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OBITUARY - Bernard Yancey

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OBITUARY - Bernard Yancey

Posted: 1347157732000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: yancey

BERNARD D. "BERNIE" YANCEY was a very special RHS
graduate in 1969 even though he lived to be only
42. He was the son of Bernard Dacree (Ike) and
Edythe Margaret Weekes Yancey of Ranger. He was
born January 30, 1951 at Clifton, Bosque County,
Texas. He had one sister, Deborah Yancy Roe (RHS-
1971), who now lives in Stephenville. Bernie married
his wife, Linda Chisolm of Cisco, in May of 1972
and they had two children, Susan, born June 1980
and Lydia, born June 1987. Bernie died April 15,
1993 of a heart attack at Colorado, Springs. Linda
Yancey and her family reside in Austin where she
works at the University of Texas, McCombs School
of Business, Department of Accounting.

After Ranger High School, Bernie earned three degrees
at the University of Texas: B.A., Mathematics with
honors, May 1973; M.A., Psychology, August 1975 and
his Ph.D., May 1980. Besides attending UT and earning
his degrees, Bernie worked full time at the Dean of
Students Office and for the Vice President’s Office.

He accepted a position as Director of Institutional
Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder in
September 1987. He later worked on Special Projects
for the budget office at CU and in his spare time he
also worked for the Texas Rural Legal Aid Society down
in the Valley-he was an expert witness on some EEOC
cases.

Bernie was very adept with mathematics, especially
statistics, and most of his work related to institutional
research; for example, “What was the attritional rate
of minorities, Why they drop out or do poorly in college,
How did urban versus rural students do in college settings,
etc.

On April 14-15, 1993, Bernie and a colleague were on a
fact-finding trip to CU at Colorado Springs. They were
preparing to leave the hotel and Bernie went back to his
room to check on something. He did not return to the car
and the colleague became concerned and went looking for
him and found him collapsed on the sidewalk. He died of
a heart attack at 42.

Because Bernie was very interested in genealogy, his wife
had his body flown back to Eastland and he was buried in
Alameda Cemetery beside his parents where many of his other
relatives are buried as well. Besides the funeral in Texas,
there was a memorial service at CU in May 1993 and the next
year the American Institute of Researchers (AIR) honored him
at their annual meeting.

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