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MR. WILLIAM J. MORRELL O.C. DUNEDIN, Sunday. The death occurred yesterday afternoon of Mr. William John Morrell, formerly Chancellor of the University of Otago. He was born at Tiverton, Devonshire, in 1868, and received his early education at Blundells School, one of the most famous schools in the West of England, where he was captain of the school. He was later elected to an open classical scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford. He obtained his M.A. degree in 18S7. After a brilliant career as a student, he entered the teaching profession, and from 1895 to 1897 he was sixth-form master of Trent College, Derbyshire. In 1897 Mr. Morrell was appointed chief master of classics and English at the Auckland Grammar School. In December, 1906, he was selected as rector at Otago Boys' High School, in succession to Mr. A. Wilson. He retained this position until his retirement on superannuation at the beginning of 1933. During his residence in Dunedin, he took a prominent part in many movements, principally of an educational nature. Mr. Morrell was a member of the Otago University Council from 1912, and he held the position of vicechancellor from 1925 to 19,33 when, on the death of Sir Thomas Sidey, he was elected chancellor. He resigned from this position on account of iU-health in February of this year. He had served on the* New Zealand University Senate since 1923. He was president of the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Conference from 1916 to 1918. He is survived by his wife, one son, Dr. W. P. Morrell, who is university reader in history at Birkbeck College, London University, and two daughters.

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EDUCATIONIST'S DEATH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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EDUCATIONIST'S DEATH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945