KING-SHAW, Ethel Marguerite
June 16, 1927 - March 2, 2013
Ethel King-Shaw of Calgary passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the age of 85 years. A long career in the field of Education, particularly in Alberta, was captured in the official citation when she was awarded the Order of the University of Calgary at the Spring 2000 Convocation. The citation read, "Few people have seen the University of Calgary change, or, participated in that change, as much as Ethel King-Shaw." Ethel King's interest in early childhood education, research in reading and curriculum development began in 1945 when she enrolled in the first Bachelor of Education program at the University of Alberta, Calgary Branch. She completed her B.Ed in Edmonton, taught in the city's elementary schools, then entered graduate school at the University of Iowa where she completed her MA, and later, her PhD. She taught for two years at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. The University of Calgary grew to an autonomous institution in 1966. One year later, Ethel became the first woman to be granted full professorship and the first woman elected to General Faculties Council at the University of Calgary. Upon retirement, Ethel was the first woman president of the Emeritus Association of retired professors. Ethel was active in many professional organizations, especially the International Reading Association, serving on the board of directors and presenting invited papers in the USA, England, Denmark, Poland, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Argentina. She served on the Alberta Ministers Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Education which led to the introduction of early childhood services in Alberta Schools. In recognition of her contributions, Ethel was awarded a Fellowship in the Canadian College of Teachers, the Alberta Achievement Award, the George Croskery Memorial Award and other honors. She will be lovingly remembered by her brothers, Arthur King of Oakville, ON and Frank (Jeanette) King of Calgary, seven nieces and nephews and other family members. Ethel was predeceased by her husband of 22 years, John Shaw in 2003. Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 - 8 Street S.W.) on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Union Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Calgary Ethel King-Shaw Doctoral Scholarship in Literacy c/o U of C Development Office, 2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary AB T2N 1N4 or to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2. In living memory of Ethel King-Shaw, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.


Published in The Calgary Herald from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2013