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Obituary of Victor Lionel Dupuis


Victor 'the Chief' Lionel Dupuis October 30, 1934 -August 17, 2009 Born in Chicago, Ill. on Oct. 30, 1934, he was the son of Victor Norbert Dupuis and LaVergne Brown Dupuis. After his father's death in 1938, his mother married his uncle Gideon "Ed" Dupuis, in Native American (Mohawk/Ojibwa) tradition.

In 1948, the family moved to Elkhart, Ind. Vic graduated from Concord High School (1952), receiving a full scholarship (baseball) from Northwestern University (B.S. 1956, American History/English). While at Northwestern, Vic played minor league ball for the Cubs organization. In 1956, Vic married his college sweetheart, Mary Jean Miles of Falls Church, Va. He served two years of active duty with the U.S. Army attaining the rank of First Lieutenant, retiring Reserve in 1965. Vic received an M.A. in Ed. Admin./Curriculum & Supervision from The American University (1961) while a junior high school social studies teacher and received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Ed. Admin./Curriculum & Supervision (1965) while the Curriculum Director and a high school social studies teacher at Klondike School in West Lafayette, Ind. His professional career as a teacher educator included two years at Northern Illinois University and 25 years at the Pennsylvania State University where he retired as Professor Emeritus of Curriculum & Instruction and Waterbury Professor of Secondary Education (1991). He has been listed in Leaders In Education, Who's Who in Education and Who's Who in America. His many doctoral students continue to serve as leaders in education in Pa. and beyond. He also worked decades training Native American teacher educators, supervisors and curriculum specialists through Penn State's Center for the Study of Leadership in American Indian Education and as a consultant to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Native nations, agencies and schools throughout the U.S., providing staff development, curriculum, evaluation, program and community planning assistance. Highly published, Vic's textbook Introduction to the Foundations of American Education, originally co-authored with fellow Northern Illinois professors (1966), has now been published in over 15 editions and continues to be one of the leading textbooks for introductory education classes throughout the English-speaking world.

After retiring from PSU, he regularly taught two courses with CALL (now OLLI at Penn State) in Native American history and culture. Vic's 18 years of service on the Patton Township Board of Supervisors and the Centre Region Council of Governments garnered him many awards for outstanding community service. He is a recipient of Penn State's Barash Award for Human Service (1986), a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House and Senate Citation for 22 years of local government service (1992) and the Pierre (SD) Indian Learning Center Service Award (1996), among other honors.

His community service includes coaching Little League, leading Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H, Patton Township Lion's Club and campaign manager for the Hon. Joseph Ammerman. He has been known to milk Jersey cows at the Muncy Mountain Farm. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying summers in New York State's Adirondacks and winters in Sun City, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Miles Dupuis; three children, Catherine Dupuis, of New York, N.Y., Victor Edward Dupuis, of Kennett Square, and Elizabeth "Betsy" Ann Dupuis, of State College/Bellefonte; a treasured daughter-in-law Faith Bailey Dupuis; four adored grandchildren, Joy Elizabeth, Victor Miles, Natalie Elaine and Evan Baccheus Dupuis; brother William "Bill" Henry Dupuis and wife Delores; sister Lillian Dupuis Ward and husband Robert and numerous and precious nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, with a Christian Wake Service at 8:30 p.m., at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 867 Grays Woods Blvd., Port Matilda, with Deacon Michael A. Ondik, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Penn State's College of Education, Attn: Dean David Monk, Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802, or to the Centre County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 648, State College, PA 16804.

Name of Deceased

Victor Lionel Dupuis

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Koch Funeral Home

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