In Memoriam


From time to time we hear from EDCP and for that matter UBC alumni who share the news of the passing of a former colleague, supervisor, instructor, student, etc. Below is a collection of tributes that have been sent to us for sharing with the EDCP community. Please contact us if you have information you would like to see added to this page.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of one of our former Faculty of Education colleagues. Dr. Anne Anthony passed away on September 1st, 2016.

Anne was born in England on 16 Feb 1938. She arrived from the UK in 1966 for a year at Prince of Wales Secondary School as an exchange teacher after teaching secondary in England. She decided to return to make her home in Vancouver and was appointed to the UBC Faculty of Education Physical Education Department was in 1969. Anne was appointed to teach the elementary physical education pedagogy courses and later taught the secondary physical education pedagogy courses. Anne received her Ph.D in 1987 from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Anne Anthony

Anne's passion for orienteering and outdoor activities resulted in the development of several unique Teacher Education courses in Outdoor Education. She also developed the Outdoor Environmental Education Diploma program that was approved by the Faculty of Education in 1993. Furthermore, Anne did all this while being very challenged with cancer which she successfully and very bravely overcame with the support of all her Breast in a Boat paddler friends and her St Philips Church community. Teacher Education students were inspired by Anne’s wonderful enthusiasm and passion for active living and the great outdoors. Anne retired from UBC in the summer of 2003 at the age of 65. Anne was a wonderful colleague and full of character and energy. She will be greatly missed by all her UBC colleagues and former teacher education students.

It is with immense sadness that we share the news of the passing of Katharine Borgen on April 3, 2014.

Katharine received a BEd from the University of Alberta and her MA and PhD from UBC in Curriculum Studies (Math Education). She taught in secondary schools in Edmonton, Burnaby and Vancouver.

Katharine joined the Faculty of Education as Adjunct Professor in 2009 on secondment from the Vancouver School Board where she served as Math Mentor. She taught courses in the BEd and Math Education programs and authored or co-authored several books and guides for use in math education including Mathworks 10, 11 and 12 published by Pacific Educational Press.

Katharine was an EDCP member until her retirement in June, 2013.

Dr. Catharine Borgen

We are very sad to announce that Dr. Robert Carlisle, Emeritus Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy of the Faculty of Education at UBC, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and after graduate work at Harvard University in the early 1970s, Dr. Carlisle came to UBC as Assistant Professor of Science Education in 1975, having previously worked as a Science Education tutor at the University of Leicester, UK. He was tenured in 1979 and gained promotion to Associate Professor in 1994. He retired from UBC in 1997.

Prior to coming to UBC, Dr. Carlisle had been extremely active in the development of science curricula. He played a significant role in the early work of the Nuffield Project in the United Kingdom, and was project director of the African Primary Science Project, a project conducted by the Educational Development Center in Boston, while he undertook his doctorate at Harvard. During his time at UBC, his primary interests were in the areas of curriculum development in science at the elementary level, and in students’ learning of science in informal settings, such as science centres, aquaria, and planetariums. His work with graduate students and with schools was greatly applauded by those who came under his supervision.

Dr. Robert Carlisle

It is with sadness that the Faculty learned of the passing of Allen Clingman, who passed away on March 27, 2005. Dr. Clingman was a member of the Faculty of Education for 33 years until he retired in 1992 as Head of the Music Education program in Visual and Performing Arts in Education (VPAE). Dr. Clingman was born in Newton, Iowa on June 19, 1929, served during the Korean War, took his B.A. and M.A. at Drake University in Iowa, and received his Doctorate from Columbia University in 1958. Dr. Clingman taught instrumental music at UBC and was an advocate of Community Music Education. Over the years he presented many papers on Community Music Education at the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Dr. Clingman was also past president of CMEA, and BCMEA, and a long-time Canadian delegate to the ISME conferences.

Allen Clingman Memorial Prize - A prize has been endowed by friends, family, colleagues and alumni in memory of Dr. Allen Clingman for an outstanding graduate student in music education.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of one of our former colleagues. Dr. Glen Thomas Dixon passed away at age 77 on December 7, 2016.

Glen’s education profile includes: Diploma in Elementary Education (Manitoba Teachers College - 1962), Bachelor of Music Education (Lowell University, Mass. USA - 1968), M.Ed. in Child Study (Tufts University - 1969), Certificate in Educational Admin (New York University - 1971) and Ed.D. in Early Child Education (University of Georgia - 1975). Glen taught in various schools in Winnipeg and New York before taking up appointments as Assistant Professor at University of Georgia (1973 – 1975) and University of Texas (Austin, 1975 – 1977) before taking an appointment in the same capacity at UBC (1977).

Glen retired from UBC in 2004 at the rank of Associate Professor. His profile at UBC includes over 70 invited presentations and refereed and non-refereed publications. We wish to acknowledge that Glen’s career is underscored by numerous outstanding awards including: in 1968, Glen received American Association of University Professors’ Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement at Massachusetts State College at Lowell; in 1984, Outstanding Member and Distinguished Service Awards by Association of Childhood Education International; in 1989, Kentucky Colonel Award for Outstanding Service to Education from the Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and in 1993, he received ACEI Outstanding Achievement Award.

Many of us who knew Glen will remember him as a colleague who offered a lot to education at UBC, especially to the Early Child Education community. He was Coordinator and Director of the UBC Child Study Centre (CSC) from 1982-1997. In 1994, he reported that the CSC was "one of Canada’s leading campus-based child development laboratory research and demonstration facility". Glen often hosted small groups of visiting educators. Numerous monthly seminars were a common feature at the centre. As well, workshops were offered at the centre to visiting educators who at one time included African Early Childhood Educators.

With Glen’s leadership, the Child Study Centre was for a long time a site for some of our current faculty’s research. The Centre was well renowned as a model/high quality daycare and also hosted, for a number of years until it closed down in June 1997, several programs including the Children’s Art Program.

Glen spent his final years supervising teacher candidates on practicum in Kindergarten classrooms while at the same time directly sharing his expertise with the future K teachers. He was a dedicated professional who worked hard to advocate for and support young children's learning and growth in safe and rich environments.

Dr. Glen Dixon

We are sad to announce the death, on December 21, 2014, of Mr. Frederick (Fred) Gornall, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Science Education.

Mr. Gornall, born in Victoria, BC, in 1920, was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and served during World War II. He was a high school teacher and principal in the 1950s, having completed a teacher education program (with distinction) at Vancouver Normal School, in 1949. He taught at Midway Superior School, Rutland Secondary School, and Como Lake Secondary School.

Mr. Gornall earned a BA (1952) and BEd (1957), from UBC, and was appointed a lecturer, at UBC, in 1959. He rose to the rank of associate professor, and served as Chair of the Department of Science Education (1972-78). Mr. Gornall taught environmental education, methodology in curriculum and instruction in science, and curriculum development in elementary science. His specialty was botany. Mr. Gornall was a team member of NITEP (1975-80) and taught in Terrace, Williams Lake, Kamloops and North Vancouver. In addition to his many memberships in science teachers’ associations, Mr. Gornall shared his leadership gifts with the BC Waterfowl Society, the Canadian Forestry Association, the Council of Outdoor Educators of BC, and the Tynehead Zoological Society. He travelled extensively and visited over 140 countries, including trips to the Canadian Arctic and to Antarctica. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Frederick Gornall

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of one of our former colleagues, Dr. James Underwood Gray, on March 18, 2017. Professor Gray was born on November 8, 1927.

In 1950, Jim graduated from the Vancouver School of Art and Design with Honours in Drawing and Painting and from Vancouver Provincial Normal School (1951). He then taught in four Vancouver elementary schools and as an art specialist at Gladstone Secondary. From 1959-1967, he was Supervisor of Art for the VSB. After completing his PhD at the University of Washington he joined the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Education (VPAE) at The University of British Columbia.

Jim was a mentor and an adviser to undergraduate and graduate students including Professor Rita Irwin, previously a Department Head of Curriculum Studies, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and now a UBC Distinguished Scholar. Jim provided counsel that was always thoughtful, considered, and practical. He had that rare quality, prized by senators in republican Rome, called ‘gravitas’ – imperturbable, not swayed by trends or superficial posturing. Jim was the kind of person you could try out ideas on, and be sure of a reasoned response, even if it wasn’t the one you were looking for. He was responsible for the creation of Quarterly Quorum, a lecture series that ran for years, drawing upon visiting Canadian and American art educators and helping raise UBC’s profile to an international level. He was very active both in the Canadian Society for Education through Art, and in the National Art Education Association (USA).

Jim taught a wide range of studio courses and graduate degree program courses in curriculum and instruction. His central belief, contained in the phrase “To hire a teacher is to hire a curriculum,” was that teachers stitch together programs for their students out of their own enthusiasms, experiences, and areas of expertise. This was in direct contrast to the widely held belief among some in higher education that a well written textbook provided all that a novice art teacher needs to conduct a successful program.

Jim retired from UBC in 1992 as a Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Jim Gray

Jim Gray Obituary written by Bill Macdonald, former UBC student (M.Ed '82)

We sadly share the news of the death of one of our former colleagues, Professor Sinclair Healy.

“Clair,” as he was affectionately known to his associates), passed away on March 14, 2017.

He was hired to the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at UBC in 1960 as a painter in the days when academic research in art education as a field of study was in in the early stages of development. In the late 1950s, he did his graduate work at Columbia University (MFA) and received a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Art (University of London). Prior to his appointment at UBC, he was an Art Instructor at New Brunswick Teachers’ College, including the Art Program, Grades 1-8, in the Teachers’ College Model School.

Clair taught through studio work and was widely respected as a master artist who promoted studio discipline as the key to success in the art classroom. He was an accomplished painter whose work was unrepentantly representational — a Maritime Realist of the Alex Coleville school — a fine artist who chose to ignore fashion but was every bit as impressive as his contemporaries. He was an amiable man, and was well liked and respected by both colleagues and students.

Clair continued to grow as an artist throughout his lifetime. From 1952-1984 he had numerous, successful exhibits of his works in New Brunswick and British Columbia. His art is represented in many private and public collections, including the Lord Beaverton Art Gallery and the University of New Brunswick, the BC Historical Society, and the UBC Faculty of Education art collection. As a compliment to his associates, over 25 years Clair produced hundreds of small Faculty portraits — a "rogues gallery” of the Faculty of Education.

Dr, Sinclair Healy and Scarfe portrait

We will miss his great talent and kind nature.

Heather Kelleher passed away peacefully on September 24, 2016 with family members by her side at the Yaletown House in Vancouver. Those of us who knew Heather as a friend and colleague in the Faculty will deeply miss her warm and generous spirit, her upbeat (often offbeat) sense of humor, and her fondness for travel, adventure and dance. "Andiamo!" was her usual response to any suggestion of a trip, and the phrase, "Onward and upward!" expressed her enthusiastic approach to each day. She loved spending time with her family including her husband Steve, her son Dave and daughter Bryn and their spouses, and her four young grandchildren. Heather was also an energetic skier, tennis player, and golfer. And throughout her life her creativity was reflected in the beautiful gardens that she designed and grew, the lovely homes she made, the whimsical pen and ink drawings she produced in her journals, and of course in her many professional contributions as a writer and teacher.

Heather Jane McNamara was born in Kitchener, Ontario in 1947. She and Steve Kelleher were married in BC in 1969. Heather enjoyed a career as an elementary teacher and district consultant in New Westminster prior to pursuing her doctorate at UBC. Her research into the development of mathematical understandings was supervised by Dr. David Robitaille and she completed her Ph.D in 1996. She was the originator and coordinator of the BC Early Numeracy project leading the province and Canada by developing research-based strategies for assessing and supporting young children’s mathematical thinking. Project resources are still used by teachers and families across the province. Even with multiple revisions of the school math curriculum, the Early Numeracy Project remains a valuable resource and continues to be available through the Ministry’s website. Heather was an outstanding presenter with invitations to lead over 60 workshops on Early Numeracy in school districts across the province.

Dr. Heather Kelleher

Heather contributed in significant ways to the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy during her twenty years on Faculty as an outstanding math education instructor, influential and popular textbook author, and creative teacher educator who inspired both aspiring and practicing teachers with her humour, insight and her pragmatic, down to earth approach toward mathematics teaching and learning. Colleagues respected her work ethic, along with her willingness to serve on multiple committees and enthusiastically participate in department activities. She was coordinator of the mathematics education area and active member of the Mathematics Teacher Education Collaborative where she shared her insights and mentored teacher educators. In 1997 she became one of the original founders of the Community of Inquiry into Teacher Education (CITE) an innovative, collaborative cohort in the Faculty of Education that is still preparing K-12 teachers twenty years later. Always popular with students, she was the 2011-2012 recipient of the Sessional and Lecturer Faculty Teaching Prize for Outstanding Service to the Teacher Education Program. Heather retired from UBC in 2012.

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing away of Professor Don Krug on April 2, 2017 at age 60. Professor Krug was born at Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Jan 23, 1957 . With expertise in art education and technology studies, Professor Krug joined The Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC on October 1, 2002. On August 31, 2014 Professor Krug went on medical leave. Prior to taking the medical leave, Professor Krug’s depth of experience in ecology and the arts was an important consideration in his 2012 appointment as a University Sustainability Fellow. Professor Krug co-authored (with Ann Parker) Miracles of the Spirit: Folk, Art, and Stories from Wisconsin and was author of numerous articles on visual arts, technology, and folk culture. Professor Krug was dedicated to teaching and was on top of his game working with teacher education and graduate students. He coordinated the off-campus Digital Learning and Curriculum (DLC) cohort and was instrumental in the Faculty’s innovation and leadership in technology. In his spare time, Professor Krug was a talented painter, competitive golfer, active gardener, and passionate Green Bay Packers football fan. Professor Krug's work in the Faculty, activism on campus, and service to the profession will be sorely missed.  Special acknowledgement goes to his wife Mary for the exceptional love and care she dedicated to Professor Krug.

Dr. Don Krug

View "Celebration of Life - Don Krug" powerpoint.

James MacDonald, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Art Education, passed away on November 29, 2013. James' death occurred just short of his 92nd birthday while he was in his home on Galiano Island getting ready for another great day and planning his "Le Dernier Cri" art exhibition. No one was more surprised and delighted than he that he had lasted that long. A graduate of the Vancouver School of Art, his career path took him from high school teacher through Normal School instructor and on to a professorship in Art Education in the Faculty of Education at UBC. He was a veteran of WW II, serving as a Navigator as part of Bomber Command. Shot down over France in 1944, he wandered the countryside, hiding in barns and haystacks until the French underground helped smuggle him across the border to a Swiss internment camp. Survived by his wife Zona, his children Bonnie, Brenda, and Lia, and his grandchildren Sylvia, Gwendolyn, Tess, Lachlan, and Maggie. Artist, educator, jazz lover, keen observer of the natural world, and superb wine maker. For those who remember the early days of Art Education at UBC, it will not be the same without him.

Photo credit: Peter Scurr; Left to right: Ian Thomas. James Grey. Gordon Smith and Jim MacDonald (all former UBC art educators )

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of one of our former colleagues, Dr. Alex McLeod. Alex passed away on January 4, 2017, one day before his 82nd birthday, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Alexander) McLeod was Senior Instructor in Music Education. Prior to coming to Vancouver, Alex had obtained a teaching certificate from N.S.W. Australia where taught from 1956-1961. Alex came to Vancouver from Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia via New Zealand in the early 1960s. He completed his B.Ed (Elementary) from the University of British Columbia Bachelor in 1967 and his first assignment was at Maple Grove Elementary (VSB).

One of the highlights of Alex’s early teaching career in Vancouver included a musical revue entitled “The Beatles” and “Bridges”. Both of these productions were due Alex’s drive and zeal for musical theatre. He had a real flair for inciting young people to sing, act and dance their roles as if they were professionals. He truly inspired all students to enjoy music and drama. He supervised everything – the music, sets, lights, costumes, and choreography.

Alex’s performances were always sell-outs and oftentimes many extra performances were added to accommodate the large numbers that wanted to attend. Throughout his years in the Vancouver School Board, Alex always assisted with the VSB Nights of Music, showcase productions held in the Kerrisdale Arena that featured choirs, bands, orchestras, and other ensembles from K-12, with different schools performing each night.

Alex McLeod joined the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (1974) prior to completing his Master of Education in 1977. He led secondary music education methods, choral music education (including swing choir) and musical theatre courses.

Throughout his distinguished musical career, Alex McLeod was actively involved in numerous Vancouver music organizations – as performer, choreographer, director, and board member in over 75 major productions for Theatre Under the Stars (1969-1990s; noted as noble alumni on Wikipedia page), Vancouver Opera Association (1969-1990s), Savoy Players (1974-1981), Freddy Wood Theatre (1976-1978), Dunbar Musical Theatre (1970-1980), Metro Theatre, Theatre in the Park (President & Producer, 1978, 1979, 1982), Burnaby Civic Opera, and BC Youth Orchestra (where he was named a lifetime honorary member). He served as a Committee Member and Artistic Judge for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships (1968) and B.C. Figure Skating Championships (1984). Alex retired 1997 as Emeritus Faculty: Senior Instructor Emeritus of Curriculum Studies.

Dr. Alex McLeod

Ever the performer, over the past 19 years he was a vocalist with a famous mariachi group in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where his music making and theatrics were loved and cherished by an international audience. We will miss Alex’s musical humour and care.

It is with sadness that the Faculty learned of the passing of Walter on Jan 31, 2011. Walter joined our Faculty of Education in 1970 as an Assistant Professor of mathematics education. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1979 and retired from UBC in 1991.

Walter earned his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1958 and his Ed.D. from the University of Georgia in 1970. Prior to coming to UBC Walter was a mathem igh and high schools in New York State and Massachusetts. His major areas of interest were the use of calculators in mathematics learning and problem solving and he authored a number of refereed articles in these areas. In addition Walter was heavily involved in local and Provincial workshops in mathematics education.

Dr. Walter Szetela