What do a famous anthropologist, a Gambian political secretary, a renowned statistician, a University vice-chancellor, an English monarch, a commonwealth games head and a little old lady from Brockville have in common? Yep. They’ve all been awarded Life Membership of OUSA.
Life membership is awarded automatically to all OUSA Presidents, and on the basis of particular service to OUSA to others. Up to two additional Life Memberships can be awarded in any one year.
OUSA keeps an up to date database of its life members and keeps in touch with them via an annual newsletter and invitations to exercise their voting rights at Elections time.
Associate Professor Selene Mize
OUSA Media Advisor
OUSA President for 2017
Posthumous - Chaplain 2003 - 2017
OUSA President for 2016
Matthew (Matt) Tucker
Departing OUSA Clubs & Societies Manager
Departing OUSA General Manager.
Departing OUSA Recreation Manager.
OUSA President for 2015
Posthumous - Disabilities Coordinator
OUSA President for 2014
Directer of Student Services
OUSA President for 2013
Staff Recreation Centre
International Officer for 2011
OUSA President for 2012
Harriet Rose Geoghegan
OUSA President for 2011
Vanessa (Reddy) Beck
Recreation Centre Staff Member
Station Manager - Radio One 91FM, 2004-2010.
Wei Ping Tan
OUSA Designer, OUSA Clubs & Societies Customer Service, Otago Malaysian Students Association Mass Media Officer.
Former Unipol Manager, University of Otago Recreation Services Manager.
OUSA President for 2009.
Professor of Law University of Otago.
OUSA Student Support Centre Manager, OUSA Humanities Representative, NZUSA Women's Officer. Also served as the Otago Polytechnic Students' Association President.
Otago University Chaplain.
OUSA President for 2008, OUSA General Executive 2007.
NZUSA Co-President, OUSA Campaigns Coordinator.
OUSA President 2007, Welfare Officer 2005, Education and Welfare Vice-President 2004, General Executive 2003.
Lady Nola Holmes (Ross)
OUSA Lady Vice-President 1946 - 1947.
Lady Holmes represents all of the women who served OUSA on the executive and in assisting roles since our beginnings whose contributions, before the 1980s, were largely unacknowledged.
Paul YY Chong
OUSA President 2006
Lady Holmes represents all of the women who served OUSA on the executive and in assisting roles since our beginnings whose contributions, before the 1980s, were largely unacknowledged.
Steven J R Sutton
OUSA President 2005, Administrative Vice-President 2003-04, General Executive 2002.
Andrew (Cush) Cushen
OUSA President 2004, Commerce Divisional Rep 2003.
Sukhinder (Sukhi) Turner
Mayor of Dunedin and University Councillor 1995 - 2004; avid supporter of students.
OUSA President 2003, Commerce Divisional Rep 2002.
Patrick T. Crewdson
Critic Editor 2002-2003, Critic News Editor 2001.
Alistair Robert Wishart
OUSA Administrative Vice-President 2000, General Executive Member 1998.
'Andy Flyboy', Radio One's breakfast host 1996-2002.
Glen William James Sinclair
OUSA Club Development Officer 2001-2002, OUSA Sports Officer 1999.
Rosamond (Roz) Betsy Tania Connelly
OUSA President 2002, NZUSA President 2003.
Ayesha Jennifer Verrall
OUSA President 2001, OUSA Women's Rights Officer 2000, OUSA Health Sciences Divisional Rep 1999.
Fiona AT Bowker
Critic Editor 2000-2001, Critic News Editor 1999, OUSA Campaigns Coordinator 1998, OUSA Researcher 1997.
Has run Hare Krishna $2/ $3 lunches for students for a number of years, and still is.
Rachel Sarah Carrell
OUSA Education and Welfare Vice-President 2001, OUSA Women's Rights Officer 2000.
Andrew Peter Campbell
OUSA President 2000, OUSA Campaigns Coordinator 1999, OUSA General Executive 1998, NZUSA President 2001.
OUSA Accounts/Reception 1990 - 1993, OUSA Secretary 1994 - 1998.
Long term Education Action Group member and OUSA supporter. Student General Meeting Chair 2000.
Alistair Timothy Gray
Otago University Registrar 1998-2001.
OUSA Campaigns Coordinator 1995, General Executive 1996. OUSA Constitutional Review Committee member, long-term OUSA supporter.
Otago University Proctor 1980-2001.
Stephen David Day
OUSA President 1999, Campaigns Coordinator 1998.
Jared William Grubb
Administrative Vice-President 1997.
Mark Ian Baxter
OUSA Campaigns Coordinator 1999 (with Andrew Campbell) & 2001, OUSA General Executive 1996-1997 (campaigns, accommodation, mature students, House and Garden, ISB development, Constitutional Review Committee, employment and Burns Fellowship committee);
Long term OUSA and Education Action Group and Social Events activist and supporter (and occasional critic), anti unnecessary-Leith bridge organiser, Loaded Goblin patron, and occasional Critic letter of the week winner; Present at the '93 Registry anti-fee increases 'riot' and both subsequent Registry occupations;
Was never OUSA Porridge Wrestling Champion, despite entering the event since its inception and frequently being reported as defending champion in the media; Co-founder of the OU Highland & Gaelic Society in '96, and president for 4 or 5 years.
OUSA President 1998, Education and Welfare Vice President 1996.
Rachel Jane Brooking
OUSA President 1997, Administrative Vice President 1996, Campaigns Coordinator 1995. OUSA Constitutional Review Committee member.
OUSA President 1996, General Executive 1995,1994
OUSA Campaigns Coordinator 1993, NZUSA Campaigns Coordinator 1996
OUSA Administrative Vice-President 1995
OUSA Education Coordinator 1995, EWVP
Dunedin solicitor, still fighting in the corner of the deserving, the unheard and the oppressed.
Rebecca H Martin
OUSA President 1995
Adrian J Reeve
OUSA President 1994
Grant M Robertson
OUSA President 1993, NZUSA Co-President 1995-1996.
OUSA President 1992
OUSA President 1991, Education and Welfare Vice-President 1990, Women's Rights Collective member 1989, on University Council 1992, on NZSAC (New Zealand Students Arts Council) 1990-91 (until it was disbanded) Master of Arts (Research) at Queensland University of Technology (Australia).
OUSA President 1990
OUSA President 1989
Jon Mark Doig
OUSA President 1988
Colin Charles King
Union Manager. He is remembered by Helen Jamieson thus: "There was many a night when he would be around until the wee small hours of the morning while the party raged, ready to have a quiet drink upstairs with those of us that were making sure everything was ok." Sadly for us all, Colin is now deceased.
Mark Peter Aspden
Public Affairs Officer 1985, Education Officer 1986 and Business Manager 1987.
Patrick David Coutts
Phys Ed 1987
Christopher Whitley Lambourne
Orientation Manager 1985, Information Officer 1984 and 1985, Radio One Station Manager 1986.
Peter Robertson Reidie
OUSA President 1986
Ross William Blanch
OUSA President May 1986 to December 1987, OUSA Information Officer 1983, 1984, Advertising Manager, Critic, 1988
Liam Anthony Kennedy
OUSA President 1985
Patricia Irvine (Tolson)
Wendy Maree Houliston
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Antony Victor James Hamel
Currently: practicing Barrister
Dean Robert Tobin
Vice President in both 1982 and 1984, and served on a number of committees
Robyn Lesley Gray
President OUSA 1984
Stephen Grant Duffy
no further details
Stephen Michael Kilroy
Currently: recording engineer (Dunedin)
Brian Joseph O'Brian
further info needed
Harry Charles Evison
Clubs and Societies Manager
Phyllis Marie Comerford
OUSA President 1983
Alexander Yoke Sun (Alex) Lee
Overseas Students Officer 1979-1980, Business Manager 1982, NZUSA President 1986.
Allan Robert Harvey
OUSA President 1982
Fr. Kevin Gerald John Toomey
George Reid Perkins
Critic Editor 1982
Mrs Beverley Marion Kirk
OUSA Secretary to 1982
Frank Robert Foster
OUSA President 1981
Rev Donald James Phillips
Bridget Mary Rennie
OUSA Secretary.Passed away peacfully on the 2nd February 2019, aged 81 in Wanaka.
George Minnerd Broad
Sadly for us all, George is now deceased.
OUSA President 1980
PhD, MA (Applied Economics and Managerial Science) [Pennsylvania], MBA (Finance) [Columbia], LLB(Hons), BCom(Hons) (Economics) [Otago]
Currently: Vice-Chancellor, University of Canterbury. Managing Director of Jade Software Corporation, he spent the previous five years with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and has been Director, Deputy Governor and Acting Governor. Rod is also a long distance swimmer and, in recent years, in addition, has completed the Boston, New York and Paris marathons.
Victor George Lucibella
Union Chef. Sadly for us all, Victor is now deceased.
Custodian. Sadly for us all, Algie is now deceased.
University Proctor. Sadly for us all, John is now deceased.
Paul MacDonald Gourlie
OUSA President 1979, 1980, Information Officer 1978.
OUSA President 1978
David George Slater
David is currently a lawyer in Invercargill
Literary Editor 1973-1974, acting Editor and reporter at Critic 1973-1976, co-edited OUSA Literary Review 1974 and 1975. Has also co-edited other literary publications.
Phillip Wayne Chronican
OUSA President 1978
John Frederick Judge
Finance Rep 1973 -1974.
Ken Francis Knarston
Ken was Capping controller in 1995 in addition to 'spending about 100 years as a doorman, barman and custodian' whilst completing his law degree.
OUSA President 1977
Alistair Evans Broad
OUSA President 1976
Margaret Ruth (or Dorothy) McLeod
Currently: Formerly Principal of Wellington Girls' High School, she is now employed by CORE Education Ltd; a not for profit educational research and development organisation. She remains in Wellington, working in ICT and education.
Colonel Ralph Jauncey (aka Pat) Abbott
Union Manager. Sadly for us all, 'Pat' is now deceased.
Dr. John Waddell Hayward
Registrar, known as 'Jock'. Sadly for us all, Dr. Waddell is now deceased.
Nigel Johnston Dunlop
OUSA President 1975
David Bruce Payton
OUSA President 1974
Trevor David Syme
OUSA President 1973
Rev John Albert Howell
OUSA President 1972
Dr. Don E Paterson
Services re. Discipline Regulations. Emeritus Professor, University of the South Pacific School of Law, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
After leaving Otago Law School in the early 1970s served as Legal Counsel to the New Zealand Ombudsmen for about six years and then joined the Laucala Campus of the University of the South Pacific at Suva, Fiji, as Professor of Public Administration. In 1985 returned to first love, the law, and moved to the Emalus Campus of USP at Port Vila, Vanuatu as Professor of Law to inaugurate a certificate and diploma program of law courses for paralegals, which was offered mainly by extension. In the 1990s this program was upgraded to a fully fledged law degree, which has been offered on campus and online since 1994, with the first vanguard of students graduating exactly ten years ago in 1997. Has retired (twice), but still actively teaching and undertaking research, especially on land and governance issues.
OUSA President 1971. Currently in Gambia, West Africa. Our first - and so far only - concurrent OUSA President and international student.
Leonard Errol Millar
OUSA President 1970
Murray Grenfell Jamieson
DPhil (Oxford), MSc (Edinburgh), MBChB (Otago), BMedSci (Otago), LLB (Auckland), DipObst, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, FTCL
OUSA President 1969.
Currently: Coroner for New Zealand, based in Auckland. In 1969 he was a Rhodes Scholar, from 1971 - 1974 a Lecturer in Anatomy at Merton College and Anatomical Demonstrator in the Department of Human Anatomy at Oxford University. From 1981 to 1998 he was Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland. From 1988 to 1991 he was the Founding Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education, from 2000 - 2001 a member of the Mental Health and Disability Committee, Auckland District Law Society, from 2001 to 2003 a member of the NZ Coroners' Council. He is also a past president of the St Heliers Tennis Club and a past member of the Auckland Medicolegal Society.
Michael James Crozier
OUSA President 1968.
Currently: has a personal chair in Geomorphology at Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches courses on Natural hazards, New Zealand Resources and Environment, and Geomorphology. His previous appointments have been at the University of Otago, New Zealand, University of Alberta, and Trent University Ontario. He has been a recipient of the Visiting Professorial Fellowship, Durham University, (2003), Leverhulme Scholarship, University of Bristol (1998), and a Fulbright research Scholar, USA (1984). He is currently a ministerial appointment to the New Zealand Conservation Authority that has statutory responsibilities for national parks and regional conservation management strategies, throughout the country. In 2006, this has seen him involved specifically with management plans for Fiordland and Arthur's Pass National Parks. He has written and edited books on Landslides (Routledge), and Natural Hazards (NZ commission for UNESCO) and Landslide Hazard and Risk (Wiley), published in 2005. His research concerns largely contemporary geomorphic processes within the context of high-energy, tectonically active and environmentally unstable geomorphic regimes. While much of his research has been on the role of climate in landslide initiation, recent work has involved, earthquake-triggered landslides, response of slopes to deforestation, runout behaviour of landslides, scarp evolution, natural hazard risk evolution, and the relationship between subsurface erosion, slope hydrology and landslides. In 2006, he was President of the New Zealand Geographical Society and Vice President of the International Association of Geomorphologists.
The Hon. Justice James Bruce Robertson
BA LL.B (Otago), LL.M (Virginia) Hon LL.D (Otago)
OUSA President 1967 -68, IA Rep 1966-67, President Law Faculty Students Association 1967, Vice President NZUSA 1968-69, Member of Council, University of Otago 1969-1988, Pro-Chancellor 1982-1988,Chairman of the Council of Knox College and Salmond Hall 1976-1982.
Partner in Dunedin law firm 1969-1987, Part-time lecturer in the Law School 1969-1985, Appointed Judge of the High Court of New Zealand 1987, President of the Court of Appeal of Vanuatu since 1996, President of the Law Commission 2001-2005, Permanent Member of the Court of Appeal since May 2005
Mrs Kathryn Helen Harris
Kathryn (Helen) died on Monday 22 May 2006 at the age of 96. She is remembered by Executive members of the time as very kind, and very discreet.
Patrick Thomas Finnigan
OUSA President 1967
Currently: practising as a barrister in Auckland. He and (now Judge) Phil Recordon brought the famous High Court case (Finnigan & Recordon v NZRFU Inc (No 2) that stopped the All Blacks Tour of South Africa, scheduled for 1985. (info c/-Hugh Tohill)
Brian William McCloy
Dennis Louis Pezaro
OUSA President 1966
Dr. Arthur Beacham
Vice Chancellor University of Otago
David James More
OUSA President 1965
Murray Fredrick Brennan
B. Sc. (Mathematics) (University of New Zealand), Certificate of Statistics, M.B. Ch.B (Medicine), M.D. (Metabolic Research), Ch.M. with Distinction (Endocrine Surgery) (University of Otago) MD (Honorary) (University of Goteborg, Sweden), DSc (Honorary) (University of Otago), DSc (Honorary) (Imperial College, London), DSc (Honorary) (University of Edinburgh) FRACS, FACS, FRCS Edinburgh (Honorary), FRCSI Ireland (Honorary), FRACS Australasian (Honorary), FRCPS Glasgow (Honorary, FBCS Brazil (Honorary), FRCS England (Honorary, FRCPS Canada (Honorary).
OUSA President 1963, Vice-President 1962
Career Path: Left New Zealand in 1970 as a Fellow in Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston. In 1975 he became Head of the Surgical Metabolism Section of the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute and Clinical Instructor in Surgery at Georgetown University, Washington DC. In 1981 he came to NY as Chief of the Gastric & Mixed Tumor Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Professor of Surgery at Weill Medical Center of Cornell University. He became Chairman of the Department of Surgery at MSKCC (1985-2006). 1984-1998 he held the Alfred P. Sloan Chair of Surgery and from 1998 to present holds the Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Clinical Oncology. In 1994 the Murray F. Brennan Chair in Surgery was established in his honour at MSKCC. In 1995 he was made a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2000 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Surgeons. Currently: Attending Surgeon in the Department of Surgery and Beno C. Schmidt Chair in Clinical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor of Surgery at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. A member of innumerable academic surgical societies, national committees, and editorial boards, Dr. Brennan has served as Director of the American Board of Surgery, Chairman of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, and President of the American Surgical Association, and Vice President of the American College of Surgeons. He has authored or co-authored more than 950 scientific papers and book chapters focusing on surgical oncology, endocrinology, metabolism, and nutrition, and is the author of a book on soft tissue sarcoma. He continues his vigorous activities as a clinician-educator-investigator, with particular interest in patients with soft tissue sarcoma, pancreas, endocrine and gastric cancer. He is also engaged in extensive national and international lecturing on topics related to cancer, surgery, surgical training and associated issues. As a peripheral avocation, he has helped his eldest son to develop a vineyard in Gibbston Valley, Queenstown, NZ. In 1995, Dr. Brennan was honoured with membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2000 he received the American College of Surgeons' highest award, The Distinguished Service Award.
Warren Geoffrey Broughton
OUSA President 1963
Roger Gault Barrowclough
OUSA President 1962
John Cameron Cullen
OUSA President 1961
Alastair Rowland Brown
OUSA President 1959-60, Capping Controller 1958-59, President OUMSA 1958-59. Member of Capping Sextet 1955-1960, NZ University Junior Scholar 1954.
Graeme Francis Rea
OUSA President 1959
William Hay Dawson
OUSA President 1958
Dr Kenneth Eric Webley Melvin
OUSA President 1957 Chief of Medicine & Brill Professor, St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon, 1972-2004; Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University. Retired 2004. Continuing to build and fly experimental aircraft full-time, a passion born of my RNZAF days as fighter pilot in No 4 Squadron, Taieri, Dunedin. Happily, I live on a private airfield, and have my planes in the hangar attached to my home. My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Dunedin recently, for the 50th Medical School Class reunion. I was astonished at how the University has grown.
Robert Henry Henderson
Student Rep on Uni. Council. Sadly for us all, Robert is now deceased.
William Nelson Smith (later known as Adams Smith)
OUSA President 1955
Charles Wesley George Faulkner
Capping Concert Director - known as 'Wes'. Sadly for us all, 'Wes' is now deceased.
OUSA President 1954
Raymond Stewart Milne
Dr Robert Stevenson Aitken
Vice Chancellor. Sadly for us all, Dr. Aitken is now deceased.
Kenneth Alfred Kingsley North
OUSA President 1953. Formerly a Rhodes Scholar, Specialist Physician, England.
Liam Hugh Wright
OUSA President 1952
James Edmond McCoy
OUSA President 1951. Sadly for us all, James is now deceased.
Miles Wilson Hursthouse
OUSA President 1949
Currently residing in Nelson with Jillian, his wife.
"Some highlights of my time were involvement in Capping, firstly in charge of the Book, the following year as Capping Controller, followed by President after that. During that time I saw the advent of women in the Concert which I strongly supported, our own orchestra, and a record high Book sales one year (1947 or 1948). I was also very closely involved in the design of the present Union Building."
Currently: Mr Hursthouse recently celebrated turning 90 with "no known diseases or abnormalities..." and, in addition to running a family company -as Director - he has just taken a back seat from his role as a Flying Instructor for the Nelson Lakes Gliding Club.
He and Jillian were interviewed by Dr Judy McGregor of the Human Rights Commission; the outcome of the interview forms a section in her book 'Lifeswork'
Alexander Gladstone Ritchie
OUSA President 1948. Sadly for us all, 'Sandy' is now deceased (Dec. 2004)
Frank Wakefield Holmes
OUSA President 1947
Currently the following: Emeritus Professor at UW, Chairperson of the Hugo Group. In June 2006, Auckland University Press published 'Innovation and Independence' - a history of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand - in which Sir Frank collaborated with John Singleton, Arthur Grimes and Gary Hawke. In 2005 IPS published a volume of essays from a seminar held in honour of his 80th birthday in 2004.
OUSA President 1947. Sadly for us all, John is now deceased.
Alan Alfred Joel
OUSA President 1946
John Newton Dodd
OUSA President 1946. 1851 Exhibition Science Scholarship, Emeritus Professor. Sadly for us all, 'Jack' is now deceased.
General Sir Bernard Cyril Freyberg
Head of NZ Army in WW2, became Governor. He played rugby for Varsity A in 1910. General Freyberg is now deceased.
Dr Donald Wallace McGregor
OUSA President 1944
John Alexander MacDonald Boyd
OUSA President 1943
Dr Harold Hugh Francis
OUSA President 1942
Carylsle James Hartley (aka Lysle) Blackie
OUSA President 1941
Charles Ernest Hubbard
OUSA President 1940
Hagbarth Ernest Moller
OUSA President 1939. Margorie McCallum Prize. Sadly for us all, Hagbarth Ernest Moller is now deceased.
Prof. Dudley William Carmalt Jones
1st President of the University Rowing Club 1926, co-founder and first President of the University Club. Sadly for us all, Professor Jones is deceased.
Professor Wilfred David (Mick) Borrie
OUSA President 1938. An Emeritus Professor at ANU, Australia, Mick Borrie passed away on 01/01/2000 - an auspicious date for the demographer who held the first chair of demography anywhere in the world. Born in New Zealand in 1913, Borrie took degrees from Otago and Cambridge Universities. He began teaching social history at Sydney University in 1941, but joined the Australian National University in 1948 at the dawning of that university. 'Mick' is among the world's top demographers. (notes from a published obit.)
Douglas Peter Kennedy
OUSA President 1937. Sadly for us all, Douglas is now deceased. Doug Kennedy saw service in World War II in Africa and Italy (where he married his late wife Mavis, a NZ Army nurse) before returning to his home town Christchurch and then Wellington. At the time of his death in 1972 he was Director General of Health. From 1962-65 he was an external examiner at OU Medical School. He thoroughly enjoyed OU, suggesting in 1937 (in The Critic) that people go to University for a host of reasons 'some important, some trivial, and many positively criminal'. In more serious tone he warned against forces 'even in New Zealand&39; which 'discredit democracy, ridicule peace and justice, and restrict as far as possible freedom of conscience and expression' (Thanks to Peter Kennedy, Douglas' son, for this information.)
Francis John Green
OUSA President 1936. All Black reserve; known as 'Frank'. Sadly for us all, Francis is now deceased.
Vice-President of NZUSA and again in 1957 for Legal Services. Sadly for us all, Maurice is now deceased.
Mr Charles Byers Barrowclough
Sadly for us all, Mr B. is now deceased.
OUSA President 1934. He was wicket-keeper for Otago and, with Roger Blunt, still holds the NZ first class record for the last wicket - 184 runs in the 1932/33 season. Sadly for us all, William is now deceased.
John Manton Butler
OUSA President 1932. Received Smeaton Senior Award in Experimental Science, John Edmond Award for Industrial Research in Chemistry. Sadly for us all, Mr B. died in Australia in 2001. His son tells us "My father was so proud of his student days at the Otago University, of being a New Zealander and his enthusiasm for rugby - and the All Blacks in particular.".
Sir John Arthur Stallworthy
OUSA President 1930. Sadly for us all, Sir J died in 1993
Rev Henry Alexander McDonald Mitchell
OUSA President 1928 Known as Alex and later coached Varsity A.
HRH The Duke of York (later George VI)
Presented with life membership on his visit to campus 17 March 1927.
Philippe Sidney de Quetteville Cabot
OUSA President 1925/ founding President of NZUSA, All Black. Sadly for us all, 'Sid' is now deceased.
Robinson Early Hall
OUSA President 1924
Prof. John Alexander Douglas Iverach
OUSA President 1923 Sadly for us all, John is now deceased.
James Craig Leitch
OUSA President 1922
OUSA President 1921
Professor Alexander Craig (aka Swatty) Aitken
OUSA President 1920. A famous mathematician - Sadly for us all, 'Swatty' is now deceased.
James Tait Laurenson
OUSA President 1919
David Collinwood Low