and he will be buried in the Union Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church at 2720 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
I never knew him personally, but only the most decent and intelligent kind of man could have had a son like
Gregory Weeks - a passionate, kind, and talented professor who has given me so much academic and personal guidance and support over the years. My thoughts are with Dr. Thomas Weeks's entire family during this difficult time, and I offer my most sincere condolences.
In 1962, 63 and 64, I was a a student and Westlane Jr. High, and I was fortunate to have Mr. Weeks as my English teacher. He had a gift as a teacher, and I appreciate the education I received from him. My sympathy to the family.
Ann Slater Harlow
Dr. Weeks supervised my student teaching from Butler. I also had him for many of my Master's classes at Butler. I had the utmost respect for Dr. Weeks. He was a true and dedicated professional and represented Butler in exemplary fashion. RIP Dr. Weeks!
MS Butler University 1989
A quote comes to mind:. "Well done, good and faithful servant." Truly a life well lived.
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