In Memoriam

By Jackson, John J. | Journal of Sport Behavior, June 1999 | Go to article overview

In Memoriam


Jackson, John J., Journal of Sport Behavior


TREVOR WILLIAMS 1947-1998

Trevor Williams was born in England and received his initial teacher education at St. John's College, York, a constituent college of Leeds University Institute Of Education. From 1970-73, he taught physical education in a Birmingham secondary school before moving to Canada where he taught in British Columbia elementary schools for the next four years. It was then that I met him as an undergraduate student in the School of Physical Education at the University of Victoria, B.C. He was in an administration class of more than 30 students and was easily the most outstanding of them. I encouraged him to pursue graduate studies and supervised his M.A. thesis and program. He was exactly the type of student every supervisor hopes to get, but rarely does. He was hardworking, conscientious, and always willing to search for extra reference information. He was a self-starter who needed very little prodding and was very task-oriented. He completed his thesis with distinction and I was delighted when he moved on to complete his Ph.D. in sociology at The University of Alberta.

By that time, he was a Canadian citizen and held part-time lectureships in the University of Victoria and the University of Alberta. However, he was unable to secure a suitable appointment in Canada and so moved back to the country of his birth. There he was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Creative Studies and Director of the Sport Research Unit at Sunderland Polytechnic from 1984-88. …

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