Teacher’s death mourned by NIU

By Steve Carasso

A professor who taught at NIU for 29 years died last weekend of an apparent stroke.

Educational Psychology Professor Robert Bauernfeind, 66, of DeKalb was rushed by ambulance to Kishwaukee Community Hospital last Friday after he became ill on campus. He later was transferred to Saint Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford, where he died Saturday.

Bauernfeind taught three education test and measurement classes this semester, two undergraduate level classes and one graduate level class, said Faculty Chairman of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education Peter Abrams.

“He was an excellent teacher who was dedicated to NIU, his profession and his students,” Abrams said. “His students and colleagues will miss him dearly.”

Before coming to NIU in 1963, Bauernfeind was director of the National College of Education. He also spent nine years as the director of test publications at the Science Research Association.

Before that he taught at Carleton College as an assistant professor of educational psychology.

“He was an expert in the field,” said Brent Wholeben, assistant dean of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education.

“He was a likeable and hardworking individual who would only accept the best from everyone,” Wholeben said.

Bauernfeind received his bachelor of science degree and doctorate from Purdue University and an arts baccalaureate from Cornell College.

A replacement teacher has been assigned to teach his classes.