"Paul Alfred Shelly, one of New Jerseys most revered 20th century education leaders, 78, died Jan. 20, 2005, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. Born in Quakertown on July 5, 1926, he grew up in Coopersburg. He was an associate professor of educational administration at Kean College, Union, N.J. Previously, he was superintendent of schools in Paramus, N.J., 1971-85. Prior to that, in Montclair, N.J., he was superintendent of schools, a director of curriculum, a director of instruction and Edgemont School principal, 1960-71. He began his career in 1950 as an educator in East Orange, N.J., later becoming principal of Stockton School in East Orange, 1955-60. At 26, he became one of the youngest elementary school principals in New Jersey at Ocean Grove School, Neptune, N.J. He received his B.S. in 1950 from Kutztown University and his masters degree in school administration from Lehigh University. His doctoral level work was in curriculum and supervision at Teachers College, Columbia University, 1956-60, and Rutgers University, 1965-70. He oversaw racial integration of Montclair schools in the turbulent late 1960s and was an early advocate of the Magnet School of incentive approach to integration."
(text summarized from an online obituary at The Morning Call)
Photo courtesy of the Shelly family