School News & Blog

October 16, 2020

Vale David Mander

We would like to acknowledge the passing earlier this year of David Mander who contributed much of himself to the work of The School of Total Education, The Yoga Education Centre and the Total Health and Education Foundation and to honour his part in their establishment and development.

David Mander was extensively involved in the Yoga Education Centre in Melbourne in the 1970s and 80s. He was a senior Yoga teacher in Melbourne and taught at The Yoga Education Centre as well as the Melbourne and Monash University Yoga Societies. In guiding Yoga students, he was known for his sense of calm, an unwavering patience as well as having a thorough understanding of the Yoga practices.

David completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics in Scotland and taught in both the Melbourne and Warwick Schools of Total Education. He was principal of the Warwick school in the 80’s and again his sense of unflappable calm and steady leadership were hallmarks of his time there. He was a gentle teacher who students naturally respected.

After that he took up a position lecturing in Mathematics at The University of Southern Queensland and again was highly respected by both his students and colleagues. During this period, for a time he also held the role of chairman of the Total Health and Education Foundation which duty he discharged with humility and sincerity.

On retiring, David spent much of his time enjoying his family and developing his musical talents, particularly singing. He was an active member of at least two choirs in Toowoomba and in 2019 was invited to be part of a choir touring in Northern Italy. As well as singing in choirs, David also performed in solo and in duet performances in Toowoomba. He derived much personal enjoyment from his singing involvements.

But more than the things he did and achievements attained David was a good person – a person of integrity and character and lived values. Although generally quietly spoken, people listened when David spoke. He was given an easy natural respect due perhaps to his gentle, kind, patient and accepting nature. David had an inner wisdom and calm which made him sensitive to the needs of others and gave strength to his quiet words. He was a clear thinker and could ‘cut to the chase’ in a dilemma.

He held himself with dignity and good humour was always very close to the surface.

Although funerals are generally sober affairs, it was wonderful to hear from David’s children about his quirky sense of fun and humour. The many funny and heart-warming stories they told added to our understanding of David and their sense of loss was a reflection of how much he meant to them.

As a father, partner, friend and colleague, David’s sincerity, gentleness, intelligence and warmth will be greatly missed.