In Memoriam

Former Bibb school Superintendent Linton Deck dies

Linton Deck, the superintendent of Bibb County schools in the early 1970s, died earlier this month in Asheville, North Carolina.

Deck, 86, died July 3 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease, according to a statement from the school system.

A memorial service and celebration of life party is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 29 at Givens Estates Chapel in Asheville.

Deck was superintendent of the Bibb County system from June 1971 to June 1973.

After graduating from Davidson College, he returned home to Atlanta and began his career as a science teacher and football coach.

While working in Fulton County, he traveled on weekends and summers to Nashville, Tennessee, to earn his master’s degree from the George Peabody College for Teachers.

From Fulton County, he moved his family to Massachusetts in the 1960s to complete his doctorate at Harvard University. Deck was the first recipient of The Conroy Prize for outstanding leadership, awarded by the Harvard School of Education.

He held a succession of education-related jobs before coming to Bibb County in 1971. After that, he was superintendent of the Orange County public schools in Orlando, Florida, and then Fairfax County public schools in Fairfax, Virginia.

During those years, Deck became a nationally known educator who championed the use of technology, emphasized professional development for teachers and administrators, and expanded programs for students with disabilities.

Later, after a short retirement, he joined the University of West Georgia in Carrollton as professor and chairman of the Department of Educational Leadership. He worked there until 2007, when he retired again and moved to Givens Estates in Asheville.

The celebration of life party will follow the service at the Performing Arts Center at Givens Estates. To attend, please RSVP to patdeck@bellsouth.net.

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