Boston (June 23, 2022) – Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, is sorry to announce that the company’s founder, Robert A. Lemmy died on June 8, 2022. Lemir is ninety-nine years old and has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Lemir created Lexia Learning in 1984 after seeing her son struggle to learn to read. Lemir was instructed by his friend, Dr. Edwin Cole, a renowned neurologist, head of the Reading Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, and founder of several schools for students with dyslexia like his son. Lemir realized that many other children had difficulty reading and that most of them did not have the resources of his family.
Neighbor Dr. With Littleton Mix, a technology expert, Lemier and Dr. Cole decided to create a company that would use computer technology to help students get the clear, systematic, and personalized instructions they needed to become successful readers and confident students. In 1992, Lexia expanded its mission to serve not only dyslexic readers, but also all readers and struggling readers, starting with beginners. Today, the company serves more than 5.5 million students across more than 3,300 school districts in all 50 states and territories.
Prior to founding Lexia, Lemir ran his own one-person investment advisory firm, Lemier & Co., which he started in the mid-1970s. This entrepreneurial instinct first appeared when Lemir Payne, Weber, Jackson and Curtis worked on corporate underwriting while he and Howard Reynolds ran a nightly radio show called Spotlight on Business. After receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1958, Lemir began his business career writing a case study for a consulting firm in Boston.
Lemmy has also served as a leader and educator for a number of environmental reasons. He was chairman of the Lincoln Conservation Committee in Massachusetts from 1966 to 1981. He taught communities across the country to make new developments and save open space. He also taught these principles at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Conway School of Landscape Design. Lemmy was a consultant to the Nature Conservation, Conservation Foundation, and other national organizations.
In 1979, he published a book, entitled “Creative Land Development: Bridge to the Future” by Houghton Mifflin, and his original work, “Teach Me to Read: The Early History of the Lexia Learning System, Mission, and the Boy Who Inspired It All”. . In 2014.
In 1972, the Massachusetts Audubon Society presented Lemir with its Action Award. Governor Michael Dukakis appointed him to the Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Commission and the Citizens Water Supply Committee, where Lemmy served as a member of the executive committee for several years.
“Even outside of college, Bob exemplifies service and leadership by serving as a junior officer in the Navy,” said Lexia Learning President, Nick Gehde. “By living by these principles, Bob has left an indelible mark on communities across America and on us in Lexia. We are committed to upholding those principles as part of his legacy and to advancing his mission by making the power of literacy education accessible to all. “
About Lexia Learning
Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, specializes in structural literacy. For more than 35 years, the company has focused solely on literacy, and today, provides a complete spectrum of solutions for both students and teachers. With powerful offers for separate instruction, personalized learning, assessment, and professional learning, Lexia helps more students read, write, and speak with confidence. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.
About Cambium Learning Group
Cambium Learning® Group is an e-learning company, providing award-winning learning technologies and services for the K-12 market. With a deliberately curated portfolio of reputable global brands, Cambium serves as a leader in education, helping millions of educators and students feel valued worldwide every day. Whatever it does, the company focuses on the elements that provide the most necessary, easier, more specific solutions for learning success that make a meaningful difference at the moment. To learn more, visit www.cambiumlearning.com or follow Cambium on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium. The company’s Cambium family includes: Cambium Assessment, Lexia: Learning, Learning AZ®, Voyager Supris Learning: ExploreLearning®, Time4Learning®, and Kurzweil Education®.