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When, towards tho end of last year. Professor John Shand, M.A., LL.D., retired from the chair of n itural philosophy at tho University of Otago, it was hoped by his many friends that he would live L ions to enjoy tho 'eismo that ho so well earned. Though then in his soventy-nlnth year, he did not seem to be in any way an old man. rhaps he felf older than he looked—he may have realised that he was beginning to fail. Outwardly, however, he seemed until quite recently to be a well-preserved man, and the news that he died this morning, after being laid aside for only two or three weeks, will come ns n surprise to the public. At the timo of his retirement we published pretty full notice of his professional career and his distinguished services to the cause of education—services which were recognised by his alma mater, tho University of Aberdeen, by conferring upon mm in 1899 the degree of LL.D. It will also bo remembered that in November of last year there was a great mooting of citizens of Dunedin to do honor to the much-respected doctor, when an address sotting forth his work as an educationist was presented by the Mayor. It may therefore suffice, just now, to merely jutlino Professor Shand’s career. He was bom in the parish of Elgin, Morayshire, in 1834; educated at the Elgin Academy and tho University of Aberdeen; graduated M.A. in 1854; for nine years held the post of mathematical master at the Ayr Academy, and then for three years held a similar position at the Edinburgh Academy. Was appointed in Dunedin to the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy in 1871, and came out in the ship Wild Deer. When the two subjects were divided in 1886 ho elected to retain the chair of natural philosophy, and he kept it till October of 1913. lie was a member of the New- Zealand Institute and of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1877 ho served on tho Royal Commission to inquire into the operations of the University of New Zealand. He was a member of tho Senate since 1877. He sat on the Otago Education Board from 1876 to 1896, and was chairman from 1882 to 1885. He served on the High Schools Board of Governors from 1878 to 1890, then from 1898 to 1904. He was a man with the highest conceptions of duty—one who would have gone to the stake rather than break his word. He was one of the men who made Dunedin tho Athens of New Zealand.

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DEATH OF DR SHAND, Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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DEATH OF DR SHAND Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914