Dr. Grant Venn, 60, a former Peace Corps offiical and associate commissioner of the U.S. Office of Education, died at Northside Hospital in Atlanta Monday following a heart attack. He had been stricken at his home in sub-urban Roswell.
Dr. Venn, who had been Callaway professor of education at Georgia State University in Atlanta since 1972, was a specialist in vocational and career education. He also had wide experience as an educational administrator.
He was director of field training in the Peace Corps in 1962 and 1963. He then was superintendent of the Wood County school system in Parkersburg, W.Va. He returned to Washington in 1966 and spent the next four years as associate commission of education in the Office of Education, a part of the Department of health, Education and Welfare.
Dr. Venn was director of the National Academy of School Executives at the American Association of School Administrators in Washington from 1970 until he took his teaching post at Georgia State.
He was born in Seattle and was educated at Washington State University. He was a guidance counselor and superintendent in school systems in Washington and New York until 1960, when he became president of Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. He remained at Western State until joining the Peace Corps.
Dr. Venn's survivors include his wife, Olga, of the home in Roswell; a son, John, of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Vicky Watkins, also of Jacksonville, and Deborah Venn. of Burlington Vt.; a stepdaughter, Diane Berto, of Rosewell; two brothers, William, of North Bend, Wash., and Vance, of Auburn, Wash.; a sister, Gertrude Wigg, of Japan, and five grandchildren.