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Errol Magidson

Errol Magidson Errol Magidson lives in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer at the Institute of African Studies of Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1965-67. In 1971 he accepted a faculty position at the City Colleges of Chicago, eventually ending up teaching psychology at Daley College, one of the City Colleges. During his time as a professor, Magidson edited a special issue of Educational Technology devoted to “Trends in Computer-Assisted Instruction,” 1978; received the Socrates Teacher of the Year Award, 1998; and was named Distinguished Professor, 2002-2003. Since retiring in 2004, he has taught part-time at Saint Xavier University and Roosevelt University, and has presented workshops for school teachers on using the computer to develop documentaries. He also gives presentations and workshops on developing and using PowerPoint effectively in the classroom.

A recent widower, Magidson has two adult children, Lisa and Michael. He is a member of Beverly Unitarian Church, which is housed in Givins' Irish Castle. Since December 2009 he has been working on a documentary, Chicago's Only Castle: The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers, which premiered September, 2011, in honor of the 125th anniversary of when groundbreaking took place. This documentary is dedicated to Jan Magidson, Errol's wife of 35 years, who passed away in March 2011, and to Bill Diana, president of Men of the Castle, who passed away in June 2011.

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