OUSA Life Members

OUSA Life Members

OUSA Life Members

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.


OUSA President for 2017

Posthumous - Chaplain 2003 - 2017

OUSA Media Advisor


Departing OUSA Clubs & Societies Manager

OUSA President for 2016


Departing OUSA General Manager.

Departing OUSA Recreation Manager.

OUSA President for 2015


Posthumous - Disabilities Coordinator

OUSA President for 2014

University Mediator


Directer of Student Services

OUSA President for 2013

Staff Recreation Centre



International Officer for 2011

OUSA President for 2012

UBS Chairman


OUSA President for 2011

Recreation Centre Staff Member


Station Manager - Radio One 91FM, 2004-2010.

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.


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.

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.


OUSA President 2005, Administrative Vice-President 2003-04, General Executive 2002.


OUSA President 2004, Commerce Divisional Rep 2003.

Mayor of Dunedin and University Councillor 1995 - 2004; avid supporter of students.


OUSA President 2003, Commerce Divisional Rep 2002.

Critic Editor 2002-2003, Critic News Editor 2001.


OUSA Administrative Vice-President 2000, General Executive Member 1998.

'Andy Flyboy', Radio One's breakfast host 1996-2002.

OUSA Club Development Officer 2001-2002, OUSA Sports Officer 1999.

OUSA President 2002, NZUSA President 2003.


OUSA President 2001, OUSA Women's Rights Officer 2000, OUSA Health Sciences Divisional Rep 1999.

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.

OUSA Education and Welfare Vice-President 2001, OUSA Women's Rights Officer 2000.


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.


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.

OUSA President 1999, Campaigns Coordinator 1998.


Administrative Vice-President 1997.

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.


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.

OUSA President 1995


OUSA President 1994


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


OUSA President 1988


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.

Public Affairs Officer 1985, Education Officer 1986 and Business Manager 1987.

Phys Ed 1987


OUSA Treasurer

Orientation Manager 1985, Information Officer 1984 and 1985, Radio One Station Manager 1986.

OUSA President 1986

OUSA President May 1986 to December 1987, OUSA Information Officer 1983, 1984, Advertising Manager, Critic, 1988


OUSA President 1985


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Currently: practicing Barrister

Vice President in both 1982 and 1984, and served on a number of committees

President OUSA 1984

no further details

Currently: recording engineer (Dunedin)


further info needed

Clubs and Societies Manager

OUSA President 1983


Overseas Students Officer 1979-1980, Business Manager 1982, NZUSA President 1986.

OUSA President 1982

University Chaplain

Critic Editor 1982

OUSA Secretary to 1982


OUSA President 1981

OUSA Secretary

University Chaplain


OUSA Secretary

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.

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.

OUSA President 1979, 1980, Information Officer 1978.


OUSA President 1978

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.

OUSA President 1978


Finance Rep 1973 -1974.

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


OUSA President 1976

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.


Union Manager. Sadly for us all, 'Pat' is now deceased.

Registrar, known as 'Jock'. Sadly for us all, Dr. Waddell is now deceased.

OUSA President 1975


OUSA President 1974


OUSA President 1973


OUSA President 1972


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.


OUSA President 1970


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.


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.

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


OUSA Secretary.

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.

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)


Union Treasurer

OUSA President 1966

Vice Chancellor University of Otago


OUSA President 1965


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.


OUSA President 1963


OUSA President 1962


OUSA President 1961


OUSA President 1959-60, Capping Controller 1958-59, President OUMSA 1958-59. Member of Capping Sextet 1955-1960, NZ University Junior Scholar 1954.


OUSA President 1959


OUSA President 1958


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.

Student Rep on Uni. Council. Sadly for us all, Robert is now deceased.


OUSA President 1955


Capping Concert Director - known as 'Wes'. Sadly for us all, 'Wes' is now deceased.

OUSA President 1954

NZUSA President


Vice Chancellor. Sadly for us all, Dr. Aitken is now deceased.

OUSA President 1953. Formerly a Rhodes Scholar, Specialist Physician, England.


OUSA President 1952


OUSA President 1951. Sadly for us all, James is now deceased.


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'


OUSA President 1948. Sadly for us all, 'Sandy' is now deceased (Dec. 2004)


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.


OUSA President 1946

OUSA President 1946. 1851 Exhibition Science Scholarship, Emeritus Professor. Sadly for us all, 'Jack' is now deceased.


Head of NZ Army in WW2, became Governor. He played rugby for Varsity A in 1910. General Freyberg is now deceased.


OUSA President 1944


OUSA President 1943


OUSA President 1942


OUSA President 1941


OUSA President 1940


OUSA President 1939. Margorie McCallum Prize. Sadly for us all, Hagbarth Ernest Moller is now deceased.


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.

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.)


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.)


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.


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.


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.".


OUSA President 1930. Sadly for us all, Sir J died in 1993


OUSA President 1928 Known as Alex and later coached Varsity A.


Presented with life membership on his visit to campus 17 March 1927.


OUSA President 1925/ founding President of NZUSA, All Black. Sadly for us all, 'Sid' is now deceased.


OUSA President 1924


OUSA President 1923 Sadly for us all, John is now deceased.


OUSA President 1922


OUSA President 1921


OUSA President 1920. A famous mathematician - Sadly for us all, 'Swatty' is now deceased.


OUSA President 1919