Dorothy Brown (nee Wood) MNZM

Inducted posthumously in 2018
Student at Marsden:  1937 (Year7) – 1946 (Year 13)
This posthumous award recognises Dorothy Brown as a teacher and a peace activist. 

Although she trained as a science teacher in the 1950s, it was in teaching English as a Foreign Language both at secondary and tertiary levels that she found her niche. This work took her overseas to foreign institutes particularly to China. 

Throughout her life Dorothy was concerned with violence in the world – whether born of domestic, cultural or religious differences, and considered this was one of the most important issues facing society. With this concern for peace and justice and her experience in education, Dorothy, with others, established a trust to found the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre at Otago University. This was achieved in 2007. 

Dorothy Brown said “Peace is based on lessons we learned as children: the need to share, to be kind, to do unto others as you would have done to you. We need to understand how to bring those principles into the adult world, into the realm of organisations and countries.”