Professor John (Old John) Shand
C.M.G., LL.D., M.A.
1834 - 1914
The Death of John Shand
John Shand died at 73 St David Street, Dunedin, on 30th November 1914, notice of his death being carried in many of the New Zealand newspapers.
Among them were Ashburton Guardian, Evening Post, Hawera & Normanby Star, Poverty Bay Herald, Colonist, Evening Post, Feilding Star, Grey River Argus, Marlborough Express, Thames Star, Wairarapa Daily Times, Wanganui Chronicle, Etc.
John Shand, 1834-1914
But it is the NZ Truth of 12th December 1914 (page 4) that gives the best tribute to the man:
New Zealand University circles and Dunedin in particular, will miss the familiar figure of Professor John Shand, M.A., LL.D., who crossed the great divide last week at the ripe age of 82 [sic] years.
'Old John,' as he was familiarly known among his students, was one of the most unassuming of men, and his hatred of anything like personal show or self-advertisement was shown by the fact that he resolutely refused to wear the regulation cap and gown when delivering his lectures.
He was appointed to the Chair of Natural Philosophy in the Otago University in 1870 and retained the position until twelve months ago, when he retired.
In later years the Chairs of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy were separated, when Professor John elected to continue in the latter. At the same time, as a mathematical lecturer, he stood second to none in the Australasian colonies. Who of his old pupils will ever forget his lucid expositions of Algebracal, Euclidian - not Geometrical - and (Trigono)- metrical theories and problems? Some mathematical propounders in our colleges and universities of New Zealand to-day could well have done with a term under John.
He has held many distinguished positions on educational and scientific bodies and in all acquitted himself with honor to the university to which he had allied himself. Among these were the New Zealand Institute, the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Senate of the University of New Zealand. Peace be to his name!
Among the positions John Shand held were, listed in an obituary printed in Press of 1st December 1914 (page 10):
A member of the New Zealand Institute and of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1877 he served on the Royal Commission to enquire into the operations of the University of New Zealand. He was a member of the 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 School Board of Governors from 1878 to 1890, and then from 1898 to 1904.
John Shand was interred at the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin (block 105, plot 6) on 2nd December 1914.