Class of 1972

I’m sure they all ask this, but has it really been 40 years? Yes it has and the elapsed time brings with it challenges to find everyone. We found most, and 69 people attended our scientific meeting at the newly completed Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville.  We had a series of five presentations and a panel discussion. The morning started with Jim Best, now Professor of Medicine and Head of the Medical School, giving us an entertaining version of the 150-year history of the school. This was followed by presentations on rural general practice, medical fraud, medical education and the intern crisis and then prostate cancer. There was a plenary lecture on an international career by Julian Pribaz who is now Associate Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. After morning tea the panel considered “Will you still need me when you’re 64?” expertly facilitated by Doris Young Professor and Chair of General practice.

After the presentations we had lunch and enjoyed the Parkville view. This was followed by a tour of the Medical History Museum in the Brownless Library

Our dinner was held at the Melbourne Museum and was well attended by 120 alumni and partners; Peter McPhee delivered a fabulous after dinner speech on Pansy Wright, having authored "'Pansy': A Life of Roy Douglas Wright”. A collection of alumni mini biographies was published which was a lot of fun. Congratulations to the organisers Elizabeth Donnan (Chair), Geoff Donnan (Chair of   Scientific Meeting), Chris Buckley (Treasurer), James Best, Jill Buckley, Jim and Gail Butler, Lach and Meg de Crespigny, Jim and Elizabeth Tatoulis and Doris Young.

Leslie Reti