The Press Newspaper
Clay Alumni and Friends inducted two new members into the Clay High School
Hall of Fame at the 13th Groove in the Grove held Sept. 26.
He was born and raised in Jerusalem Township, and lived on the same homestead for his entire 85 years of life.
After graduating from Clay High School in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp and then transferred to the Army Infantry and fought with the 8th Infantry Division through Central Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge and the European Ribbon with two Battle Stars.
He was a frequent speaker in the Oregon City Schools and played an important role in the restoration of the war memorial that is now located at the Clay High School football field.
A wartime interview he gave to The University of Toledo History Department is being kept at the Smithsonian Institution as a first-hand account of war from a WW II veteran.
Anderson was a member of the Velvetone Choraliers, a Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 131 and managed several area men’s softball teams. He was awarded the Oregon Kiwanis “Frederic E. Hansen” Humanitarian Award, was a life member of the Christ Dunberger American Legion Post 537 and VFW Post 9816. One of his most valued accomplishments was the role he played in creating and training the first Color Guard and Rifle Squad. For several years he coordinated their participation in many community events.
In addition, he was a dedicated family man.
Educator/ Author Dr. Thomas J. Cooney graduated from Clay High School in
1956. An internationally recognized leader in the field of mathematics education, he received a BSED with majors in mathematics and science in 1960 and his MED from The University of Toledo in 1963. He received a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Illinois in 1969 and became assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Georgia, retiring in 1999 as Professor Emeritus.
Throughout his career, Dr. Cooney has been honored, recognized, chaired and participated in many mathematical and science education programs. He has received more than $2 million in federal grants for research and development activities in mathematics education.
In addition, he is the founding editor of the internationally acclaimed Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, serving as editor-in-chief from the journal’s inception in 1996 to 2001, and was honored in 2008 for his pioneering work and contributions to the journal over the last twelve years.
Dr. Cooney has written more than one hundred publications including books and articles on research in mathematics education, and has lectured in many countries and has been a presenter and organizer for International Congress in Mathematics Education as early as 1976. His primary area of research is on the nature of teachers’ beliefs about mathematics and their teaching of mathematics and how those beliefs influence classroom instruction.
Since his retirement Dr. Cooney was the lead author on a book for teachers on mathematical functions, which was available and presented at the NCTM – National Council of Teacher of Mathematics in the spring of 2009. The book is one in a series of books, at various grade levels, that focuses on mathematics content knowledge that teachers can use to be more effective in their work.