Written on behalf of Arthur’s colleagues in the AOF – Norway by Anne Devik and translated into English by Aslak Leesland.
“Arthur Sverre Danielsen was born in the town of Kristiansand at the very southern tip of Norway in 1961. It came as a shock to all of us when he unexpectedly and abruptly passed away on July 1, 2018. He died at the age of just 56 years.
Arthur took up his job in the AOF in 2006 when he was entrusted with the position as chief educator of history, ideology and societal questions. This was a result of the transfer of responsibility for advanced trade union education to the AOF from the LO trade union school at Sørmarka where Arthur had been employed since 1997 at the LO´s main training centre. Before that he held the position as Lecturer at Linderud secondary school in Oslo (1993-1996).
Arthur received a university education, and held a master´s degree in political science specializing in comparative politics. He will be remembered for the courses and seminars he developed and not least, for his contribution to the project called the “Nordic School”, an assignment by the Nordic Labour Movement´s Cooperative Council and developed on the basis of a research project called “The Nordic model towards 2030”.
Arthur taught a wide range of Norwegian and international courses. We would like to highlight the Norwegian LO’s most advanced training course and the Nordic School in Geneva where local trade unionists from the Nordic countries every year monitor the ILO conference attentively.
The history of the labour movement was always close to Arthur´s heart. He always emphasized that in order to understand the world around us and to meet future challenges, we need to have a sound knowledge of our past.
He contributed to a number of different publications. The day before he passed away, he finished a manuscript about the lighthouse Katland on the south coast of Norway. The proceeds from the sales of his book will go unabridged to the restoration of the old buildings at the village of Loshavn where Arthur had his roots.
Arthur an engaging and creative teacher. He was engrossed in the idea of adult education and always emphasized the crucial contribution of trade union education to social equity. In his role as a teacher and supervisor he found it important to sew doubt in the minds of the participants.
“If the participants leave my courses with doubt in their minds, I have achieved something”, was a typical Arthur statement.
Nor only has the AOF lost an unusually knowledgeable and competent colleague. Arthur’s loss comes as a blow to the entire labour movement of Norway.
Arthur leaves behind his wife and son. May he rest in peace!”