Professor Emeritus Rodman F. Garrity, who helped build the university's teacher preparation program, died Feb. 16. He was 86.
Garrity came to Cal Poly Pomona in 1962 as a psychology professor and became chair of the Social Science Department. He help create the teacher prep program in 1968, serving as its director and helping it grow and eventually branch out into special education. He served as the associate coordinator of the Special Education credential program from 1979 to 1988.
After Garrity retired as a full-time professor in 1989, he continued to work part time until 2005. He was awarded emeritus status in 1987.
“Rod Garrity has left a lasting legacy within the Department of Education at Cal Poly Pomona. Because of his vision, his dedication, his leadership and guidance, the department and the entire College of Education and Integrative Studies continue to grow and serve hundreds of undergraduate students, teacher credential candidates, master's students, school districts and programs around the region,” says Education Professor Barbara Bromley.
Dorothy MacNevin, education professor, adds: “He always projected a wonderfully sweet spirit of cooperation and an unfailing attitude of optimism. We admired his amazing work ethic and his sincere commitment to students.”
Garrity is survived by his wife Juanita, son Ronald, daughter Diana McConnell, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services are set for Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at Covina Christian Church, 240 S. Grand Avenue in Covina. Parking is at the rear of the facility.