The FWF is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Professor Lynne Chisholm on 1st March. From 2011 until her death, Lynne was Reporter to the Board for Social Sciences. Hers was a truly international career having studied in the country of her birth, the United Kingdom, and in Canada. Her academic career took her to Denmark, Germany and Austria. From 2004 she was Professor of Education and Generations at the University of Innsbruck. In 2013 she was sent by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research (BM:WF) to take up the prestigious UNESCO Chair at the Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg. Lynne was both a highly respected academic, who made a significant contribution to educational and youth research, and, as Principal Administrator for DG Education and Culture at the European Commission (1996-2000), influenced educational policy at a European level.
The FWF benefited greatly from her long experience as Principal Investigator in research projects. She will be remembered by us for her deep commitment to the role and for her engaging and meticulously fair presentation of projects at board meetings. This commitment was maintained even during the difficult period in which her health was failing. The FWF has lost a valued member of its Board and European social science (Lynne always understood herself as a European first) has lost a talented scholar whose influence went beyond academia through her close relationship to practitioners in the field of lifelong learning.
The FWF offers its sincere condolences to Lynne Chisholm’s family.
The funeral service will be held at the Johanneskirche in Altensteig-Walddorf, Germany on the 14th March at 14.00.