Henry James "Jim" Mahler, former director of CLU's Teacher Preparation Program, died May 29, 2009, in Willmar, Minn. He was 70. Mahler was a faculty member in the School of Education from 1979 until his retirement in 2004. Before coming to CLU, he taught at Concordia Teachers College in Illinois.
As director of CLU's Teacher Preparation Program, Mahler's primary interests centered on the use of computers in schools and the developmental stages of beginning teachers. A former school psychologist for the elementary schools of Oak Park, Ill., he also served as a teacher, principal and regional director in Lutheran schools in New Jersey and California.
While living in Thousand Oaks, he and his wife, LaNell, were members of Ascension Lutheran Church. Following his retirement, they relocated to Willmar. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, the Rev. Naomi Mahler and Rachel Kraemer; a son, Matthew Mahler; four grandchildren; and three siblings.