Dame Marie Clay, 1926 – 2007

Life and achievements

Dame Marie Clay was born in Wellington in 1926. She died in Auckland on Friday 13 April 2007. In 1950 she won a Fulbright Scholarship to study developmental psychology at the University of Minnesota, before returning to New Zealand to teach. In 1960 she was offered a position at the University of Auckland, she became its first female professor in 1975. She was inducted into the U.S. Reading Hall of Fame in 1980, and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1987.

Reading Recovery

Renowned educator Marie Mildred Clay created and implemented a world-first reading programme in New Zealand in the 1970s. Reading Recovery is a system of one-to-one teaching to supplement classroom studies. The programme is used in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Former Education Minister Steve Maharey paid this tribute: Dame Marie Clay has made a huge contribution to New Zealand education, and was one of the most distinguished researchers in educational literacy in the world.

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