Vale Associate Professor Maurice Balson AM (1928 - 2022)

Educator, writer and researcher

Vale Associate Professor Maurice Balson AM
Vale Associate Professor Maurice Balson AM (1928 - 2022)
(source: Monash University Archives)

Monash University is deeply saddened by the death of Associate Professor Maurice Balson, aged 94.

Associate Professor Maurice Balson was one of the founding academics at Monash Education in 1964. He was an educator, lectured in educational psychology and was a highly respected writer.

His book Becoming Better Parents was listed by the Age as one of the top ten books of its time.

His book Understanding Classroom Behaviour led to him being described as Australia’s elder statesmen in classroom management.

In the 1980s he opened a Parent-Teacher Education Centre which held 120 seminars in its first year. He was generous with his knowledge, a gifted speaker and popular with both staff and students.

Maurice retired in 1994. His wife Dawn and daughter Deborah predeceased him, and he is survived by son Ian, daughter Alison, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Written with support from Dr Alan Gregory AM.