Published 16 Jul 2021
Vale Paul Wilhelm
The VIT wishes to advise the sad news of the passing of Mr Paul Wilhelm on 8 July after a battle with serious illness.
Paul was a member of VIT's hearing panel pool since its inception in 2009. He performed the difficult work as a hearing panel member, inquiring into the conduct and suitability of teachers referred to panels by the Council over many years.
Paul obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and a Trained Secondary Teachers Certificate at Teachers College before commencing a career in teaching English, English Literature and History in the State Sector. He rose to the position of Deputy Principal at McLeod High School, and went on to become Head of Wadhurst, at Melbourne Grammar School, a position he held for 17 years before retiring.
Former Council member and fellow hearing panel members remember Paul as a pleasure to work with, and carried out his duties with intelligence, good humour, seriousness and an understanding of the importance of the work to the profession. He was unfailingly polite and respectful.
Dr Anne Sarros said Paul was a true gentleman. "I sat on several panels with him and he was wonderful to work with. I am thinking of his family and send them my sincere condolences."
Dr Heather Schnagl said he was a wonderful educator and his passing was a great loss. "I sat on several panels with Paul – he was meticulous, extremely fair and a pleasure to work with. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family at this very sad time."
Mr Garry Salisbury said he was saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. "I had huge respect for him and his work as a panel member over a long period of time and a large number of hearings. He gave our hearings a calmness and a gravitas that increased our authority to all those involved. He read the hearing books carefully and his questioning was incisive. Paul's deliberations with the panel members were respectful and he argued his point of view logically and justly. He could also see the human aspects in our work. The VIT has lost a great contributor to the professionalism of the teaching profession and I will miss his wisdom."