Thursday, June 14, 2012

Memorial Service

Friends and family of Mark Gobble gathered early this afternoon to honor him in a memorial service. The Texas School for the Deaf teacher was killed in a hit and run accident in Austin last weekend. The man charged in the accident turned himself in to police Tuesday and is now out on bond. Gobble had recently finished his doctoral degree in educational psychology at the University of Texas. He left behind a wife and two children. An avid skater, he owned Mark Skateboards and served as a host for TEDx presentations focusing on issues affecting the deaf community. Claire Bugen, the superintendent of the Texas School for the Deaf, had this to say about Gobble:
“We will treasure our time with Mark, the teacher, mentor and leader and his role as middle school social studies teacher and associate and high school principal. His passion for new knowledge is what lead him to UT for advanced study and I believe his work would have made major contributions to our field and we grieve that loss among so many other losses. Mark loved challenges, be they the mountains of Everest or the thrills of innovation in designing his own custom skateboards.”