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Trinity News : April 2011
42 TRINITY NEWS 60 60 60 50 70 appointed industry assessor for the Fair Trading Tribunal and is a former member of the statutory authority, Property Services Council. He joined the family business in late 1966, commencing in the property management department and progressing through all facets of the property business and is one of Sydney’s foremost auctioneers, having personally conducted more than 15,000 auction submissions of all types of real estate including residential, industrial, commercial, retail, investment and rural. His property market knowledge and valuable industry comment is keenly sought by radio, newspaper and television and has included regular weekly commentary on Radio 2GB. Rowen has conducted numerous charity auctions around the State including the super events for the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation, helping to raise over $1,000,000 in front of audiences of between 1,200-1,500 guests including the current and former Prime Ministers of Australia. He has also conducted the Quilt 2000 series of Auctions for the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. Among the many highlights of Rowen’s property career has been the negotiation of the sale of a Sussex Street commercial office building in Sydney’s CBD for $32 million in 1989. He is a Licenced Real Estate Agent, Business Agent, Strata Managing Agent, Accredited Practising Auctioneer, Registered Valuer, Qualified Property Manager and an Accredited Trainer. He attended Trinity Grammar where he represented in CAS athletics, tennis, swimming and the 1st XV Rugby ALUMNI NORM SKINNER | OBITUARY WHERE ARE THEY NOW? and now enjoys swimming, tennis, jogging and snow skiing. 1970s Peter French (’73) left school in 1973 and went to Sydney Uni where he did a BSc. He then got a job as a research assistant working on cancer research at Sydney Uni, and undertook a part- time MSc degree and then moved to the UK for a year in 1981 to further research cervix cancer and on his return to Australia worked on a PhD in cell biology at CSIRO in Melbourne in the mid-80s. In 1985 moved back to Sydney, married Lesley, and did a post-doc on brain development at the Children’s Medical Research Foundation, followed by a move to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he became the Principal Scientist and the Manager of the Centre for Immunology for the next 15 years. Also did an MBA part-time, had daughter (Genevieve, in 1995), then founded a public company Cryosite Ltd, which stores cord blood and other biological material. After leaving St Vincent’s in 2002, had senior roles in biotechnology companies, most recently at Benitec Ltd (ASX:BLT) where he was CEO and Chief Scientist (it is a small company!). He lives in Balmain with Lesley and Genevieve. Genevieve is a rower and in 2011 is in the first eight at PLC Croydon. 1950s John Terrill (’57) after leaving school started working in the Bank. Played Rugby Union for Parramatta for a number of years, including numerous 1st Grade appearances before breaking his collarbone running into an opponent’s knee and broke his jaw in several places, which prompted retirement in 1965. After serving 21 years in the RAAF retired to sunny Darwin where he has spent the last 23 years with beautiful wife Alice, who incidentally is Danish. Suffered two heart attacks and had a triple bypass. These days enjoys the fruits of retirement with constant good health. 1960s Rowen Kelly (’66) Managing Director, Rowen Kelly heads the dynamic Kelly and Sons Real Estate team playing the key role in the market dominance of this major inner city/inner west agency. Rowen’s contribution through his active involvement in peak professional bodies has made him a leader in the real estate industry. Rowen is a Past President and director of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales. He is currently a director of Realcover Insurance Limited and has also served on numerous industry committees and is a past Director and Vice Chairman of EAC Multilist Limited. He is a former Councillor of the State Chamber of Commerce, past Chairman of the Institute’s Auctioneers Chapter and a past Vice Chairman of the Valuer’s Chapter. He was a government MENTESM ULT AECONSILIUMUNUMTGSOTU I came to Trinity in May of 1970 to take over a Year 6 class. My previous school was a One Teacher School in country Queensland and to move to Sydney was a tremendous challenge at the age of 21. I had prepared my first day’s work but unfortunately for me I was moved rooms the first day of Term. I was devastated as all my work was on the blackboard. The teacher in the room next door was Norm – who immediately saw the predicament I was in and gave me numerous sheets of work to see me through the first day. This was the beginning of a very strong friendship during my three years at the School. Norm was an institution at the Prep. He was the Sportsmaster whose meticulous attention to detail resulted in many fine Carnivals at Bressington Park and in the Pool at Strathfield. On every occasion the final sheet always contained a “Thank You” to the staff who were assisting with the events. Daphne was always at Bressington to support Norm in his work. She was also able to complete a tremendous amount of knitting at the same time. Norm’s career at Trinity spanned over fifty years. His Christian faith was his total reason for being and his care and attention to the boys in his charge reflected his personal commitment in every way. His work for the Anglican Church with Youth was a testimony to his service to his Lord and many young men who were involved in Church Camping came to respect and model on his faith. As we commenced the great journey into Church Union in 1976 each week he would bring me the latest