Remembering Distinguished AASA Member Linton Deck

L. Linton Deck Jr., a life member of AASA during a lengthy, distinguished career as a school system leader, died on July 3 at the Givens Health Center in Asheville, N.C.

Deck joined AASA in 1966 and he received the association’s Distinguished Service Award for "exemplary leadership, service, and commitment to public education." He was a regular contributor to AASA’s School Administrator magazine over the years, most recently in November 2012 with his My View column “Road Signs and Danger Ahead.” (

From 1971-82, Deck served as superintendent in Bibb County Public Schools in Macon, Ga.; Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla.; and Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Va. He achieved national recognition for championing the use of technology to enhance student learning, professional development for teachers and administrators and expanded programs for students with disabilities.

In succeeding years, Deck was founding director of the Learning Technology Center at Vanderbilt University and chaired the university’s department of educational leadership. After a short retirement, he came to the University of West Georgia as professor and chair of department of educational leadership. He worked there until 2007 when he again retired.
Read his full obituary at

  • Linton was a great champion of our work at the magazine. He will be missed..

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