教育学者魏维贤(1929-2013)
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教育学者魏维贤(1929-2013)

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 蒋黎金

 魏维贤先生1929年出生于新加坡,祖籍同安(今翔安炉前)。1950年毕业于马来亚大学(今国立新加坡大学)教育系。毕业后任教于新加坡华侨中学,后来到英国伦敦大学深造,先后获得文学硕士学位和哲学博士学位,除了英文,他也精通中文。

 1955年他出任马来亚联合邦视学官,1963年到1971年在新加坡大学教育学院任高级讲师,后来被任为该院院长。1982年他当选为南洋学会会长。曾任《南洋学报》、《东南亚教育学报》主编。1983年任新加坡工商银行首席执行董事。1989年起任新加坡南洋艺术学院院长。1969年获得新加坡公共服务奖章,同年还获得台湾文化大学中华学术院哲士。1987年获日本学术成就奖。与人合著《新加坡与马来亚教育之发展》等书。魏维贤博士于2013年2月10日凌晨时分与世长辞,享年85岁。身后留下妻子、两名儿子和一名女儿。据了解,魏博士去世时还是新加坡儒商学会会长,也担任过北京大学东南亚研究院的客座教授。

 我在上世纪九十年代初和魏博士相识,当时我还在环境部工作,魏博士时常带着一批又一批来自中国各地的政府官员来新加坡培训,我负责向这些官员们讲解新加坡在公共卫生和小贩管理课题的心得和经验给他们参考。 

 魏博士在农历正月初一去世,初三火化,初四家人为他举行海葬,把骨灰撒入海里。当时我是从居士林林长李木源先生那里获知魏博士的死讯,李木源先生是魏博士生前的好友,他在居士林功德堂为魏博士设了个灵位,以让人们凭吊這位文化、教育界的学者。

 

Educator Gwee Yee Hean (1929-2013)

Chiang Lay Kim

Mr Gwee Yee Hean was born in Singapore in 1929. He is a native Tonganese (now Xiangan Lu Qian). In 1950, he graduated from the then University of Malaya’s (now the National University of Singapore) Department of Education. After graduation, he taught at the Chinese High School before he left for  University of Landon for advanced studies. He was conferred a master’s degree and subsequently a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature. He was not just proficient in English but in Chinese too.

In 1955, he joined the Federation of Malaya as a school inspector. From 1963 to 1971, he was a senior lecturer and dean of the Institute of Education, University of Singapore. In 1982, he was elected as the president of the South Sea Society. He was also the editor of two periodicals, namely 南洋学报 and 东南亚教育学报. In 1983, he became the chief executive director of ICBC. He was appointed dean of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1989.

In 1969, he was conferred the Public Service Medal. In the same year, he received an academic award from the Chinese Culture University of Taiwan and an academic achievement award from Japan in 1987. Dr Gwee had written many books too including a book entitled “The Development of Education in Malaysia and Singapore” which he co-authored with Francis Hoy Kee Wong.

Dr Gwee passed away on February 10, 2013 at the age of 85, leaving behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. Dr Gwee was the president of 新加坡儒商学会 and visiting professor at Peking University’s Institute of Southeast Asian at the time of his death.

I came to know Dr Gwee in the early 1990s when I was working at the Ministry of the Environment. Dr Gwee used to bring in batches of government officials from all over China to Singapore for training attachments. I was assigned by my department to brief these officials on various aspects of public health and hawker management policies implemented by the Singapore government.

Dr Gwee passed away on the first day of the lunar new-year. He was cremated on the 3rd day and his ashes were scattered in the sea by his family members on the 4th day. I learned of Dr Gwee’s death from Mr Lee Bock Guan, the abbot of Singapore Buddhist Lodge. Mr Lee was Dr Gwee’s close-friend and he set up a spirit tablet in the Buddhist lodge for people to pay homage to this cultural and educational scholar.