Vale Professor Gus Guthrie

Griffith University Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Sue Spence has paid tribute to Professor Emeritus Gus Guthrie AM DUniv who passed away on Saturday 12 January 2013.

“Gus was one of four scholars chosen to be the Foundation Professors of the University,” Professor Spence wrote in a statement to staff.

“As Chair of the School of Science from April 1973, he was responsible for the development and growth of a new School which quickly established a national reputation as an innovator in university teaching and research.

“After completing his term as Foundation Chair, Professor Guthrie was appointed as Griffith’s first Pro Vice Chancellor in 1980. In this role he made major contributions to improving systems of general governance and administration, especially in respect of policies and procedures relating to staffing matters.

“In 1982, he was named Griffith’s first Professor Emeritus in recognition of his distinguished contribution to scholarship and to the service of the University community.  After leaving Griffith, Professor Guthrie went on to become President of the then New South Wales Institute of Technology which in 1988 became the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  Professor Guthrie was then appointed Vice Chancellor of UTS until 1996.

“Professor Guthrie will be remembered for his substantial and enduring contributions to the development of Griffith in the 1970s, particularly the establishment of the School of Science.

“I am sure you will join with me in offering our sincere condolences to Gus’ family and friends during this very sad time.  He will be deeply missed by his colleagues and by the many generations of staff and students he influenced,” Professor Spence said.