Biographical / Historical
University of Louisville Professor of Education Dr. Robert Dudley Neill, was born September 14, 1924 in Russellville, Kentucky and died in Louisville April 19, 1979. He was married to the former Nita Truitt and had two children: Charles Dudley and Marguerite. His hobbies included gardening, music, travel, silver smithing and design, collecting American art pottery and cataloging for museums.
Prior to his academic career, Neill was a musician, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an apprentice in gold and silver smithing. He earned his Bachelor of Art's degree as well as his Master of Art's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1949 and 1951 respectively. Neill was awarded his Doctorate in Education from the Teacher's College of Columbia University in 1966.
Before joining the faculty at U of L, Dr. Neill taught school in Kenton and Jefferson counties in Kentucky from 1949 to 1955. At this time he was named principal of St. Matthews Elementary School. In 1957 he became a Supervisor with the Jefferson County Board of Education and oversaw the general high school and advanced programs.
Robert Neill's career at U of L began in 1964 and ended with his death in 1979. Starting as a part-time Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Neill rose to full Professor in 1972. During his career, he served as Coordinator of the Arts and Sciences Program and assistant to the Dean, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Academic Planning Officer.
Robert Neill served on various committees at U of L including the Media Board, the Senate Library Committee and the Archives Committee. He was a Board Member of the Belknap Theatre and Liaison Officer with the Speed Museum. He chaired the University Computer Curriculum Committee, the Graduate School Curriculum Committee and the Graduate School MAT Committee. He was Coordinator of the Southeastern Institute for Black Affairs and Executive Director of the Summer Institute for Humanities.
As an author his work included A Comparison of Mathematics Programs for Able Junior High School Students and The Selected Poetry of Hortense Flexner King. He published articles concerning the Head Start program and U of L's Dramatic Enrichment program.
Neill was also involved in producing television programs. He worked on the "Better Chess Series," "An Evening with Jesse Stuart," "Modern Mathematics for Parents," and "Management Information Sustems Parts I and II."
For more detailed information concerning Dr. Robert Neill refer to his biography file in the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.