Dr. Eddie Power Ort III
BIRMINGHAM - Dr. Eddie Power Ort III, of Birmingham, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2014, at 82 years of age. Dr. Ort was born in Albany, Georgia, on August 13, 1931. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1946. He earned his B.S. in Education from Georgia Southern University in 1951, his M.A. in Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1952, and his Ed.D. in Education from Peabody College in 1962.
An officer in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, he served both at sea and ashore. Upon release to Inactive Duty in 1956, he continued in the Naval Reserve and performed outstanding service in reserve units in Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, and Alabama in numerous positions of leadership and command until his military retirement in 1983 having attained the rank of CAPTAIN USN.
Dr. Ort taught in the public schools of Arlington, Virginia, as well as the Peabody College Demonstration School, and, after earning his Ed.D., he served as a professor and administrator in the School of Education at Indiana State University and later as Chairman of the Department of Education at Eastern Kentucky University before coming to Birmingham in 1969 to serve as a professor and administrator in the School of Education at UAB. Dr. Ort was one of the first administrators in the School of Education, serving as Chair of the Department of Elementary Education and playing a key role in the early development and expansion of the School through the establishment of new major fields and certification programs in teacher education and subsequently serving as Senior Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
While at UAB, he presented numerous papers and programs in teacher education at state and national professional meetings and was active for many years with in-service educational programs for elementary and middle school teachers in the Birmingham region, and he also was highly regarded for his leadership in social studies education at the state and national levels including his service as president of the Alabama Council for Social Studies.
Dr. Ort was continuously active in faculty governance at UAB, serving in leadership positions on various committees for both the School of Education and the University. He served on the UAB Faculty Senate in its various iterations on campus and was instrumental in the early implementation of the first University-wide faculty senate, and he also held many positions of leadership in the Faculty Senate, including Vice President.
His long and outstanding contributions to UAB were recognized by his appointment as Professor Emeritus in the School of Education upon his retirement in 1996.
Dr. Ort is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ives Belle Wooley Ort, his daughters Janet Lynne Ort and Catherine Elaine Ort-Mabry, his son-in-law Brian Kevin Mabry, his sister-in-law Shirley Elizabeth Wooley and several cousins.
On Monday, July 7, a Celebration of Life will be held at Independent Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. followed by a visitation in the church parlor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Eddie P. Ort Endowed Award, School of Education, UAB or the Independent Presbyterian Church Music Department.
Birmingham, AL 205/322-9050