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OISE community mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus David Booth

January 7, 2019

Photo of Professor David BoothProfessor David Booth pictured at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 2016 for OISE's 50th Anniversary: 50 Years of Impact

The OISE community mourns the loss of Professor David Booth who passed away on December 22, 2018. He was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE.

Sixty years of contributions

Professor Booth was involved in education for over sixty years as a classroom teacher, consultant, professor, researcher, speaker and author. He authored many teacher reference books and textbooks in all areas of curriculum development: the arts, drama, literacy and media. His most recent book co-authored with Richard Coles, "What Is a 'Good' Teacher?" (2017), provides an insightful guide for teachers on professional excellence and teacher development. 

International leader in education

As an internationally respected authority on education, he addressed educators and parents in every province of Canada, throughout the United States, and in many other countries around the globe. He won several awards for his classroom teaching, for his contributions to the teaching of reading and the arts in education, and for his books for young people, and was awarded honorary lifetime memberships in educational drama organizations in Canada, the United States and England.

"David was a very special member of our community. He was an outstanding colleague, friend, teacher and mentor, and we will all remember his wonderful smile and his very special sense of humour. This is a very sad loss for our community," said OISE Dean Glen Jones. "Our thoughts are with David’s family at this difficult time."

A private funeral service will be held in Byron, Minnesota. A celebration of Professor Booth's life will be held in the spring of 2019, and more details will be provided to colleagues and friends in the new year.

The Professor David Booth Memorial Bursary

Together with David's family, OISE has created the Professor David Booth Memorial Bursary to support OISE students in financial need. We invite you to join us in pledging your support. Every dollar donated will be matched by OISE so that even more students will benefit.

Professor David Booth changed the lives of many OISE students. Now you can help do the same.

To make a gift, please visit the online donation page. You can also complete this pledge form and return it to Sim Kapoor, Director of Advancement and External Relations, at