Alumni Tributes and Celebrations

Births

William Eric Churchill

Congratulations to Madeleine Churchill (née Strach) (TC 2005) and James Churchill (TC 2008) on the safe arrival of William Eric Churchill, born 22 October 20 in Sydney.

 

Marriages

Amritpal Singh 

Congratulations to Amritpal Singh (TCFS 2003) and Saira Bhal who were married on 7 April 2021 in Melbourne.

 

Deaths

Diana Smith (former Pathways School Director and Senior Fellow)

A tribute to Diana Smith, by Dr Tamar Lewit, FSA (Lecturer in History of Ideas 1991-2015 and member of Foundation Studies Executive 2003-2008).

A wise mentor, an inspiring and modest leader, a steady guide, a selfless colleague, a kind and humorous friend: colleagues, past students, and the whole Trinity College community today remember the life of Diana Smith, who gave us so much.

Diana first came to Trinity in 1991 to teach Maths in the Foundation Studies Program (then Trinity Education Centre), caring for her students with the dedication that was the hallmark of her life. She soon became Director of Studies, inspiring staff with her wisdom and serene good humour. I recall many meetings at which Diana’s far-seeing vision penetrated murky confusion to find the vital point and a sure path forward. She was immensely dedicated, sorted out problems with an unerring wisdom, and offered her colleagues caring support and unruffled good humour. Trinity College Fellow Dr Denis White encapsulates her qualities as “an excellent eye for the main point, an absolute passion for teaching and a total commitment to putting the interests of the students first” (The University Dream. Creating Trinity Foundation Studies. Melbourne: Trinity College 2021).

From its fledging beginnings until her retirement as its Director in 2006, Diana fostered the development of the TCFS into a bustling intellectual community with many staff and thousands of students from more than 50 countries. In recognition for her contribution, she was elected a Fellow of the College in 2002 (later to become a Senior Fellow). Throughout these years she was a rock for those who relied on her. Although coping with long illness, Diana was always courageous and cheerful, more concerned for others than herself. With characteristic clarity of vision - and a mathematician to the last – in 2021 she tallied up the “good” and “bad” days she could expect from further treatment and chose instead to spend her last months peacefully. With her close friend and colleague from early days, Dr Tan Hooi Cheng, I visited her in June, and came away uplifted and reassured. Diana was so very much herself: serene, content, laughing, and keen to listen.

All who had the honour and pleasure to know and work with Diana will remember her with gratitude and the deepest affection. Our thoughts are with her loving family.

Diana's thanksgiving service will be held on Friday 30 July at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Belmont (Geelong) from 2pm.

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Gabrielle Louise Moylan (TC 1980)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Gabrielle Louise Moylan (TC 1980) who passed away peacefully on 1 November 2020, after a 12 month battle with cancer. Our sincere condolences to her sister Rosemary and the family.

John Desmond Moore (TC 1951)

We are saddened to learn of the death of John Desmond Moore (TC 1951) who passed way peacefully on 1 November 2020, aged 88. Our sincere condolences to his widow Felicity, and children Lisa, Richard and Tim.

Commodore Ormsby Cooper (TC 1959)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Commodore Ormsby Cooper (TC 1959) who passed away peacefully aged 84, in November 2020. Our sincere condolences to his widow Philippa, and children Jeremy, Matthew, Claire and Adam.

John Kendall Francis (TC 1944)

We are saddened to learn of the death of John Kendall Francis (TC 1944) who passed away on 19 November 2020. Our sincere condolences to his partner Lyn, and children Louise and Nicholas.

William Louther Hunter Armstrong (TC 1946)

We are saddened to learn of the death of William Louther Hunter Armstrong (TC 1946) who passed away on 20 November 2020. Our sincere condolences to his widow Sue, and children Sam (TC 1981) and Kate (TC 1983).

Eric Cohen (TC 1945)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Eric Cohen (TC 1945)  who passed away on 14 January 2021. Our sincere condolences to his family.

David Kennedy (TC 1949)

We are saddened to learn of the death of David Kennedy (TC 1949) who passed away on 19 January 2021.  Our sincere condolences to his daughters Sarah (TC1985), Helen and Vanessa (TC1987).

Hugh Hadley (TC 1948)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Hugh Hadley (TC 1948) who passed away on 24 January 2021.  Our sincere condolences to his daughter Bianca (TC 1974) and son Hunter.

Nicholas Martland (TC 1975)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Nicholas Martland (TC 1975) who passed away on 21 February 2021. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Belinda Barker-Wong (TC 1995)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Belinda Chu-Fong Barker-Wong (TC 1995) who passed away on 5 March 2021. Our sincere condolences to her family.

Callum Cheyne (TC 1990)

We are saddened to learn of the sudden death of Callum Cheyne (TC 1990) who passed away on 9 March 2021. Our sincere condolences to his parents Sheila and Gordon, and brothers Hamish and Michael.

The Hon Judge John Nixon (TC 1954)

We are saddened to learn of the death of The Hon Judge John Nixon (TC 1954) who passed away on 11 March. Our sincere condolences to his widow Elizabeth and his children James, Susie, Richard and Kate.

Jamie Gatehouse (TC 1958)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Jamie Gatehouse (TC 1958) who passed away on 12 March. Our sincere condolences to his widow Janet, his children James (TC 1993) and Clare (TC 1995) .

Adam Boyd Munro (TC 1961)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Boyd Munro (TC 1961) who passed away on 13 March 2021. Our sincere condolences to his widow Jo Ann and children Andrew, Thomas (TC 1990), Harry, Jemima and Arabella.

Graham Hardie (TC 1959)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Graham Hardie (TC 1959) who passed away on 20 March. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Jeffrey Gyles (TC 1963)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Jeffrey Gyles (TC 1963) who passed away on 15 April. Our sincere condolences to his widow Deborah and children Hugh, Lachlan and Alexander.

Catherine Job (TC 1980)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Catherine Job (TC 1980) who passed away on 29 April 2021. Our sincere condolences to her family.

The Revd Dr John Neal (TCTS 1953)

We are saddened to learn of the death of the Revd Dr John Neal (TCTS 1953) who passed away on 15 May 2021. Our sincere condolences to his widow Jean.

Thomas Anthony Dominic Fitzgerald (TC 1973)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Thomas Anthony Dominic Fitzgerald (TC 1973) who passed away on 18 May 2021. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Dr John Rowan Blogg AM (TC 1949)

We are saddened to learn of the death of John Rowan Blogg (TC 1949) who passed away on 25 May 2021. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Jordan Auld (TC 2015)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Jordan Auld (TC 2015) who passed away on 29 May 2021. Our sincere condolences to her family.

George Edward Footit (TC 1949)

We are saddened to learn of the death of George Edward Footit (TC 1949) who passed away on 4 June. Our sincere condolences to his widow Mira, children Amanda, Simon, Julie, Kathryn, Matthew, Sally, Belinda and Nicholas (TC 2000).

Dr Walter Charles Thomas Dowell (TC 1947)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Dr Walter Charles Thomas Dowell (TC 1947) who passed away on 9 June 2021. Our sincere condolences to his family.

The Revd Patricia Diane Byrne (TCTS 2011)

We are saddened to learn of the death of the Revd Patricia Diane Byrne (TCTS 2011) who passed away on 12 June 2021. Our sincere condolences to her family.

Dr Roger Kenyon Woodruff (TC 1964)

We are saddened to learn of the death of Dr Roger Kenyon Woodruff (TC 1964) who passed away on 18 July 2021. Our sincere condolences to his widow Prudence, children Angela (TC 1990), Tom (TC 1993) and grandchild Elizabeth .