University community mourns loss of Aoki

The University of Lethbridge community expresses its most sincere condolences to the family, friends colleagues and many former students of Dr. Tetsuo (Ted) Aoki, a respected teacher, school administrator, researcher, sessional faculty member at the U of L and a 1988 Honorary Degree recipient, who passed away August 31 in Vancouver, BC at age 92.

Dr. Aoki was the first Japanese-Canadian teacher in Southern Alberta, and a former school administrator with Lethbridge School District #51. He received his doctorate from U of Oregon and was a professor and Chair of Secondary Education at U of A. He also taught at UBC and at the U of L in summer courses.

The national "Aoki award in Canadian curriculum studies" is named for Dr. Aoki, who was a very influential Canadian curriculum scholar and a wise, humble and thoughtful mentor to many curriculum scholars and practitioners.

He was also a renowned and deeply loved teacher to many generations of students, student teachers, graduate students and professors at the U of L, in Alberta and British Columbia, and beyond.

Dr Aoki's memorial service will take place Sunday, September 9 beginning at 1 p.m. at Oceanview Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial St., in Burnaby, BC.

The family has asked that in lieu of floral tributes that a donation be made in the name of Dr. Aoki to the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, T6G 2G5.