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Campus News : March 2013
E MARCH 2013 CONNECT: UOW 11 CONNECT: IN MEMORIAM UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said: "Bert's work has influenced generations of artists. He was not only an artist of the highest calibre but also a highly regarded teacher who was unstinting with his practical help, guidance and inspiration to students. The University is truly indebted to the legacy of this great artist. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time." Emeritus Professor Diana Wood Conroy spoke on behalf of UOW at Dr Flugelman's funeral, where Federal School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Minister Peter Garrett gave the eulogy. Dr Flugelman is survived by his wife Rosemary, his children Kim, Kerry, Kay and Eli, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. NH PROFESSOR JOHN HOGG OAM meritus Professor John Hogg had mixed emotions when he watched the first cohort of medical students graduate in 2010 from the course he helped establish. As Foundation Dean of UOW's Graduate School of Medicine (GSM), he understandably felt great pride in watching those graduates receive their degrees and head out into the world to begin their medical careers. He later recounted that he also had felt profoundly grateful that the University had enlisted his help to start the medical school. Many at the University thought it should have been the other way around. After all, the University, and the medical students, owed John Hogg a huge debt of gratitude because without him the school may never have gone from vision to reality. Yet Professor Hogg saw it very differently. When I interviewed him for the UOW's 60th anniversary history book, he said that first graduation ceremony in 2010 was a wonderful affirmation of his decision to leave his surgical career in favour of the GSM. "What an opportunity I was given! How many doctors are lucky enough to be given the chance to help start a medical school from scratch," he said. "I felt an enormous sense of pride and achievement seeing those first students graduating. Some of them were sons and daughters of Wollongong medicos ... my friends and colleagues." Professor Hogg, a renowned vascular and general surgeon before he joined UOW, died on 1 March after a short illness. The University Council at its February meeting had agreed to confer an Honorary Doctorate on Professor Hogg to acknowledge his contribution, and this will now be presented posthumously. Dr Bert Flugelman, with his Wave -- Gateway to Mt Keira sculpture in 1986. It has become a campus landmark. Professor Hogg had joined UOW in 2004 as Foundation Dean of the GSM, working closely with Professors Don Iverson and Lori Lockyer to develop the school's innovative curriculum and unique community-based model. At the time he was clinical director of surgery at Wollongong, Shellharbour and Bulli hospitals and chair of the Medical Staff Council of the Northern Illawarra Hospitals Group. In a tribute to his friend and former colleague Professor Iverson, UOW's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health), said: "The Medical School wouldn't have happened without John Hogg. He gave up his career as a successful surgeon to join us and help push for a medical school." "John gave us credibility with the local medical fraternity. We were asking a lot of him -- a successful practising surgeon -- to virtually give up his career. But he agreed, and he instantly gave the project credibility," Professor Iverson said. "John delivered the support of the region's medical specialists, and he and (Illawarra Division of General Practice CEO) Dr Andrew Dalley delivered the general practice doctors. And John drove around the state telling doctors about our vision for training rural doctors, and recruiting them to our clinical training program. John gave up his career as a surgeon, but he created a wonderful legacy because without him we would never have been in a position to even seek Australian Medical Council accreditation and so the medical school wouldn't exist." Professor Hogg and wife Linda, a physiotherapist, were in Bali at the time of the 2002 terrorist bombings and chose to abandon their holiday and reported to the local hospital to help treat the horrific injuries of the blast victims. For their work in Bali both were awarded Order of Australia Medals, while Professor Hogg was also named Wollongong Citizen of the Year in January 2003. Professor Hogg is survived by Linda, children Genevieve, Sophie, James and Katie and his grandchildren. NH A memorial service for Professor Hogg will be held in the University Hall on Saturday, 6 April at 2pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. Emeritus Professor John Hogg (right) with his close friend and medical colleague, UOW Deputy Chancellor Dr Stephen Andersen, pictured at a tribute dinner for Professor Hogg when he retired from the University in 2008.