Sydney Alumnus Passes Away

26 February 2013

Former University of Sydney alumnus and CEO of St Vincent's Hospital, Mr Maurice Patrick Cleary OAM, passed away last month.

Mr Cleary, 95, graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1938, and completed two years of his Medical Practice degree before the interruption of World War Two.

Mr Cleary enlisted in the Australian Infantry Force in 1940, where he served as Pharmaceutical Officer aboard the hospital ship Manunda for five years. Following the war, he returned to his occupation as a self-employed pharmacist and in 1958 completed his degree from the Faculty of Medicine.

Mr Cleary was appointed General Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent's hospital in 1961, a position he held for 22 years.

Mr Cleary's tenure brought about much-needed reform for St Vincent's, including improved funding, building development and medical education.

He retired from the post in 1983, leaving behind a grand legacy that earned him an Order of Australia Medal in 1985 for service to the public hospital system.

He subsequently took up part-time work as a medical officer with Qantas Airways before returning to work for the Australian defence services, this time for the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy.

He officially retired from medical practice in 2002, aged 84.

Mr Clearywas active outside the medical field, publishing two books about his life and St Vincent's Hospital, and owned an orchard farm on the Central Coast of NSW.

The Faculty of Pharmacy paid tribute to Mr Cleary, a respected and inspirational University of Sydney alumnus.