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Dr. David Dibbon, dean of Education, passes away

Dr. David Dibbon, dean of the Faculty of Education since 2008, passed peacefully away on Dec. 13, surrounded by his family. He was 52.

Dr. Dibbon was a graduate of Memorial, having received master of sport and physical education administration in 1984 and a bachelor of physical education in 1979. In 2005, he returned to HKR to serve as interim director of the school. He also served in several other positions at Memorial including associate dean of undergraduate studies, associate and assistant professor, and a research associate.

Prior to joining Memorial University, Dr. Dibbon had a productive career in the public school system working for 20 years in physical education and classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. As the principal of one of the provinces largest high schools from 1991-1999 he was recognized on three separate occasions for his innovative leadership.

Dr. Dibbon was also a successful researcher, researching and publishing in the areas of teacher supply, demand and retention; innovation and change in education; teacher working conditions; teacher education, organizational learning and educational leadership and; school-aged male underachievement. He also taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs and has taught courses in the areas of: comparative perspectives in educational leadership and policy, school growth and development; educational administration, school/community partnership and; effective teaching and learning. He also worked with teacher interns and taught the post-internship seminar on teaching in rural and remote communities.

Dr. Dibbon was a long time supporter of scholarships and programs at Memorial. He was a strong supporter of public education and was committed to research focused on making the school system a better place for students to learn and for teachers to work.