10 Mar 2019
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of QCC Members.
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20? Jan 2019
Tony Kandaiya: Sadly, the QCC has to
advise members of the death of Tony Kandaiya. Tony was born in
Sri Lanka and joined IBM there in mid 1966 as a Customer Engineer.
Later, as a Systems Engineer he led several major automation
programs for Government Services in Sri Lanka and was a pioneer in
the development of the IT industry there. He migrated to
Australia in 1975, starting as a Tape Librarian. By 1986, he
had moved through the SE ranks to lead the Large Systems Support
Group, responsible for major mainframe installation in Australia and
Asia Pacific. One of his young team at the time, who is still
with IBM, responding to news of his passing commented:
discipline and approach to planning that he instilled in us has
stayed with me for more than 30 years and has been fundamental to
the way I approach my work. In fact, I’ve
become just like Tony in the (demanding) way I mentor others!"
From 1997 until his retirement after 37 years
of service in 2002, Tony held the position of Sales and Solutions
, for IBM Asia Pacific covering all Asia Pacific countries.
After retirement, Tony launched a new career, In 2004, he started
organisation (Partners in MicroDevelopment Inc) to help Sri Lankan
village schools improve their teaching of English and Computer
Literacy. His 14 years of dedication to that cause has left it
able to continue his mission into the future.
In 2011, he graduated from Swinburne University with a Master of
Business (eBusiness and Communication) and on December 19, 2018,
exactly a month before his passing he stepped on stage at the
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to receive his PhD from
Swinburne, his proudest achievement.
Tony has been a role model in many contexts during his life and
career. One of his old LSSG team said:
brilliant mind, highly disciplined approach, and having his heart in
the right place, has had and will continue to have a profound effect
on anyone who spent time with him, even just professionally."
illness caused his rapid decline over the past month. But he
had several projects on the go and was issuing instructions from his
hospital bed. These will be followed to the letter by his PIMD
team. There will be an informal memorial this Saturday at the
8 am Mass at Holy Name of Mary Church in Mary Street, Hunters Hill,
followed by Morning Tea in the parish hall from 8:30 until 10:00 All
members are welcome to join Tony’s
family and friends to celebrate his life, share memories and support
Author: Dr Donna Vaughan
Partners in Micro-Development
Incorporated. [Donna was also Tony’s
life partner – you can write to her at 1/49 Meriton Street,
Published by QUARTER CENTURY CLUB INCORPORATED—Fred Hawkins
16? Jan 2019
Tony Andrews: Yes, sadly, that is our Tony
Andrews, who came to work with us in Sydney Branch in August 1961,
joined our Quarter Century Club in August 1986 and retired in
October 1989. Tony worked in Northern Region Large Account
Marketing. He became a Consultant for the Information Systems
Management Programme which gave IBM the lead over its many
competitors in the world of Big Iron. He was without equal as a
presenter. He said what he thought. He was decisive. He was chosen
by top Corporate Management to take the IBM message to Asia,
spending much of the 1980s visiting potential large system customers
in the emerging markets of India, China, Malaysia, etc. His efforts
did much to enable IBM to reach out and establish the company in
places where political reality had been blocking us from
participating. It has been said that today’s
IBM has more people in India than it has in the homeland USA.
Alas, in recent decades, cancer entered Tony’s
life and took some of the shine off his well-earned
retirement. As a QCC member, he supported our events when he could. At our 2018 Annual General Meeting, he did not stand for election to
the Committee, but five days thereafter he asked if there was some
contribution he could make to the QCC and we saw fit to appoint him
as a Committee Member. He willingly accepted the leadership role in
a project that he would have been perfect for. Molly tells me that
he embraced his new QCC role with enthusiasm in the firm belief that
he could beat the cancer. He told me that he relished the
opportunity to "give
something back to his IBM colleagues".
But, it was not to be. Sudden and unexpected changes took him
from a walking, talking, statesman-like
person to a person in constant pain, needing walking aids and
eventually a wheelchair all in the passage of a few weeks. Death
came earlier this week.
8 Dec 2018
Loic Etournaud: With sadness, the QCC
advises members that Loic passed away in his native France on 8
December 2018. Loic was born in 1943 and migrated to Australia
with his family at the age of 20. At 27 he joined IBM and
stayed for the whole of his career. Along the way he worked in
Intermediate Systems in large accounts and made at least one 100%
Club. He met his wife Rosalind Griffin who also worked
for IBM. Loic provided excellent service to IBM’s
customers. He was noted for his work with the AMP account.
He qualified for the QCC in 1995 and was an Advisory SE at the time
of his retirement. In retirement he took his family to
France where they settled in a province south of Toulouse. Two
sons (Leif and Eden) from a previous marriage still live in
Australia. Loic has remained in touch with old IBM friends including Dirk
Jansen, Mike Benton, Ian Cameron and Warren McLaughlan.
Warren tells the story thus:
association with Loic started in the early 80s when we worked in the
same area at the IBM Centre in Sydney. I had recently switched
from the Technical Area Support Group into Marketing and was feeling
my way. Loic and I clicked immediately and it was inevitable
that we would include our families in our socialising. I often
wonder why it was that we sought each other out. We had
little in common other than a love of travel, red wine and French
food, but around the dinner table there was never a time when we
were stuck for subjects to discuss. Loic had a quite wonderful sense of
humour. I could just close my eyes and hear Inspector Clousseau, aka Peter Sellers of Pink Panther fame, making us laugh
in the same way as Loic did.
"We gave Loic a bottle of Veuve Cliquot on
the understanding that it would be opened when he and Ros became a
family of three. In due course, Margarita arrived from Bolivia
as a three year old. She picked up English and French so
quickly and I was soon having my French pronunciation corrected by
this feisty young lady. Cassoulet was on the menu whenever I
had an opportunity to visit with the Etournade family.
"Loic had the mitral valve in his heart
replaced around 2008. All went well until 2017 when it was
discovered that the new valve was leaking. The valve was
replaced again in April 2018 but complications set in that
eventually led to his passing earlier this month. I’m
going to miss the regular phone calls. I will miss hearing his
9 Nov 2018
With great sadness, the Quarter Century Club advises members of
the death of Neil Taylor. Neil joined IBM in September 1954 in
Customer Engineering. It would be 5 years before the first computers
arrived but Neil was challenged by a growing range of Unit Record
machines. He quickly digested concepts and technical details
and was soon providing support to the rapidly growing field CE
Warren McLaughlin takes up the story:
association with Neil goes back to 1953. I had just started at
CSIRO and Neil was my boss for the first 18 months.
We were in Meat Research when Neil made his decision to move to
IBM. During a return social visit two years later, Neil convinced me
that IBM had much to offer. The rest is history; Neil became more
that a workmate. It was always a delight to catch up socially with
Lorna and Neil. Whilst we all join the family in mourning his
passing, he remember that he has left us an iconic legacy - a
brilliant engineer who influenced so many IBMer’s in achieving their
John Watts recognised Neil’s
talent early and approved training in the USA. Together with Ray
Matterson and Ray Williams, he trained on the 305 RAMAC. Whilst they
returned to prepare for the first machines, Neil stayed and studied
the 1620, the scientific computer that allowed IBM to open up new
business opportunities. John adds
I’m sure I speak for the CE
community in mourning Neil’s passing. He was a close friend to many
and he had an unmatched level of logic that would unravel challenges
even on equipment for which he was not trained—a genius with few
peers. In their retirement, Lorna and Neil enjoyed campervan trips
exploring our wide brown land . We will all miss his companionship.’
Ron Oastler was one of the five who joined IBM from Food Research
CSIRO, he being associated with Fruit Preservation. He tells of Neil’s
"He was an open and frank individual who was easy going yet could
be intensely serious and thoughtful when appropriate".
Neil fitted out a van for touring; he also had a ski-boat. Many will recall that Neil and Derrick Williamson were our resident
gurus on HiFi. One of their projects was to build and commission a 16mm projection
facility in the ‘50s
for the War Veteran’s
at Narrabeen. Neil was always available to advise his many techo
friends. Those without the necessary skills to do it themselves were
supported with equipment known as TAYLOR-MADE.
The onset of deafness eventually made audio impossible. So
Neil tried painting with some success.
Neil leaves behind Lorna (who moulded him) and their two sons and
two daughters and their families with a total of eleven
grandchildren. Neil took great pride in his family and passed
on to them his many skills and abilities.
Published on behalf of QUARTER CENTURY CLUB NSW INCORPORATED,
Fred Hawkins -
25 Oct 2018
Bradfield, better known to his many IBM colleagues as QB joined IBM
in March 1977 and was a very likeable South African with a pleasant
smile and engaging accent. He soon became a team player at
IBM, quick to welcome and assist others, and happy to receive
assistance when needed.
Throughout his 35 years at IBM,
QB’s flexibility enabled him to take on many roles, from ‘Office
Products Customer Engineer’ to Management, Account Management &
Administration Roles. QB was always willing to help – at the
great IBM Christmas Parties held at Luna Park, there was QB
transporting Father Christmas in his MG sports car.
At weekends, Sue and QB often
enjoyed early morning runs in the MG with Don & Greta Hayes in their
MG. However, like most sports car enthusiasts, more time was
spent procrastinating about his two MG’s than driving them.
Quentin’s well developed social
skills were exercised regularly at Billy Bell’s South Melbourne
tavern, (when we were located at Sturt St) after work, with many of
his work colleagues. This was a great time to relax together and
discuss their crazy customers!!
QB started his long IBM career
fixing IBM golf-ball typewriters. His mechanical mastery and suave
personality was perfectly matched to his assigned patch of
sophisticated ‘marketing’ and ‘advertising agencies’ clients in
Albert Park and South Melbourne…. he loved those dimly lit and
smokey offices. IBM Management then leveraged his ‘Are You Being
Served’ skills when they got QB to introduce Point of Sale terminals
into Fletcher Jones men’s stores in the city and some large regional
Victoria centres. He also led the IBM support for the POS revolution
in retail at Coles Doncaster and Melbourne City stores. They were
challenging and successful times for IBM,. Quentin’s cool
professional nature, coupled with his technical skills, made him a
standout performer of that era.
QB enjoyed flying model airplanes,
and he did this with IBM colleagues Will Davis and Trevor Pugh.
Quentin joined the GMAC
(Greensborough Model Aircraft Club) in 2006 (approx) and remained a
member for many years, actively supporting the club at working bee’s
and annual show days. After learning to fly, he built and flew
several types of remote control model planes at the GMAC flying
field located at Yarrambat Park. His favourite model was a Great
Plane’s ‘Spacewalker’ an advanced sports model which he built and
expertly flew at the clubs field on his regular Sunday morning
visits. Quentin was a highly valued member of the GMAC and will be
sadly missed by his many friends at the club.
Amidst his busy working career,
fatherly responsibilities and hobbies, QB managed to renovate and
extend his home in leafy Glen Iris. Not surprisingly he was hands-on
with all aspects of the project such as roof tiling, plumbing and
painting those lovely weatherboards. All challenges of the projects
were met with his typical good nature and can do attitude.
QB loved an adventure. He
particularly enjoyed retelling stories of two big family trips, to
central Australia and a safari holiday in his homeland of South
In recent years, QB joined with
various IBM groups for occasional lunches, his presence always
welcome. He loved his mid-morning coffee chats at his local cafe,
Bella Sistas. Was it the lovely waitress or the eccentric ‘Basil
Faulty’ like boss (Pino) that kept him entertained??
QB will not be forgotten, he will always be remembered as a good
friend, a gentleman with a pleasant smile and engaging accent.
24 Oct 2018
IBM QCC Victoria is saddened to hear of the passing of Gerard
Holuigue. Many will have fond memories of Gerard’s years as a
Systems Engineer in Melbourne.
The following Obituary notice appeared in The Age newspaper:
Formerly of Le Touquet – Paris – Plage France died peacefully
last Wednesday in his favourite chair, in his favourite room with
his favourite dog by his side.
A selfless and devoted family man who was loved by Di, Marni,
Nick, Fi and Stu and his five grandchildren Noah, Alfie, Louis,
Billy and Charlie.
Il va nous manquer beaucoup.
The Quarter Century Club NSW Inc
with great sadness advises members of the death of Jim Kehoe.
Jim joined IBM in February 1967 as a
Systems Engineer and quickly became recognised for his skills in
managing Information Systems. He quickly became an SE Manager
and went on to fill a marketing rep role specialising in Large
In the early 1980s he was appointed
as Country Systems Assurance Manager. He went on to use his
acknowledged skills in a number of key roles including working with
the team at the Commonwealth Bank.
Jim was a man that people with a
problem sought advice from. It was always given in a way in which
you could learn. He was tolerant and patient and treated people
well. Both customers and colleagues regarded him as one of the
At the beginning of 1992, Jim
retired after almost 28 years. Recently, they decided to move
to Port Macquarie and to travel a little.
Enjoying their travelling, Jim and
Muriel were walking on the beach in Noumea when he slipped and broke
his hip. Surgery was performed but post-surgery Jim contracted
an infection and despite all attempts to save him he succumbed to
Jim was a typical IBM’er. He worked
for IBM during the era when we were all coming to grips with
emerging technology. It was an era when IBM people were at the
bleeding edge and were recognised by IBM for their great pioneering
work in building the disciplines that our customers needed to become
proficient at using the products that made IBM great.
There was a Service for Jim in the
Catholic Church at Port Macquarie today. May he rest in peace.
Thanks, Jim, for your cheery, smiling guidance, freely given.
Published on behalf of QUARTER
CENTURY CLUB NSW INCORPORATED - Fred Hawkins - Secretary
16 Aug 2018
It is with sadness that I report that Allan Moyes died early
Thursday morning following a heart attack. I was with him on
Wednesday afternoon in hospital where he was recovering from surgery
on his leg.
He was bright and we were able to recall some of the
humorous events we shared in IBM's history over the years.
Allan Moyes played a significant roll in the transition of IBM
Australia from the Time Recording business prior to the 1950s to the
leading information processing business it is today. He joined
IBM in 1953 as a student salesman. The very first sales class
consisted of Alan Moyes, Peter Holmes a Court, Ray Ctercteko, Bill
Tait and Jean Laing. He was out in the field as a DP Salesman
in 1955 and in 1956 was appointed branch manager in Melbourne.
Following the passing of General Manager, George Bennett in
September 1958, Allan Moyes became General Manager of IBM Australia.
In 1958, there were three main divisions of IBM; Data Processing,
Electric Typewriters, and Time Systems, each uniquely different.
Under Allan Moyes leadership, these divisions integrated into the
successful organisation that it is today. He managed the rapid
growth of the business technology from the IBM 7090 in 1961, through
the 360 and 370 series, all of which required significant staff
recruitment and training.
In 1962, he was appointed Region Manager for the South Pacific
which included New Zealand. In 1968-69, Allan Moyes and family
moved to the USA where he had a special assignment at IBM World
His contribution to the Australian business community was
recognised in 1975 with an AO Award, Order of Australia. He
continued as Chief Executive through to 1979 when he became Chairman
of the Board of IBM Australia.
On the personal front, I have to say Allan Moyes was a pillar of
integrity. His leadership has never been matched and no Chief
Executive has ever enjoyed the love and respect that he engendered.
He passed away in his 97th year. I will certainly miss our
regular meetings for coffee and chat. I have nothing but great
memories of a wonderful individual.
AUTHOR John Watts
Published on behalf of QUARTER CENTURY NSW INCORPORATED
Fred Hawkins - Secretary
The Quarter Century Club NSW Inc with great sadness advises
members of the death of Boris Rocchi.
Before he came to IBM in 1973, Boris worked at Qantas as an
Electronics Technician, a background that prepared him well for the
challenges of System 360 and 370 as a Customer Engineer.
Boris was assigned a suburban territory in Area B which he ran
for some years to the satisfaction of his customers.
When he moved into providing after-hours
emergency response he showed his ability to handle difficult
situations and better still to avoid them with good Account
Management. He was a good salesperson for IBM’s
basic belief of excellence in providing customer service.
In his life outside IBM, Boris was noted for his attraction to
anything that went fast. He owned several fast cars including his
well known highly modified fire engine red Subaru WRX. He was a keen
water skier and naturally owned a fast ski boat with which he
introduced many IBM’ers
to the thrills of moving fast across the water. He was also into
motor cycles and was a regular at the
Less well known was his interest in photography. For some
years, with wife Sue he ran a photography business specialising in
weddings and other events.
Being the son of a musician, Boris shared his father’s
interest, particularly in big band music. He learned to play
trumpet and for many years experimented with high quality sound
Boris left IBM and retired after a long and serious illness. He
fought long and hard for survival but eventually lost the fight. He
left behind his wife Sue, their children Paula and Adam, and three
grandchildren. (Author: QCC Member Harry Alcorn) (Picture: QCC
Member David Morgan)
QCC Member David Mooney reports that Boris was an esteemed member
of the Hills Ulysses Motorcycle Club and his life has been featured
in their latest Newsletter. The funeral procession will leave Packard
Avenue in Castle Hill at 10:50 am on Monday 20th and will be led by
Adam Rocchi riding Boris’s
Motorbike and an escort of club members. There will be a memorial
service at the Garden Chapel at Castlebrook in Rouse Hill beginning
at 11:15 am. Afterwards, there will be a celebration of Boris’s
life at The Fiddler beginning at 12:30 pm. Everyone that knew Boris
is invited to attend. Cards and letters to the family can be
sent via Allan Drew Funerals of Castle Hill.
Boris will be fondly remembered by the many IBM’ers
that he came into contact with during his 33 year long IBM career.
Published on behalf of QUARTER CENTURY CLUB NSW INCORPORATED
The Quarter Century Club has lost another legend. The bad
news comes to us from Tasmania via QLD as John’s
long term friend and colleague Denis Hickey advises:
I will talk about John in the first person, as we
worked together and became friends in the latter part of our
respective retirements. My wife Claire also remembers
John from when he first joined IBM in 1967 in Palmer St Sydney.
John joining IBM in Sydney started a career
spanning 38 years in IBM, joining as an OPCE and working territories
in the city and suburbs. For personal reasons John elected to
move to Brisbane in the early
together with other Brisbane staff, experienced the devastating 1974
Brisbane Floods. John was affected both personally at
his home in Jindalee and in the efforts of IBM staff in support of
customers also affected by flood waters.
John was an outstanding field technician, together
with customer support skills, which stood him and IBM in good stead
as he was a major player in the support of the IBM Copiers Models 1
of that period will tell you the Copiers were the most difficult
equipment to maintain and keep customers on side. It would be
true to say that John was also highly thought of by the Branch
Marketing Staff for his technical and customer skills. John
earned his "IBM=Service"
award many times over.
As a Senior CE, John took up residence on the Gold
Coast and supported IBM’s
customer base. At this time, John was a CE with more training
Office Equipment including ATM’s
and some other GBG products than any engineer I have ever known.
This was due to his long career in Field Engineering and as he
initially was the sole IBM Rep on the Gold Coast and needed to
service the whole range of IBM products.
On the personal side, most of John’s
friends will remember his devotion to the Alfa Romeo Sports Car.
I think he had upwards of about 80 cars scattered around his
property at Piggabeen, just over the border in NSW. His
devotion to the vehicle extended to driving a sports version around
his territory, not an ideal vehicle to transport tools and
equipment. His part time hobby became a source of income and
support Australia wide for Alpha spare parts. His part time
business and property was known as
After his retirement and for personal reasons, John and wife Donna,
made the decision to move to Tasmania, on the outskirts of
last battle with Leukemia was the culmination of a life served to
the fullest. It is my regret that his retirement has been cut
short after so many years of hard work. John and Donna
John passed away in palliative care at St Lukes Private Hospital 24
Lyttleton St Launceston Tasmania 7250. A service is to be held
at the hospital Chapel this coming Friday. After the cremation
Donna will fly (with ashes) to the Gold Coast and her family, where
a memorial service for John will be held, no date available at this
time. It will be posted on the QCC website when we have
something more definite.
Denis Hickey—July 2018
Donna can be phoned on 0457 227 760. Their mail is PO
Box 49 WESTBURY Tasmania 7303.
Published by the QUARTER CENTURY CLUB NSW INC on behalf of
President Bruce James and the members of the QLD CHAPTER. Fred
Prior to 15 June 2018
Celine Van der Bosch: Please, if you knew Celine and
something of her history in IBMA, could you please send an email to
Fred Hawkins (email@example.com).
We would also like to know her date of death and if we can publish
her funeral details.
1 Apr 2018
Barry Anderson: Barry’s
long career with IBM Australia began in 1963 when he joined in
Palmer Street after serving his apprenticeship as an electrician
with the Sydney County Council. He worked in the Sydney
CBD as a Customer Engineer and gained great customer acceptance.
Barry joined the Quarter Century Club in 1988 and retired at the
end of 1998 with more than 35 years spent in the company’s
service. He was possibly best known as the affable Manager of the
Workshop and Repair Centre where he was responsible for the repair
of insurance damage, the reconditioning of rental machines and other
repair centre services. In this role he met many IBMers with
problems and assisted them to overcome difficult circumstances with
provision of urgently needed machines to speedily solve customers’
needs. If it could be done, Barry would accept the challenge
and find a way to solve the problem quickly and decisively.
In his life outside of IBM, the very same characteristics applied
and he was known amongst his family and friends as Mr Fixit and
frequently called on to perform the almost impossible.
The Andersons, Carmen and Barry, frequently attended Quarter
Century Club social events and were warm and companionable members. In retirement, Barry’s family
became his passion and in return they surrounded him with love and
respect. He is survived by his devoted wife Carmen, his
children, his grandchildren and his nieces and nephews who will all
surely miss his advice and guidance.
Published on behalf of the Quarter Century Club Incorporated. Fred Hawkins—NSW Secretary
17 Mar 2018
6 Feb 2018
Geoff Sutherland: Prior to IBM, Geoff taught
primary school at Rockdale and obtained a Bachelor of Economics at
UNSW. He came to IBM at 25 as a Systems Engineer assigned to the new
Qantas installation in Sydney mentored by legends Stu Robinson and
Ian Neale. Later, he spent time on the Westpac account where IBM was
helping the customer to bring about the huge change from overnight
batch processing to real time transactions across a national network
of challenging scale. Geoff showed us an analytical mind
capable of filtering a raft of technical detail and presenting it
with clear conviction and enthusiasm.
In 1982, the steel industry was hit by recession, world
oversupply, competition and rising costs. BHP was struggling with
obsolete technology, fragmented systems and distributed and
incompatible databases. They had 50 computers with 160 terminals
from 11 different manufacturers spread over 27 departments and there
were 30 major applications. It had to be modernised right through
the process from traditional ingots to continuous casting and hot
rolling to finished products. IBM won the contract to replace the
competitive mainframes. Geoff was an SE Manager and he took on the
task of providing specialised support for BHP staff. Over a four
year period he orchestrated the deployment of 30 specialist IBMers;
the primary measure of success being a high level of customer
satisfaction. Arguably, one of IBM’s
most noteworthy projects, finished to the satisfaction of, arguably,
IBM asked Geoff to go to Brisbane, opening up at the time as a
source of potential business. Geoff moved his family there for two
years whilst he consulted on a number of very challenging tenders
including a large electrical authority. He established a very
competent Systems Assurance and left the branch with a much upgraded
capability and a host of lifelong family friends. The family were
able to purchase a small surf catamaran frequently crewed by Sue and
IBMers. Geoff pursued his love for sailing and was able
to introduce Sue to the big waves along the Gold Coast.
In the late 1990s, Geoff moved into a HQ role both within ANZ and
then in Asia Pacific. He represented AP strategy strongly on the CRM
team for several years covering the Solution Design and Delivery
aspects of the overall CRM Transformation Team. There were numerous
other projects capably handled including the Commonwealth Bank’s
done to Geoff’s
Plan. And the Systems Management that saved the day at
AMP in 1985.
Sue and Geoff enjoyed all the travel and took a number of
overseas trips together. Following his loss of Sue, Geoff developed
a yen for walking and became pretty fit. In 2016, he walked the
Milford Sound Track in NZ with his son Chris. The following year he
went on a longish trip to South America, some of it with daughter
Louise and it included some tough walks. In the second half of 2017
they visited Italy and France, walking in the Dolomites and the
Alps. It was there that he felt the very first signs of
something not being quite right with his breathing.
Geoff was one of those individuals with enormous empathy for his
fellow workers and friends. He had the rare ability to engender you
with confidence after you spent some time with him. His acceptance
and tolerance of others was exemplary; he just did not waste time on
criticism—perhaps with the exception of politics. He had
a lifelong interest in things aeronautical and could always be
relied on to explain different aircraft, their qualities and their
Above all, he exuded love and respect for his wife Sue, his
children and his grandchildren.
[Thanks to Louise Sutherland, Noel Hukins, John Garrett, Richard
Harrison, Bruce James, Jock Marcks, Geoff Nash]
Published by the NSW Quarter Century Club. Fred Hawkins, NSW
22 Jan 2018
Bob Hall: Bob joined IBM in
January 1965. His first role was as a Sales Representative in
Wellington, New Zealand. He moved to Sydney Branch in the 1970s. Success followed success and he quickly rose to the position of
Marketing Manager. When the need arose he was appointed SE Manager.
He went on to hold a series of staff management roles.
Bob was responsible for developing
and implementing the Channel Marketing Strategy. With Channel
Marketing established, Bob went on to establish performance
standards and analysis, planning and control in Channel Marketing. He qualified for the Quarter Century Club in January of 1990 and
retired shortly thereafter. Following his retirement, he
offered his services to the QCC and served for a time as Secretary.
QCC member Brian Pollard recalls:
‘Bob was a larger than life character who held strong opinion on a
wide variety of topics. He was a generous and sincere man who was
unfailingly interested in your point of view. He attended the famous
Monday Lunch with great regularity and happily attended his last
lunch on the day of his death.’
Doug Kerr: With great sadness. the Quarter
Century Club advises members of the passing of Doug Kerr.
Doug was being treated after a fall that resulted in a broken hip
when his doctors discovered a serious, unfixable, heart abnormality.
Doug is survived by his wife Pat. Both Doug and Pat had
lost their first spouses and have adult children from their previous
marriages. They met and married in their seventies and
their union has brought them great happiness.
Doug trained as a technician with the Australian Navy. He
was assigned to our first Aircraft Carrier HMAS Sydney and played a
long and dangerous part in the Korean war. IBM Customer
Engineering liked to hire men who had trained in the services.
Their skill and experience was notable and their ability to find
solutions outside the regular IBM service plans was remarkable.
Doug joined IBM in July of 1959 and was trained on Unit Record
equipment on which his skills were put to good use. In the
last 10 years of his 27 year career with IBM, he set up and and
managed the Parts Rework Centre and led a team of 10 people.
Their mission was to reclaim Field Replaceable Units. In order
to give our customers the greatest possible computer availability,
IBM stocked FRUs that enabled our CEs in the field to diagnose and
quickly fix computer faults by swapping FRUs containing multiple
parts. Doug and his people devised ways to repair and test the
replaced FRUs and return them to stock for future use. This
was later extended to cover the reclamation of system under. floor
cabling. For IBM and for Australia, this venture was highly
successfully and saved IBMA millions of dollars by buying salvaged
parts and cables from Doug’s
group. The competence of the group was internationally
recognised with other countries happy to buy his output at less than
Those who worked with Doug came to know him as an amiable and
cheery person who was always pre. pared to pass on his skills and
experience to his fellow CEs who didn’t
have the advantage of having learned their trade under conditions
where you had to be quite as self. sufficient.
Doug’s desire through
life was to help his colleagues, often with ideas and techniques
that were outside the nine dots.
In life after retirement, Doug was blessed by finding Pat, a
loving Kiwi lady who was as readily and easily accepted by Doug’s
family as he was with hers. Together they travelled.
They enjoyed lawn bowling. Doug’s
experience with the navy, led him into a lifetime interest in model
aircraft which he continued to be interested in after retirement.
Thank you, Doug, for your friendship, your pioneering work and
for so often showing us the way.
Published on behalf of the NSW Chapter of the Quarter Century
Club. Fred Hawkins — NSW Secretary
Garry Webb: With great sadness, the Quarter
Century Club advises members that one of its most respected
colleagues passed away on Saturday morning, 27 Oct 2017 having
fought prostate cancer for 10 years.
Garry is survived by his beloved wife Lyn, their daughters
Terese, Serena and Adele and their families, including 8
grandchildren, to all of whom the QCC offers our deepest sympathy in
their great loss.
long career in IBM began in Finance in 1962. He held
many roles gaining wide financial experience, His first IBM
management appointment was as Funds Control Manager in 1969.
Further management roles included Treasury Services, Budgets and
Planning and Treasury Operations. In 1982, Garry was on assignment
in Hong Kong as Budgets and Planning Manager for the South East
Asian Region. In 1985, he was back in Australia and appointed IBM
Australia Controller. In 1986 he became Director of
Finance and Planning for the IBM Australia Credit Company and stayed
with them in various management roles until his retirement in 1999
with 37 years of IBM service.
During his time at IBM, Garry also served on the CPA Australian
Disciplinary Committee for 15 years beginning in the
1980’s, and the
Commerce & Industry Committee of the CPA for 5 years.
He was an advisor to the Dean of the School of Business at Western
Sydney University for 5 years.
He joined Rotary in 1998 and took on many roles including
Chairman of the Northern Beaches Drug. Arm,
and the Advisory Committee for the Hornsby PCYC. In 2005 he was
elected President of Wahroonga Rotary and in 2006 he joined the
Board of the Novus Foundation where he served for his last 11 years.
Through the Novus Foundation he was asked to serve on the Sydney
Adventist Hospital Foundation Board and the Fund Raising Committee
for the new Cancer Centre at the SAN.
Garry’s life has
been dedicated to helping people with work that must go on without
him into the future. His ever. guiding
hand in matters Financial will be sadly missed. Thank
you, Garry, for all you did for us in your time with us at IBM, but
more importantly for the time you gave to use your skills and
experience to assist the wider community.
A great number of people will be thinking of Garry this week. The
Webb family invites all who knew him to come and celebrate his
remarkable life with them at the Thanksgiving Service on Friday.
They suggest that in lieu of flowers a donation to assist the SAN
Cancer Centre would be more appropriate.
Author: Terry Hodge
26 Oct 2017
Rex Jarman: Before IBM, Rex (a local lad from
Summer Hill) trained and worked as a Radio Station technician for
something like 10 years. He was 30 when he joined IBM, bringing a
wealth of skill and experience with him. He quickly conquered the Selectric and Selectric II and took them on in an enormous walking
territory in the Sydney CBD. His days were controlled by the
‘Palmer St Call Girls’
who found him lively, willing, cheeky, active, always able to
charm both the girls and the customers. He carried the bag from
office to office as many of us did in those brutal times. On any
given day, there were at least 50 CEs moving through the CBD,
instantly recognisable for their heavy load and their dark suit,
white shirt and sober tie. And of course the mandatory Akubra. For
Ron had said ‘if you
want to get ahead, get a hat’
and he meant it.
It was a no-brainer
for Rex to be responsible for the PCs before they were made public. Entrusted to him and locked up in the IBM Centre in a room for which
Rex held the keys, they were the machine of the moment. Everybody
wanted one. PC dealers were established all over ANZ intended to be
the first port of call when your PC needed help. Rex was the man who
travelled far and wide running PC courses for these dealers. He also
taught in-house at
Rosebery, Lidcombe and Wangaratta. As emerging technologies were
added to his repertoire, Rex became the goto
man for Token Ring Local Area Networks and RISC computers. As he
went he promoted IBM products and services. This earned him an
invitation to the HPC event in Manilla in 1978 where he met the Bee
Gees and is immortalised on the cover of the vinyl they made to
commemorate the event, a collectable today so don’t
throw yours out.
Rex was a combination OPCE, GBG CE, Customer Educator, new
product manager. He was loosely assigned to a series of different
managers but they rarely saw him. He was out there somewhere doing
his thing and as long as the plaudits kept arriving it was more than
OK. He was a very useful IBM resource in those heady times. He was a
stickler for doing things properly. If your prereqs
were not done, you couldn’t
enter his course. He even submitted his call reports
‘accurate and on time’.
Rex retired at 60 and we know that it was to fulfil his dream to
sail around Australia. I’m
told that he made it. He volunteered to help the Botany Bay Yacht
Club and became their Secretary, writing their history and creating
their Constitution. He is a legend in their eyes.
May he rest in peace. Fred Hawkins NSW QCC Secretary
11 Sept 2017
joined IBM in 1970.
Jeff was always cheerful and positive - he exuded positivity, an
attribute that helped him have a very successful career in IBM sales
and product management.
Jeff frequently attended QCC events and we certainly
shall miss him this November.
14 Sept 2017
Adriaan Tent: Adriaan began his IBM career with
IBM Netherlands as a CE at 24. The first Amsterdam plant was opened
and Adriaan moved in as a Project Manager. His talent was soon
recognised and he was asked to go to Australia to manage a new
Australian plant in Victoria St, Lidcombe. He began his work here in
January 1957 and aided by Production Manager Jim Smith produced
typewriters and data processing equipment. With the plant running
assignment was complete and the Tent family headed home to Holland
in June 1964. But, the Tents had come to love Australia and they had
formed a strong desire to return. This became a possibility in 1969.
Adriaan came back to build the new Reconditioning Centre at East
Street. Lidcombe. IBM’s
business model was still rental and the RC was needed to bring
churned equipment up to new standard. East Street became a state-of-the-art
centre to do this work and Adriaan built up a group of skilled
IBMers to take on the role. It was to be short-lived
as the IBM business moved from rental to purchase. Adriaan moved to
Wangaratta in Northern Victoria to build a new plant commissioned to
produce the revolutionary IBM Selectric Typewriter that was eight
years old at the time and could not be made in sufficient quantities
to satisfy world demand. The plant went on to produce the Selectric
II with Dual Pitch and optional right-to-left
typing giving it the ability to open new markets. And then came the
Correcting Selectric and models with inbuilt storage, models that
became mainframe computer consoles, etc. The plant went
on to build terminals and eventually the Personal Computer was
sourced from Wangaratta for sale in ANZ and Asian markets.
Adriaan was inducted into the Quarter Century Club in 1976.
He came back to Sydney in 1982 as the Distribution Centre Manager
based at Rosebery and retired two years later with 35 years of IBM
The Tent family settled on the Central Coast at Saratoga where
Adriaan pursued his many hobbies, especially painting. He was self-taught
as an artist, but achieved a high degree of acceptance for his
works, some of which were prize-winning.
His old associate, Jim Smith, retired in 1987 and went to live in
the same locality and their friendship continued.
Adriaan was known as a man of wisdom. He quickly assessed the
potential of his people and ensured that they were given the
opportunity to develop it. He was an opinion leader, not only within
IBM, but in matters of a social and political nature that affected
the country that he had adopted and had spent much of his life
serving. Moge hij resten in vrede.
On behalf of the NSW Chapter of the Quarter Century Club,
7 Sept 2017
David McNaughton: David was a numbers man and he
revelled in accountancy. His career began with the American earth-moving
giant Euclid who set up a factory in Motherwell, just across the
river from his family home in Hamilton in the Scottish Lowlands. But
after more than a decade, David decided that his future was in far-away
Australia. He came here in December of 1961 and sought work with
another rising American technology company, IBM. He was based first
at Lidcombe, later at North Sydney and was one of the first into the
new complex at Cumberland Forest. For most IBM managers, David
represented the Treasury. One went cap in one hand and Appropriation
Request in the other, knowing that his door would be open and your
cause would be given a fair hearing. In the event that you came away
with your AR unsigned, you at least had been given the benefit of
his insight and wisdom in a very positive way. David was
a real gentleman who knew how to take a firm position without
David retired in 1992, not because of his view of what was
happening in that period of setback for the IBM company, but because
he needed to be there for Myra who was going through a personal
crisis that led to surgery of the open-heart
kind. But they both came through it and settled down to enjoy their
time together. Travel was a priority and included two world trips. David had a life-long
fascination with the gee-gees
and he was able to exploit his knowledge and experience in that
area. He took up golf and put a lot of effort into improving his
game until the time came when failing eyesight made it too difficult
to keep his eye on the ball. Naturally, being a native of the
Scottish Lowlands, Soccer was an item of interest, particularly when
a grandson reached the age where he could be encouraged to take it
up. David spent time supporting his church. He embraced Probus and
enjoyed their activities. He and Myra enjoyed a long retirement
together, saw their two daughters grow to womanhood, find their life
partners and procreate. But then COPD began to play a bigger role
and for the past 20 months David has been on home oxygen. This year
he had two hospitalisations and contracted pneumonia which has
brought us to this unhappy week. May his soul rest in
On behalf of the NSW Chapter of the Quarter Century Club,
1 Sept 2017
Robert Fell: We first met Robert in 1973. He had
been the victim of a serious workplace accident. The bad news was
that he had been deafened. Robert’s
brother Kevin (who is also a Quarter Century Club Member) had been
working for IBM for eleven years already and was fully aware of IBM’s
respect and support for individuals needing a help up, so he
approached management and soon Robert was an IBMer. In those good
old days, Adriaan Tent was the manager of the Reconditioning Centre
at Lidcombe and he judged that Robert was the sort of person who
would find ways to overcome his difficulties and quickly learn about
the huge number of IBM’s
rental machines that were continually cycling through the Centre
between contracts. Robert found himself in the company of helpful
and cheerful associates including Don Archer, John Reiher, Benno
Kronberger and many others. He had the will to learn and he gained
skills and adapted to advanced technology.
Things changed after the business model moved from rental to
purchase. The Reconditioning Centre was disbanded. But there was a
steady flow of work for Robert, making expert repairs to machines
that were damaged in transit. He moved to Rosebery and worked alone
as an adjunct to the warehouse until his retirement in 2013 in his
early 70s. He became skilled at fixing PCs and Telstra WorkPads. He
has been described as an invaluable part of IBM Australia. There
were innumerable occasions on which he was able to save the company’s
reputation for on-time
delivery. The savings in insurance claims alone justified his
presence. Robert became an amazing lip-reader,
who knew what people were saying at a considerable distance.
He communicated easily and was very well liked by his peers.
In his leisure time, he coached kids Teeball and junior Baseball
and was instrumental in the establishment of the Sharks Baseball
Club for which he was made a life member of the club in
acknowledgement of his contribution.
It could have been a disaster when a man in his early thirties
was unfortunate enough to be involved in an industrial accident and
left handicapped with deafness for the rest of his life. But with
the help of the IBM Community and his caring family and friends,
Robert has fought against the odds and become a true legend not only
within IBM but in the eyes of IBM customers and in endeavours of the
sporting kind. We have been indeed fortunate to have
known him, and to have worked with him.
Ken Klaebe: Peter Chomley says he first met Ken when we were
preparing to announce the IBM 3730 Enterprise Office program. Ken
understood the technical aspects of the 3730 and had the great
ability of introducing the technical aspects this new program to our
Australian potential customers in a simple way. In later years, when
I visited Sydney I always enjoyed catching up with Ken.
He was a great friend and will be missed.
30 Jul 2017
Peter Vamos: Thirty years ago, IBM welcomed
Peter Vamos into the Quarter Century Club and he worked on for IBM
for another challenging ten years after that. But now it
is time to acknowledge his passing, advise our members and send our
sympathy to Kathy, his wife of 60 years, and their children.
Of the children, we knew Steve best as he worked with us for 14
years before heading up Apple then Ninemsn, then Microsoft and
finally becoming a business consultant and a director of Telstra.
But Steve gives credit for his success to the example set by his
Dad. He and his siblings saw their Dad as their best mate and a
wonderful mentor. They held him in great esteem.
one of the brightest, honest and human of individuals I have ever
Those who worked with Peter in Sydney Branch can attest to that
being true. His projects were ready on time, his customers were
happy and it happened without drama. Peter was the ultimate
organiser; a coach, a quiet achiever who got co-operation
career in IBM began in sales, then went through the industry
marketing and technical management support roles. He
served a number of assignments in the USA and Europe.
In the years prior to retirement, the company put his years of
experience to good use by locating him in Vienna, Austria, working
to assist IBM subsidiaries to open up the market for Information
Technology in Eastern Europe after the wall was broken down.
Retired and back at home, Peter continued to help the business
world here to develop new ideas. He continued to earn
his reputation of being one of a kind.
But then, cancer entered his life in an aggressive form and he
succumbed last Saturday morning at 81. But, his
influence will live on.
last instructions were that there would be
announcements, no rituals, and no fairy tales".
The Quarter Century Club Members salute Peter Vamos.
May he rest in peace.
24 Jun 2017
John Griffiths: John joined the
RAAF at a very early age. He was trained as an aircraft technician
and served in the Vietnam War. He joined IBM Australia in October
1965 and very quickly showed that he was going to be a very good CE.
After training on System 360 and a variety of small computers such
as 1130 and 1800, John joined the USA/Australia joint effort in Pine
Gap. He also spent some time in Hong Kong. The arrival of the IBM
Personal Computer in the early 1980s was of great interest to John
and he was a great help to those working with the revolutionary
technology in the branches.
John joined the ANZ Area Support Group (based at Rosebery 2) and
continued to provide technical assistance to field Customer
Engineers. John not only fixed the machine, but made every effort to
ensure that the person with the problem understood exactly what we
happening and learnt from the episode.
After retiring from IBM in 1990, John did some pioneering work with
theatre pipe organs, adapting personal computers to replace the
electro-mechanical components of 1920’s vintage that interfaced the
console to the pipes. One such organ that his work greatly improved
the functionality of was the 1925 Wurlitzer from the Arcadia Theatre
that had been rebuilt and installed in the Willoughby Civic Centre
in 1971. The building was recently demolished and rebuilt and the
instrument will hopefully be re-installed in the new Concourse
Concert Hall for the benefit of future generations.
John also volunteered his expertise to assist TADNSW (Technical Aid
for the Disabled). They are a team of retired experts in many fields
that do wonderful work helping those in need. John found this work
stimulating and rewarding. His significant efforts were recognised
in 2010 in the TAD magazine. He was proud of what he could do to
help others and constantly looked for opportunities to do so. He
will be missed as an approachable go-to man. But perhaps the trait
that endeared him most to those he met was his wicked sense of
humour. We have lost a very good man.
17 Jun 2017
Michael Verschoor: Michael joined IBM in
Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1966 fresh from university.
He started his IBM career as a Systems Engineer and was well
respected technically in this role, before moving to a Sales
Representative position in the early 1970s. After a very successful
Sales Rep career he was appointed in the early 1980s to the role of
IBM Account Executive responsible for the South African Transport
Services account (combined national airline carrier, South African
Airways, and national rail carrier, South African Railways), one of
the largest IBM accounts in South Africa. After an
extremely successful three year period as an Account Executive he
accepted the role of IBM Branch Manager in Pretoria, South Africa;
this branch handled the bulk of IBM's business with the South
Michael and his family chose to emigrate from South Africa to
Australia and arrived in Sydney in April, 1987 where he was employed
by IBM Australia. He was appointed early on as Executive Assistant
to the then IBM CEO, Brian Finn. Subsequent to that he had a number
of management positions in IBM Australia. In 1992,
shortly after his 25th Anniversary with IBM, Michael chose to take
advantage of the 1992 Voluntary Separation Package (VSP) and left
IBM to pursue other opportunities.
He was an incredibly multi-skilled
person. Michael had a Science degree (Applied Maths & Physics
majors), he was a skilled Systems Engineer, a very successful Sales
Rep and Account Executive (in excess of ten IBM Hundred Percent
Clubs plus three Golden Circle awards), a very competent home
handyman (could do plumbing, tiling, paving, welding), could strip
down and rebuild car engines etc etc; and adding to this he was also
a talented amateur landscape artist. Despite all of these skills,
many of his close friends were still surprised when he decided to
buy a small kitchen and bathroom cabinet making business where he
designed, made, and then installed, very high quality, custom-made,
wooden cabinetry! Needless to say he was very successful in this
venture for almost 10 years before deciding to retire completely in
2012 and moved from Sydney to Noosa to spend more time with Jean,
play golf, and pursue his artistic interests. It was
most unfortunate that soon after this move that his cancer was
diagnosed and made those later years less rewarding.
17 Jun 2017
Dr John Harvey AO: John’s long IBM
career began as a Rep in Melbourne in 1969. He was a Marketing
Manager in the early 1970s, then moved to Perth as the Branch
Manager for the last half of the 1970s, overseeing significant
branch growth. After moving to Sydney he held a number of executive
positions both in Australia and overseas. During the last decades of
his career he was well known and respected as the head of IBM’s
External Affairs and Communications Directorate, the main IBM
interface to government and industry. One of John’s great strengths
was to understand complex technology and explain it to others. The
world outside IBM regarded him to be a very significant influence
for good. In 2010, he was appointed as an Officer (AO) in the
General Division for his distinguished service to the Information
Technology industry, particularly through developing partnerships
with government and educational institutions and to the community.
One of those educational institutions saw fit to honour him by
adding PhD to his name.
5 Feb 2017
John (Jack) Porrill. It seems that JOHN PORRILL was
always known in IBM as Jack, although the official company records
said he was John Porrill. In the 2017 LIST OF MEMBERS he was
believed to be the QCC’s longest living member. He joined in 1945
in Time Systems in NSW and became the first member of the QCC in
1969. He served for 34 years and retired in 1979 and moved
with his wife Mary to QLD at a point in time unknown.
26 Jan 2017
Ken Trowell: Ken joined IBM UK in 1963 from the RAF. He was
sent on assignment to White Plains from 1970 to 1972. Ken joined IBM
Australia in Sydney early in 1973 and his amazing technical skills
were rapidly recognised. There were no IBM machines that Ken could
not fix. Soon he was attending difficult situations not only in ANZ
In the years that followed, he spent a lot of time in Poughkeepsie
NY where his knowledge and skill was considered remarkable by the
development community. He spent many late nights in the development
labs discussing machine design. He was in Poughkeepsie in 2004 when
his first brain tumour was diagnosed. Between treatments he
continued working and enjoying his passion for walking, doing many
sections of the Appalachian Trail, often inviting unsuspecting, less
fit, students to join him. His medical problems became such that he
returned to Australia in 2006 and retired. Ken leaves behind his
wife Jean, their three sons and their wives, and six grandchildren. [George Tillett:]
13 Jan 2017
Jeff Teele: It is with great
sadness that IBM QCC Melbourne shares the news that Jeff Teele
passed away peacefully on Friday 13th January, at the age of 81. Jeff joined IBM on 09/11/1959 and qualified for IBM QCC in 1984. Many will have fond memories of Jeff as Branch Manager, Finance and
Retail in the 70’s and early 80’s. Prior to being DSD’s
Mr Melbourne, he was Branch Manager in IBM Hong Kong, and after the
amalgamation of DSD, GSD and OPD, he became our Director of Southern
24 Dec 2016
Hernan Lira: The Quarter
Century Club has learned that QCC member Hernan Lira passed away in
Chile on Christmas Eve 2016 from cancer. Hernan spent
his whole career at IBM Australia in Information Systems working in
the International Applications Group and the Architecture Group,
first in Rosebery and later in Cumberland Forest.
Hernan was a truly good work colleague. He was helpful, happy and
positive and always good for a laugh. His expertise at
card games was notable during the lunchtime tournaments that were a
feature of those days.
15 Dec 2016
Peter Crowhurst: Peter's last
role in IBM was working in STG Lab Services as a Storage
implementation specialist. He had worked in many different roles
over the course of his career, including as Lead SE for the NAB
account in the early days, leading the introduction of the DS8000
into A/NZ as the Storage Specialist - and Redbook author - and
promoting the career progression of IT Specialists in his stint on
the IT Specialist Career Advisory board. He was a valued member of
the IBM Systems family over many years, and he leaves behind many
friends who remember him for his generosity, positivity, and
friendly can-do attitude. Peter was QCC Vic Chapter Secretary for
about 18 months.
4 Nov 2016
Larry Ryan: Larry began his
IBM career in Adelaide as a Customer Engineer in 1963. He was
quickly recognised for his outstanding relationships with both
customers and fellow IBM’ers and was promoted to Field Manager in
charge of small systems operations in the mid-seventies. He moved
to Sydney in 1979 and continued to make a significant contribution.
His interpersonal skills were notable and he moved into the Human
Resources area where he continued to excel. He guided many people
through the drama surrounding the company’s direction changes in the
early years of the 1990 decade and decided to personally take a
package. In 2010, Larry suffered a stroke, but he survived.
His mobility was somewhat restricted but his enthusiasm for life and
his caring attitude for people continued unabated.
21 Oct 2016
Anup Pakvasa: Anup began his
IBM career in 1966 in India. He transferred to IBM Australia and
became a member of the QCC in 1991. He worked developing and
supporting IBM’s internal systems with great talent and enthusiasm. He was a delight to work with and his colleagues regarded him as a
Anup moved into marketing as a Senior Project Manager in the Systems
Integration Group in the early 1990s. Taking the offer of early
retirement, he began his own consulting business taking on projects
for IBM customers and for Optus. When he finally retired early in
the new century, he volunteered as an administrator with
EasyGardening, a community service in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs. He
gave eight years to the community before devoting his remaining time
to his growing family, managing his superannuation and travelling.
7 Oct 2016
Paul Jeremy: Paul joined
IBM in 1963 and the QCC in 1988, when it was a much, much smaller
group, and members were all so welcoming. He was
looking forward to attending the 50th Celebrations this year.
Some of you will have known Paul from FSC days, others from
different IBM areas.
15 Sept 2016
Bob was one of IBM's great
leaders. He was Managing Director between 1996 and 1999.
All those who worked
for IBM Australia and IBM New Zealand during that period will
remember him as a man of honour and conviction. See also the
Obituary on the QCC Home Page.
12 Sept 2016
a long, but courageous battle with Cancer, our very dear Friend and
Colleague, Lynette Drennan passed away. Lynette joined IBM in
March, 1989. Her warmth, generosity and her smile will be remembered
by all who knew and loved her. She will be deeply missed.
[Damian Merrett] - My sincerest condolences to the family and
friends of Lynette. A warm and generous person, Lynette had time and
a smile for everyone she knew at IBM. One of nature's gentle souls. Rest In Peace.
[Lyn McHugh] - I heard the news of Lynette’s passing with great
sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones
as you deal with her loss. I worked in the business centre in
Melbourne, where I first met Lynette many years ago, and continued
to catch up with her less frequently when I began to work from
home. She remained on my ‘Sametime’ list all that time, and I
always knew if I asked a question of her, I would meet with a
friendly and generous response. She had a beautiful gentle nature,
and I’m so sorry she had to deal with such a relentless illness. You
would know better than I of her bravery in the face of this. May
your memories of her time in your lives and the support of family
and friends comfort you at this time. With warmest regards, and
9 Sept 2016
David Adrian Young: Joined QCC 7/9/1990 in Victoria and died on
9th Sept 2016 at the age of 78.
David joined IBM Melbourne in 1967 and spent his first few years as
a systems engineer in various Melbourne-based branches of what was
then the DP Division. In the early seventies, he moved into
the DPIP group, with responsibility for systems assurance work
across Perth and Adelaide, as well as Melbourne. At the end of
this time, he became Systems Engineering Manager and then Branch
Systems Engineering Manager, retaining this position until his
In DPIP David led the review of sales proposals to ensure that they
were both technically and contractually sound. He often worked
under extreme pressure to meet sales requirements. He had to
review complicated documents at a detail level whilst maintaining
the broad context of the proposal. He had to apply a broad
technical perception and understand the implicit and explicit
contractual implications. He then had to negotiate changes
with the authors of the proposal so that IBM’s interests and
reputation were protected. David performed these broad and
demanding responsibilities with excellence.
As a manager, David applied his combination of commitment to the
excellence IBM demanded and his deep understanding and empathy with
people. Those who reported to him attest to his demand for
them to deliver their best for IBM and their customer, while deeply
understanding and empathising with their business and personal
challenges. He was demanding and supportive.
Outside IBM, David was a very active and proud member of the
Australian Army. He was a commissioned officer in the Royal
Australian Artillery and was regularly was seen in the office
wearing his regimental tie.
18 June 2016
Stewart Henry Goodman: Stewart
came to IBM as a telephony technician about 1960 and immediately
began to impress with his ability to grasp the complexities of IBM
unit record equipment and early computers. In the System 370 era, he
added software support to his repertoire and was promoted to Field
Manager in Melbourne. He went on to join IBM’s marketing
effort and made significant contributions to the success of
But Stew’s best asset was that he was always ready with an answer
to a problem and delivered his advice with good humour and great
confidence. Everybody liked to work with Stewie and he quickly
earned their respect. He engendered a great team spirit
in those with whom he worked.
8 May 2016
George joined IBM on
December 19, 1957, and retired on December 31, 1992, thus having
completed over 35 years of service. Highlights of his career
included being the Quality Controller for IBM’s Electric Typewriter
Assembly line at Lidcombe, NSW. From 1963 onward, George worked as a
Customer Engineer providing hardware support, first in
Sydney and then in
Canberra. His contributions were
recognised with 3 IBM=Service Awards, testifying to his dedication
to customers and the quality of his work.
20? Apr 2016
Brian Trouville: There were cheers and tears for Brian ”Spags”
Trouville in the boat area at the Aussies when North Cronulla
snatched a last gasp victory to win the Surf Boat Relay at Alexandra
Headland. The Northy boat rowers all wore black armbands as a
mark of respect for the long-standing life member who lost his
battle with cancer last week. Trouville was a legendary surf
ski paddler, a former Australian champion who went on to become
Australia’s Olympic kayak coach in three Olympic Games – Seoul
(1988), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996). He was the man
who wrote the programs that got the crews to the line at last
week’s national titles. In 2010 Brian co-founded the Southside
Canoe club to help foster local talent and was awarded coach of the
year at Sport NSW in 2015 to go with his Australian Sports medal
awarded in 2000.
A life worth living: Former head coach of
Australian Canoeing and North Cronulla SLSC life member Brian
Trouville dedicated his life to helping other people. Brian’s
love of the ocean and paddling began at Maroubra beach where he
joined the surf club before crossing the bridge and moving to the
shire and a life-long commitment to the North Cronulla SLSC.
Brian leaves behind three sons Grant, Brett and Matt and four
grandchildren Billi, Georgie, Bianca and Ella a partner, Dr Rebecca
Dignan, and former wife Jenny.
Brian Trouville dedicated his life to helping others and left with
the message “live your life, always be positive and happy”.
Text copied from
www.theleader.com.au by John Veage, 25 Apr 2016, 12:34 pm
? Apr 2016
Earl Knowles: Earl began his IBM
career as a Customer Engineer in Melbourne in 1962 and worked on
S/360 and S/370. In the early 1980s he relocated to Sydney
supporting the new and swiftly evolving mid-range System 38 and
AS400. He worked in the PRSC supporting General Systems microcode.
After almost 35 years service with IBM he left and ran the Telegraph
Hotel in Tenterfield for a number of years before retiring to
Nelsons Bay. Earl passed away during April 2016. His
is an active IBMer.
16 Apr 2016
Norm Orange: (Perth QCC)
8 Apr 2016
Ken Hoskin: Ken lost his battle with a very rare vicious
cancer, but passed away peacefully. Many QCC members will remember him with
affection as a very big part of his life was spent working for IBM.
6 Apr 2016
Henry Strasburger: Henry was 87. He was a long term IBMer joining the QCC on 22 January 1987. As well
as an experienced and talented journalist, Henry was also noted for
his outstanding ability as a photographer. Most of Henry’s career
was within the IBM Communications function. Possibly one of Henry’s
most outstanding work accomplishments was as the writer,
photographer, designer and publisher of the IBM Quarterly. At its
peak this magazine had a quarterly distribution in Australia of over
15,000 copies. Henry will be sadly missed by his family in the USA
and his many friends in Australia and IBM.
25 Feb 2016
Larry was a very special person, and will be missed by
all who knew him. Larry joined IBM in 1965 and was a
great Supporter of the Quarter Century Club.
Ray Ctercteko: It is with great sadness that we record the
death of Ray Ctercteko, one of the pioneers of IBM Australia entry
into Data Processing. In 1953, IBM's very first DP Sales class
convened with Ray Ctercteko, Peter Holmes a Court, Bill Tait, Jean
Laing and Allan Moyes as the trainees. Graduating from that sales
class, Ray hit the ground running with diverse accounts like the
Electricity Commission, Department of Motor Transport, Burroughs
Welcome, and Atomic Energy Commission.
Assigned then to be IBM Manager in Adelaide, he managed major
accounts like WRE, Electricity Trust, GMH, BHP Pt Pirie, Kelvinator,
Philips, and many others. Ray achieved 9 100% Clubs and an SE
Symposium in Hong Kong.
Ever the pillar of integrity, he and wife Joy (now deceased) raised
two children. His son Grahame was one of the first to be awarded
the IBM T.J. Watson Scholarship to pursue medicine and is now head
of the Colorectal Surgery Unit at Westmead Hospital.
28 Nov 2015
Ken Stanmore: Long-time QCC member Ken Stanmore passed away
peacefully in hospital in Port Macquarie on 28th November, after
losing a battle with cancer. He worked for 30 years in IBM from
1960, in many capacities and many locations including Adelaide,
Melbourne and Sydney and assignments in other Australian and SE
Asian cities. After his retirement in 1990, he performed occasional
contract work so he was known to many QCC members and other IBMers.
He will be remembered particularly for his cheerfulness, enthusiasm
12 Nov 2015
Bob Emmett: Bob was a great work mate and in the later 20 years
of IBM did the commissions for OP/GBG 100% club.
10 Oct 2015
Ian Cooper: Ian
worked in the IBM Finance team for many years; his last last role
being as Systems Manager in IBM Global Financing in the mid 1990s.
25 Sept 2015
Peter Thomson: A long time member
of the QCC, Peter Thomson passed away peacefully in the morning at
Castlecrag private hospital. He has recently been
battling a secondary cancer of the oesophagus.
28 Aug 2015
Norm Ashelford: Norm joined IBM in 1961 and became a well known
and respected IBMer over a career of more than forty years. He
started as a Systems Engineer in Sydney Branch, and later moved
into education where he took many new IBM recruits through their
introductory computer training in classes held in Australia and
later in Asia. Even after Norm officially retired in 1992, he was
frequently called on to teach data base and SQL courses to both
customers and IBM staff.
I was extremely sad to hear of Norm's demise. I will always
remember him with the man with a ready smile for all, a down to
earth person, who spared no effort to help anyone who went to him. He will sorely be missed by his family, relatives and friends. May
his soul rest in peace.
Yours in mourning
18 Aug 2015
Don Ellis: A long time IBMer who passed away at the age
4 Aug 2015
Peter Gregory: Peter joined IBM in 1962, and the QCC in 1987 -
attending many QCC events and most of the annual dinners over the
last few years.
7 July 2015
John Reiher: John, a veteran
of Customer Engineering and the Reconditioning Centre, has passed
away after a long illness. He would be well known to many QCC
members. John and his wife Pat have been living at
Orange for a number of years.
18 June 2015
passed away on 18th June, after a long battle with
Cancer. Doug was dearly loved by all who knew him, and will be sadly
missed. He Joined IBM on 16/09/1963 in the Office Products
Division, in Customer Service. He was known for his excellent
Technical ability, and had a number of roles over his 29 Years with
IBM. He qualified for QCC on 16/09/1988 and Retired in 1992.
He regularly attended QCC Functions, and it was always a pleasure to
see him and his wife Laureen.
3 Apr 2015
Eberhad Ulbricht: Eberhard was another of our long standing QCC
members who took a great deal of interest in the club, was a past
member of the committee and came to many of our functions with his
wife, Joy. He had been ill for several months and passed away on Good
Friday. He will be sorely missed.
Frank Bourke: Frank passed away in March this year, aged 92. He
maintained IBM business machines at ammunition works in Queensland
and NSW during World War II, but only formally joined IBM in
Melbourne in 1946. There was only a small team of IBMers in
Melbourne at that time and Frank and some others began a custom of
Christmas parties and social get-togethers for IBMers and their
families. He worked in a number of areas of IBM, including Customer
Engineering, where he rose to State manager. He also worked in
Office Supplies Sales and he was inducted into thirteen 100% Clubs
for achieving annual sales targets. Frank retired from IBM at the
age of 60, after 37 years of service. His time at IBM was a great
source of pride to him.
12 Feb 2015
Bob Deam: Bob was one of our longest serving QCC members having
joined IBM in 1956 and qualified on 9th April 1981.
Margot Williams: Margot worked in IBM for 38 years and will be
remembered by many as fun to be with and for her mischievous sense of humour. A
lover of life, friends, her dogs and a good party (actually, any
party!). She will be sorely
5 Nov 2014
Craig Aitken: Craig will be well remembered by those who worked
with him in the 70's and 80's. Craig and his wife Sandra
(another former IBMer) established a vineyard and winery at Barfold
(between Kyneton and Heathcote) after leaving IBM.
23 Sept 2014
19 Sept 2014
Lindsay Boyd: Lindsay was one of the oldest and earliest
members of the Victorian chapter, and is remembered fondly by many
of our long-standing members. He was 94.
8 Sept 2014
Mal Haggerty: Mal was a well-known figure at the IBM Data
Centre in Palmer Street, Oxford Street, and Rosebery
in the 1960s and 1970s as a leading programmer/analyst. One of his
claims to fame was he wrote part of the VM/CMS system while on a
two-year assignment in California in the U.S. It’s said he could
“write Assembler code in his sleep”.
7 July 2014
Pamela was a senior SE from
Adelaide. She spent her entire career based there, after joining IBM in
1962. Pam was a good and popular friend to many of the
old hands from the East coast.
21 June 2014
Many will remember Jim who joined IBM in 1957 and retired in 1984.
29 May 2014
According to an interview with Graham published in 2012
worked for IBM for 32 years, 28 of those as a manager.
15 Mar 2014
Les Guilders: "I am writing to thank the many ex-IBM'ers
who very kindly sent their condolence messages to me via Brian
Finn upon the death of my very beloved husband Leslie John Gilders
who joined IBM in 1955 and retired in 1990. Les passed
away on 15th March,
Thank you to everyone who expressed their fond and loving
memories of my darling husband - a true gentleman - who is very
Beverley Z Gilders and
19 Dec 2013
Reg Johnson: Many will remember Reg as the Systems Programmer
par excellence back in the days of the DCS. He never failed to find
time to go through our core dumps, even if he was busy with his own
work. A good friend and colleague to many of us. He passed
away in Gosford
hospital after a long battle with cancer. Both Reg and his wife,
Thelma, were active members of the Sydney QCC.
4 Dec 2013
31 Oct 2013
20 Sept 2013
17 Sept 2013
Barrie Moore: Barrie passed away following a series of heart
attacks and 3 weeks intensive care at Gosford Private Hospital.. He
was a very proud member of the IBM QCC and maintained numerous
friends over the past 20 odd years.
c29 Aug 2013
Keith Watson: Keith joined IBM in 1970 in the Office Products
spent over 25 years in that part of the business, finishing his
career in Advantra.
13 Aug 2013
Stephen John Wilson:
6 Aug 2013
13 June 2013
Barry Glass: a long-time member of the Quarter Century Club
many of you may have known or worked with over the years, passed
away on the 13th of June after a long battle with diabetes.
19 May 2013
Paul Hunter: The SMH on 21 May 2013 reported that Alexander
Paul Hunter passed away peacefully on 19 May, 2013.
Apr 2013 ?
Des Murphy: Des collapsed and passed away while on holiday in Spain
with his family.
27 Oct 2012
Gerry Saddington: Gerry joined IBM almost 50 years ago and was
well known to many of you.
2 Sept 2012
Kevern Jackson: Kevern was our longest serving member of
He joined IBM on 14 January 1941 and qualified for the IBM QCC on 14 January 1966. He had been a member of the QCC for 46 years. This sounds like a long time, but is in fact, even more significant, as the IBM QCC in Australia only commenced on 5 May 1966, with Kevern as the
Social Secretary for the inaugural meeting. Last year we had
hoped to bring him to the IBM QCC Annual dinner to help celebrate
the 100th Anniversary of IBM, but unfortunately he was not able to
travel at that time.
31 Aug 2012
Jack Heggie: Jack passed away
on 31st August at
the age of 82. He was originally from Sydney, but more recently
resided at Burleigh Heads.
He joined IBM in Canada in 1949 and came to Australia in 1954 as a
CE Instructor, and later DPCE Manager. He went back to Canada in
1957 only to return permanently to Australia in the late 1960s and
continued his career in Systems Engineering. He retired in 1987.
24 Jul 2012
Arne Lindquist: Arne passed away on July 24, aged 58 years,
after a short but painful struggle with liver cancer.
He received this diagnosis two days into a holiday with his wife Roz
at the Gold Coast, and now only fourteen weeks later has passed
away. He joined IBM in 1983 and the IBM QCC in 2008 and was
still working at IBM Cumberland Forest. He was a
beautiful gentle man, so selfless, highly intelligent and at 58 a
sad loss to us all.
18 Jun 2012
John King: John had been living at the Gold Coast for the last
eight years, but was familiar to many of us in Sydney. He worked at
IBM for 35 years, starting as a field engineer at Rosebery 53 years
ago in 1959, and spent most of his career as manager of PRSC at
Cumberland Forest. He was 73.
13 Feb 2012
John van Tol:
John passed away on Monday 13 February
2012 after a long battle with cancer.
4 Feb 2012
Graeme Alexander Downie:
Graeme passed away on the 4th
of February at the age of 75. He had a long fight with cancer in the
later part of 2011, and appeared to be on a good recovery when he
contracted pneumonia while on holiday with family in Pambula and
required an air ambulance back to Melbourne. He had been
in an induced coma for some weeks while attempts were made to
stabilise his condition.
21 Jan 2012
Bill Main: Bill
served in the Royal Navy as a communications and Signals Officer
from 1943 to 1958 when he took early retirement as a Lt/Commander to
join IBM UK in September 1958. He transferred to IBM Australia in
late 1963. He had a long association with WTAAS, which
included an assignment from Australia to the international
development centre at Respond, Havant, UK.
28 Dec 2011
George Stevens: passed
away early on 28th. Although he was not a QCC member, many of
us knew George, a wonderful person who brought real humanity to the
'Personnel' department long before it was called 'Human Resources'.
28 Dec 2011
Mike Freeman: Michael
(Mike) Freeman passed away after a long illness on Wednesday. He was
a long-time member of the IBM QCC - having joined IBM in February
1962 and retired from IBM in 1990.
26 Dec 2011
28 Oct 2011
Jim joined IBM on 5 January
1944, and the IBM QCC in January 1969. He was therefore the
most senior member of the IBM QCC.
Jim and QCC Member Adriaan Tent were close friends. Adriaan
"I have known Jim since I became Plant Manager of the Lidcombe plant
in January 1957. At that time Jim was appointed Production
Manager, reporting directly to me. We have been close friends
ever since. I retired in 1983 and Jim in 1987. We met
regularly and we both lived in Saratoga and we always had many
stories to tell about the good old days in IBM."
11 Sept 2011
He joined IBM in 1963 and has been a
member of the QCC since 1988
8 Sept 2011
Although not a member of the QCC, he
worked for IBM for 23 years and will be remembered by many.
30 July 2011
Doug was known to many in IBM. He
joined IBM in 1948, retired in 1982 and has been a QCC member for
over 37 years. Although
blind, he had refused to move to a nursing home and was living at
home with his wife. Early last week he fell and broke his hip. During surgery to repair his hip, he did not recover from the
anaesthetic and passed away yesterday after life support was
switched off. He was 90 years old.
15 July 2011
Robin Oaten: He was at IBM for many
years, mainly in Sydney, although did not quite make the QCC.
Robin was well known to many QCC members and other IBMers with whom
6 July 2011
After a long battle with Cancer, Leslie
Baird passed away on the 6th of July.
Leslie lived in Broome, WA for many years, and was very involved in
Wildlife Conservation, particularly the Green Sea Turtle. She will
be sadly missed by the Broome Community, who recognised her efforts,
plus all who knew her. She was the founder of Chelonia, a wildlife
facility in Broome. A Foundation has been set up in her name. For
those interested, the Web Address is :
16 June 2011
passed away in New York on Thursday,16th June 2011. David joined IBM
in the USA and qualified in the USA to the QCC, later joining IBM
Australia in the 1980's. David returned to the USA after
retiring, where he resided in NYC.
A service was held for David in NYC on the 21st June.
3 May 2011
Ken Mo: Ken joined the QCC in November 2000.
25 Jan 2011
Ian Logan: Ian, aka Maurice, passed away after a 12 year battle
with cancer. He joined the QCC in May 1984.
18 Oct 2010
Jim Nielsen: Jim had been retired from IBM for more than 20
Barry Davies: Unfortunately we don't know exactly when but
probably in Sept or Oct 2010. If anyone knows, could you
please inform the QCC
31 Aug 2010
Jerry Kay: He started at
IBM in 1968, and was still working with IBM as a contractor in Sales
Jerry was an active, cheerful, and enthusiastic member of the
Sydney Chapter committee.
Recently he had been disappointed that his health had limited his
participation in our meetings and social events - but always
7 May 2010
Kees Lindeman: He was a
long time member of the Sydney Customer Engineering Team, having
started at IBM in 1962 - and was a regular attendee at Sydney
Chapter QCC functions.
16 Mar 2010
9 Mar 2010
Graham Kerrison: Although he did not qualify
for the QCC, he worked for many years at IBM and would be well
known by many of our members.
2 Mar 2010
Bill O'Hara passed away peacefully on Tuesday, 2 March.
Bill was a retired Customer Engineer and QCC member - who joined IBM
over 50 years ago in January 1959. He was a key member of the CE
force in Brisbane and Sydney until his retirement. He
will be missed by his colleagues.
1 Mar 2010
joined IBM in October 1970 -
just under 40 years ago - and was still working in the Finance
Department as an Internal Audit Investigator. Many of us have worked
and socialised with Mike over the years. His
business insight and sense of humour will be greatly missed.
23 Feb 2010
Cesar Teixeira lost his battle with cancer after
many months of treatment, where he maintained a positive and
productive attitude to both life and work. He was moved
to the Greenwich hospital on Monday where he passed away.
After 36 years with IBM, working throughout the world, he will be
missed, not only for his determination to provide support of the
highest standard, but for his passionate approach to life, and
enthusiastic interest in the issues of the world.
Cesar is survived by his wife
Maria and daughter Joanna.
20 Feb 2010
Lachhman Nankany who passed away in hospital tis day. Our
thoughts are with his wife, Meenakshi, his sons and family.
24 Oct 2009
Bruce Elliott of Perth passed away this week, after a
long period with Alzheimers. There was a private cremation.
Bruce was one of our top Salesmen, 25+ 100% Clubs, QCC member and
very popular with WA clients.
23 Sept 2009
Howard Gwynne: Sadly, in today's West newspaper
- a death notice for J. Howard Gwynne. He passed way on Sept 21st at
the Mount Hospital Perth, aged 62, after a courageous battle with
bowel cancer. Howard was a member of the Perth QCC and will be
greatly missed by his former colleagues.
17 Sept 2009
3 Aug 2009
Mike Meek: He joined IBM 50
years ago this month.
31 July 2009
Malcolm Bryant: Malcolm joined
IBM 31 years ago last week, and was still working at IBM Global
Finance. He has been a member of the QCC
Malcolm provided amazing IT
capability and leadership during his tenure in IGF, and before that
to the A/NZ Finance Systems team. Some may remember his
skills and leadership were instrumental in deploying HRACCESS as the
new payroll system in ANZ, which was a massive undertaking.
24 Apr 2009
Trevor Bleach: Trevor has had a tremendous impact on the
professional and personal lives of many IBMers and this sudden and
tragic news will come as a great shock.
Trevor worked for IBM for over 35 years, a QCC member since 1998,
but had only retired from IBM at the end of March this year.
He was 57.
10 Apr 2009
Evan Serls: He joined IBM in 1962 and became a member of
the IBM Quarter Century club in 1987 - and was a life member of the
9 Apr 2009
Paul Stockdale: He joined IBM in 1969 and became a member
of the IBM Quarter Century club in 1994. He was General Counsel of
IBM and ISSC, which became IBM GSA.
27 March 2009
Ray McDermott: He joined IBM in 1961, retired in 1991 and was
a member of the Quarter Century Club for over 20 years.
27 Dec 2008
Ted Markland: He joined IBM in 1962, retired in 1991 and was
a member of the Quarter Century Club.
17 Dec 2008
Alec Malikoff: Alec was a
pioneer of IBM Customer Engineering having joined in 1951 when the
fledgling EAM Division was starting with just one customer,
AC Nielsen. He subsequently became an instructor and
mentor to the many who joined the ranks of Customer Engineering.
He was a man of no compromise in terms of dedication to the job and
set the standard for many to follow.
Russ Mannell: Unfortunately we have only just heard of Russ'
death which occurred prior to October 17, 2008
19 Aug 2008
Dick Faulkner: Dick retired from IBM on 30 September 1984 after
26 years and 8 months service
12 July 2008
3 June 2008
who retired in 1992 with 28 years of service passed away on June 3 2008. He
is survived by his wife of 44 years Mahdi.
Kichno: One of Andy Kichno's old
friends recently returned to Perth and contacted me, looking for
Andy. I had lost contact with him a few years ago, but I offered to
After Norm Dey gave me the idea to search for his property, I
contacted the real estate agent when I found Andy's address in the
on-line Real Estate listings.
His house is being sold by Linda Kichno, Andy's sister, so I
contacted her in NSW.
Sorry to pass on the bad news, I have found out that Andy passed
away on the 9th May 2008 after suffering a heart attack. He was 64,
had given up his software business and was back on the road working
as a taxi driver in Perth. (He used to drive taxis in Brisbane
before his IBM job).
According to Linda, Andy had a minor stroke and was being treated
for this when he had the heart attack, some days after a session of
stress testing. I will miss Andy and I am sorry that I was not there
for him at the end.
Sadly, Linda could not find any personal contacts in his phone and
Maz & I were in Sydney for a memorial service at that time in any
There was no funeral, so this email is my effort to farewell him. Please pass the news on to anyone I may have missed.
Apologies to anyone who did not know Andy in the IBM Sydney Call
group. (I know some of you are too young).
[ If you are unsure, look at the photo from 1975.]
12 Feb 2008
Mike Spruyt passed away after
a long illness.
He joined IBM in 1971.
20 Dec 2007
Maurie Sievers passed away at
5 pm yesterday.
Maurie was much loved by all who knew him, & will be sadly missed.
30 Nov 2007
Maurice Bevington OAM. Maurice
was our longest-serving QCC member, joining IBM just over 67 years
ago (having been interviewed in the morning, and starting work the
same afternoon), and
qualified to the QCC in 1965.
He has been an active and
enthusiastic member of the QCC committee for the last 41 years since
it was founded. As our QCC president, Ian Miller,
mentioned at the recent Sydney Annual Induction Dinner, Maurice had
attended every one except this year due to deteriorating health.
29 Oct 2007
Jock Fincke after along battle with cancer. Jock worked in Melbourne for many years before
moving to Tasmania
28 Sept 2007
26 Sept 2007
12 Sept 2007
12 Aug 2007
Frank Mooney. Frank worked for IBM for 43 Years and Qualified for the
Club in July 1972, so he was one of our longest serving Members.
15 July 2007
13 May 2007
Jim Waltho Jim was a
very senior Sydney Chapter member - who qualified for the QCC over
30 years ago in 1976 having worked at IBM since 1951.
18 Apr 2007
Bill Pitkeathly reported in Sydney Morning Herald 30 March 2007
18 Mar 2007
Tony Britton after a long illness. He joined IBM in 1959,
retiring in 1988.
31 Dec 2006
13 Dec 2006
19 Nov 2006
Peter Holmes a'Court
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