b'FEATURED ARTICLEVALEDr Bernard Bernie Curran AO30 July 2021O n Friday, 30 July 2021, Bernie Curran passedBernard retired from UON in 2015 at the age of 70 but away suddenly while doing what he loved most,was in constant contact as a source of information his ritual morning swim and run at Merewetherand guidance to those who followed.Beach in Newcastle. His death came as a shock as this was a man who loved life and was forever embracing it.At the time of his retirement, he felt he had lived out his belief in the value of holistic education having As one of the earliest students at Newcastlemaintained his involvement in sport, particularly University, Bernie studied Classics, ultimately beingrugby, in addition to his significant academic awarded his PhD in 1974.He began teaching at thecontribution.University of Newcastle (UON) in 1976. Throughout his years at the University, Bernard committed himself to the broader life of the university community.As his son, Professor James Curran, said in his eulogy: Bernie was in constant, tireless pursuit of what his beloved Cicero called humanitasthe pinnacle of all Bernard was appointed Deputy to the Pro Vice- Roman virtues. It asserted mans importance as a Chancellor External Relations responsible for studentcultivated being through a love of learning and through recruitment (at a local, national and internationalbeing in control of his moral universe. The man who level), Alumni relations, community relations, sportpractised humanitas was confident of his worth, and recreation. Later Marketing and foundation werecourteous to others, decent in his social conduct, and added to his portfolio. During this time in the mid- active in his political role. He was a man, moreover, who 90s Bernard became a member of the NSW ADAPEwon the legitimate right to lead because of his personal committee, particularly contributing to developmentsqualities that inspired respect and loyalty: and Bernie in the Tertiary sector and regional delivery. Thosestrived for this from the moment he got out of bedto who worked alongside Bernard recall his impressivethe moment he closed his weary eyes at night. and endearing combination of insight, collegiality and humour. He not only brought valuable ideas to the table but left us all feeling engaged and optimistic.9 0 FACE 2 FACE MAGAZINE'