I was saddened to hear the news that John Nicholas, one of our original academic staff, was killed on Friday 27 April  in an accident on his farm.  I am advised the funeral will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 8 May) at 11am at the Gold Greek Chapel in Nichols.

John was first employed by UC in December 1971 and retired in June 2000 as an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education. His area of expertise was Science Education and he will be remembered by his colleagues and students as a passionate and dedicated educator.

To those who knew John well, I welcome your comments and tributes.  We will gather them together and pass them onto John’s family, from the UC Community.

One comment on “Vale John Nicholas

  • From Richard Scherer, Distingushed Alumnus
    I undertook a Grad DipEd at the then CCAE in the late 1970s and remember John as a great teacher and enthusiastic advocate for science teaching, who encouraged and inspired me amd my fellow students. Science education need more people like him. Please pass on my deep sympathy to John’s family.

    From Robyn McClelland, UC Alumna 1986
    I have only just learnt of the death of John Nicholas and was very saddened to hear of his death, and the circumstances of it. I studied a Grad Dip in Education – secondary science in 1986 and found Dr Nicholas a very worthy teacher. He set high standards for himself and his students and was a caring mentor to students. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    From the Co Op Bookshop Team
    For decades and right up to the present John Nicholas was a great groupie of the campus Co-op Bookshop.

    You knew John was in when a quiet, well-modulated but somehow audible everywhere voice coming from a far corner of the bookshop had the staff roaring about his adventures on a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in America, or his latest coup over the US Space Agency NASA, or his escapades trying to find room in his house for the thousands of beautiful books he’d acquired. We thank John for his support and comradeship. Vale John Nicholas. Lynn, Denise, Marya and the staff at the bookshop.

    From Lyn Chapman, UC Alumna 1986
    I was a student of his in 1986 (Grad Dip. Ed.) and was inspired by his passion for teaching and his vision of what a great teacher could be. I was motivated by his teaching style and personal commitment to bringing out the best in his students and although I have now left teaching some of his motivational chats have remained with me over the years. I’m sure he will be sadly missed. Please pass on my condolences to his family and friends.

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