During his retirement, DR BARRY CHRISTOPHERS (’39) is writing a biography of Professor Frederic Wood Jones, a British observational naturalist, embryologist, anatomist and anthropologist, who spent some time in Australia.
Barry recalls that at Scotch in his final year of 1939, he (Barry) was a member of the 1st Tennis team, won the school singles title, and in partnership with Ron George (’39), also won the doubles title. Barry describes Alan ‘Stonk’ Ross, who taught at Scotch from 1922-1960 as ‘the best teacher I ever had’.
Barry graduated in Medicine in 1945, doing his residency at Launceston Hospital in that year and meeting his future wife, Peggy, who was a nurse at the hospital. The couple married in 1947 and had four daughters. Barry retired from medical practice in 1990.
He has always been interested in the development of Indigenous Australians, and was active in the Aborigines Advancement League in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. On Queen’s Birthday 2015, Barry received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) award – see the honours article in the OSCA section of this edition.
During an Old Scotch Football Club pre-match luncheon on 25 July, MANSON RUSSEL (’48) was announced as the first Old Scotch Football Club patron. This honour recognised Manson’s superlative service to the club and to the Victorian Amateur Football Association, stretching back to 1948, when he joined the football club straight from Scotch. Manson played 235 games for Old Scotch from 1948-1962, and was club best and fairest player in 1950 (and VAFA ‘A’ section best and fairest player in the same year).
He was the club’s best team player in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957, and club leading goalkicker from 1949-1954 and from 1956-1959, kicking more than 400 goals in all. Manson represented Victoria in 1952, 1953, 1956 and 1959.
On the administration side, Manson was OSFC club secretary from 1955-1956, club coach from 1958-1960 and in 1963. He also served the VAFA as chairman from 1971-1977 and as president from 1978-1980.
This exemplary service to club and association was rewarded with OSFC life membership in 1970, VAFA life membership in 1978, and an Australian Football Foundation Merit Award in 1979. In 1984, Manson became a VAFA patron.
PEDER HAUGEN (’50), now living in Bergen, Norway, has been recognised by the local Bergens Tidende newspaper as Bergen’s oldest university student. Peder, who attended Scotch from 1945 to 1950 as a boarder, says he is ‘studying biology to keep my brain active’.
The longest-serving judge on the current High Court bench, Justice KENNETH HAYNE (’62) retired on 5 June, when he reached the statutory retirement age of 70. Ken served on the High Court bench for more than 17 years, during which he wrote more than 400 judgments and served under three chief justices.
Physics professor JOHN SPENCE (’64) has been made a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society, and was inducted into the society in London on 10 July, receiving an honour granted to very few Australians. John, physics professor at Arizona State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is scientific director of the eight-campus National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center in the USA. A colleague is Nobel Laureate Professor Roger Kornberg.
John gained career inspiration from Scotch’s legendary physics teacher ‘Ocker’ Ferres, who, he says, ‘ignited my enthusiasm for physics’, just as Scotch’s director of music, George Logie-Smith, fired his love of music and classical piano, which he plays and records, while Gordon ‘Gunner’ Owen instilled a life-long love of literature. John was captain of Arthur Robinson House and leader of the orchestra around 1963. At Melbourne University he did a physics PhD under Professor John Cowley, a famous Australian electron microscopy scientist, followed by postdoctoral research at Oxford.
For many years, ANDREW FAIRLEY (’67) has been associated with ecotourism, conservation, parks and resort management. He has been a director of the world famous eco lodge, Turtle Island in Fiji for more than 20 years, and was also long-time director of the International Ecotourism Society, Ecotourism Australia, and chairman of Zoos Victoria. An equity lawyer with Hall & Wilcox, Andrew chairs Equipsuper, a $7 billion industry superannuation fund. Andrew is a board member of Tourism Australia and Tourism Victoria, chairs the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation, and is honorary consul general for Finland in Victoria.
Andrew has recently purchased a cherry farm in the Yarra Valley, trading as Yarra Valley Cherries. ‘We produce about 100 tonnes of premium cherries for both export and the local market annually,’ Andrew told Great Scot. Two prominent Scotchies visiting the cherry farm earlier this year were former champion schoolboy sportsmen TOM HOGG (’43) and JOHN SPINKS (’67). On Queen’s Birthday 2015, Andrew received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) award – see the honours article in the OSCA section of this edition.
After completing Law and Commerce degrees at Melbourne University, TIM COX (’73) joined Price Waterhouse, which later became PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was a tax partner there for more than 20 years and retired in 2012. At PwC he held a variety of leadership roles including one on its governance board. Tim is currently in part-time roles as executive chairman of Laminar Funds Management and chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Australia.
Laminar is a privately-owned fixed interest fund manager. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the world’s largest youth mentoring organisation. In Australia it runs programmes supporting volunteers who mentor vulnerable young Australians. Tim told Great Scot: ‘These programmes have terrific success changing the lives of disadvantaged youth, as well as the communities in which they live’. Tim is married to Mandy and they have three children, Georgina, WILLIAM (’04) and NICHOLAS (’08).
With the appointment of CRAIG HILLIARD (’74) as head coach of Athletics Australia, two excellent former Old Scotch athletes are now occupying key roles in Australian athletics coaching, as ANDREW FAICHNEY (’93) is head coach of the Australian Paralympic team. Craig Hilliard holds nine Old Scotch athletics records, including under 17, under 18, under 19, under 20 and open 110m hurdles, all set in the mid-1970s. Andrew Faichney holds 11 Old Scotch athletics records, including under 16, under 17, under 18, under 19 and under 20 high jump records, all set in the early 1990s.
Researchers at Monash University’s Central Clinical School at the Alfred Hospital, led by Professor STEPHEN JANE (’75) and Dr Charbel Darido have made a breakthrough discovery which identifies the signals that drive the growth of an aggressive form of cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).
SBS news reported that the researchers have found a critical pathway, that when disrupted, blocks the cells’ ability to respond to stop signs for growth. This blockade results in uncontrolled cell proliferation – the hallmark of cancer. Stephen said no one had understood the molecular mechanisms that underpin cancers of the tongue, mouth and throat, which are commonly associated with tobacco and alcohol consumption. ‘By identifying this pathway, we can now interrogate cancers from individual patients to see whether they exhibit this specific abnormal signature. This will allow more targeted therapies, rather than the blunderbuss approach of standard chemotherapy, providing a major advance for future therapies,’ Stephen said.
The answer is in drugs which are currently being used to treat other cancers. Dr Darido said no one had identified any link between these drugs and HNSCC. Pre-clinical trials in model systems have been very successful, and researchers hope they can soon begin human clinical trials on patients suffering from the aggressive cancer.
JAMES CANNY (’85), a chartered accountant based in Melbourne, is head of performance management delivery – enterprise services and transformation finance at National Australia Bank. His team of 22 financial advisers helps the bank to improve its performance. James told Great Scot that since leaving the University of Melbourne and Ormond College, he has worked at KPMG, Pacific Dunlop and Village Roadshow, ‘with a short stint getting frostbite in Chicago’. In July he returned to Australia after quick visits to the UK to watch some cricket and to Portugal to sample some of the local produce. James says he is still listening to the same music that he enjoyed at school, ‘and for those who can remember the early ‘80s, sadly I can’t do the Rubik’s Cube any more’.
JUSTIN HOSKING (’90) and his wife Katie are proud parents of a baby boy (Maxwell John David), born on 12 October 2014, a brother for Zoe. Justin’s father, David Hosking, a former Scotch Vice Principal, told Great Scot: ‘Max is enrolled at Scotch, and I expect him to be drafted by Essendon next year or the year after!’
SIMON SCHOBER (’94) and his wife Lindsay have welcomed a son, Grayson, born on 28 March 2015. Simon is the chief financial officer (North America) for Breville USA, and lives in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
ANDREW HUDSON (’95) has been appointed executive director of Crisis Action, an international organisation which works with individuals and organisations globally to protect civilians from armed conflict. Andrew was selected from a field of more than 130 exceptional applicants, and impressed Crisis Action’s board with his clear vision for the organisation’s future.
Andrew is a previous recipient of a Sir John Monash Scholarship (2005), awarded by the General Sir John Monash Foundation to young leaders of scholastic excellence.
He was the first Old Scotch Collegian to receive this scholarship, and used it to complete a Master in Laws at New York University. He also holds honours degrees in Politics and Law from the University of Melbourne.
Graduating from Melbourne University Medical School in 2006, TOM CADE (’99) finished his specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in 2014, and is now a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital and in private practice. Tom has written for numerous international journals on his research interests in fertility-sparing treatments for uterine cancer, and the detection and significance of protein in urine in patients with pre-eclampsia. Tom is a scientific reviewer for several international journals, including the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer and The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. As well, he is an examiner at the University of Melbourne.
Tom was School Captain in 2000. After leaving Scotch he continued in athletics, and won three Victorian open 400m hurdles titles in a row, competing regularly around Australia and in the national championships. His athletic pursuits earned Tom a full university Blue in his final year at Melbourne University. He is passionate about classical music, and completed an A.Mus.A in piano while studying medicine, and still plays regularly. He is also an organist at St Mark’s Church in Camberwell. Tom is engaged to be married to Hayley Sloan, sister of SCOTT SLOAN (’99) on 24 October at Scots Church, Melbourne.
NICK ALLEN (’03) married Fiona Richardson on 16 May at St John’s Anglican Church, Sorrento, followed by a reception at the Sorrento Golf Club. Best man was WILL ALLEN (’08) and groomsmen were HAMISH DICK (’03), ANDREW FEKETE (’03), ED CRUICKSHANK (’03) and SAM BIRDSEYE (’03). Guests were welcomed outside the church by Old Scotch Pipes and Drums piper EDDIE BUTLER (’05).
Nick Allen’s groomsman ANDREW FEKETE (’03) enjoyed an excellent 2014/15 cricket season for Tasmania, capped off with selection in the Australia A side which toured India in July.
The fast bowler scooped the pool in Tasmania, winning all three of the island state’s major cricket awards – the Ricky Ponting Medal (as the Tasmanian Tigers’ best player), the David Boon Medal (as Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield player of the year), and the Jack Simmons Medal (as the Tigers’ one-day player of the year). Andrew played all 10 Sheffield Shield matches and took 37 wickets, as well as nine wickets in the one-day tournament.
Currently completing a Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne, MATT PIERRI (’08) previously completed a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) in 2012, also at Melbourne University. He was elected president of the Melbourne University Law Students’ Society in October 2014 for the 2014/15 term, and is also an assistant editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. ‘I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at law school, and excited to continue exploring my varied interests in the legal world post-graduation,’ Matt told Great Scot. ‘I’m also excited to embark on new adventures and opportunities next year. Less recently, I lived overseas for six months, while on uni exchange in Lyon, France in 2012. It was an amazing experience and I remain keen to live and work overseas at some point in the future.’
In 2008 the University of Melbourne made a major change to its curriculum, to enable students to study a wider range of subjects at undergraduate level before specialising at graduate level. For example, KENNY WANG (’08) achieved a Bachelor of Commerce with engineering electives, followed by a master’s degree in civil engineering. He has secured a graduate placement as an offshore structures engineer with Royal Dutch Shell. See 'Exciting career opens for young graduate' in the OSCA section of this edition.
SEB WOODARD (’09) joined J P Morgan in February 2015 as a sales analyst in Sydney and recently participated in an eight-week training programme with around 80 other J P Morgan graduates from around the world.
After leaving school, Seb completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts double degree. He continued playing football for the Sandringham Dragons during his first two years at Monash, but battled injuries along the way and was unable to play consistently. He spent 2012 on exchange at a university in Paris, becoming fluent in French. Back in Australia in early 2013, he returned to football with Old Scotch but tore his anterior cruciate ligament in first senior game with the club.
Seb secured an internship with the Commonwealth Bank in summer 2013/14 in Sydney. Returning to Melbourne to finish his final semester in 2014, he graduated in June 2014. After backpacking through Europe and Central America from June to December 2014, he helped his older brother, LUKE (’06), to open a coffee shop in Williamsburg, New York, before taking up the J P Morgan appointment in February.
GLEB KOTOUSOV (’10) graduated with a Bachelor in Philosophy and honours in physics with a University Medal from the Australian National University. Along the way he won a number of awards, including the prestigious Australian Institute of Physics Prize for second year physics and the Hanna Neumann Prize in mathematics for second year mathematics. Gleb is currently working on Sigma Models in Integrable Quantum Field Theory under Professor Vladimir Bazhanov, and he plans to do a joint PhD programme at the Australian National University and Rutgers University.
Outside academia, he swims five or six times a week with Cruiz Swim Club, coaches with and is secretary of the ANU Swimming Club, and enjoys ocean and lake swims. Gleb is an accomplished pianist, and has performed a number of recitals. At the end of May he played a sonata in A minor by Schubert and the sinfonia of the Partita No 2 by Bach at a recital. Gleb also participates in Inward Bound, a form of orienteering.