Dr. Clifford E. Winkler, Ed.D., 87, of Medford, Ore., passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., graduated from University City High School, and served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII.
His educational credentials included a B.S. in Education from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo; M.A, Washington University; M. Ed., University of Missouri culminating with a Doctor of Education from Montana State University, 1973. His professional career included teaching math/science at the Alaska Native Service in Sitka, Alaska (1949-1953); Assistant Professor of Psychiatry/Education at Eastern Illinois University (1958-1963); Human Factors Specialist, System Development Corporation and Systems Analyst, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Portland, Ore. (1963-1972).
Dr. Winkler was the Coordinator of Federal Programs, Medford 549C Public School District from 1973 until his retirement in 1987. During his tenure he was a pioneer in the development of Computerized Assisted Instruction and was among the first to start special education programs for students with disabilities.
Dr. Winkler is survived by his wife of 16 years, Kayleen Hart Winkler; the daughters of his first wife, Jean S. Winkler, who passed away in 1988, Marijean Reith and Capt. Sharon Winkler, MSC, USN, Ret; their son, John R. Winkler, passed away in infancy. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Robert S. Peiser III, Alexander C. Peiser, Jessica J. Reith, and Zachary B. Reith; and two great-grandchildren, Robert S. Peiser IV and Reagan E. Peiser.
Dr. Winkler was a past President of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society and a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he was choir member and elder. He also served as a member of the Committee on Congregation to the Cascade Presbytery.
He will be missed.
Burial is scheduled at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford, Ore. with a reception to following.