Ted Aoki

17 October 1919 – 2 September 2012. Professor Emeritus Ted Aoki passed away this September in Vancouver, BC. He was a passionate and deeply committed teacher, who taught every level between kindergarten and doctoral studies and was still in the classroom in his 80s. He was the first director of the Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction at UBC but spent most of his years as an academic in the Department 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. He 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.

Donations in Dr. Aoki’s memory may be made to the Department of Secondary Education Fund at the University of Alberta.

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