Remembering Professor Garrett Albert Duncan

The Department of Education community mourns the recent passing of Garrett Duncan, associate professor of education and of African and African American studies, both in Arts & Sciences, at Washington University in St. Louis. Duncan’s research explored issues of race, culture, education, and society, with particular focus — through his “Schooling as a Moral Enterprise” project — on the education of Black students in urban and suburban schools. He published extensively on Black youth, identity, language and ethics, and frequently wrote and commented for national and international news media. Professor Duncan taught a range of courses including the Education of Black Children and Youth, the Construction and Experience of Black Adolescence, Sociology of Education, Politics of Education, and Philosophies of Education. Affectionately known as GAD or Gee, Professor Duncan engaged students in critical intellectual inquiry and believed so fervently in students being change agents.

Charlene Krieger, a 2003 Educational Studies alumna and current high school English teacher and PhD student, shared the following: “He called me Chuckie and greatly impacted the trajectory of my life. Professor Duncan’s classes and mentorship set the foundation for and challenged me as an educator—to be critical-minded and reflective—and gave me the lens to see the classroom as a powerful and transformative space. I will make sure his pedagogy of love continues on through my teaching and my learning.”

Please join the virtual Memorial Service on Sunday, January 31 at 4:00 pm CST. To honor Professor Duncan, contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For contribution information and to share your memories of Professor Duncan, please visit the “Gathering Us” online memorial page here.

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