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Campus News : March 2010
10 Campus News April 2010 University of Wollongong 1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au IN MEMORIAM Bill Upfold One of the "fathers" of the University of Wollongong, Associate Professor Bill Upfold (pictured), died peacefully in his sleep in January. Faculty of Engineering Dean Professor Chris Cook said Professor Upfold was the youngest lecturer in any discipline when he was appointed in 1955 to the Wollongong Division of the NSW University of Technology (later UNSW) -- the precursor to the University of Wollongong. "Bill played a leading role, as president of the Staff Association, in wrestling resources, lobbying government, and finally achieving independence from the University of New South Wales when the University of Wollongong became autonomous (in 1975)," Professor Cook said. "This remarkably talented, courteous and generous man made major contributions to technical, cultural, governance, residential colleges and other areas of UOW and the community." Engineer was a founding father In 1994 Professor Upfold's enormous and sustained contributions were recognised when he was made a Fellow of the University. Professor Cook said Professor Upfold had established the Faculty's civil engineering and other laboratories virtually from scratch. He also designed equipment including a road pavement evaluator, heavy structure reaction frame, a high performance wind tunnel and hydraulic flume. He was a member of the University Council, chaired the Wollongong City Gallery committee and was president of the YMCA. He oversaw the re- development of Wollongong's original YMCA Hostel into UOW's first residential hall, now known as International House and became chair of the International House Council. Professor Upfold retired in 1989, but maintained a close relationship with the faculty as he continued his research and consultancy activities. "Above all else, students and staff remember his courteous patience, unstinting helpfulness for anyone who came to him and his selfless mentoring of young staff," Professor Cook said. NH Ian Gentle Artist Ian Gentle's life and work was celebrated at a memorial ceremony in January. The former Head of Sculpture at the University's Faculty of Creative Arts died on 30 December at his East Nowra home, aged 64. However, as speakers representing family, friends and fellow artists at the memorial ceremony at Scarborough- Wombarra Bowling Club observed, he will live on through his highly original and distinctive sculptures of creatures of the Australian bush, made from eucalypt sticks moulded into single forms. Fellow artist Bill Brown described Ian as a "wild bush man of simple habits and behaviour". He said Ian was honoured and respected by his colleagues and peers, and loved by his students. "Ian was a special artist ... his sculptures were a symbiotic marriage of bush, man and imagery," Mr Brown said. Dr Penny Harris from the Faculty of Creative Arts, who had been one of Ian's students, spoke of his great generosity as a teacher. Old friend Anthony Bond, assistant director of curatorial services at the Art Gallery of NSW, spoke of Ian's fascination with nature which came through in his art. The UOW Art Collection holds some of Ian's best work, including the five-metre high Whispering Ant which greets visitors as they enter the foyer of the University Library. Inside, Salivating Croc stretches out along a feature wall opposite the main desk. Other Gentle works are featured throughout the library. The Spring 2009 edition of World Sculpture News carried a four-page special feature on Ian, written by the magazine's Asian Contributing Editor Gina Fairley. The writer praised Ian's work, and asked: "Why is this visionary sculptor and masterly technician not more widely acclaimed in Australia despite his work being held in collections in places as widespread as Dallas, Taiwan and Beijing?" Ms Fairley concluded that Ian's decision to lead a "less than conventional life, positioning himself outside the urban art centres" had "arguably denied him the mainstream celebration his work deserved". In July 2008 UOW honoured Ian and recognised his contribution by making him a Fellow of the University. NH Ian lives on through his art Ian Gentle and his sculpture, Salivating Croc, in the UOW Library. Ted Tobin OAM Several thousands mourners paid their respects to Illawarra community leader and Fellow of the University Ted Tobin OAM at his funeral in February. Mr Tobin, who was 72, had made a major contribution to the Illawarra community throughout his lifetime, with service to community, civic and sporting organisations. He was the founding chairman of the Illawarra Academy of Sport, which became the model for other regional academies around Australia. (The Academy receives major support from UOW and its headquarters has recently returned to the campus.) Mr Tobin's other civic service included 15 years on the Wollongong Sportsground Trust, three years as chairman of the Illawarra County Council, 12 years as an alderman on Wollongong City Council and as a long-serving office-bearer in the surf lifesaving movement. Mr Tobin was made a Fellow of the University in 1992 for services to the region's youth and the community. His son Ian has a senior executive role at UOW subsidiary ITC Group of Companies. NH Towering community figure