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Illinois Milken Educator Dr. Richard (Rick) DuFour (IL '88), an education expert and author, has died. He passed away on February 8, 2017, at age 69 following a long battle with cancer.
DuFour was the principal of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire when he received the Milken Award. Under his leadership, Stevenson High won the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award four times. DuFour went on to help educators implement Professional Learning Communities, and he authored many books, including Professional Learning Communities at Work™, Learning by Doing, and In Praise of American Educators.