'If we don’t do it, who will? And if not now, when?'
On Wednesday 25 March the school held an information session for Scotch Family members who are health professionals.
Professor Andrew Kaye AO (’67) delivered the keynote address, in which he discussed the evolution of neurosurgery research and treatment. Andrew is a patron of the Capital Campaign for the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science, and congratulated his old school for its ambitious commitment to the sciences.
‘Why should Scotch do this?’ he asked. In response he quoted the famous Jewish scholar Hillel, who in 100BC proffered: ‘If I’m not for myself, who will be for me, but if I am only for myself, then who am I, and if not now, when?’, believing that this statement underpinned what Scotch is and what Scotch stands for.
He said: ‘Of course, Scotch must do what is best for Scotch, but in doing so it benefits the whole community. Scotch sets the standard and leads the way, and it’s not just for the scientists, the doctors, the mathematicians, but it sets the example and creates the awareness in the hope that other schools will follow.
‘And, if we don’t do it, who will? And if not now, when?’
ABOVE: FOUNDATION PRESIDENT MICHAEL ROBINSON AO WITH PRINCIPAL TOM BATTY, PROFESSOR ANDREW KAYE AO, AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DOUG LORDING.