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Professor Roberta Woolever dies at 71

Roberta Woolever, who joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1975 and remained until 1991, died of colon cancer Dec. 28 in Boise, Idaho. She was 71.

At the School of Education, Woolever specialized in teacher training, economics education and equity education.  Her extensive knowledge and experience in these areas led to the 1988 publication of her textbook entitled Active Learning in Social Studies: Promoting Cognitive and Social Growth.

In 1991, she moved from Chapel Hill to California where she was a visiting professor at San Francisco State, an instructor with Teach for America, and the manager of Learning and Development at California AAA.

Woolever graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA. In 1975, the same year she joined the School’s faculty, she received a doctorate from the University of Washington. 


She is survived by her husband, David Christiansen; and three children, Laura Jackson of Boise, Daniel Bermant of Dumfries, Va., and Jennifer O’Brien of Boston, Mass.  A memorial service will be held Feb. 1 in Boise.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Fund at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, at 100 E. Idaho St., Boise, Idaho 83712 or