DATE: February 7, 2005
CONTACT: Tiffany Tubbs-Berry,

LUBBOCK – Dr. Alan J. Koenig, Texas Tech University College of Education professor of special education and co-director of the Virginia Murray Sowell Center For Research and Education in Visual Impairment at Texas Tech, died Saturday (Feb. 5) after an illness.

“The College of Education deeply mourns the passing of Dr. Alan J. Koenig,” said Dr. Sheryl Santos, dean of the College of Education. “He was a pre-eminent scholar and practitioner in the field of education for children and adults with blindness and visual impairments. Koenig’s works, which included 12 books and over 50 professional journal articles or book chapters, are recognized internationally and nationally. His colleagues, students, family and friends will sorely miss this wonderfully dedicated man and grand human being.”

Koenig has been a Texas Tech faculty member since August 1993. While at the university, Koenig also served as chair of the Division of Educational Psychology and Leadership and as associate dean for graduate education and research, both in the College of Education.

Koenig received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from Illinois State University and his doctoral degree in special education from Vanderbilt University.

Services for Koenig will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday (Feb. 9), at St. Mary’s Church in Mt. Carmel, Ill. Memorials can be made to the Texas Tech Virginia Murray Sowell Center or American Foundation for the Blind National Literacy Center.