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Pat Trohanis, champion of children with disabilities, dies at 64

Pascal “Pat” Trohanis, a champion of children with disabilities, died Saturday, June 23 after a long battle with cancer. He was 64. He was a clinical associate professor at the School of Education and a senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Trohanis came to Carolina in 1972. Since 1987, he was director of the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC), a technical assistance center housed at the FPG Child Development Institute that is dedicated to ensuring that young children with disabilities can participate fully in community life with dignity and respect.

NECTAC’s impact is now felt by one million children throughout the United States. It is the U.S. Office of Special Education Program’s national resource for states on implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, particularly the early childhood provisions.

A parishioner of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Barbara in Durham, Trohanis received the St. Barbara achievement award and the Archangel Michael award for leadership at the diocese in Atlanta.

He was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Cincinnati. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree at Bridgeport University and a doctoral degree in educational technology from the University of Maryland.

He is survived by his wife Donna; daughter Zoe Elena; mother Mary Trohanis; and brothers Andy and Bill. Gifts in Trohanis’ memory may be made to the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1149, Durham, NC 27702-1149.