Australia Day honours

University alumni were strongly represented in the Australia Day Honours, announced in January. The list of 71 recipients included one Companion (AC), 14 Officers (AO), 27 Members (AM) and 25 Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM).

The AC was awarded to Professor Bruce McKellar (BSc ’62 PhD ’66) for “eminent service to science, particularly the study of theoretical physics, as an academic, educator and researcher through seminal contributions to scientific development organisations and as an author and mentor”.

Notable recipients of the AO include Dr John Grill (BSc ’66 BE ’68 DEng ’10) for “distinguished service to engineering, to business, the minerals, energy and power supply industries, and as supporter of advanced education and training”. In 2012 he donated a personal gift of $20 million to the University to establish the new John Grill Centre for Project Leadership.
Other recipients of the AO include Professor David Celermajer (MBBS ’84 DSc ’06) for “distinguished service to medicine in the field of cardiology, as a clinician and researcher, to improve medical diagnostic methods, and to the promotion of heart health, particularly in children and young adults”, Emeritus Professor Tony Blackshield (LLB ’60 LLM ’69) for “distinguished service to the law as an academic, to legal education and scholarship, and as an author and commentator”; Louise Cox (BArch ’63) DipTCPlan ‘71) for “distinguished service to architecture as a practitioner, through executive roles with international professional organisations, and to architectural education and heritage conservation”; and Professor David Throsby (BScAgr ’60 MAgr ’63) for “distinguished service to the community as a leading cultural economist, to the promotion and preservation of Australian arts and heritage, and to tertiary education”.

Recipients of the AM include: former politician John Brogden (MPA ’01) for “significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors, and to the Parliament of NSW”; Dr Brenton Broadstock (GradDipMusComp ‘82) “for significant service to music as a composer, educator and mentor”; Narelle Kennedy (BSocStud ‘75) for “significant service to business in Australia through a range of policy development and advisory roles”, and Margaret Rodgers (BA ’72 BD ’78) for “significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia through governance and representational roles, and to ecumenical affairs”.

Recipients of the OAM include Lyndey Milan (BA ’75 DipEd ‘76) for “service to hospitality, particularly the food and wine industry, and to the community”, kayaker Murray Stewart (BDesArch ’09 MArch ’12) for “service to sport”. Stewart was part of the Men’s Kayak K4 Gold medal winning team at the 2012 London Olympics, and Susan Cleary (BA ’75) DipLangStud ‘03)
for “service to civil liberties advocacy,
and to the Glebe community”.

The full list can be found here.