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On 1 June 2009 Alfred William Herbert Chandler (’22) celebrated his 104th birthday with family and friends at his Brighton nursing home. He attended Scotch at East Melbourne from 1918–22 and is Scotch’s oldest-known Old Boy of all time. Until several months ago, when he broke his leg, he has been quite alert. A keen fan of technology, in 1997 he already had an email address. Paul Mishura, of the Scotch College Archives, visited Alf and can be seen presenting Alf with a copy of Visions of Boyhood, a pictorial history of Scotch. Alf smiled at the mention of Scotch, and was delighted to receive this gift. By his side is his second wife, Elise.
Weston Bate (’42) (pictured with Principal Tom Batty) was the School’s guest on ANZAC Day. Weston left Scotch in 1942 and became a Lancaster Pilot during WWII. At Scotch he played in the 1st VXIII football team, the second eleven cricket team and won the Moyle short story prize. He has taught at every level from sub primary to PhD at Melbourne Grammar and at Melbourne and Deakin Universities. Among his 16 books are histories of Brighton, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne Grammar Schools. A number of Weston’s great grand nephews have attended Scotch, including Tom and Jack Bull, and Matthew Bate who currently plays in the AFL Melbourne.
George Klein (’46) lives in Texas, USA, and is president and chief geologist of SED-STRAT Geoscience Consultants, Inc. He has published some 300 articles, books and abstracts, including the book Sandstone Depositional Models for Exploration for Fossil Fuels and a widely used wall chart, Vertical Sequences and Log Shapes of Major Sandstone Reservoir Systems. George has received 11 honours and awards, including a senior research fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship in the Netherlands, and the Laurence L. Sloss Award of the Geological Society of America. George earned degrees in geology before working as a research geologist for Sinclair Research. He then taught at the Universities of Pittsburgh and of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Illinois in 1970 where he served as a full professor from 1972 until 1993.
Dr Nick Ribush MB BS (’58) is a graduate of Melbourne University Medical School (1964) who first encountered Buddhism at the Kopan Monastery in 1972. Since then he has been a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and a full-time worker for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He was a monk from 1974 to 1986. He established FPMT archiving and publishing activities at Kopan in 1973, and with Lama Yeshe founded Wisdom Publications in 1975. Between 1981 and 1996 he served variously as Wisdom’s director, editorial director and director of development. Over the years he has edited and published many teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Congratulations are extended to Professor Hugh Taylor AC (’64), leader of Melbourne University’s Indigenous Eye Health Unit, who has become the first Australian to win the Helen Keller Prize, an international award for vision research. Hugh is the 18th person to win the award, which is named in honour of Helen Keller, the famous deaf-blind American author, political activist, suffragist and lecturer. A passionate advocate for indigenous health, Hugh was made a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2001 for his contributions to the prevention of river blindness, to academia through research and education related to the prevention of eye disease, and to eye health in indigenous communities.
Excelling in science, John Spence (’64) has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. John was Captain of Arthur Rob, leader of the orchestra, a probationer and stroke of the fourth crew. He did a Physics PhD at Melbourne University, followed by two years at Oxford, and is now Regent’s Professor of Physics at Arizona State University, with a joint appointment at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. John is also a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, of the Institute of Physics and of the American Physical Society.
John followed Australia’s famous physicist J M Cowley to Arizona, and does research in electron microscopy and biophysics, using the first x-ray laser soon to be operating at Stanford.
John is a licensed pilot, and he also enjoys sailing Etchels and Flying Dutchmen as often as possible. He reads a lot, plays and records piano, flute and guitar, and says he traces all his main enthusiasm in life with gratitude to outstanding teachers at Scotch, including George Logie Smith (music), ‘Ocka’ Ferres (physics) and Gordon Owen (literature) in particular, and owes his good fortune since to his wife Margaret.
Excellent contributions to research and postgraduate training in Melbourne University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science resulted in Garry Anderson (’70) being awarded a Master of Veterinary Science (without examination) in December 2008. Garry’s contribution to the faculty has included presenting undergraduate veterinary statistics lectures and designing and delivering postgraduate statistics courses. He has been a co-author in more than 80 papers published in prestigious scientific journals.
Doug Hooley (’73), brother of Bruce (’74 - deceased) and 2008 Perelberg Award recipient Ross (’78), was awarded the Public Service Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list ‘for outstanding public service, particularly in providing advice which has helped shape Victoria’s parks and reserves system’.
Doug has been involved for more than 30 years in the development of park proposals, policy and legislation relating to Victoria’s national parks and reserves. After leaving Scotch, he completed an honours degree in geography at Monash University before joining the then National Parks Service in 1978. He is currently a senior policy officer with the Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Living at seaside Ocean Grove, Paul Fargher (’79) is self-employed at Geelong Physiotherapy. He is married to Janine, with three beautiful daughters – Jessica (22) who like dad is a physiotherapist; Emma (20), who is in third year at university and Shannon (16) who is in Year 10. Paul still finds time for the occasional surf and game of golf.
John Norman (’79) has spent most of his working life in various engineering roles for Telstra. He has contributed to the development and deployment of business data products and broadband for residential and business customers. Recently he has helped to transform Telstra’s network and establish a core network based on the internet protocol. John and his wife Robyn have two children, Brianna (14) and Liam (12). John enjoys singing in community choirs and learning creative dance.
Respected military history specialist Robert Lyman (’80) lives in Berkshire, England, and has recently published his latest book, The Longest Seige, Tobruk: the Battle that Saved North Africa. Robert was an officer in the British Army for 20 years, and has a first class honours degree in History from the University of York, and three Masters degrees. He is a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.
Veteran author and military commentator, General Gordon Maitland describes Robert’s latest book as ‘spot on, not only in explaining the strategies and tactics involved, and in getting all the detail correct, but in his account of the sweep of the battle … He actually transports you into battle, so that you almost shudder as the bombs go off and swallow to get rid of the sand.’
Melbourne theatrical producers Ross Mollison (’81) and David Foster, now based in New York, were nominated for awards in the best special theatrical event category of the prestigious American ‘Tony’ awards, for the unique Slava’s Snow Show.
Dave Bell (’85) and Tom Fraser (’01) have joined forces to make purchasing a second-hand car a worry-free and affordable experience, through the formation of Guide My Ride, which provides a buying opportunity for people who don’t want or can’t afford a new car. The concept was sparked when Tom was returning from an extended overseas tour, and required a car immediately he returned for personal and business use. Tom emailed his cousin Dave and told him of his predicament. Dave had established his own business (David Bell Mechanical) more than six years earlier. Dave immediately sourced an affordable and reliable station wagon, ideal for Tom’s personal and business use. Dave ensured the car was basically sound, made the purchase, checked it from top to bottom and gave it a full service so it was ready when Tom arrived home. That’s how it all began. Guide My Ride’s website address is www.guidemyride.com.au
Full-time artist James Money (’91) is represented by McCulloch Gallery in Melbourne. Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu opened James’ most recent exhibition there. In 2003 James was awarded the Black and White Art Prize for Drawing at the Melbourne Savage Club, and his work hangs in private collections all over Australia. Later this year James will travel to New York to show Rolling Stone magazine his caricature work.
James Money (right) with Alex McCulloch (left, art dealer) and Ted Baillieu.
James Logie-Smith (’91) married Katie Michaels in 2002, and is currently living in Chicago USA and working as internal audit director for Sara Lee North America. James advises the company on governance structure, processes and controls. He is the proud father of two children, Harriet and Oliver, both born in Chicago. James is studying for an MBA at the Kellogg School of Business and will graduate in December.
Matthew ZRNA (’91) and his wife Megan welcome their first child, Aled Matthew, born in Melbourne on 7th August, 2009. Aled is a nephew for Simon Zrna (’93).
Robert Thomson (’92) photographed with his two elder daughters Isobel and Ruby when they visited the Great Wall of China last December, has returned to Melbourne having left 13 years ago after completing a Commerce degree at Melbourne University to pursue a career in investment banking. During the past five years he has worked in Hong Kong for UBS, spending most of his time in China. Since leaving Melbourne Rob has acquired a family, and returns with his journalist wife Ardyn and three daughters Isobel, Ruby and Willow.
Cameron Eldridge (’93) and his wife Susan welcomed their first daughter, Emily Lorel, born in Melbourne on 19 December 2008.
Simon Zrna (’93) and his wife Narelle welcomed their first child, Oliver James, born in Melbourne on 3 March 2009. Oliver is a nephew for Matthew Zrna (’91).
Ben Jesse (’94) has been based in England for eight years, working as the director of sponsorship for Eurosport, the European equivalent of ESPN. In his spare time, Ben still competes in the pool with varying degrees of success!
Stuart Spiden (’94) and Cath welcomed a son, Hugo, born on 23 April 2009: a brother for Millie and Harriette. Stuart is currently a director of Buncorp, a textiles importing company.
In a career-changing move, Luke Stanistreet (’95) moved to Queensland and completed his Juris Doctor at Bond University in two years, graduating with honours. While at Bond, Luke was awarded first place in three subjects, won the Law School’s annual mooting competition and was elected vice-president of the Law Students’ Association. Luke is currently working as a law graduate (formerly known as an articled clerk) at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Melbourne and will be admitted to practice later this year.
Robert Watson (’99) and his wife Belinda welcomed their first child, Abigail Hope, born on 17 April 2009.
Andrew Silver (’01), a lawyer, defence forces reservist and piper, is an active member of the Old Scotch Collegians Lodge. He is currently serving overseas with the Australian Armed Forces. Our thoughts are with him, and we wish him well for a safe return to Australia.
Robert Dumaresq (’03) won the 2009 Gold Australian Design Award – the James Dyson Award – in May for his foldable bicycle, which was inspired by the one-time ban on bicycles on peak hour trains. He was then completing an industrial design degree at Monash, and found himself unpopular as he took his bike into packed trains. As other collapsible bikes did not suit his needs, he designed his own, with the finished product taking up the floor space of one wheel. The bike has been entered into the James Dyson Award international competition. Robert hopes to attract investment interest in his bike, and would love to work in design for the cycling industry.
Two old boys (Daniel Hui and Alexei Berezner – both ’05) have won this year’s Chartered Accountants Student Challenge. This is a national competition open to all university students run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. The challenge involved solving a real-life business solution; designing a model to evaluate licensing proposals for Cancer Council Australia. Daniel and Alexei flew to Sydney in May to present their submission to the CEO of Cancer Council Australia and a selection of senior managers from Mars, Woolworths, Qantas and BT Financial Group, as well as to partners from the big four accounting firms.
Cameron McKenzie McHarg (’98) and Angus Tyers (’05) have been selected in the senior A Australian rowing team which will compete in the World Championships later this year. Will Lockwood (’06) and Alexander Scharp (’05) were selected in the Under 23 Australian team.
Pat Moore (’08) completed a three-month pre-apprenticeship course in carpentry at Box Hill TAFE in June. He has now begun a full-time apprenticeship with McCorkell Constructions.
Max Steiger (’08) has gained a place at the University College of London to read Philosophy and Economics. He was one of a handful of successful applicants from approximately 2,000 applications. Max has also been training with the Swiss Army for nearly a year, a gruelling experience for any soldier, much less a young man straight out of school. Good luck to Max as he embarks on his tertiary studies in London.