William R. Logan, 81, former state acting education secretary, enjoyed rock climbing, avid reader

By on August 10, 2016

William R. Logan, 81, passed away July 30, 2016, at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim.

Bill was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Lebanon, the son of the late William and Miriam Logan of Lebanon.

After graduating from Lebanon High School, he then attended Millersville University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Science. He on the faculty at Cornwall High School, teaching physics and biology, while pursuing a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Temple University. After becoming the director of pupil services for the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, he then moved to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, becoming the first school psychology consultant for the state. While in this position, he earned a doctorate in education from Temple University.

He held various positions in the Department of Education, becoming the acting secretary of education under Governors Dick Thornburgh and Robert Casey.

While an employee of the department, he received the Excellence in Education Award from the Pennsylvania Principals Association, awarded annually to an outstanding educator in the state. Upon retiring from the department, Bill accepted a position as assistant executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, where he worked until 1995.

Along with being a lifelong Dodgers fan, Bill’s hobbies consisted of bird watching; hiking; rock hunting in the West; and traveling to their properties in Mexico, Prince Edwards Island, and Scottsdale, Ariz. He was an avid reader of non-fiction, and enjoyed reading about Civil War, and other historical and political topics.

He leaves his wife: Jane, to whom he was married for 44 years; a son: William T., and wife Paula, of Lebanon; and brother: James Logan, and wife Katherine, also of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Inc. Condolences may be offered online at cremationsocietyofpa.com.

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