OISE mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Clive Beck

July 2, 2023
Clive Beck and Clare Kosnik
Professor Emeritus Clive Beck with his wife and collaborator Professor Emerita Clare Kosnik

It is with great sadness that OISE announces the passing of Professor Emeritus Clive Mackie Beck. Always a warm and positive force, Dr. Beck has been a dear friend and a cherished member of our community since joining OISE in 1967. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of Friday, June 30.

Born in 1939 in Katanning Western Australia on a sheep farm, Dr. Beck was deeply committed to education in all its forms throughout his life. In his career, he conducted extensive research on teaching and teacher education, and his book Better Schools was translated into Chinese and Japanese. As a member of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Dr. Beck was a source of inspiration to the hundreds of graduate students as well as pre-service and in-service teachers that he taught. Even in 2023, he was still teaching courses at OISE. 

We send our deepest condolences to his beloved wife Professor Emerita Clare Kosnik, his sons Paul and Nicholas, and his family and friends. Dr. Beck will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue in Toronto from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. 

OISE Staff
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