Thomas Michael Skrtic

Services for Thomas Michael Skrtic, 75, Lawrence, will be at 6pm Thursday December 2 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in McKeesport, PA on December 4.

Dr. Skrtic died on November 19, 2021 at the University of Kansas, Medical Center.

He was born in McKeesport, PA on August 10, 1946, the son of Paul and Caroline Skrtic.

Dr. Skrtic, was a distinguished scholar who wrote with rigor and deep intellectual insight into how the problem of institutions, the professions, laws and policy shaped the field of special education, and the impact of these on children with disability and their families. He joined the Special Education faculty of the University of Kansas in 1976. He won numerous honors for his research and teaching and was recently appointed the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education. His scholarship was informed by numerous local, regional, and statewide projects he directed over several decades. This work was enriched by many graduate students whom he wholeheartedly respected and mentored.

Dr. Skrtic was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Caroline, and his sister Cathy, who was well known in the Lawrence and KU communities.