Robert J. Shockley, Prince George’s school official, dies at 92

January 25

Robert J. Shockley, an assistant superintendent of schools in Prince George’s County from 1965 until he retired in 1984, died Jan. 13 at a hospital in Miami. He was 92.

The cause was cancer, said his son, Jay Shockley.

Dr. Shockley was an educator in New York, Baltimore and Western Maryland before coming to Prince George’s County. He published several books and articles on education.

Robert Joseph Shockley was born in Greensboro, Md., and graduated from Frostburg State University in 1942. After serving in the Army during World War II, he received a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1950.

A former resident of Friendly, Md., he moved to Florida after retiring.

His first wife, Thelma L. Manahan Shockley, died in 1995 after 51 years of marriage. His second wife, Patria L. Grantham Shockley, died in 2011 after 13 years of marriage.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Dorothy Avondstondt of Coral Gables, Fla., Jay Shockley of New York City and James Shockley of Jacksonville, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Susan McCutcheon of Hohenfels, Germany; a brother; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes