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Obituary : Ted Aoki, 1919 - 2012

"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 [August 31st 2012] in Vancouver, BC. He was a passionate and deeply committed teacher, who, over his long career--he was still in the classroom in his eighties--taught every level between kindergarten and doctoral studies. He was the first Director of the Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of British Columbia, but he spent most of his years as an academic in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, where he was 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.

Doug Aoki