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OISE honours the memory and impact of Professor Jack Quarter 

February 7, 2019

A message to the community

With very heavy hearts, the OISE community shares the news of the passing of Professor Jack Quarter of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education. Dr. Quarter was a dear colleague and friend to many and the loving partner of OISE Professor Dale Willows.

47 years of excellence in education 

Dr. Quarter has been a pillar of the OISE community for more than 47 years, having joined as an Assistant Professor in 1971 in the Department of Applied Psychology. During what can only be described as a stellar career, his excellence in research, teaching, scholarship and service were unique and unparalleled. He was recognized with numerous awards, honours and recognitions, and it is certain that his work will continue to have an impact on the field of education into the future. 

Community mentor and advocate 

Dr. Quarter was always committed to serving the OISE community. He supervised and taught countless students, mentored and developed colleagues in the professoriate, and supported and advocated for administrative staff in their daily working lives. He was a caring soul who was deeply concerned for the welfare of others. Dr. Quarter touched the lives of many at OISE but also in our local communities, where he dedicated his time and energy.

In honour of his memory and impact, we remember our dear colleague and friend Jack Quarter.


Glen A. Jones
Professor and Dean
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto