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William Doll

January 29, 1931 - December 27, 2017


With great sadness we announce the passing of William Elder Doll, Junior. Bill died peacefully at home in Cobble Hill, BC, December 27, 2017, at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Donna, her children Jennifer, Sarah and Luke and grandchildren Maeve, Cate, and Reuben; and by his first wife Mary Aswell Doll, their son William, wife Catherine, and grandchildren Alexander and Mason.

Bill Doll was a teacher and teacher educator who achieved the highest honors in his field, praised for his commitment, work ethic, passion, and unrelenting desire to advance curriculum studies internationally. He attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1953. The M.A. was conferred by Boston University in 1960, and the Ph.D. by the Johns Hopkins University in 1972. After teaching in elementary and middle schools for 15 years, Doll began teaching at the State University of New York at Oswego and, briefly, at the University of Redlands in California. Between 1999 until his retirement in 2007, he held the Vira Franklin & J.R. Eagles Endowed Professorship at Louisiana State University, where a conference room and a fellowship have been named in his honour; the William E. Doll, Jr. Archive – preserving his papers and correspondence – is located in the LSU Library. After retiring from full-time teaching and research Doll was appointed adjunct professor first at the University of Victoria, then at the University of British Columbia where he and Donna Trueit co-taught until 2015. As tribute to Doll’s incredible achievements, a collection of his most memorable essays was published by Routledge in New York under a title that names the areas of Doll’s expansive expertise: Pragmatism, Postmodernism, Complexity Theory: The Fascinating Imaginative Realm of William E. Doll, Jr.

As Bill strolled through life he proactively encouraged us all to pursue our dreams and generously supported us to achieve them. He touched the hearts of many and helped lost souls find their way. In addition to being dignified, courteous, and gracious, he will be remembered for his ebullient laughter, joie de vivre, positive spirit, and uplifting attitude–not to mention the bow ties. If asked, he was always “Ipsy pipsy, A # 1, Yankee Doodles Dandy!” He is much loved by family, friends, students and colleagues and he will be sadly missed. His wonderful life should be joyously celebrated!  Whoosh!

A funeral is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St Frances Xavier Church, 790 Kilmalu Road, Cobble Hill, BC with a reception to follow at the same location. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to William E. Doll Curriculum Theory Project Superior Graduate Student Scholarship. You may make your gift online by visiting http://www.lsufoundation.org/givetoHSE, under Designations click to “choose a fund,” then scroll down to choose “other” and type in William E. Doll Curriculum Theory Project Superior Graduate Student Scholarship into the “gift comments” field. If you prefer to send in a check, please mail to the LSU Foundation, 3796 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA  70802.

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The family would like to thank Cowichan Home Support for their dedicated and caring staff.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ken Denny
Relation: Friend

My deepest condolences to Donna and the family. Bill was a friend for over 20 years and I will deeply miss him and his passion for life and his friends and students! His was a life lived to the fullest!

From: Ted Riecken
Relation: Friend and colleague

Deepest sympathies on the passing of Bill. He was an inspiration to many and his loss will be felt by all of us.

From: Dr. Monica Prendergast
Relation: Student

I was fortunate enough to have been taught by Bill at the University of Victoria. His positivity and enthusiasm for teaching and learning are what stay with me over time. My condolences to Donna and the family.

From: Ann Locke
Relation: Cousin of Williams wife Donna

Sorry Donna to hear the passing of Bill. Charlie and I are in your thoughts and prayers. Cousin Ann

From: Noel and Annette Gough
Relation: Friends and colleagues since 1987

Our sincere condolences to Donna and to all of Bill’s family, friends and colleagues for their loss.
Bill was our much-loved friend and colleague for 30 years. He will be sadly missed
but his wonder-full life should also be joyously celebrated. We think fondly of Bill whenever we listen to the medieval plainsong composed by Saint Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), a Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary and polymath considered by some to be a pioneer of scientific natural history in Germany. And as if that were not enough to remind us of Bill’s faith, talents and dispositions, Hildegard described herself as “a feather on the breath of God”, an image of Bill’s humility, buoyancy, and lightness of being that we will long cherish.
Godspeed Bill!

From: Tero Autio
Relation: William Doll was my mentor, dear friend and colleague

I offer my sincere condolences to Donna and Will and their close ones.

From: Andrew Jones
Relation: UVIC M.Ed. student (1997-1999)

Bill Doll was one of those tipping points in my life as a teacher – he cranked us up every day with his wit and intellect. He will be sorely missed and celebrated for his love of life. Many thanks, Bill!

From: Janet L Miller
Relation: Long-time colleague and friend

Dear Donna and Family,
I am sending my deepest condolences to you all. Your loss is profound. I only can hope for some measure of comfort for you in your knowing how deeply so many of us in the worldwide curriculum field also mourn the loss of one our the most influential and loved contributors.

From: Susan mcintyre
Relation: Through Donna

Donna and family,
I was sorry to hear of Bill’s passing . I only had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times but his gentlemanly ways and iconic bow ties left a lasting impression as I am sure they did with everyone . Please know that all of you are in my thoughts at this time .

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 6, 2018
Beginning at 1:00pm

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
790 Kilmalu Road
Mill Bay, BC Canada

790 Kilmalu Road
Mill Bay, BC Canada

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