Sad Passing of Sir Zelman Cowen

As some of you know I am a Research Fellow at Victoria Univesity and am attached in that capacity to the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. It with this background that I join the staff and students of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre in mourning the death of Sir Zelman Cowen, AK GCMG GCVO QC, who passed away on 8 December 2011.

Sir Zelman’s lifelong commitment to education was demonstrated by his involvement with Victoria University

Sir Zelman Cowen, remembered with fondness

from its earliest days, and, in particular, his strong support for the Victoria Law School. Sir Zelman remained a staunch friend of the University throughtout his long and illustrous life and his contribution is acknowledged in naming the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre in his honour.

For those, who do not know much of him, Sir Zelman was one of Australia’s most distinguished jurists. He was born in St Kilda, Melbourne  in 1919, and studied Law at Oxford University.

From 1951, he was Professor of Public Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Melbourne University. He was knighted in 1976 and appointed Governor-General of Australia in 1977.

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