Anna Sultanoff Ochoa-Becker

Passed away on February 25, 2013

Anna Sultanoff Ochoa-Becker, 79 of Bloomington, Indiana passed away Monday, February 25th, 2013. Born to Russian immigrants in Windsor, Ontario Canada, she is survived by her husband James M. Becker and his children: Susan of Los Angeles, California; James of Boulder, Colorado; Mark of Lisle, Illinois; Sara of Urbana, Illinois; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Anna had a zest for life enriched by a circle of close friends and her inherited extended family, and a wide variety of interests including local politics, interior decorating, cooking, and international travel. Anna graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree; University of Michigan with a master’s degree in history; and, University of Washington with a PhD in curriculum studies. She taught social studies in public schools in Michigan, California, and El Salvador. Anna was on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Florida State University before joining the School of Education at Indiana University-Bloomington. There she assumed roles as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Teacher Education, and as a project director of numerous state and federal teacher education research grants. Anna was known for her leadership and for confronting censorship, buttressing academic freedom, promoting human rights education, and fostering interdependence in the global world. She was widely published and internationally recognized for her academic achievements. A scholarship at Indiana University has been set up in her name. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Middle Way House, Inc (Bloomington). A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 16th 2013 at 2 pm in the Presidents’ Room, University Club (Room 150) Indiana Memorial Union.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 16, 2013

Anna Sultanoff Ochoa-Becker

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March 7, 2013

Extremely sad to hear of Anna's passing. She and I were doctoral students together in the Tri-University Project at the University of Washington in the late 1960's. (Elmer Williams, Charlotte, NC, retired faculty from University of Georgia, Athens)

Rosemary & Len Forrest

March 6, 2013

Dear Jim, our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Our dear Anna will be sorely missed, but what a legacy!

Pat Wilson

March 5, 2013

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” –Albert Einstein

“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.” –William Arthur Ward

These quotes embrace the essence and greatness of Anna Ochoa-Becker's philosophy of education and life. She strived to help educators help their students to excel in the academic arena and in service to the global community. She encouraged a strong work ethic, perseverance, and goal achievement. She wanted students at every level to be curious, analytical, and original- comprehensive thinkers who pursue learning for personal growth and intellectual stimulation. She wanted them to see the inherent value in academic endeavors. “Emphasis must be placed on social justice, equality, equity, diversity, and global perspectives if the world's marginalized voices are to be surfaced and addressed.” You heard Anna saying this constantly. She believed that we are all teachers and learners in every setting of life, and we each bring unique gifts to the round table. She encouraged scholarly and civic discourse which focused on issues that surface tremendous controversy and involve people with competing and complex agendas. She challenged her students and colleagues to be enlightened by an “issues centered decision making perspective.” This incredible woman was truly my mentor. Her intellect and passion for improving the human condition will go on forever because she was so willing to mentor so many of us. Anna allows us to “pay it forward” to future generations so that those marginalized voices will be heard and their issues addressed. We have all been blessed by Anna's actions and passion for life. I will miss her deeply but continue to carry out her message.

Bonnie Gammon

March 1, 2013

Jim, I am so sadden to learn of Anna's passing. Please know that I am sending you my deepest sympathy. Bonnie Gammon

Audrey Morgan

March 1, 2013

She was a great teacher and a wonderful person and will be missed.