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Sunday, June 17, 2012, 6:54 p.m.

Age: 59

Family: Wife, Nona; daughter, Sara; son, Christopher, and daughter-in-law, Rebecca; grandson, Sean.

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Occupation: Professor of Education at Duquesne University, director of the school's Professional Doctorate in Education Leadership program, and author of eight books on the teaching-learning process.

Noteworthy/Achievement: Duquesne inducted McCown into its Office of Research Hall of Fame on May 31. McCown's research throughout his career focused on how people teach and learn in schools, universities, communities and other contexts. Lately, his work has focused on education inequalities, as well as educational opportunities in the context of civil rights.

Education: McCown earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Ph.D. in educational Psychology from the same.

Quote: "I have always been fascinated by the miracle of human learning Even though we've come to understand more and more about how human beings learn, it still strikes me as something absolutely miraculous."

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