W. Louis Bashaw

Obituary of W. Louis Bashaw

W. Louis Bashaw, 80, of Syracuse, died peacefully October 28, 2017 at the Syracuse Home.  Born in Louisville, KY, December 19, 1936, he was the son of the late Rev. William and Dorothy Bashaw.  He graduated in 1954 from Brandon High School in Florida and earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at Florida State University.  A recipient of a full undergraduate scholarship from the Southern Scholarship Foundation, Louis subsequently became a generous supporter of the foundation and its mission to talented Florida students. 

A veteran of the US Army, he served as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1958.  He attained the rank of Captain in the Military Police Corps. 

A specialist in Psychometrics and Educational Measurement, he was employed by the Florida Board of Control.  Subsequently, he became a member of the faculty of the College of Education at Florida State University.  He spent the majority of his career on the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Georgia, retiring in 1992, as Professor Emeritus.    At the University of Georgia, he served as Division Head of Educational Foundations and Department Head of Educational Psychology.  Although he was a well-published scholar, he was most admired for his devotion to his graduate students and his concern for faculty and staff. 

Louis enjoyed community life.  A member of the Kiwanis Club in both Athens, GA and DeWitt, he served as an officer in both clubs.  He was also a member of the Fayetteville Central City Lodge #305 F & AM and served as Past Master.  He was also a member of the Tigris Shrine.  A member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, he served as Warden and as a Vestry member.  He was also a devoted Meals on Wheels volunteer.  His avocations included gardening, cooking, Bridge and golf. 

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carolyn Terry Bashaw; his brother-in-law, Steven F. Terry of Syracuse; his sister, Mary Jo Bashaw of Tampa, FL; his brother, Kenneth L. Bashaw of West Columbia, TX; and nieces and nephews. 

There will be a Memorial Service Wednesday, November 1 at 10 AM at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1308 Meadowbrook Drive, Syracuse.  Masonic rituals will be held following the service in the fellowship room. 

The family would like to thank the staff of the Syracuse Home and Dr. Albert Tripodi for their compassionate and professional care of Louis.  The family also thanks Dr. Robert Todd and Dr. Benjamin Himpler for their invaluable care and support. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Syracuse Home at McHarrie Place, 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.