Wednesday, June 1, 2022

University of Iowa College of Education alumnus, H. Dee Hoover, was honored as one of the Eight over 80 award winners in the inaugural celebration organized by the UI Center for Advancement.

UI College of Education Alumnus H. Dee Hoover holds his Eight Over Eighty award, recognizing him for his continued contributions to the campus and community.
H. Dee Hoover with his Eight Over 80 award.

Hoover was selected as a Hawkeye who continues to make an impact well beyond retirement.

The celebration honors Iowa alumni, age 80 and over, who carry the Hawkeye spirit of achievement and continue to help others. 

Hoover graduated from the UI College of Education with a Master of Arts in 1967 and a doctorate in 1969.

During the celebration, Hoover was lauded as a committed and compassionate leader who continues to serve the campus and community and contribute his time and talents in significant ways.

Whether it’s working with graduate research assistants, guiding and supporting staff, or mentoring the next generation of faculty members, H. Dee Hoover has dedicated much of his life to giving back to others,” according to nominators.

Hoover served as an educational measurement and statistics professor from 1969 to 2004 and was director of the Iowa Testing Programs for Grade K-8, both in the UI College of Education.

Following his retirement, Hoover served on the Emeritus Faculty Council ­ which focuses on representing the interests of retirees. When the 2008 flood displaced what is now known as the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Hoover served on an envisioning committee to help bring a permanent art museum back to campus. He and his wife, Myrene (68BA, 81MA, 91PhD), were campaign co-chairs for the new UI Stanley Museum of Art.

Shortly after his retirement, Hoover also curated an exhibition on antique maps at the UI Stanley Museum of Art, and he later co-curated similar exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport and at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University in Des Moines. 

He is currently an executive committee member and chair of the research committee for the Iowa Measurement Research Foundation, which is responsible for reviewing proposals and awarding research grants to faculty members throughout the UI College of Education.

For more than a decade, Hoover has been a member of the committee that operates the UI Senior College, and he just completed a four-year stint as chair. He’s taught select courses for the UI Senior College, including ones relating to antiquarian maps and educational testing. In 2019, Hoover received the University Service Award from the UI Retirees Association.

To learn about Hoover and the other honorees, read this story.