William M. O’Neil AO, BA, MA, DipEd, DLitt (hon.), Hon. FAPsS, FASSA

1912–91
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1954–55

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1954–55

[image: courtesy of University of Sydney Archives M482 24]

Sydney-born, William O’Neil took his degrees in Arts, and completed his diploma, at Sydney University.

After working as a psychologist heading vocational guidance units in a New South Wales government department and at Sydney Technical College, in April 1945 O’Neil was appointed a lecturer in the Psychology department. Two months later he succeeded H.T. Lovell as McCaughey professor of Psychology, in the Arts faculty.

O’Neil was elected dean to complete the term of R.B. Farrell, who resigned early in his first period of office to go overseas. He then had two extended periods of office as chair of the Professorial Board until, in 1965, he was appointed deputy vice-chancellor, upon which he relinquished his chair.

He retired in 1978 and in the same year was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. In the following year Sydney University conferred on him an honorary doctorate.
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