Joseph McCormick, Ed.D. was a Professor Emeritus of Special Education at RI College for 38 years. This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Joseph J. McCormick, a special education professor at Rhode Island College from 1967 to 2005 and his wife Theodora McCormick. Dr. McCormick excelled in teaching and professional service. Students learned a lot in his courses and in his office where they received excellent advice regarding their professional issues, program and College requirements. A very kind, generous person, Dr. McCormick was an influential best friend to many colleagues. He provided strong, thoughtful leadership within his Department, his School and the wider special education community of Rhode Island.