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On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Dr. Louis A. Mayo of Lake Anna, Virginia, passed away in his sleep after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. He is survived by his three children, Louis Allen Mayo III, Robert Lawrence Mayo, and Carolyn Jean Mayo Fritz, four grandchildren, Cara Mayo, Carleigh Mayo, Kelly Mayo, and Harrison Fritz, and his sister Eloise Mayo. Dr. Mayo received a BA degree in Criminology in 1952 from California State University, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Public Administration from American University. Dr. Mayo served as a first Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as an electronics countermeasures expert and served three U.S. presidents as a Secret Service Agent on the White House detail. The day after President Kennedy was shot, Dr. Mayo received a call from the White House to immediately return to Washington to assist in the investigation.
Upon leaving the Secret Service, Dr. Mayo joined the Office of Law Enforcement Assistance (OLEA) and subsequently co-founded the National Institute of Justice where he was instrumental in developing and promoting Community Policing programs throughout the country. Dr. Mayo formed and operated PACE (Police Association for College Education – http://www.police-association.org) to encourage police departments to require BA degrees for their officers, and was founder. From 1987 to 1999, he was co-founder and Executive Director of the American Police Association. He was also a founding member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police American Society for Public Administration and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (Police Section). Dr. Mayo founded “Mayo Mayo and Associates” which for over 30 years, promoted best practices in criminal justice and policing.
A service celebrating Dr. Mayo’s life will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland, from 12 noon till 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Louis A. Mayo Endowment for Community Policing, South Eastern Missouri State University, Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
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