June 29, 1938 ~ December 8, 2015
Robert Linn, formerly of Ouray, died on December 8, 2015 in LaGrange Park, Illinois. He was born on June 29, 1938 in Denver, Colorado to Thomas and Ruth Linn. He graduated from East High School there and went to the University of Wyoming where he met his future wife, Joyce. They were married in the Wee Kirk O' the Heather chapel in Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA on August 29, 1958.
He received his BS in Psychology from UCLA and his MS and PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He was the Director of Developmental Research for Educational Research in Princeton NJ, professor of statistics for the University of Illinois and University of Colorado-Boulder, a Fellow at the Center of Advanced Studies at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA.
Dr. Linn was president of the American Educational Research Assn. and during his tenure led the scientific research team presenting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the University of Michigan affirmative action case. He was chair of the National Academy of Education and served in leadership roles of several initiatives of the National Academy of Sciences. His research and consult- ing interests centered on issues relating to the effects of high stake testing in academics. He was the author of "Measurement and Assessment in Teaching," a standard text in the nation's graduate schools which has been translated into several languages for international use.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of LaGrange Park, IL; son Steve Linn, wife Sandra (Young), and their sons Casey Aaron Linn and Alexander Robert Linn, all of LaGrange, IL; son Mike Linn, wife Donna (Bartush), and their son Noah Bartush Linn, all of South Elgin, IL; and his sister, Ruth Miller of Whittier, CA. A memorial serv- ice will be held in Washington, DC on April 9. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Friends of the Wright Opera House (PO Box 17, Ouray, CO 81427) to support the ongoing renovation of that historic building, preparing it to serve future generations.