Dr. Sid Inglis helped shape California policy on education and teacher credentialing.

Obituary: Sid Inglis was California education expert

Published: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013 - 8:02 am

Dr. Sid Inglis, a teacher who helped shape public policy as a California education expert and an active member of local government advisory boards, died June 13 at 85.

He had a kidney ailment and was recently diagnosed with cancer, his family said.

Dr. Inglis devoted almost six decades to education as a teacher, administrator and leader in establishing professional standards.

From 1974 to 1988, he was a consultant for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He testified at the state Capitol, spoke at national professional conferences and published many articles on educational and legislative issues.

He played a role in shaping state policy after spending two decades in schools as a teacher and administrator in the San Juan Unified School District. He retired in 2009 after another 20 years as a part-time faculty member in education at California State University, Sacramento.

"He thoroughly enjoyed what he was doing and believed in young people coming up in the profession," said his wife, Arlene. "He had so much pleasure in mentoring young people."

Dr. Inglis also was active in civic life as an entrepreneur and volunteer. He was a co-developer of the Cirby Woods residential community in Roseville and belonged to business, environmental and political groups.

He was appointed to key public advisory boards, including the Sacramento County Policy Planning Commission, Sacramento County Parks and Recreation Commission, and City/County Human Rights Commission. He advised elected officials on a variety of issues – including the closure of McClellan Air Force Base, Hazel Avenue traffic and the role of Child Protective Services in the 1996 slaying of 3-year-old Adrian Conway.

"He was the most reliable person I ever knew," said former Supervisor Sandra Smoley, who appointed him to many advisory groups. "He was very versatile, very intelligent and always committed to getting the job done."

"Sid had good common sense and an ability to get along with people," former Supervisor Illa Collin said. "He listened well and had a deep sense of integrity."

Born on Oct. 14, 1927, in Seattle, Sidney Arthur Inglis grew up in the Bay Area and excelled as a student at El Cerrito High School. He joined the Army at 17 in the waning days of World War II and served in the National Guard.

He graduated from UC Berkeley and earned a master's degree from California State University, Sacramento. He earned an education doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1968.

Dr. Inglis was married for 47 years to the former Arlene Green, who was a San Juan assistant superintendent. He helped raise her children and later adopted her daughter. He lived with his wife on a meticulously landscaped 2-acre home in Orangevale that was featured in The Bee's California Life section.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his stepsons, John Green of Sacramento, and Kevin Green of Shakopee, Minn.; daughter, Debbie Green of Roseville; sister, Patricia Newton of Gardnerville, Nev.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A private celebration of life is planned. Memorial donations may be made to the American River Natural History Association, P.O. Box 241, Carmichael, CA 95609.

Call The Bee's Robert D. Dávila, (916) 321-1077. Follow him on Twitter @bob_davila.

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