Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH



January 31, 1943November 29, 2019

KOWALSKI, Theodore J., age 76 passed away Friday, November 29, 2019 at his residence. Ted was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana to the late Stanley and Violet Kowalski. He was a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute. Ted went on with his education to receive a Bachelors, Masters and then his PhD at Indiana State University. He began his career in Indiana as a Speech and Hearing teacher, followed by a position as an assistant principal. After receiving his PhD he was an associate superintendent in Charleston, Illinois, a Superintendent of the Tippecanoe School Corporation in Lafayette, Indiana, professor at St. Louis University, Dean of Teachers College and professor at Ball State University for over twenty years, professor at University of Dayton endowed chair “Kuntz Family Chair in Education Administration”, and then retired in 2016. He is preceded in death by his brother Stanley Jr. Ted is survived by his wife of 53 years Mary Anne Kowalski, their children Catherine(Gregory)Laneve, Christopher, Timothy, and Thomas(Anna)Kowalski, grandchildren Grant, Claire, Julia, Nathan, and Greyson, brother William Kowalski, sisters Lucy(Richard)Flint, and Kathleen Cassidy, brother-in-law Charles(Judith) Lightner and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass 11:00AM Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Church of the Ascension 2001 Woodman Dr. Kettering, Ohio; family will receive friends 10:00AM to 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers contributions can be given in Ted’s memory to charity of your choice. Condolences can be expressed to the family www.tobiasfuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 4, 2019



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Mary Ellen (Knight) Maddox

December 8, 2019

I’m so very sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. He was a classmate of mine at Bishop Noll and a fellow East Chicagoan.

Mary Ellen (Knight) Maddox
Redding, California

Paul Garrison

December 5, 2019

I express my sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Kowalski. I also want you to know that I appreciated his role in my education and advice regarding my role as a Public School Superintendent. Ted was the chair of my EdS committee and a professor who made a real difference in my life. Without his direct intervention I would not have entered the EdS program at Ball State. I have many memories of interacting with him in class and through many conversations. I am now in my 22nd year as a Superintendent and continue to be thankful for Dr. Kowalski’s example and service.

Ed Garten

December 4, 2019

Ted was a neighbor of mine here in Beavercreek -- just a few streets down -- and I would often stop and chat with him when I'd see him out front. I also served on a number of dissertation committees with Ted during my last few years at UD. Ted always demonstrated incredible academic integrity and professionalism, truly admirable traits. I will miss Ted's kind and gentle manner.

Timothy Ilg

December 2, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with Ted's family. I was privileged to be a colleague with Ted at UD. His professionalism and dedication to our profession were an inspiration to all of us.

Harmon Baldwin

December 2, 2019

I was one generation older than Ted, but knew of him and his work -a leader, regardless of the role that he held. Education in Indiana and Ohio was improved by his contribution to the cause . May his family know that one of his former colleagues appreciated his gifts and his roles. May he rest in peace!