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MSU mourns the passing of Dr. James Knoll

Dr. James KnollDr. James Knoll, a former faculty member and chair in Morehead State University's College of Education, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington at the age of 73. 

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, to the late Aaron A. and Julia (McCloskey) Knoll, he taught and served as chair of the Department of Elementary, Reading and Special Education. In that role, he developed a new program, the Master of Arts in Teaching in special education, a program that allowed people with bachelor's degrees to earn both special education certification and a master's degree simultaneously.  

In addition to his work as an educator, Knoll was a painter and photographer. A recent one-man show at the Rowan County Arts Center featured his photography. 

Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. with participants Dr. Wayne Willis, Dr. Melinda Willis and Dr. Daniel Grace.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Morehead State University Foundation, Inc., Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, 150 University Blvd., Box 1887, Morehead, KY 40351.
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