Remembering Irv Lehmann

August 19, 2015

Lehmann-IrvinThe College of Education mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Irvin J. Lehmann, who died on Aug. 12, 2015. He was 87.

Lehmann specialized in statistics and educational measurement and was a faculty member at Michigan State University for nearly 50 years. He retired from the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (CEPSE) in 1998, but often returned to teach as a fixed-term professor until 2007.

During his career, Lehmann held positions of leadership including president of the National Council on Measurement in Education. He co-authored, with William Mehrens, two long-standing textbooks, “Standardized Tests in Education” and “Measurement and Evaluation in Education and Psychology.”

“He made important contributions to his profession and continued to contribute well after his formal retirement,” said Mark Reckase, who recently retired as a professor in the Measurement and Quantitative Methods program. “He always had a kind word for everyone he met and greeted everyone with a smile.”

Services were held Aug. 16 at his synagogue, Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing.

Contributions for a donation of the family’s choice are being collected by Joni Smith in CEPSE, Room 447 Erickson Hall.