Water Journal : Water Journal November 2013
WATER NOVEMBER 2013 28 AWA News AWA 2012--2103 ANNUAL REVIEW NOW AVAILABLE The AWA Annual Review has now been released and is available for download at www.awa.asn.au/annual_reports. The nancial year 2012--2013 represented the rst year of AWA's new Strategic Plan (2012--2015). The ve strategic objectives in this plan are: 1. Engaging members with valued services; 2. Representing the sector as a trusted voice; 3. Extending our reach; 4. Building skills and knowledge in the sector; and 5. Working together AWA hopes that members will nd the review an informative and engaging read, outlining as it does the achievements of AWA as an organisation, AWA staff, AWA members and the wider water community. VALE DR GORDON ARCHER AWA Member Dr Gordon Archer was born in Melbourne on 18 March 1926, just half- an-hour ahead of his identical twin brother, Harold. Later they became known as "Bow" and "Arrow". Educated at Canberra High School and then Scotch College in Melbourne, the twins were awarded scholarships to the RMIT in 1941 where Gordon studied Metallurgical Engineering and Harold undertook Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating in 1944 aged 18, they promptly enlisted in the Royal Australian Army Engineers and were selected for of cer training and promoted to lieutenant before being sent to the 12th Advanced Watercraft Workshop in Rabaul. After the war ended, Harold remained in Engineering while Gordon opted to study Medicine at the University of Sydney at Camperdown before graduating in 1952 and marrying in 1953. Gordon's father Richard was a pilot during the First World War. He joined the Commonwealth Public Service as an Engineer and later rose to Secretary of the Snowy Mountains Authority. Gordon's mother Norma was one of the rst women admitted to Melbourne University to study Physics and Maths. After a resident year at RPA in Camperdown, Sydney, Gordon stayed on as Pathology Registrar during 1954 and 1955. During this time he developed a close interest in the life-saving aspects of blood transfusion, including an unusual case where he managed the administration of 500 bottles of blood over three days to a haemophilia patient before bleeding stopped and the patient recovered. After one year as Head of Pathology at Wollongong Hospital, Gordon was offered the job of Deputy Director of the NSW Blood Transfusion Service in 1957. In this role he identi ed the rst case of sickle cell anaemia in Australia. After being awarded a post- doctoral research fellowship by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the US, he moved to New York to work at the Rockefeller Institute. Following further research back in Australia, Gordon was elected President of the Australian Society of Medical Research in 1965. During this time he was also involved in supporting international initiatives and was appointed Secretary-General of the XI Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusions held in Sydney in 1966. Gordon spearheaded initiatives in the Asia-Paci c region to assist poorer nations in training and improving their blood banking operations. He was appointed Director of the NSW Blood Transfusion Service in 1967 upon the retirement of Bob Walsh, and retained that position for 25 years. Perhaps the most important period of Gordon's career was the unravelling and management of the effects of what was to become known as the AIDS epidemic. Gordon was recognised by his peers in 1989 to become President of the International Society of Blood Transfusions, the rst Australian to be so honoured. He was made an Order of Australia for services especially to blood transfusion services in 1991. Gordon did not wear these medals or adopt the title as he was never comfortable with self-promotion and preferred to recognise the achievements of his colleagues. Following retirement in 1992, Gordon joined his twin brother Harold's business, Water Treatment Australia, in the role of Technical Director for chemical and biochemical analysis and treatment. As such he provided the business and also clients testing and guidance on complex water and wastewater analysis. Gordon was an inspiration and role model to the family of which he was so proud. He is survived by his wife, Joy, their children Sue, Martin, Tim and Megan, as well as twin brother Harold and 12 grandchildren. AUSTRALIAN STOCKHOLM JUNIOR WATER PRIZE WINNER Each year, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize brings together young scientists and innovators from around the world who propose new solutions to the planet's growing water challenges. Each year, thousands of participants from countries all around the globe enter national competitions with the goal of earning the chance to represent their nation at the international nal held during World Water Week in Stockholm. The national and international competitions are open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scienti c, social or technological signi cance. In November 2012, I entered the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize with a project I had researched and entered in regional and state science fairs in Tasmania. This year, I was fortunate to be selected as one of three nalists in the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize and ew to Sydney in March, where I had the Winner Declan Fahey.
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