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154 Thomas Frank Damon

Page history last edited by Kelly McCarthy 9 years, 10 months ago

November 18, 1921 - February 18, 2010



Personal Data 

Born: November 18, 1921, Sunnyside, WA

Died: February 18, 2010, Redwood City, CA

Married: Rosemary Watson, July 24, 1949

Two daughters: Mary D. Burke and Nancy D. Johnston



1944           A. B. in English, Whitman College  

1948           M. A. in Education,  Stanford  University

1957           EdD in School Administration, Stanford University 

1964-65     Post Doctoral Study in Junior College Administration and Higher Education, Stanford University 




1982 - 1967     Director of Adult Education, Palo Alto Unified School District

1970  - 1959    Instructor in Adult Education, University of California Extension, San Jose State University Extension

1969 - 1966     Consultant in Adult and Vocational Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education

1967 - 1958     Principal, Palo Alto Unified School District, Cubberley Adult School

1958 - 1957     Consultant, California State Department of Education, Bureau of Adult Education

1957 - 1954     Principal, Los Gatos Unified School District, Los Gatos Evening High School


Awards and Honors

Inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Hall of Fame, Class of 1996

Who’s Who in the West, Marquis Who’s Who Inc., 14th, 15th and 16th Editions


Membership-Professional Organizations

1978-1979 National Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education, President

American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, 

Adult Education Association of the U.S.A

1973-1976 Association of California School Administrators, Adult Education Chair

California Council of Adult Education

Phi Delta Kappa




1990   Making foreign travel a professional experience. Adult Learning, 1(8), 21-22.

1978   Adult School Accreditation, You May Be Interested, Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, October 1978

1976   Adult Education Status Report, ACSA Special Report, Association of California School Administrators, Vol 6, No. 1

1975   (with Friedman, A.).  Adult education "Johnny-come-lately" or "wave of the future"? Thrust for Educational Leadership, 4(5), 23-26.

1974   Adult education update, ACSA Special Report, Association of California School Administrators, Vol 3, No. 12

1972   Adult education in California. Status Report, ACSA Special Report, Association of California School Administrators, Vol 1, No. 4

1972   A look at adult education in the seventies. Administrators Swap Shop, National Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education.

1967   A study of the position of adult education administrator. Report of a Special Research Committee, California Association of Adult Education Administrators.

1962   Teachers and administrators in the adult education program. Journal Of Secondary Education, 3789-92.

1961   Careers in Adult Education. Adult Education Quarterly, 12(1), 3-7.

1960   Teaching and administrative personnel in adult education. Supplementary Research Report Number 8, California Teachers Association

1960   Publicizing local programs of adult education. Adult Education, 10(3), 144-145.

1959   Education is for adults too. California Teachers Association Journal, 5527-29.



Professional Interest Areas

Adult education

Vocational education

School district administration

School evaluation and accreditation

Education for teachers of adults

Adult education administration



Major Contributions to Adult Education

Administrator of a long established community adult education program for the Palo Alto Unified School District which enrolled about 8000 people annually in a community of about 60,000 during Damon’s tenure.

A strong advocate for increased recognition and funding for adult education programs by the California legislature during the period from 1960 through 1980.

Enabled the growth of adult education by mentoring and training adult education administrators nationally during his tenure as president of the National Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education (NAPCAE) (1978-79) and chairman of the Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) Adult Education Committee.

Instrumental in support and growth of administration of adult education programs globally as chair of NAPCAE’s International Unit (1982-92)

Played a leading role in the development of accreditation standards for adult education schools for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Worked to accredit high school diploma programs on U.S. military bases in Japan and South Korea in 1974 and 1976.

As the AAACE's Educational Tours Chair, he established a German-American Exchange Program Fund to help defray the costs of hosting German delegations to the U.S. 



Additional Resources


Photo Gallery



Audio excerpt from an interview with Thomas F. Damon by Cuba Z. Miller http://www.caadultedhistory.org/audio/damon.asx found on California Adult Education History site






Interesting Facts

After graduating with Bachelor's, Damon enlisted in the Army and served under General George Patton in Germany in 1944 and 1945. He participated in the campaigns at The Ardennes, The Rhineland and Central Europe and received the American Theater Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal and the American Victory Medal.


Damon and his wife were avid world travelers and visited six continents and the Seven Wonders of the World. 





Class of 1996: Tom Damon. (2012). In International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. Retrieved from http://www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu/1996/damon.html


Damon, T. F. (1994). Oral history interview with Thomas F. (Tom) Damon/Interviewer Cuba Z. Miller. California Department of Education Adult Education Oral History Project. Los Altos, California.


Thomas F. Damon: Obituary/condolences. (2010). In MercuryNews.com. Retrieved from http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercurynews/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-f-damon&pid=140693890&fhid=2128


Thomas F. (Tom) Damon. (n.d.) In California Adult Education History. Retrieved from http://www.caadultedhistory.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=oralhist&name=damontrans









Comments (1)

Cynthia Edwards said

at 12:28 pm on Jul 9, 2014

Thomas F. Damon is a new addition to the adult education contributors. All material and information was posted by me.

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