Ellis Batten Page, a former professor of educational psychology at UConn, died
May 17 near his home
in McLean, Va. He was 81.
Page was a member of the faculty from 1962 to 1979. A widely published researcher, he developed a computer grading program for written essays. He tested his first program during the 1960’s, long before computers were used by students.
Former colleague Robert Gable describes Page – known as Bo to his friends – as a “distinguished scholar and researcher.
“His work on computerized scoring of essays, know as Project Essay-Grade, made defining contributions to this difficult area of research,” says Gable, professor emeritus of educational psychology. “As a result of his high level of national prestige in the research area, he was elected president of the American Educational Research Association.”
Gable adds, “Many of Bo’s UConn friends will remember the competitive afternoons of fine tennis.”
Francis Archambault says Ellis had “very high standards for himself and his students.” Archambault, professor emeritus of educational psychology, is a former graduate student of Page.
Mark Shibles, former dean of education and emeritus professor of educational leadership, describes Page as a “gentleman and a scholar.”
Born in San Diego, Page served in the Marine Corps in World War II. He earned a master’s degree from San Diego State University and a doctorate in education from the University of California. He was director of the Bureau of Educational Research at UConn from 1962 to 1970.
Page left UConn in 1979 to accept a position at Duke University. He retired from there in 2002.
He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Thaxton (“Betty”) Page in 2000. He is survived by three children and 10 grandchildren. His son, Tim Page, recently received an honorary degree from UConn.
Donations may be made to the Elizabeth Thaxton and Ellis Batten Page Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology Research, Southwestern Medical Foundation, 2305 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75210.