Dr William Brewster (Bill) Stephens

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, on 19 November 2020, of Dr William Brewster (Bill) Stephens, formerly a Reader in the School of Education.

Dr Stephens was appointed in 1967 to the Department of Education, having previously been Deputy Editor of the Victorian County Histories.  

The following year, Bill founded the Journal of Educational Administration and History, together with his colleague and friend Professor Peter Gosden. Bill co-edited the journal until 1991. Bill and Peter were also joint curators of the University’s Museum of the History of Education over a substantial period of time and together edited a series of education monographs. 

Bill was a founder member of the Standing Committee of the School of Education which was created in 1976 from the Institute of Education and the Department of Education. Bill researched and wrote about the historical aspects of literacy as part of the wider field of the history of education. He took a well-deserved early retirement in 1986.

The private family funeral service will be held on Friday 11 December, on which day the flag on the Parkinson Building will be flown at half-mast in his memory.

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