William Shearer
Died March 14, 2014
aged 86.
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William Shearer, a former assistant principal of Northern College of Education, has died at the age of 86.

He could have been a professional footballer, but chose an academic career instead. Mr Shearer was born in Kyle of Lochalsh and attended Dingwall Academy, occasionally playing in goal for Dingwall Thistle and then Ross County. During his national service he spent two years in Austria with the British Army of the Rhine, also being selected for its football team.
He studied at Aberdeen University and graduated with a BSc honours in geography. He played in goal for Scottish Universities, gaining a full blue, and took part in the first live televised football match from Scotland between the Scottish and English Universities.

Mr Shearer was offered a chance to go professional by Patrick Thistle after leaving university, but decided to teach geography at Morgan Academy in Dundee. During his time there he took part in the school’s first exchange visit with Dundee’s German twin city, Wurtzburg.

He spent three years as head of geography at Graham High School in Falkirk before returning to Dundee in 1963 to become a geography lecturer at the College of Education. He later led the geography department and was finally assistant principal of what was then Northern College of Education following a merger between the institution and its Aberdeen counterpart.

Mr Shearer, who was also a former treasurer and president of Dundee Art Society, was a founding member of Monifieth Probus Club and a keen golfer. He lived in Monifieth. He is survived by his wife Melanna, children Donald and Miriam and five grandchildren.

Source: Dundee Courier, March 14, 2014.