DAVID W. BOOTH

Obituary
  • "David was my PhD supervisor and also my..."
    - David Hutchison
  • "Thank you David for your wisdom, kindness, generosity,..."
    - Gail Matthews
  • "Oh David, you "should have died hereafter". This was far..."
    - Vivienne Lafferty
  • "David Booth was a remarkable person. His being brought joy..."
    - Yvonne Siu-Runyan
  • "22 December was my birthday. But I never know this news----..."

BOOTH, DAVID W. David W. Booth, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, passed away on December 22, 2018. He leaves behind his son Jay Paul Booth, his daughter-in-law Katie, his grandchildren Mara and Elijah, his brother Jack (Linda) and his beloved cousins in Sarnia, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto and his dear friends in Toronto, Hamilton, North Bay and Vancouver. For over sixty years, David Booth was involved in education, as a classroom teacher, consultant, professor, researcher, speaker and author. He has authored many teacher reference books and textbooks in all areas of curriculum development: the arts, drama, literacy and media. Beginning in 2005, he held the Elizabeth Thorn Chair of the Centre for Literacy in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University, for four years. As an internationally respected authority on education, he has addressed educators and parents in every province of Canada, throughout the United States and in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, the Czech Republic, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He has won several awards for his classroom teaching, for his contributions to the teaching of reading and the arts in education and for his books for young people and has been awarded the honorary lifetime memberships in educational drama organizations in Canada, the United States and England. David Booth is a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Durham, UK and holds an honorary Doctorate awarded to him by Nipissing University. As well, he has a diploma in Commonwealth Studies from Oxford University, UK. In 2011, the Toronto Chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa selected him as the Outstanding Educator. A private funeral service will be held in Byron, Minnesota. A Celebration of David's Life will be held in the Spring of 2019. Please consider a donation to the University of Toronto, in David's honour ([email protected] or 800-463-6048).
Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 26, 2018