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Thomas J. Shuell, 80, retired UB professor who studied learning

April 28, 1938 — June 21, 2018

Thomas J. Shuell, whose work in educational psychology led him to develop theories of how people learned, died June 21 in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

His family said the retired professor at the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education died peacefully after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo. and adopted at birth by Gerald Joseph and Beulah Shuell. After high school, he earned a bachelor's degree from Oregon State College.

In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Anne L. Bougher, and on June 3, 1960, he enlisted in the Navy. He served in the Far East on the USS Boyd as combat information and electronics officer and was aboard the USS Eldorado off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He left the service on June 10, 1963, with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

In 1967, Dr. Shuell received a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the UB faculty as an assistant professor of educational psychology. He was promoted to associate professor and then professor.

During his career, Dr. Shuell wrote 40 book chapters and many articles in professional journals, and presented more than 70 papers at professional gatherings.

He was president of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the Northeastern Educational Research Association. He served on editorial boards and was a consultant for numerous professional journals.

He gave a lecture series at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; was a visiting professor of education at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; and served as a Distinguished Fulbright Professor at the National College of Ireland in Dublin.

His wife, Anne, died in 1997. After retiring, he met Judith Ann Frank, and they were married in 2007 after dating for six years.

Dr. Shuell then became active in the United States Power Squadrons, America's Boating Club. He served as Commander of Swiftwater Sail and Power Squadron in North Tonawanda, educational officer of USPS and chair of its national development committee. He was also actively involved in the TORCH Club of Western New York.

Besides his wife, Judith Ann, Dr. Shuell is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Anne Yarnes and Lisa Marie Wojewoda; two step-daughters, Kathleen Marie Scalise and Raedene Lou Zellner; a step-son, Anthony Stephen Scalise; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Amherst.

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