Dr. Thomas Michael Skrtic

Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | November 26, 2021

Dr. Thomas Michael Skrtic, age 75, of Lawrence, Kansas died on November 19, 2021 at the University of Kansas, Medical Center. He was born in McKeesport, PA on August 10, 1946 and is the son of the late Paul and Caroline D’Annunzio Skrtic.

Dr. Skrtic was a distinguished scholar who wrote with rigor and deep intellectual insight into how the problem of institutions, the professions, laws, and policy shaped the field of special education, and the impact of these on children with disability and their families. He joined the Special Education faculty of the University of Kansas in 1976. He won numerous honors for his research and teaching and was recently appointed as the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education. His scholarship was informed by numerous local, regional, and statewide projects he directed over several decades. This work was enriched by many graduate students whom he wholeheartedly respected and mentored. In addition to his parents, Dr. Skrtic was preceded in death by his sister Catherine Ann Skrtic, who died on February 17, 2020.

Services are being held in Kansas on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

A gathering will be held at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177) on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow with prayers.

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Originally published November 26, 2021.

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