Dr. Alfred A. Arth, a middle school advocate and long-time friend of AMLE, passed away suddenly, August 22, 2013, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Arth was an early messenger and supporter of the importance of a developmentally responsive education for young adolescents. Arth was a driving force that led to the 1982 publication of NMSA’s (now AMLE’s) first position paper, This We Believe. He has served on the association’s board of trustees and chaired a committee. A winner of the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service, Arth was a prolific speaker and author, having published more than a hundred books and articles. He taught in teacher preparation programs at York College, the University of Wyoming, the University of Virginia, and the University of Nebraska. In Nebraska, Arth developed one of the first doctoral level middle school programs, organized summer middle level academies (Kids on Campus), and instituted many other special activities. He was a support and inspiration to many aspiring teachers on their paths to becoming great middle grades teachers. Dr. Arth will be greatly missed by his friends at AMLE.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alfred A. Arth Memorial Scholarship, in care of: SCC Foundation, 301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln, NE 68510.