Dr. Ted Ted Aoki

October 17, 1919August 31, 2012
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17 October 1919 - 2 September 2012 A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops, Henry Brooks Adams.

Dr Ted Aoki, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, passed away last Friday in Vancouver, BC. He was a passionate and deeply committed teacher, who, over his long career, he was still in the classroom in his eighties taught every level between kindergarten and doctoral studies. He was the first Director of the Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of British Columbia, but he 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, and 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.

There will be a service at 13:00, Sunday, 9 September, at the Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial St, Burnaby BC. Reception to follow at the Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Aoki's memory may be made to the Department of Secondary Education Fund at the University of Alberta. To give online, please visit A donation form will be available at the service as well.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 9, 2012

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Val Oldham

March 23, 2013

I did my Masters in Secondary Science education at the University of Alberta from 1980-82. Ted was a phenomenal inspiration- probably the greatest teacher I have ever had. It was an honour to know him. Thanks, Ted.

Dariel Jacobs

October 8, 2012

Such a wonderful teacher and scholar. So sad to hear of his passing. A great writer of curriculum theory. I used his work in my own work. Deepest sympathy to his family and to the field of curriculum studies.

Bill Gordon

October 6, 2012

I knew Dr.Aoki as MR.Aoki, my Social Studies teacher for grades 10,11, and 12 at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in the 1960's. I had always wanted to be a teacher, but it was his passion for teaching that inspired me to choose Social Sciences/Social Studies as my field. I worked very hard to honour his teaching of me in my teaching of my students for over 40 years. I am very sorry to have just found out about his passing.

Sharon McIntee Birrell

September 26, 2012

Harry - We were so sorry to read about the death of your brother. I tried to send a card but it was returned because
I sent it to the Tisdale address. Please take care of yourself.
Sharon McIntee Birrell (singer Unitarian Music Club)& Gordon Birrell

Darwin Eckstrom

September 21, 2012

In the mid 1980's,i had the honour of taking graduate courses from Dr. Aoki. He came to Grande Prairie every second week for two terms. Each class was inspiring, he truly loved education, and having Dr. Aoki as a professor was a highlight of my career in teaching

Kathy Oster

September 13, 2012

Dr. Aoki was my father's colleague at the U of A but he and June also became very good friends of our entire family. I remember how excited and supportive they both were when I decided to teach in Japan. Dr. Aoki wrote a "self introduction" speech in Japanese for me. He practiced and practiced it with me until my pronunciation was good. My school superintendent in Japan was so surprised and pleased when I made the little speech at the welcome receptions I attended. I will always appreciate Ted and June's thoughtfulness and support in helping me prepare for my move to Japan. I still have a written copy of the speech and all the phrases they gave me to help me "make a good first impression".

My family and I send our condolences to the Aoki family at this sad time. Dr. Aoki will always be remembered fondly.

Brian Manson

September 10, 2012

As a high school teacher of Social Studies at the LCI in Lethbridge during the early 1960s, Mr. Aoki brought his love of history and joy of learning to many of us. We will always honour him.

September 10, 2012

My sympathies to Ted's family. Also, my gratitude for supporting Ted in his teaching. His gift of inspiration is one I draw upon in my daily life.
With great sadness, Lillian Lamb, Ladysmith, BC (Sudent of Curriculum Studies, University of Victoria, 1987)

Dianne Kemp-Hinteregger

September 10, 2012

Michele was one of my closest friends all through my growing up years and I have missed her deeply. I will remember her kind and gently spirit and the way her family readily welcomed me into their home both here in Edmonton and at the coast. Mr. Aoki's sense of humor and giggles as he entertained us is a memory I hold dear. Father and daughter are once again reunited. My deepest condolences to the Aoki family.

Liz (Jarvis) Waddell

September 9, 2012

Many years ago as a child I studied ballet with Michele at the Muriel Taylor School of Dance. I still remember how lovely and kind Michele and her family were. I'm thinking Michele has waited a very long time to be reunited with her wonderful Dad. My condolences to all the family.