Today in History: Remembering Frank W. Cyr

| August 1, 2019

frankcyrbus“If you’re the father of the yellow school bus, what does that make me?” Cyr replied that, whenever he saw a school bus, the boy could say, “There goes one of my brothers.”
— excerpted from Frank W. Cyr, ‘Father of the Yellow School Bus,’ Dies at the Age of 95, Teachers College Newsroom

On August 1st, 1995, Frank W. Cyr passed away at the age of 95 years. Best known as the Father of the Yellow School Bus, Professor Cyr of Teachers College, Columbia University was an expert in rural education who sought to make school transportation safe, and education, accessible. Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cyr organized the first national week-long conference in 1939 for standards in school transportation, which included the color yellow, soon officially known as “National School Bus Chrome”. In the 1950s’s Cyr experimented with teaching by telephone at Teachers College and was instrumental an educational television system for rural schools in the Catskills. In Stamford, Connecticut, where Cyr resided until his death, the Frank W. Cyr Educational Center of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services was established; it included a television station.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

Tips: 190801_SpecialSlide

  • See the archival footage showcase, The Invention of the Yellow School Bus on Vialogues
  • Read the Teachers College obituary, published on Friday, June 21, 2002 that includes many more fascinating details about the life of Frank W. Cyr
  • Explore the Frank W. Cyr Collection in Pocketknowledge, the digital archive of Teachers College, Columbia University

Images:

  • Frank Cyr, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Special Slide, Courtesy of Edlab Studios

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