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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 26, 2003

(Photo: Qualls, center, with students; click photo for high resolution version)

Memorial Service Planned For UI Testing Professor

The University of Iowa College of Education will hold a memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7 for Audrey Qualls, 47, a professor in educational testing and measurement who died Dec. 28.

The service will be held in the Main Lounge/Sun Porch of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is open to the public. UI faculty, staff and students who knew Qualls are encouraged to attend.

Colleagues say that Qualls' death was a double loss for the testing program, at the UI and nationally. Not only was she a gifted researcher, educator and test author, but she was also an African-American woman in a field that contains few minorities.

Qualls was appointed full professor in the College of Education's educational measurement and statistics department last year. She is survived by a son, Maurice Payne, a student at Iowa State University, her mother, two sisters, three brothers and other relatives, many of whom live in the Chicago area.

Qualls' relationship with the UI dates back to 1979, when she began work on her master's degree in educational measurement and statistics after getting a bachelor's degree in psychology from DePaul University. From 1980 to 1982 Qualls worked as an assistant test evaluator for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas, then returned to the UI to begin work on her Ph.D.

She completed her doctorate in 1986 and worked for Science Research Associates and the Illinois Institute of Technology before joining the UI College of Education's educational measurement and statistics department as an assistant professor in 1990. In 1996 she was named an associate professor.

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