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On October 16, 2022, two days after his 93rd birthday, William Gilbert Katzenmeyer passed away. A beloved father and husband, teacher of teachers, inspiring mentor, Dr. Katzenmeyeris remembered for his intelligence, eager curiosity, gentle kindness, joie de vivre, and tireless faith in humanity.

Bill was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 14, 1929, to parents Robert Dahl Katzenmeyer and Violet Gilbert Katzenmeyer. 

He graduated from John R. Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio, and was accepted to Duke University on a Naval scholarship. In return for his Duke education, Bill served his country in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer and later as a submariner on the USS Blenny 324. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke, graduating with an A.B. in Mathematics Education and began his teaching career as a teacher of math and physics in Battle Creek, Michigan, later serving in numerous administrative roles at the district level in Jackson, Michigan. Bill returned to Duke earning an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling and later his Ed.D in Administration/Supervision and Statistics. He began his higher education career as professor and graduate faculty at the University of Wisconsin and served as Director of the Wisconsin Information System for Education. Bill returned to Duke as a professor of educational research and later served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School. He remained a lifelong Blue Devils fan.

In 1977 Bill joined the University of South Florida as Dean of the College of Education, where he served for 17 years.  In that post, he is credited with significantly increasing student enrollment and launching several highly respected programs and institutes for teacher education, including the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the Suncoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) program. 

Bill stepped down as Dean of the USF College in 1994. He became a faculty member in the Department of Educational Measurement and Research and served as the director of the Anchin Center until his retirement in 2004.

He is survived by his devoted, loving wife Marilyn HeindelKatzenmeyer and children David Katzenmeyer (Paige Blackman), Amy Lynn Katzenmeyer (Daniel Headrick), Adam Arrington (Lisa Arrington), Tracey Mullet (Steve Mullet); grandchildren Sarah Bennett (Rusty), Mandy Brickner (Sean), Krista Katzenmeyer, Kacey Katzenmeyer, Zachary Arrington (Caroline), Luke Arrington and Anna Arrington; and sixgreatgrandchildren. He is preceded in death by son John Katzenmeyer, granddaughter Kelley Katzenmeyer and his older brother Robert D. Katzenmeyer.

Bill enjoyed loving relationships with Robert’s children: JodyDoerer, Martha Giblas, Mark Katzenmeyer, Laura Zoroya, JeanLivingston and their families.

A man of great energy, incisive wit, wide-ranging interests and deep spiritual commitment, Dr. Katzenmeyer flew airplanes, performed in community theater, sang in choirs, cooked gourmet meals and wrote poetry. He loved tennis, swimming, mountain biking, Duke basketball, art, music, literature, architecture and design. He made applesauce, crafted furniture, built homes, nurtured young people and gathered bouquets of lifelong friendships.

Generous in spirit to those he touched throughout a long lifewell-lived, William G. Katzenmeyer shall be missed and warmly remembered. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. William Katzenmeyer Memorial Scholarship, and mailed to the USF Foundation, Office of Donor Relations, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ALC 100, Tampa, FL 33620-5455, or gifts can be made online via A Celebration of Life will be held at the TECO Hall in the David C. Anchin Center, University of South Florida College of Education, on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. 

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  • Richard E Dutton , Ph.D.
    Posted November 2, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Th Officers and Board of Thusfar , the Association for Retired Faculty and Staff of the University of South Florida, wish to extend condolences to the family of
    Dr. William G. Katzenmeyer on his passing . We also want to recognize his 27 years of loyal and creative service to USF . Richard Dutton, Ph.D. , For the Board

  • Anthony Wright
    Posted March 16, 2023 at 7:51 am

    I am so sorry to You and your family for the great loss of Mr.Katzenmeyer. “All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” —C.S. Lewis

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