For Bill

Isn't it Wonderful?

  • Walter Gershon


William E. Doll Jr., Bill Doll, is a person to whom I owe a great deal, someone I miss deeply, and, paradoxically, someone I still talk to. I mean, I know Bill died nearly two years ago, but his voice, his ideas, his incisive, genteel wit, still resonate in and through me. Not just in a passive, I remember the kinds of things Bill said kind of way, but actively; I continue to think with him and, as I do, learn from him as I always have. It’s bittersweet though, especially when the conversations come to a close.

Author Biography

Walter Gershon

Walter S. Gershon is an associate professor in the School of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Studies, served as Provost Associate Faculty for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (2014-2017), and is LGBTQ Affiliate Faculty at Kent State University. His scholarship focuses on questions of social justice about how people make sense, the sociocultural contexts that inform their sense-making, and the qualitative methods used to study those processes. Although his work most often attends to how marginalized youth negotiate schools and schooling, Walter is also interested in how people of all ages negotiate educational contexts both within and outside of institutions.

Remembrance and Reflection