Dr. Lloyd M. Maxon’s 46-year career of developing United States Air Force education programs as a teacher, administrator and founder of the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) began at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming in November 1950 and continued through his retirement from Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas in February 1996. Lloyd was able to develop over 102 technical specialty courses into a comprehensive, academically-recognized program of college courses that continue to benefit thousands of USAF personnel.
Lloyd, the youngest son of Mildred and Thomas Maxon’s 8 children, was born in Pine Island, Minnesota in 1927. Growing up in the Great Depression, Lloyd learned the values of hard work and educational excellence; commitments that he continues today.
Immediately after graduating from Minnesota’s Pine Island High School in May 1945, Lloyd entered the U.S. Army and served with the First Calvary Division in Japan and Okinawa. Following his return to civilian life, Lloyd attended the University of Minnesota with the dream of becoming a surgeon but an accident at a part-time job in a lumber mill damaged his hand and changed his focus to a teaching career. He married Mary Margaret Dee in August 1949 and graduated from Winona State Teachers College in 1950.
Lloyd began his teaching career in November 1950 as an instructor in telecommunications and civil engineering courses at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming; these courses were moved to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1958. In addition to working full-time for the Air Force and raising a family with Margaret, Lloyd remained dedicated to study and attended class at night and on weekends to earn his Masters Degree from the College of Norther Colorado in 1956 and his Doctoral Degree in Education from the University of North Texas, June 1970. Lloyd traveled more than 67,000 miles between Wichita Falls and Denton, Texas in order to obtain is EdD.
“Doc” Maxon used his degree, ability and dedication to develop the programs and relationships with members of evaluation teams of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to make it possible for USAF technical training classes to received accreditation as college courses: thus, leading a team effort to form the Community College of the Air Force. CCAF has been of invaluable help to tens of thousands of USAF personnel on their path of higher education and future success. Lloyd received numerous awards-including Outstanding Civilian of the Year in 1986-for his efforts to promote USAF education throughout his career. He retired in February 1996.
Lloyd was also an important advocate for Catholic education in Wichita Falls; serving as a Bible school instructor for 14 years and as a member of the first School Board of Notre Dame High School. His legacy in education is continued by his daughter Donna-a teacher for 25 years-and his son James’ daughter Rachael-who plans to teach at the university level.