Cecil Duke Mercer (Ed.D. ’74 Spec Ed) passed away on November 21, 2014, at home after a long battle with neurological Lyme Disease. He was a retired Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida and in 2011 received the Outstanding Alumni Higher Education Faculty Award from the Curry School Foundation.
He joined the Florida faculty in 1974 and retired in 2005. His research focused on the areas of math education and effective instructional techniques. He coauthored the popular textbook “Students with Learning Disabilities,” as well as the Strategic Math Series, the Great Leaps K-2 Reading Program, and the Great Leaps Math Program.
Mercer served on the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors and on the Learning Disabilities Association of America Professional Advisory Board. He was awarded the College of Education Teacher of the Year award three times at the University of Florida and also received the University of Florida Graduate School Advisor/Mentoring Award and the College of Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2000 he received the Samuel A. Kirk Award for his outstanding article in Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.
See more in his obituary in The Gainesville Sun.