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Emeritus Professor Hugh McBride

Emeritus Professor of Education Hugh McBride, founding chair of the Special Education Department in Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, passed away April 12.

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Staunch advocate for special education Emeritus Professor Hugh McBride passed away in April

The founding chair of the Department of Special Education in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, McBride was committed to improving educational opportunity for children with special needs.
May 17, 2017

Hugh McBride, Professor of Education
Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
1934 — 2017  

Emeritus Professor Hugh John McBride joined the faculty of Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education in 1975. He became the founding chair of the School's Department of Special Education and a leader in local and state efforts to implement educational opportunities for all students in the least restrictive environment. During his more than 20 years at Pacific, he trained and mentored many special education teachers and gained additional institutional support for special education through federal grants and innovative cooperative internship programs. He was named a distinguished professor of the School of Education in 1979 and in 1985. Upon his retirement in 1996, he was awarded the Order of Pacific, the university's highest honor.

Professor Hugh McBride was the founding chair of the Special Education Dept. in the Benerd School of EducationBorn May 7, 1934, in the Bronx, New York, McBride was the only child of Irish immigrants. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1950 at the City University of New York, but later shifted his interests to education. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Special Education at Columbia University in 1967 and a doctorate in Special Education and Family Sciences at Michigan State University, where he served on the faculty for the next three years prior to coming to University of the Pacific.

After retiring from Pacific, he expanded his private psychotherapy practices in Stockton and Tracy, where he specialized in couples therapy and addiction treatment. He also served as a facilitator for the Medical Board of the State of California, providing therapy for physicians and other medical professionals impaired by alcohol and drug addition. To his formal training, he brought a genuine empathy and a deep belief in the human capacity for change.  

He and his wife of 30 years, Sandra, relocated to Sisters, Oregon, in 2005. McBride passed away suddenly during Easter week on April 12, 2017, in Prescott, Arizona. He is fondly missed by his wife and many extended family. A memorial service will be held at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 68825 Brooks Camp Road, Sisters, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27. The family has indicated that memorial contributions can be made to Bethlehem Inn, a program dedicated to transforming lives with shelter, help and hope.

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