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Ferron Clark Losee, a professional educator for more than 30 years and Dixie College president for 12 years, died Thursday, March 28, 1991, in St. George. He was 80.

An outspoken opponent of tenure for teachers, but a strong proponent of academic freedom, Dr. Losee presided over Dixie College during turbulent times in the 1960s and '70s.A native of Panguitch, Dr. Losee attended Brigham Young University and earned his postgraduate degrees at the University of California and University of Southern California. In 1949, he accepted a position at California State College, Los Angeles, where he was dean of the school of fine arts and applied arts.

In 1964, Dr. Losee was named president of Dixie College, where he served until his retirement in 1976. At that time, he and his wife, Faye, moved to Hawaii, where he served as counselor to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Honolulu Mission president. In 1979, the couple was called to establish an LDS mission in Micronesia-Guam, where Dr. Losee served as president until 1983. The Losees returned to St. George in 1984.

Dr. Losee is survived by his wife, Mildred Ashworth Losee. Dr. Losee's first wife, Faye Greer, died in 1989, and his second wife, Mary S. Thomas, preceded him in death in 1990. Dr. Losee is also survived by his three daughters, Lani Losee of St. George, Linda Little of Orem and Lois Cox of Bountiful, and by 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. in the Bloomington Stake Center, 200 West Brigham Road, St. George. Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Ferron C. Losee Scholarship Endowment at Dixie College.