Former Central Alberta school superintendent Larry Jacobs has passed away.
Jacobs went on leave in February and then retired in April after over 12 years as superintendent of Wolf Creek Public Schools.
Jayson Lovell, who became Wolf Creek superintendent after Jacobs retired, said Wednesday that Jacobs passed away on Dec. 15. Lovell worked as assistant superintendent with Jacobs for many years.
“Larry was the kind of leader who was just incredibly passionate and dedicated towards education, and incredibly well-read and well-researched, and visionary,” Lovell said.
“He had such a strong understanding of education from many different perspectives and he really brought that every day to the work that he did. That commitment, and that dedication and passion, certainly will be missed in our school division.”
Jacobs retired after 46 years in education. He worked in the Wild Rose School Division before moving over to the Wolf Creek division. Earlier he worked for Clearview Public Schools where at one point he was principal at Big Valley School. He also served once as president of the College of Alberta School Superintendents.
Lovell said Jacob’s death was a shock and very unexpected, and the district’s thoughts and prayers are with the family. He said the district was waiting word on a possible celebration of life but had not yet heard anything.