The Marshall McLuhan Center was established in 1981
by Mary McLuhan daughter of the late Marshall McLuhan
less than a year after his passing.
"One of the most important responsibilities
of the Marshall McLuhan Center on Global Communications is to
promote the use of communications technologies in the teaching-learning
environment. As the world of communications undergo revolutionary
change, our children need the insight and guidance of excellent
teachers to help them to be prepared for the 21st Century challenges
of the "information age." The presentation of the Marshall
McLuhan Distinguished Teachers Awards offers occasion to acknowledge
the precedent-setting work of dedicated teachers throughout the
world and to encourage others towards similar achievements."
Mary McLuhan, Founder and Chairman.
The inspiration for the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished
Teachers Awards Program came from broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite,
and was developed with former U.S. Secretary of Education and
and advisory board member The Honourable Shirley M. Hufstedler
and implemented by Mary McLuhan. The emphasis of the program was
to honour with recognition and cash awards those educators who
best demonstrated innovative applications of communications methodologies
in their teaching learning environment, and who contributed to
human communications in the classroom.
" Our teachers need all the inspiration,
recognition and appreciation that we can give them. The McLuhan
Distinguished Teacher Awards has helped towards that end and I
hope that you will continue in your fine work." (Los
Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in a letter to the Center founder Mary
McLuhan dated March 1986)
Celebrating the first Los Angeles Distinguished Teacher Awards:
(Left to right) The Honourable Shirley Hufstedler Esq., former
U.S. Secretary of Education and a member of the Advisory Board
of the Marshall McLuhan Center on Global Communications; The Honourable
Thomas Bradley, former Mayor of Los Angeles; and Mary McLuhan,
Chairman of the Marshall McLuhan Center on Global Communications.
The Marshall McLuhan Center on Global Communications is a charitable
public benefit corporation registered in the State of California