AOKI, Dr. Ted
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A teacher affects eternity; he can never
tell where his influence stops.
- Henry Brooks Adams
Dr. Ted Aoki, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, passed away last Friday in Vancouver, BC. He was a passionate and deeply committed teacher, who, over his long career - he was still in the classroom in his 80s - taught every level between kindergarten and doctoral studies. He was the first Director of the Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction at UBC, but he spent most of his years as an academic in the Dept. of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, where he served as Chair. His writing and theorizing on curriculum and pedagogy have left a profound impact on several generations of teachers, which will be his enduring legacy. That, and his love for his grandchildren, of whom he was immensely proud.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Michele, and is survived by his wife of 58 years, June; his son Douglas, daughter-in-law Lucy De Fabrizio and grandson Alex; his son Edward, daughter-in-law Elysia Dywan, and grandsons Maximilian and Theodor; his brothers Tats and Harry; his sisters Mary Malcolm and Judy Matsuba; and his many students.
We shall miss him.
There will be a service at 13:00, Sunday, 9 September, at the Oceanview Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC. Reception to follow at the Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Aoki's memory may be made to the Department of Secondary Education Fund at the University of Alberta. To give online, please visit www.giving.ualberta.ca. A donation form will be available at the service as well.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Sept. 8, 2012