Louisburg College Celebrates
Dr. Ed Boone

Dr. Edgar Boone

It is with sadness that we marked the passing of longtime College Trustee Dr. Edgar Jon "Ed" Boone, February 26, 2015. Among many projects, Dr. Boone led and chaired the Presidential Search Committee in 2008.

"I will never forget my first conversation with him when he called to encourage me to consider applying," said Dr. Mark La Branche.

His encouragement continued and has been a real anchor for me. I am one of many leaders that Dr. Boone encouraged and mentored. Higher Education in North Carolina has Ed Boone's mark all over it."

Dr. Boone was awarded the Louisburg College Presidential Medal at Commencement Ceremonies in 2013 and granted Trustee Emeritus status in the fall of 2013 for his fourteen years of exemplary service on the Board. His presence at the College will be missed.


As reported by the News & Observer:

Ed and his family came to Raleigh in 1963, where he became the Associate Director in Cooperative Extension Services, and, he also founded and became the head of the Department of Adult and Community College Education at NC State University. He developed and validated a systems-oriented programming process that is being used by adult educators around the world in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating adult education programs. The students often referred to his course as "Booneology." Those students often went on to be Deans, Presidents and Vice Presidents of community colleges and universities nationwide.

He published multiple books and other materials on adult education during his career and received numerous awards including the Order of the Longleaf Pine and the national service Ruby Award connected with the extension service from the US Department of Agriculture.

Upon retirement, he stayed on and established a pilot community college leadership program (ACCLAIM) at NC State University. Post retirement, he continued to work with many students in order to help them complete Doctoral and Masters programs in adult education. In his spare time, Ed loved to garden, travel, read history, and visit the beach. He also was a proud fan of the NC State Wolfpack. He had a strong work ethic and loved his family and students dearly. His students remember him as a professor who went to all lengths to assist them at being successful in their endeavors.

Edgar is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ethel B. Boone; sons, John B. Boone and his wife, Sonya, and David W. Boone and his wife, Susan; grandchildren, Matthew D. Boone, Allison E. Boone and Sabrina M. Boone; and his brother, Hayward D. Boone and his wife, Dorothea, sister-in-law Jayne Garber, and by many loving nieces and nephews.