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23 February 2009

In memory of Prof. Wally Morrow

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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The HSRC would like to express its deepest sympathy to the family of Professor Wally Morrow, an HSRC Councilor and member of the Editorial Board of HSRC Press, who died on Wednesday, 11 February. Prof. Morrow was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour in March last year. He had been a dedicated HSRC Council member since October 2002, and his insightful contributions will be sorely missed in Council deliberations.

Professor Morrow was a well-known academic, whose career as a teacher in South African Faculties of Education stretched from the early 1970s until the end of the century. He was recently awarded the Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Honorary Medal for his invaluable contribution to education over the last 43 years.

He was also a member of, among others, the South African Qualifications Authority, a consultant to the Department of Education, South African Council for Educators (DoE-SACE) task team on the development of a Continuing Professional Teacher Development system, a member of the advisory committee for the Study of Education Project, the South African Institute for Distance Education, and the UMALUSI research committee.

Professor Morrow was formerly Professor of Philosophy of Education and Dean of Education at the University of the Western Cape, Dean of Education at the University of Port Elizabeth, and Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Teacher Education.  He was a founder member of the Kenton Conference, and established the academic journal Perspectives in Education , which jointly created intellectual space for critical discussion about education during dark times in South Africa. A previous collection of his essays, published in 1989 under the title Chains of Thought, addressed fundamental issues that were constantly disregarded in disputes about education during the decades of political struggle. Since the early 1990s he had been prominently involved in the project of transforming South African education.

Professor Morrow is survived by his wife, Diana, children and grandchildren.

Issued by Prof Jakes Gerwel, Chair of Council and Dr Olive Shisana, CEO

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