Edward Coffin Pomeroy, 82, executive director emeritus of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, died of congestive heart failure June 16 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Pomeroy, a leading figure in the accreditation movement for teacher education, retired and received emeritus status in the early 1980s, after about 30 years with AACTE, which represents 750 colleges and universities. He also was honored by the association with an annual award given in his name to an educator who has contributed in significant ways to teacher education.
He joined AACTE when it was based Oneonta, N.Y., and spearheaded its move to Washington in the 1950s. Over the years, he served as the association's associate and executive secretary, and he helped to establish the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the International Council on Education for Teaching.
He was born in Westfield, Mass., and graduated from American International College in Springfield, Mass. After serving in the Navy Supply Corps during World War II, he received a doctorate in education from Columbia University.
He was a trustee of Colorado Women's College in Denver, an advisory commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, a professional association, and a member of the National Education Association and the University Club of Washington.
His first wife, Pauline H. Pomeroy, died in 1966, and his second wife, Letha Pomeroy, died in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Olive Pomeroy of Silver Spring; a daughter from his first marriage, Judith Hintermeister of Muscatine, Iowa; and two grandchildren.