William Parker Morrell DPhil(Oxon) MA BA(NZ) – 1899-1986
Knox 1921-22, KC Registration Number 397, Ross Fellow 1921-22
Morrell was born in Auckland in 1899 and entered Knox in 1921 as the inaugural Ross Fellow, undertaking the doctoral thesis entitled “The Provincial System of Government in New Zealand with specific reference to its working in Otago”. In 1923 he moved to Balliol College, Oxford University, and graduated DPhil. In 1927, he was appointed the Beit Lecturer in Colonial History at Oxford, before moving to Birbeck College, University of London, as a Reader in History. He stayed at the University of London until 1946 when he was appointed to a chair in the Department of History at Otago University, a post he retained until 1964. In 1951 he took leave from the University of Otago, travelling to Grahamstown, South Africa where he was the Hugh LeMay Fellow at Rhodes University. In 1965 he was awarded a Commonwealth Research Fellowship at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He retired as an Emeritus Professor. Upon retirement, Morrell became a Professorial Fellow in History.
Morrell was the first ex resident of Knox to write a book, entitled “British Colonial Policy in the age of Peel and Russell” and published in 1930.
AW: see DNZB; Morrell’s Memoirs
James David Salmond OBE PhD MA BA(NZ) – 1898-1976
Knox 1917-18, 1919-20, 1923-28, KC Registration Number 272, Ross Fellow 1923-24
[Research thesis, in University and Hocken libraries “History of the New Zealand Labour Movement” 1923]
Salmond was born in 1898 in Queenstown, Central Otago and attended Knox College while studying for the Ministry. He served in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the Great War in the Field Ambulance section, travelling abroad with the 44th Reinforcements. With the war’s conclusion, he returned to New Zealand and Knox College, completing his Ministry training as well as serving on the KCSC Exec and editing the Collegian. He was appointed as the second Ross Fellow in 1923, writing a Doctoral thesis on “The history of the New Zealand Labour movement”, graduating in 1928. Between 1923 and 1928, he remained at Knox College as its Assistant Master, as well as teaching at Timaru Boys’ High School and Otago Boys’ High School.
He traveled extensively from 1929-31, vising the USA, UK, Western Europe and the Soviet Union. On his return, he was ordained as the Youth Director and a Lecturer at the Theological Hall, Knox College. He resigned from his position as Youth Director in 1947, but continued as a lecturer at the Theological Hall until 1964, being given a chair in Religious Education in 1932. In 1958 he was elected as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.
He was a member of many committees, both church and secular, and was the Chairman of the Salmond Hall Erection Committee.
He died suddenly in Dunedin in 1976.
Salmond College, Dunedin is named after his sister Mary, a Presbyterian deaconess, and him.
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William James Boraman PhD MA BA(NZ)
Knox 1925-26, KC Register Number 489, Ross Fellow 1925-26
[Research thesis, in University of Otago library and at Knox “History of Public Finance in New Zealand to 1890”]
Prior to entering residence at Knox College, Boraman served in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War. He was appointed as the third Ross Fellow in 1925, undertaking a Doctorate in History on “The History of Public Finance in New Zealand to 1890”. He graduated with his PhD in 1929.
Boraman held joint appointments within the Department of Economics at the University and as First Assistant at Forbury School. His teaching career blossomed, and he was Headmaster of schools in Mataura, Makearewa and Ashburton before being appointed as the Canterbury Inspector of Schools. Upon retirement, Boraman became involved with the Justice Department in Christchurch and the Kingsleys girls training centre.
OU Roll of graduates
Sir Robert Stout Scholarship in Economics.
John Maclellan Bates HonDDL(Otago) MA BA(NZ) – 1903-1981
Knox 1922-29, KC Register Number 399, Ross Fellow 1927-28
Bates was born in Thames in 1903, receiving his secondary school education at Auckland Grammar School. He entered Knox College in 1922, graduating with a BA in 1924 and MA in 1927. He was awarded a Senior Scholarship in Philosophy and the James Clark Prize in Greek in 1927. He attended the Theological Hall from 1929-30, and was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister at Takapau in 1930. In 1933, he returned briefly to academia as the acting Head of Department at the University of Otago’s Philosophy Department before serving in a number of parishes throughout New Zealand.
Bates was a member of many different General Assembly committees, and in 1965 was elected as its Moderator. He was 2nd secretary to the (NZ) National Council of Churches. He had a long involvement with Arana Hall, being Chairman of Stuart Residence halls Council and serving as the Warden of Arana Hall, University of Otago, from 1951-58. He was honoured by the University of Otago in 1969, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws. He retired from parish work in 1968, and died in 1981 in Tauranga.
Who’s Who, 1968. Southern People
James Towers Campbell OBE PhD(Edin) MA BA(NZ)
Knox 1925-29, KC Register Number 493, Ross Fellow 1929-30
Campbell was born in Scotland in 1906 and was educated at Gisborne High School. He arrived at Knox College in 1925 completing a BA in 1926 and an MA in Mathematics in 1928. During this time, Campbell was awarded the Gilroy Memorial Prize, the Stuart Prize, the George Young Scholarship, a Senior Scholarship in Mathematics, the Cook Prize in Mathematics and a Postgraduate Scholarship in the Arts. He was awarded the Ross Fellowship in 1929, transferring his course to Edinburgh University where he completed his doctoral thesis in 1932.
A hockey play of some ability, Campbell represented University of Otago, Otago Province, Nelson Province and the University of New Zealand in their respective teams.
In 1933, Campbell returned to New Zealand, working as a teacher at Nelson College before becoming a lecturer at Victoria University College (now Victoria University of Wellington). He was appointed professor in 1952, retiring in 1969.
UGC Post graduate Scholarship
Who’s Who 1968, 1991.
Photograph in “Victoria University of Wellington 1899-1999” by Rachel Barrowman, p.73; ‘one of the “founding fathers” of mathematical statistics in New Zealand’,ibid.p.183
Alexander Salmond MA BA DipEd(NZ) BA(Cant)
Knox 1926-36, KC Register Number 543, Ross Fellow 1931-33
Salmond was born in Queenstown, Otago in 1907 and attended Otago Boys’ High School in Dunedin. In 1926, he entered Knox College and completed both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, as well as a Diploma in Education. Salmond was awarded the James Clarke Prize in Education in 1930. He served as both the Senior Resident Tutor and as Assistant Master, closely mirroring the life of his older brother, James Salmond. He travelled to the UK to undertake further studies, attending Westminster College, Canterbury University, and was licensed by the Presbyterian Church of England. On his return to New Zealand he was ordained at Karori in November 1936 where he preached until war service removed him to the Pacific Theatre of Operations.
In 1946, he returned to New Zealand and parish work, being Minister of St Andrew’s, Levin, and St John’s, Rotorua, dying while still in the latter charge in 1969.
Brother of J.D. Salmond
Not in Roll of Otago Graduates.
William Ralph Ewing Stephenson PhD MA BA(NZ)
Knox 1933-34, KC Registration Number 781, Ross Fellow 1933-34
[Research thesis, in University library “Road and Rail Transport in New Zealand” 1932]
Born in 03.09.1910, Stephenson arrived at Knox College in 1933 after becoming the 7th person to be awarded the Ross Fellowship. He had already completed a BA and an MA in Economics, and his Doctoral thesis was entitled “A study of unemployment in New Zealand”. While Ross Fellow, he was awarded the Sir Robert Stout Scholarship in Economics. In 1935, he moved to London and completed a year of post graduate study at the London School of Economics.
Following his time at University, Stephenson entered upon a career in the British Colonial Service. He was a member of the Audit Department in Hong Kong, as well as part of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He was wounded and later captured in World War Two, and spent the years 1941-45 in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. He moved to a position in the Colonial Office in the Seychelles in 1946. His connection with Africa was reinforced in 1950 when he moved to the Gold Coast (Ghana) and in 1954 he was promoted to the Director of Audit, Colonial Service in Sierra Leone. He retired from the Colonial Service in 1957.
In 1958 Stephenson moved to the UK as the Assistant Secretary and Finance Officer for the British Film Institute, and in 1967 he became Director and part owner of Paris Pullman Cinema. He remained in this position until 1980.
Stephenson has published 14 fiction and non-fiction books. His interests included country walks, sailing and music.
William Ralph Ewing Stephenson, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, 2011 – see Book of Remembrance, January Legacies, RNIB.
Angus Ross OBE MC and bar ED MA BA(NZ) – 1911-2000
Knox 1935-36, KC Register Number 849, Ross Fellow 1935-36
Ross was born in Herbert, Otago, in 1911 and attended Waitaki Boys’ High School before coming to University of Otago. He completed a BA in 1933 and an MA in 1934 and was selected as Ross Fellow in 1935, taking up residence at Knox College that year.
In 1937, Ross began his long association with University of Otago’s History Department, working as a Research Assistant. He was appointed to a lecturer’s position before war service forced him to leave the department. He served with distinction from 1940-45, winning the Military Cross twice, being awarded an Efficiency Decoration and rising to the rank of Major. He was an officer in the 23rd Infantry Battalion and the 5th Infantry Brigade, and was wounded in 1942.
In 1945 he returned briefly to Otago’s History Department, before winning a scholarship to Oxford University in 1947. His association with the New Zealand Army was renewed when he returned, being appointed the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Otago and Southland Regiment from 1951-54 and Honorary Colonel of that formation from 1965-69. He succeeded W.P. Morrell as Professor of History at the University of Otago. Ross was also awarded two scholarships to Cambridge University, winning the Commonwealth Scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1962 and the Smuts Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies from 1970-71.
Ross died in 2000.
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Wilfred David Borrie OBE MA BA(NZ) – 1913-2000
Knox 1933-38, KC Register Number 751, Ross Fellow 1937-38
[Research thesis, in Hocken Library “Immigration to New Zealand since 1854”, 1939, also “Military Defence of New Zealand, 1850-1914”, 1936]
Borrie was born in 1913 and came to Knox College in 1933. He completed a BA in 1936 and an MA in History in 1937. He was an athlete of some ability, competing in University level athletics and rugby and representing the Otago Province in rugby. In 1939, he was awarded a British Council Dominion Scholarship to Cambridge University.
Borrie moved to Australia in 1942, taking up a position at the University of Sydney. He moved once more, this time to the Australian National University in Canberra and in 1949 he was appointed as the Research Fellow in Demography, the first appointment to the new Research School of Social Sciences. In 1952, he founded the Department of Demography as its Reader in Charge, and in 1957 he became its first professor. The department possessed the distinction of being the first Demography department in the world, and Borrie was the first demography professor. In 1965, Borrie moved to the Department of Sociology as its Acting Head and from 1968-73 he acted as the Director of ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences. He has served on numerous population focused committees and councils and has authored and edited a large number of books, papers and articles.
Died 1st January 2000.
New Zealand Who’s Who Aotearoa 2001.
Ernest Rowland Duncan MA BA BSc(NZ) DipED(Columbia) – 1916-
a PhD at an American University
Knox 1939, KC Register Number 971, Ross Fellow 1931
Research thesis, in Knox College library “Latin in Education in New Zealand”, 1939]
Duncan was born in Clyde, New Zealand, and graduated from the University of Otago.
Duncan’s term as Ross Fellow was cut short by military service during World War Two. Upon his return to New Zealand, Duncan was quickly promoted to being the Senior Inspector for the Taranaki Education Board. In 1958 he moved to North America as a university lecturer and he received his doctorate from Columbia University. In 1961, Duncan became headmaster of Newington College, an inner-city Sydney private boys school. He immediately proposed that the school should be moved to a larger site in the northern suburbs but this suggestion met with resistance from the college council. Before the end of the academic year he had resigned and returned to the United States.
In 1962, Duncan became professor of mathematics at Rutgers University and at the time of his retirement, in 1977, was chairman of the department of curriculum and instruction in the Graduate School of Education. In 1982 he set aside a Trust fund to endow annual awards for “excellent teachers of Mathematics” in New Zealand and the United States. He died in a Morristown, New Jersey hospital of leukemia on November 25, 1990.
As an educator he rose to the position of inspector of schools for the New Zealand Education Department and made a significant contribution to the introduction of the new mathematics curriculum. He wrote text books that were extensively used in New Zealand primary schools and which were also published in the United States.
Matematicas modernas para escuelas primarias 1980 – Simple text and illustrations introduce the basic principles of addition and subtraction
Thomas Herdman McPherson DPhil(Oxon) MA BA(NZ)
Knox 1947-48, KC Register Number 1250, Ross Fellow 1947-48
Research thesis by Thomas McPherson at Knox College: “Sidgwick’s moral philosophy: some aspects of the methods of ethics”, 1948; also, at University library: “The development of Bishop Butler’s Ethics”, 1946
McPherson’s research interest was philosophy. Following his term as Ross Fellow, he travelled to Oxford University where he completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree. From Oxford he moved to a lecturing position at the University of Wales, first at Bangor and then at Cardiff where he ultimately became a professor. He lectured in Philosophy and retired in 1983.
McPherson has published several works on philosophy, including “The argument from design” and “The philosophy of religion”
Donald MacDonald Anderson MA DipHonours(NZ) BLitt(Oxon)
Knox 1949-50, KC Register Number 1301, Ross Fellow.
Research thesis, at Knox “English teaching in the university”, 1950.
Following his time as Ross Fellow, Anderson joined Otago University’s English Department as an Assistant Lecturer. He stayed in the Department for two years before entering Magdalene College, Oxford University. Following the completion of his Bachelor of Literature degree, he taught at a school in the Midlands before returning to New Zealand to lecture at Palmerston North University College, now Massey university. He died one year after his appointment.
Ronald Joseph Butler MA(NZ)
Knox 1954-55, KC Register Number 1470, Ross Fellow 1954-55
Butler entered Knox College in 1954 to undertake a PhD in Philosophy. After his term as Ross Fellow, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and joined the staff of Cornell University, USA.
Publications in University of Otago library edited by R.J.Butler.
Analytical Philosophy First series
Analytical Philosophy Second series
David George Heron PhD MA BA(Hons) DipEd(NZ) – 1926-60
Knox 1956-59, KC Register Number 1558, Ross Fellow 1956-57
Research thesis, in Hocken library “The structure and course of New Zealand politics 1853-58” 1959
In 1949, Herron graduated from Otago University and entered the History Department. He spent five years lecturing there until 1956 when he was awarded the Ross Fellowship and came to Knox College. When the Fellowship ran out, Herron remained at Knox College as its Assistant Master. He completed his PhD in 1959 and was awarded the Nuffield Fellowship and intended to further his study at Glasgow University.
An experienced mountaineer, Herron was planning to join Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan expedition in 1960 but was killed by an avalanche on Mt Blanc in August of that year.
James Julian Bennet Jack HonDSci(Otago) PhD MMedSci BMedSci(NZ) MA BA(Oxon)
Knox 1953-56, 1958-60, KC Register Number 1440, Ross Fellow 1958-59
[Research thesis, in University of Otago library storage “Inhibition and excitation in the mammalian spinal chord”, 1960; also a Masters thesis with similar title]
Jack was born in 1936 in Invercargill. He attended Hamilton Boys’ High School before arriving at Knox in 1953, completing a Bachelor of Medical Science degree in 1957 and a Master of Medical Science degree in 1958. During his first stay at Knox, he served on the KCSC Exec as Secretary. He returned to Knox College after one year’s break in 1958 as the fifteenth Ross Fellow. His Doctoral thesis “Inhibition and excitation of the mammalian spinal chord” was conferred on him in 1961, a year after gaining the distinction of Rhodes Scholar. A keen mountaineer, Jack had earlier completed the first traverse from Hackel Peak to Mount Annan.
During his time studying at Oxford University he completed a BM BCh degree and a Master of Arts. He worked in the Radcliffe Infirmary from 1963-64 before being awarded the Foulerton Gift Research Fellowship from 1964-68. He began teaching in the Physiology Department at University College, Oxford, in 1968, progressing through the stages of Demonstrator, Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor of Physiology. The University of Otago honoured him and his achievements in 1999 by conferring the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.
Gilbert Antony Wood PhD(Otago) MA BA(Hons)(NZ) – 1936-
Knox 1960-63, KC Register Number 1704, Ross Fellow 1960-62
[Research thesis, the University of Otago library and at Knox “The political structure of New Zealand 1858-1861”, 1965]
Wood was born in Wellington in 1936 and came to Knox in 1960, the year he was capped with his MA. Also awarded to Wood in 1960 were the University of New Zealand Research Scholarship in Arts and the James Clark Prize. While studying for his doctorate, he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer (1962-65) and a Temporary Lecturer (1966) before travelling to Cambridge University as the Smuts Visiting Fellow.
When he returned from Cambridge in 1968, Wood joined the teaching staff of the University of Auckland. He was awarded the William Evans Research Fellowship to Otago University in 1972 and in 1973 joined the teaching staff of Otago’s Political Studies Department. He retired from this position as an Associate Professor in 1997.
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Cecil Wilber Dovey MA BA(Hons)(Auck)
Knox 1964-65, KC Register Number 1883, Ross Fellow 1964-65
Dovey came to Knox College with a first class honours degree in German. He used his time as Ross Fellow to begin his research on “The German Novel since 1945”, completing his research in Western Germany.
George Cockburn Salmond PhD MB ChB DipPublicHealth(Otago) MRACP
Knox 1956-58, 1967-68, KC Register Number 1559, Ross Fellow 1967-68
Salmond was born in Stratford in 1937 and spent two periods at Knox College. Following completion of his MBChB, he moved to Auckland Hospital, where he was a resident and registrar, as well as taking the MRACP course. Salmond returned to Otago in 1964 where he had a long and ongoing association with Halls of Residence while at Otago University, being Ross Fellow at Knox College (1964-65), and being the Assistant Masters of Carrington Hall (1966) and University College (1969-70). His doctoral investigations lead him into the field of Social Medicine, and he lectured in this topic at the University’s Medical School from 1969-70.
Salmond moved to Wellington in the early 1970s, working at the Department of Health. He occupied several positions within the Department, starting as the Principal Medical Officer (Evaluation) then moving to Director of the Department’s research and planning area before finally working as the Director General of Health from 1986-91.
Salmond returned to academia as the Professor and Founding Director of the Health Services Research Centre at Victoria University in Wellington, serving in this position from 1993-99, after which he assumed the role as a consultant public health physician.
Ronald James Hay MLitt MA BA(Otago)
Knox1965-70, KC Register Number 1958, Ross Fellow 1969-70
Hay was born in Gore in 1946 and first came to Knox in 1965. While at University, he was awarded the George Young Scholarship and during the years of his Fellowship he served the College as its English Tutor. His thesis was entitled “The rhetoric of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, and the way in which their world views are communicated through their judgements of characters in selected novels”.
After completing his thesis, Hay worked as a secondary teacher at Burnside High School and Middleton Grange School, both in Christchurch. A change of vocation has seen him enter the Anglican ministry in which he has served as Vicar of Sumner-Redcliffs Parish in Christchurch.
Ronald James Crawford PhD BD BA(Otago)
Knox 1969-73, KC Register Number 2167, Ross Fellow 1971-73.
Following his time as Ross Fellow, Crawford completed further postgraduate work, studying social work at Massey and economics at Victoria University of Wellington. He has spent most of his employed life working in the Civil Service. He spent thirteen years in the Department of Social Welfare, rising to the post of Programme Director, Youth and Employment. He worked in the tertiary education policy field at the Ministry of Education and for seven years was a Principal Advisor in the Social Policy Branch of the Treasury.
He has also served as Chief Advisor in the Medium Term Strategy Group at the Ministry of Economic Development.
Anthony Ronald Grigg PhD BA(Hons)(Otago)
Knox 1974-76, KC Register Number 2587, Ross Fellow 1974-76.
Grigg entered Knox College as Ross Fellow in 1974, completing a doctorate in History entitled: “The attach on the citadels of Liqourdom: A study of the prohibition movement in New Zealand 1894-1914”. He left Otago University to work as an Advisory Officer at the State Services Commission in 1977, before becoming a History Lecturer at Massey University in 1980. In the early 1980s Grigg emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, and has focussed his attention on strategic planning within tertiary education. He has served as the CEO and Registrar of the Psychologists Board of Victoria.
Grigg has maintained an interest in the performing Arts, particularly stage and music.
Richard H Lawrence MTh BD BA(Otago) DPS(Birm)
Knox 1977-78, KC Register Number none, Ross Fellow 1977-78
Lawrence came to Dunedin to begin training for the Ministry. He was awarded the Ross Fellowship while in his final year at the Theological Hall, and completed a Master of Theology while holding the Fellowship. He undertook further postgraduate work at the University of Birmingham and at the Union Theological Seminary in New York before returning to New Zealand for ordination.
Lawrence was ordained by the Picton Union Church in 1980 and moved to the Johnsonville Union Parish in 1985. He spent seven years at Johnsonville before moving to St Andrews in Hamilton. In 2001, Lawrence moved from parish ministry to the Waikato Institute of Technology where he has taught English language and tertiary study skills to international students.
Richard John Thomson MSc BA(Hons) DipClinPsych(Otago)
Knox 1979-80, KC Register Number none, Ross Fellowship 1979-80
Upon being awarded the Ross Fellowship, Thomson began a postgraduate course in clinical psychology. Following graduation, Thomson lectured at the Otago Medical School for three years before resigning this position to pursue an interest in environmental activism. Concurrently, Thomson became involved in commerce, and opened a small shop. Thomson’s business interests have increased, founding and developing the Acquisitions chain of 17 shops.
Thomson has retained links with the health sector, sitting as Chair of the Hawksbury Trust for twelve years and serving on the various guises of the Otago District Health Board. He has been Chair of the Board for a number of years.
Gavin J McLean PhD BA(Hons)(Otago) DipMusStud(Massey)
Knox College 1980, KC Register Number none, Ross Fellowship 1980
McLean came to the University of Otago after being schooled at St Kevin’s College, Oamaru. He entered Knox College in 1980 after completing a history honours degree. While Ross Fellow, McLean undertook a PhD in history, researching the Union Steam Ship Company, completing his thesis in 1983.
McLean spent the next few years closely associated with the New Zealand shipping industry, working as the Historian of the Otago Harbour Board and as Advisory Officer, and then Secretary, of the New Zealand Ports Authority. After a five year break between 1987 and 1992, where he worked in the publishing field, McLean entered employment with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, serving as Historian, and then Manager, of that body. Later, he became the Senior Historian with the Department of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
McLean has been a prolific author of books, articles and papers, and has a strong interest in the history of shipping in New Zealand and various historical organisations.
Malcolm David Lewthwaite MS(Massey) MAppLing(Dist)
Knox College 1983, KC Register Number none, Ross Fellowship 1983
Lewthwaite came to Knox College as Theology and Education student. He spent just one year as the Ross Fellow before leaving for Paris where he worked with an interchurch agency. Upon return to New Zealand, he completed an MA in Counselling from Massey University while working as that University’s ecumenical chaplain. Since 1994, Lewthwaite has completed a Masters of Applied Linguistics, lectured in English as a Second Language and has been employed at the United Arab Emirates University.
Bruce McComrie Wilson
Knox College 1984, KC Register Number none, Ross Fellowship 1994
Janet E Crawford PhD(VUW) STM(Yale) BD(Otago) BA(Auck)
Knox College 1984-85, KC Register Number none, Ross Fellowship 1984-85
Crawford came to Knox College in 1984 enrolled as a PhD student. Due to her supervisor’s illness, she was unable to complete the doctorate at Otago University, and transferred to Victoria University of Wellington. Here she completed her doctorate in Religious Studies “Rocking the boat: Women’s participation in the World Council of Churches 1948-1991” in 1996.
In 1986, Crawford was appointed to a teaching position in Church History at the College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland. She has also served as a member of the University of Auckland’s School of Theology.
Crawford sat on the Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches’ Commission of Faith and Order from 1984-98, and has been active in New Zealand’s Ecumenical movement.
Jane MR Simpson PhD(Otago) BA(Hons)(Waikato)
Knox College 1987-88, KC Registration Number none, Ross Fellowship 1987-88
Prior to taking up her position as Ross Fellow in 1987, Jane Simpson had completed an Honours degree in History from the University of Waikato. Her doctorate was entitled “Liberal Christianity and the changing role of women in New Zealand society” and, although begun in Dunedin, was completed in Melbourne, Australia where she also worked as a tutor at the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne. In 1991 Simpson was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Canterbury and, in 1992, her doctorate was awarded. In 1999 she left her teaching position and began work as a poet and writer, later combining this with music to become a hymn writer. Her debut CD, Tussocks’ Dancing, was released in 2002.
Sarah E Farquhar PhD(Otago) MA(HOns) BA(Cantab)
Knox College 1990-91, KC Register Number none, Ross Fellowship 1990-91
Sarah Farquhar was awarded a PhD in education and has built a strong reputation as an education researcher. She has lectured at the Wellington College of Education and Massey University, Palmerston North. Her recent research includes a Best Evidence Synthesis commissioned by the Ministry of Education on quality teaching that leads to better outcomes for diverse children, and a national evaluation of the Parents as First Teachers programme. Sarah manages the NZ Early Childhood Research Network and publishes an annual academic journal. She lives in Wellington and has four young children.
Patricia Hume PhD(Otago) MSc(Hons) BSc(Auck) PGCert(USA)
Knox College 1992-93, KC Registration Number none, Ross Fellowship 1992-93
Hume came to Knox College in 1992, undertaking a PhD through the Physical Education Department entitled “Effectiveness of external ankle support”. She was awarded the ACC Post doctoral Overseas Research Fellowship in 1994, travelling to Switzerland, Canada and Australia before returning to Dunedin in 1996.
In 1996, Hume took up a lecturing position at the University of Otago before shifting to Auckland later that year. She is currently the Director of Hume Management Consultants Limited and the Head of Research in the Division of Sport and Recreation at the Auckland University of Technology. Her research interests centre around sports injury prevention.
Shee Boon Law PhD BCom(Hons)(Otago)
Knox 1994-95, KC Register Number 4405, Knox 1994-95
Law entered Knox College when he became the recipient of the 32nd Ross Fellowship. He undertook doctoral research in accounting, and his thesis was entitled “The performance of analytical review procedures”. Following completion of his PhD, Law began working as an Accounting Lecturer and Senior Policy Analyst in the Policy Advice Division at Victoria University of Wellington.
Michael Patrick Grimshaw PhD BD BA(Hons) PGDip(Otago)
Knox 1985-87, 1996, KC Register Number 3483, Ross Fellow 1996
Grimshaw has been a College resident twice. While resident during the 1980s he served on the Students’ Club Executive and edited the Collegian. His doctoral thesis, begun while he was Ross Fellow, looked at the relations between the missionaries and settlers during the New Zealand Wars of the 19th Century.
When he completed his doctorate, Grimshaw took up a teaching position at Victoria University of Wellington, but after two years he moved to the University of Canterbury, lecturing in Canterbury’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Gregory Francis McCormick PhD MTheol PGDip(Otago) BTheo(MCD) MA STB PHIL.LIC.(Louvain)
Knox 1997-, KC Register Number 4662, Ross Fellow 1997-98
McCormick holds degrees in Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and has studied in Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom. He is a Lecturer in Systematic Theology, teaching introductory and advanced courses in Ethics, Christian Anthropology, and Systematic Theology at the University of Otago’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. His research interests include the thought of Emmanuel Levinas, the influence of continental philosophy on theology, the philosophy of religion, and the relationship between culture and religious thought. He has published articles on Karl Rahner, John Henry Newman, Georges Bernanos, and theodicy.
Benjamin Andrew Wooliscroft PhD BCom(Hons)(Otago)
Knox 1999-2000, KC Register Number 4886, Ross Fellow 1999-2000
In 1999, Wooliscroft was appointed as a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Marketing, University of Otago. In 2003, he was promoted to a Lecturing position.
Cyril Timothy Schafer BA(Hons)(Otago)
Knox 2001-, KC Register Number 5104, Ross Fellow 2001-2002
Eleanor Clare Cottle MA BA(Hons)(Cantab)
Knox 2003-, KC Register Number ??, Ross Fellow 2003
Gregory Simon Szarycz PhD(Otago) MA(Guelph) BA(Hons)(Waterloo)
Knox 2004-06, Ross Fellow 2005-06
Szarycz is presently in the English Studies Department at Wroclaw University in Poland. Details of his career can be found at
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