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Mr. B. W. Newman
Retirement of Walter Dwyer
Gerry O'Mahony—Thirty Years On
The Retoubtable George Mackey, Retd.
Retirement of ADR [Neil McRae]
A Long and Fruitful Innings [John Lillywhite]
Pat Ryan Retires
Harry Ashton Retires
'Fly Boy' Retires [Bill Brann]
Our Actor Steve [Lloyd]
Our Man in the Region Retires [Keith Hannay]
ADM Retires [Allen Bath]
Regional Director Queensland Retires [Arch Shields]
ANMRC Head Retires [Reg Clarke]
Vic Bahr's Last Bow
Long Serving Officers Retire [Jack Maher and Kev Lomas]
Allan Brunt Retires, 38 Years in 'the Met'
Henry Phillpot Retires
A Stout With a Dash! [Reg Stout]
Around the Regions [Keith Stibbs]
Bill Smith Bows Out—47 Year Record
Smooth Traffic Ahead for Keith Henderson
Happy Retirement, and Happy Birthday too! [Ralph de la Lande]
Air Dispersion Specialist Calls it a Day [Bill Moriarty]
Bob Crowder Retires
Grass Looks Greener for Tony [Powell]
Farewell France [Lajoie]
Forty Four Years in Meteorology—John Burn Remembers
Des Gaffney bows out
After Only 41 Years . . . Shaw, Enough! [Peter Shaw]
Brian Bradshaw departs, 45 Years On . . .
Bill Ware Ends on a High Note
Peter Barclay Retires
Mal Kennedy Retires
'The Ice Man Goeth . . .' DDS Neil Streten Calls it a Day
Dan of the 14,016 Days [Dan Lee]
A Launceston Boy Gone Wrong: Peter Noar Bows Out
It's Official—Climate Change Confirmed [Bill Kininmonth]
Victorian Forecasting Legend Bids Us Farewell [Ian Russell]
Gentleman Doug Gauntlett Retires
Queensland Regional Director Calls it a Day [Rex Falls]
Assistant Director (Services) Retires and Tributes Flow In [Bruce Neal]
NSW Regional Director Retires [Pat Sullivan]


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No. 325 August 2000 (continued)

Ahead of His Time

Geoff Love said he regarded Bruce as someone way ahead of his time, who always held the conventions of the public service in the forefront of his mind.

Geoff said he first met Bruce in 1975 and noted how tremendously innovative he was. But it was in Darwin in 1976 that Geoff gained more of an insight into Bruce's character.

Geoff was working at the airport and despatched an out-of-hours telex to an Observer, requesting data. The telex contained "about 10 words" that were not strictly official.

Bruce tore strips off Geoff for an "abuse of Government infrastructure" and a waste of Bureau resources. Not much has changed, Geoff said. Bruce has always been conscious of the need to conserve resources.

But it was in the position of Superintendent Program Coordination and Information (STCI) that the Bruce Neal story turned into "legend", Geoff said.

He remembered Bruce and Dr Zillman playing out their bad cop/good cop routine at conferences. Bruce would present the background of financial doom and gloom and impending cuts; then Dr Zillman would take centre stage to detail what needed to be done to keep the Bureau running.

"Bruce had an absolute mastery of figures. He was always on top of the job and was ever willing to consult and talk," Geoff said.

Bruce then moved into the ADS post, regarded by many as the toughest job in the Bureau. Geoff said Bruce's unfailing optimism and a strong belief that problems could be solved helped him over hurdles such as the Basic Product Set, the Sydney hailstorm, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and the reorganisation of the Services Policy Branch.

Geoff said Bruce had displayed honesty and intellectual strength, and his legacy would live on for quite some time.

Withering E-mails

Communications chief Mike Hassett said it was a privilege to have been Bruce's colleague and personal friend.

Mike said Bruce would be remembered fondly for his friendly nature, dry wit and withering e-mails.

He said Bruce's success was due to his foresight - be prepared for "when the revolution comes"—his experience and his talent as a meteorologist and administrator, all achieved as a single parent.

Faced with preparing 15 school/working lunches each week, Bruce would assemble the packages on a Sunday night and store them in the bottom of the fridge. Rumour has it, Mike said, that the fillings revolved around a central theme—Pecks Paste.

- Esther Amott

People in Bright Sparcs - Neal, Bruce

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