facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Radical turned teacher is retiring

Aug. 5, 2010 at 8:12 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- William Ayers, former Vietnam War era radical turned education professor, will retire after two decades at the University of Illinois, a school official said.

During the Vietnam War, Ayers, was a member of a radical group called the Weather Underground, responsible for a number of protest bombings, including one in a Pentagon bathroom, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

Ayers worked with Barack Obama on education reform, and the ties between the two became an issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, the newspaper said.

Ayers' retirement had nothing to do with the negative press, UI Education Dean Vicki Chou said, adding that the university will miss him.

"It will be more than a ripple because he's made a significant mark here," Chou said. "He's been really a very good colleague here. He has hundreds of students who really cherish that they've had the experience of being taught by him."

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Pentagon releases video of U.S. air strikes against IS
2
Amish girls allegedly lured by captors with puppy
3
Ebola fears: Senegal closes border with Guinea
4
Ahmed Davutoglu nominated as Turkey's new prime minister
5
Brooklyn Bridge flags returned to U.S. Embassy in Berlin
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback