Prof Morrow, a respected and progressive academic and one of the most distinctive thinkers in South African education, has been described as 'the wise old man of South African Education'.
He began his career in education as an English teacher at Jeppe High School, Johannesburg. He joined the Department of Education at the University of Witwatersrand in the early 1970s and moved to the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 1985 as Professor in Philosophy of Education.
He served as Head of the Department of History and Philosophy of Education at UWC and two terms as Dean of the Faculty before moving to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 1999 to become Dean of its Faculty of Education. Prof Morrow was seconded to the National Department of Education in 2002 to lead the Ministerial Teacher Education Review Committee.
Prof. Morrow will be remembered for his philosophical critique of the epistemological foundations of apartheid education and for his substantive intellectual contribution to the study of teaching and teacher education over four decades. He will also be remembered for producing many of the country's leading education scholars, and some of the most compelling and widely cited scholarly works.
He served on the Third South African Qualifications Authority from 27 October 2004 to 26 October 2007, where he made a meaningful contribution as a critical friend of the NQF. He served as a member of both SAQA's Research and Information and Information Technology (I & IT) Committees, and SAQA's Task Group on the Continued Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT), pursuing his passion for the professionalisation of the teaching profession.
Prof. Morrow also served on SAQA's Task Team on Professional Qualifications and his recommendations in this regard influenced our thinking and the content of the NQF Act. He also contributed significantly to SAQA's research regarding the recognition of teacher qualifications in the Commonwealth, and to the debates about stakeholders and experts.
Prof. Morrow will be sorely missed by those who had the privilege of working closely with him.
We salute you, Wally. Rest in peace.