John McNeil Turns 100

Teacher educator and WWII veteran reaches milestone birthday during UCLA's Centennial.

The UCLA Department of Education celebrated the 100th birthday of Emeritus Professor of Education John McNeil with a Proclamation from Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council, and a commendation from Congressman Ted Lieu. These honors were presented to Professor McNeil on Oct. 18 by Professor Christina (Tina) Christie, department chair, and former student Albert Aubin (’71 Ed.D.).

McNeil, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the UCLA Men’s Recruitment Center in 1940, served on a cargo ship at the Battle of Normandy. He arrived at UCLA in 1956 to lead the Teacher Education Program. In recent years, Professor McNeil has co-taught an undergraduate course on international development with former student and UCLA lecturer Octavio Pescador (’93, B.A., Political Science; ’03, Ph.D., Education).

For the UCLA Newsroom story on Professor McNeil, visit this link.

Above: Professor Christina (Tina) Christie, chair of UCLA’s Department of Education (third from left), led a celebration of Professor John McNeil’s 100th birthday in Moore Hall, with the centenarian’s colleagues, friends, and former students – who have become colleagues and friends.

L-R: Albert Aubin (Ed.D,’71), Arif Amlani, director, Program Development; Mike Seltzer, UCLA professor of education; Jody Priselac (’99, Ph.D.), Associate Dean for Community Programs; and Octavio Pescador, UCLA lecturer (’93, Political Science; ’03, Ph.D., Education).