The Ring

in memoriam: Dr. Brian Wharf

Tue, 2011-08-30 08:50

Dr. Brian Wharf, an amazing UVic citizen and distinguished Social Work educator, died on August 11. Brian was originally lured to UVic in the mid 1970s by the challenge of building a brand new school of social work. His vision was of a school where accessibility, civic engagement, strong scholarship and dynamic teaching would be central. His colleagues and students remember Brian for his commitment to egalitarianism and civic engagement and for his passion for writing and teaching in child welfare and social policy. Following his belief in education beyond the Ring Road, he began curriculum development 25 years ago in the areas of distance learning and First Nations social work education. Brian’s 11 books as well as his numerous articles and chapters made him a national leader in social work education. Following his seven years as professor and director of the school, Brian Wharf became dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development. As president of the Canadian Association for Schools of Social Work he used his vision nationally, receiving several awards, most recently the Distinguished Social Work Award. His daughters Joan and Sandy, his wife Marilyn Callahan, their families, and Brian’s community and university colleagues say goodbye with heavy hearts and with gratitude.

Submitted by Professor Barb Whittington, School of Social Work