Members will be saddened to hear of the passing of Roly Mortlock. He
was an unsung hero of mathematics education in Western Australia. He
earned an Honours degree in mathematics from UWA and a PhD from
the University of Michigan.
Roly made sustained and substantial contributions to mathematics
education generally and to the Mathematical Association of WA in
particular. He initiated the Master of Science Education (Mathematics)
at UWA in the 1970s which had a significant impact on many of the
foremost mathematics educators in WA, including those who then went
on to make important contributions as staff members at Murdoch
University; Curtin University; TAFE; and the Claremont, Graylands and
Mount Lawley Teachers’ Colleges, which later became ECU
He was truly a Mathematics Education pioneer who will be fondly
remembered by those that knew him personally, and sadly missed by all.