Don Kirkpatrick Passes Away

Don Kirkpatrick, father of the Four Levels of evaluation and a good friend and colleague to many of us, passed away On May 9th. We will miss him but will always be grateful for his very significant contribution to our profession and for his wonderful character. His obituary follows. Dr. Donald L. Kirkpatrick passed away on May 9, 2014 at the age of 90. Don was a luminary in the training and development industry. His four levels of training evaluation created in the 1950s became the industry standard for measuring the impact of training programs. Don was the author of eight books on training evaluation and human resource management topics, including Evaluating Training Programs, 3rd edition. He was a dynamic speaker who made presentations worldwide. Don is fondly remembered for his use of the overhead projector and transparencies long after most had transitioned to electronic presentation media. Don was honored for his contribution to the training industry with numerous awards, including the ASTD Lifetime Achievement Award, ASTD Legend in Training and Development, ASTD Gordon M. Bliss Award and Training Magazine Hall of Fame membership. Don was also proud to be a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. Don’s work is carried on by his son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Wendy, through their company, Kirkpatrick Partners. They are honored to be able to continue Don’s seminal work.

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