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Friday, 03 June 2011
It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of Mr Arthur Hartley at age 105. Mr Hartley was ECU’s oldest Alumnus and graduated from the Claremont Teachers' College, one of ECU’s well-known predecessor institutions, in 1927.
I recently had the honour of joining Arthur at his 105th birthday celebrations where several of his family spoke about his lifelong dedication to learning, which has included completing his original teacher qualification with us and two Masters Degrees. I was fortunate to have attended his 104th birthday last year which coincided with the launch of a book about his life, entitled Adventures in Education, The Life of Arthur Hartley by Margaret McKerihan. Arthur was a committed ambassador for education for more than eight decades and his passion for learning, perseverance and determination have been an inspiration to a great number of members of our community. He was a great example for all in respect to ECU’s value of 'Personal Excellence'.
On behalf of the entire ECU community, I pass my sincere condolences to Mr Hartley’s family.
Professor Kerry O. Cox