Class notes

We want to hear from you

University of Sydney Alumni are in the news around the world every day. However we would like to hear about the adventures of less public, but equally interesting, alumni. Tell us what you are up to and where your University degree has taken you personally and professionally.

You can submit your update online or you can email your story together with any photographs to the editor, Diana Simmonds at


Heather Porter (BEnvSc (Hons) ’01 MEnvLaw ’04)

Is currently Director of Sustainability Services for Renewable Choice Energy in Boulder, Colorado. Spent the past seven years working in sustainability throughout the USA after graduating. Speaking at a variety of US conferences, looking to take career pause soon to reflect on current state of business, the health of our planet and restorative processes. Enjoy reading about the various USyd Alumni. Will provide further updates soon.

Vinod, Duggirala (GradCert HlthSc ’01)

Writes: To all the respected members of alumni association, I recently acquired Canadian Citizenship, I am proud to be a new Canadian. I thank all the teachers and mentors who guided me and helped me achieve this status.


Valerie Khoo (BEc ’91)
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Started as an accountant, is a former features director at Cleo magazine and taught her first course, Magazine Writing, to six students in 2005. Since then her Sydney Writers’ Centre has grown out of all recognition, offering 39 courses covering all aspects of business and creative writing through an interactive website and premises in Milson’s Point. She is 2011’s Telstra NSW Micro Businesswoman of the Year and is on track to welcome her 10,0000th student early in 2012.

Daniell Nettheim (BA ’91)
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DANIEL NETTHEIM (BA ’91) studied directing at Australian Film Television and Radio School and, for the past decade, has been directing Australian television shows such as Rush, Headland and The Secret Life of Us. He discovered the novel The Hunter through a connection with its author, JULIA LEIGH (BA ’94 LLB ’94) – they edited Honi Soit together. He optioned the book and began the long task of writing a screenplay. Meanwhile, Leigh wrote and directed her own feature film, Sleeping Beauty.

Nettheim found willing international stars in Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Francis O’Connor and The Hunter was shot on location in Tasmania.


Maxene Meisterman Lorraway (MA(Ed) ’86)

As a student I learned so much about working hard and reaching goals. I am a survivor of non-Hodgkins lymphoma after a bone marrow transplant in 2002 at Royal North Shore. I am part of the Team in Training program and I walk half marathons as often as I can. What inspires me are the people I walk with who are also cancer survivors. They give me strength and courage all the way. The “team” coaches one another to do our best and to achieve the goals of helping the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society and crossing that finish line. It is truly an amazing experience to cross the line after the ordeals we all had to go through to even just stand up and smile again. I know first hand I am making a difference. Find out more at


David Grellman (BA (Geology) ’72)

I have been in the oil industry drilling wildcat wells all over the world since graduation. We have lived and worked in many countries, including Syria, Pakistan, Albania, PNG, the Philippines, China and the USA. We are currently living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and drilling in Somalia. If any alums are in Addis I would very much like to get together.


Alison Burrell (BA ’63)

After graduating, left Sydney to study and work in Europe, gaining an L-es-L (Sorbonne), BSc (Econ), MSc (Econ) and PhD at London University. She lectured at Wye College (London University) for 14 years, was Associate Professor at Wageningen University (Netherlands) for 15 years, concurrently edited the European Review of Agricultural Economics for 14 years and also had spells of several years each at the OECD (Paris) and the European Commission (Luxembourg). Following retirement from Wageningen and until this year, she worked as a researcher for the European Commission, based in Seville. This year she was made a Fellow of the European Association of Agricultural Economists in recognition of her research, teaching and services to the agricultural economics profession in Europe.

Pauline Lyle-Smith (BA ’67 LLB ’70)
Pauline Lyle-Smith, Lady Mayoress of Hammersmith and Fulham with Cllr Frances Stainton, Mayor.

Has served on many Boards and Committees. She is is currently Chairman of the University of Sydney UK Alumni Association and a Trustee of the Friends of the University of Sydney. Pauline is a Board Member of the Britain-Australia Society and Chairman of the Cook Society for 2011. The Cook Society (named after Captain James Cook) was founded in 1969 on the initiative of the former Prime Ministers of Britain and Australia, Alec Douglas-Home and Robert Menzies, with the aim of promoting Anglo-Australian relations at a high level. Recently, Pauline became the first Australian to be appointed Lady Mayoress of Hammersmith and Fulham, where she has been closely involved with the local community and businesses for more than 20 years.


George McFarlane (BEc ’50)

I have just published the second edition of my book 100 NOT OUT – Lessons in Business Survival from Australian Invincibles. It is an eBook and can be accessed, along with my other publications on


Barcan-Alia Alan Barcan (BA ’46 DipEd ’47 MA ’54 Med ’58)

He and his daughter DR RUTH BARCAN, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, are celebrating his 90th birthday and a double launch of their most recent books, respectively, From New Left to Factional Left: Fifty Years of Student Activism at Sydney University (Australian Scholarly Publishing) and CComplementary and Alternative Medicine: Bodies, Therapies, Senses (Berg, 2011).

SRC 1960-70 Reunion

SRC 1960-70 Reunion

A reunion of SRC Presidents from the late ’60s and early ’70s was held on a private cruiser that circumnavigated the island of Corsica for eight days in July. We were each accompanied by our wives and in order of office bearing we are:

Geoffrey Robertson (BA ’67 LLB ’70 LLD ’06) human rights lawyer, Alan Cameron (BA ’68 LLB ’71 LLM ’77) former Chairman of ASIC, Jim Spigelman (BA ’67 LLB ’71 LLD ’04), former NSW Chief Justice, Percy Allan AM (BEc ’68 MEc ’71), former Secretary, NSW Treasury, Chris Beale (BA ’68 LLB ’71), managing partner, Allinda Capital Partners, New York and former head of CitiGroup Project Finance.