David H. Jonassen | 1947 - 2012 | Obituary

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David H. Jonassen

Born: September 14, 1947
Died: December 02, 2012

David H. Jonassen, aged 65, died Sunday morning Dec 2nd at his home in Columbia Mo, after living life fully. The last two years with advanced stage lung cancer.

A funeral mass to celebrate his life will be held Saturday Dec 8th at 12 noon at the St Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, Missouri. Visitation luncheon at the Newman Center to immediately follow the service.

David was an accomplished man—he contributed to the lives of his family and friends and was world renowned in his professional career. He touched many lives.

David earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Delaware in 1970 and 1972, respectively and his Ed.D. in Educational Media and Educational Psychology from Temple University in 1976.

David has been a Professor of Learning Technologies and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri since 2000. In 2010 he was named Curators’ Professor– the University of Missouri’s highest honor for world renowned scholars. Previously, he held professorships at Penn State University, the University of Colorado, Denver and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Dave was known to say, “I’ve made many mistakes in my life but choice of career wasn’t one of them”. His scholarly record reflects this. Over his nearly 40 year academic career, he has written 37 books, 182 journal articles, and 67 book chapters as well as numerous other types of publications. He has made 400 presentations in the USA and 28 other countries. He has also been an invited visiting scholar in countries such as Australia, Austria, The Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. His work has attracted more than 12 million dollars in external funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Australian Research Council, NATO, and the European Union.

Dave was the recipient of over 40 scholarly awards including 19 awards for outstanding publications and books, the 2001 Presidential Service Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Theory, both for Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

Very recently, Dave was nominated and selected to become a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and was the first recipient of
AECT’s “David H. Jonassen Award for Excellence in Research”, established in his honor.

During the 17 summers he and his wife Rose spent in Colorado – including the most recent summer –Dave climbed 50 of the 54 famous “fourteeners” there, peaks that are more than 14,000 feet in elevation. Dave attributed his love of high places to his Norwegian heritage. You’d never find Dave willingly in a cave, but he was always happy to hang off the side of a mountain, climb a jagged edge, scale a nearly vertical rock wall, or careen down a “black” ski run looking to “catch some air”.

David was born September 14, 1947 in Salem, New Jersey to Fleta and William Jonassen, both of whom preceded him in death. David leaves his beloved wife of 18 years, Rose Marra of Columbia, MO, and adored daughter Cristen Jonassen Underwood (Eric) of Westminster, CO. In his last year, Dave was blessed to get know his grandson Alexander David Underwood. When Alex climbs his first peak, his “Opa” will be with him in spirit. David also leaves brothers Stephen (Chicago, IL), and William (Clearwater, FL), sister Susan Shultz (Columbus IN) and nieces Kirsten, Caitlin, and Anna, and nephew Brandon.

In addition to his scholarly work, Dave was a man of action in many ways – striving to live the gospels with humility and expressing his love and caring for others not so much in words but in actions. Over the years, he helped build Habitat for Humanity homes, lent his strong back to move dozens of friends, and used his long arms to paint many a room.

Dave enjoyed traveling to professional conferences and universities in the U.S. and around the world where he met many a colleague who would often become a friend. Italy was a favorite destination of him and Rose. Dave also loved good food and wine, hoppy beers, conversing with friends, and sharing his love of the high country with all who visited him in Colorado.

Dave was an active member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, and numerous professional societies.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Catholic Charities of America, the American Cancer Society, and to the newly founded David H. Jonassen Scholarship (http://tinyurl.com/DavidJonassen).

Dave – we’ll miss you – climb high.

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