Jack Shallcrass

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Jack Shallcrass
Born John James Shallcrass
(1922-09-11)11 September 1922
Takapuna, New Zealand
Died 13 August 2014(2014-08-13) (aged 91)
Wellington, New Zealand

John James "Jack" Shallcrass CBE (11 September 1922 – 13 August 2014) was a New Zealand author, educator and humanist.


Born in Takapuna in 1922,[1] Shallcrass was educated at Wellington College,[2] and served in the Pacific during World War II.[3] He later studied at Victoria University College, from where he graduated with a Diploma of Education in 1952, a Bachelor of Arts in 1959 and Master of Arts in 1961.[4]

In an educational career spanning more than 50 years, he taught in New Zealand schools, at Wellington Teachers' College and Victoria University, rising to the rank of associate professor.[3] In the 1991 New Year Honours he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to education.[5] A devout humanist,[3] he was named "Humanist of the Year" by the Humanist Society in 1994.[6]

He died in Wellington in 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Births". New Zealand Herald. 13 September 1922. p. 1. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Impromptu speech contest". Evening Post. 27 September 1940. p. 4. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Death of Jack Shallcrass: writer, educator and humanist". Scoop Media. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: Sa-Sk". Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "No. 42233". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1960. p. 8928. 
  6. ^ a b "Loss of battler". Dominion Post. 16 August 2014. p. 3. 

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