Lexia Learning’s Founder, Robert Arthur Lemire, Dies at Eighty-Nine

BOSTON (June 23, 2022) Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, is saddened to announce that the founder of the company, Robert A. Lemire, died Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Lemire was eighty-nine and passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Lemire created Lexia Learning in 1984 after watching his son learn to read. Lemire received guidance from his friend, Dr. Edwin Cole, a noted neurologist, head of the Reading Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital and founder of several schools with his son like dyslexia. Lemire realized that many other children had reading difficulties and most of them did not have the resources that his family did.

Together with neighbor Dr. Littleton Meeks, an expert in technology, Lemire and Dr. Cole decided to create a company that would use computer technology to help students acquire explicit, systematic, and personalized instruction to become successful readers and confident learners. In 1992, Lexia expanded its mission to serve not only dyslexia but to all beginners and inclusive struggling readers. Today, the company serves more than 5.5 million students across more than 3,300 school districts in all 50 states and territories.

Before founding Lexia, Lemire ran his own one-person investment-advisory firm, Lemire and Co., which he founded in the mid-1970s. While he and Howard Reynolds ran a nightly radio show at Spotlight on Business, Paine, Webber, Jackson, & Curtis worked in corporate underwriting while Lemire worked for the first time. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1958, Lemire began his business career with a Boston consulting firm.

Lemire also served as a leader and educator for several environmental causes. He was Chair of the Lincoln Conservation Committee in Massachusetts from 1966 to 1981. He was a member of Cluster New Developments and Save Open Space across communities. He also founded the Rhode Island School of Design, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Conway School of Landscape Design. Lemire was also a consultant for the Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Foundation, and other national organizations.

In 1979, he published a book “Creative Land Development: Bridge to the Future” by Houghton Mifflin and his seminal work, “Teach Me to Read: The Early History of Lexia Learning Systems, the Mission, and the Boy Who Inspired It” in 2014.

In 1972, the Massachusetts Audubon Society awarded Lemire its Action Award. Governor Michael Dukakis will join the Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Commission and the Citizens Water Supply Committee, where Lemire served as a member of the Executive Committee for several years.

“Even the right-of-college, Bob exemplified service and leadership as a junior officer in the Navy,” said Lexia Learning President, Nick Gaehde. “These are the principles of living by Bob. We are committed to maintaining those principles as part of his legacy and carrying forward his mission of making literacy education accessible. ”

About Lexia Learning

Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, is a structured literacy expert. For over 35 years, the company has focused on single-minded literacy, and today, it provides both students and teachers with a full spectrum of solutions. With robust offerings, differentiated instruction, personalized learning, assessment, and professional learning, Lexia helps more learners read, write, and speak with confidence. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.

About Cambium Learning Group

Cambium Learning® Group is an education essentials company, offering award-winning education technology and services in the K-12 markets. With an intentionally curated portfolio of respected global brands, Cambium serves as a leader in the education space, helping educators and students feel more and more universally valued every day. In everything it does, the company focuses on the elements that are most essential to success in education, delivering simpler, more certain solutions that make a meaningful difference right now. To learn more, visit www.cambiumlearning.com or follow Cambium on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium. The Cambium family of companies include: Cambium Assessment, Lexia® Learning, Learning AZ®, Voyager Sopris Learning®, ExploreLearning®, Time4Learning®, and Kurzweil Education®.

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