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Vale Professor Paul Brock AM FACE FACEL



31 March 2016

Faculty members and the broader University community will be very saddened to hear of the death on Good Friday of much-loved Honorary Professor Paul Brock AM FACE FACEL (pictured right, with his wife Associate Professor Jackie Manuel).

The Director of Learning and Development Research in the Office of the Director-General, NSW Department of Education and Communities, Paul has been a wonderful advocate for education throughout his almost 50-year career. A regular participant in faculty events and a contributor to the education debate on a broad scale, Paul is known and loved across the country.

Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his wife, our friend and colleague, Associate Professor Jackie Manuel, their daughters Sophie, Amelia and son-in-law Matt, daughter Larissa and all members of the Brock and Manuel families.

An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Paul (BA '66) was also an Honorary Associate in the Centre for Values Ethics and Law in Medicine within the University's Faculty of Medicine an Honorary Research Fellow within the University of New England and Vice Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, NSW.

Paul had been a school teacher, deputy principal, academic who worked in Australian, British and North American universities; policy adviser to Commonwealth governments; author, editor and public speaker.

He researched and published extensively, particularly in the field of English literature, language and literacy, but also in the areas of professional teaching standards and in the history of educational policy and practice. His more than 130 publications included single-authored, co-authored and co-edited books; monographs; chapters in books; refereed journal articles; and poetry. He also delivered nearly 200 academic and professional papers to international and Australian conferences.

Paul's achievements are even more amazing given that almost two decades ago he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). Despite a long and debilitating battle with this disease, Paul remained a constant, passionate and courageous advocate for people whose lives were affected by MND, especially in promoting the need for research into its causes and finding a cure. In the words of his daughter Amelia, "he never gave up".

A Life Member of both the English Teachers Association NSW and the Primary English Teachers Association Australia, and the inaugural Honorary Life Member of the NSW Secondary Principals Council, Paul was also a Fellow of both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

Paul leaves a remarkable legacy. Vale Professor Paul Brock.

– Robyn Ewing is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts at The University of Sydney.

A memorial service to celebrate Paul's life will be held in the Great Hall at 4pm on Tuesday, April 5.

Awards

2013

Australian Council of Educational Leaders 2013 Gold Medal Award

2012

Australian Council for Educational Leaders Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing

2012

Australian Council of Educational Leaders Patrick Duignan Award for Leadership

2010

Australian Professional Teachers Association inaugural Dorothy Hoddinott Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

2009

Selected by The Sydney Morning Herald as one of the five most influential people in NSW education

2006

General Member, Order of Australia (AM)

2006

Meritorious Service Award and Medal for Service to Public Education in NSW

2004

Honorary Doctorate in Educational Studies (James Cook University)

2002

Australian College of Educators Sir Harold Wyndham Medal