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Vale Professor Rufus Clarke

4 Nov 2021 11:41 AM | Jill Romeo (Administrator)

Rufus was a long-standing member of ANZAHPE.  On a personal reflection, when I first met him, a long time ago, as a very young and junior member in the 1990's, I recall being both intrigued and intimidated in equal parts.  He was so clever, so insightful, and did not suffer fools gladly - that was daunting - but he was also funny, welcoming, experienced, and so knowledgeable.  In the 2000's I gathered the courage to ask him to mentor me, to help me to apply for promotions.  He was generous with his time and his advice - though again I was daunted by his amazing grasp of the English language and his excellent grammar and vocabulary (I tend to be a little more laissez faire, and must confess, I did not always understand all the words he used).  I worked alongside Rufus on the Editorial Board of FoHPE - he was on the Board from 2009-2018, and he was a true asset, writing reviews, always at the forefront with conference planning and contributions and attendance.

Rufus will be deeply missed by many of us, personally, and also, his loss is a loss to the Association.  We are richer and better for having had him amongst us.

Anna Chur-Hansen


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