Founding president of World College dies - Albuquerque Journal

Founding president of World College dies

Ted Lockwood, pictured in 1983 at United World College-USA, was founding president of the international baccalaureate school. (Barbaraellen Koch/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE – Ted Lockwood, founding president of United World College-USA, has died at age 94.

From 1982 to 1993, Lockwood served as president of the two-year international baccalaureate boarding school for students ages 16-19.

The school in Montezuma, housed in an historic building with distinctive castle turrets about five miles west of Las Vegas, N.M., is one of 17 United World College campuses around the world.

Lockwood, who died Monday, helped start the school with philanthropist Armand Hammer. He also wrote a book chronicling the school’s beginnings, “Dreams & Promises: The Story of the Armand Hammer United World College,” published in 1997.

In a news release from the college, Lockwood was described as a “gentleman, educator, and visionary” who laid the groundwork for the school’s success and was passionate about young students who attended while he was president.

“He connected with the students, thoroughly enjoying interacting with them through discussion and through shared experience,” said Shirleen Lanham, a 30-year teacher at UWC-USA.

“He went on expeditions with them, ‘hung out’ with them after meals in the cafeteria, saw every bus off after graduation to say farewell, and read every student’s report, adding a comment of his own.”

The school has students from all over the world as well as from New Mexico. The United World College movement’s stated mission is to bring people, nations and cultures together.

Lockwood was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Hanover, N.H. He attended private school in Lake Placid, N.Y., and graduated as valedictorian from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in 1948. Lockwood earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University.

He taught at Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., before becoming dean of faculty at Concord College in Athens, W.Va., and provost and dean of faculty at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

He became president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in 1967. He was at the helm when that college began allowing female students.

“All of us at UWC-USA, and across the movement, owe Dr. Lockwood a debt of gratitude,” current UWC-USA president Victoria Mora said in the release. “We wish his family peace in this time of loss.”

He was living in Stowe, Vt., when he died.

Lockwood is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lu Lockwood, two daughters from a first marriage and two stepsons.

A memorial service is scheduled for Feb. 9 at St. John’s in the Mountains, a church in Stowe.

Lu Lockwood is requesting memorial contributions be made to UWC-USA.

“Montezuma was the closest thing to Ted’s heart,” she said.

 

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated United World College-USA is east of Las Vegas, N.M. It has been corrected to west. 


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