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Mr. B. W. Newman
Retirement of Walter Dwyer
Gerry O'MahonyThirty 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 Out47 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 MeteorologyJohn 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 OfficialClimate 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]
Observers and Volunteers
Vic Bahr's Last BowNo. 243 December 1978, Item 3045
While still trying to adjust to the absence of Dr Bill Gibbs from the Director's chair after sixteen years, the Bureau received another blow when RD NSW Vic Bahr decided to call it a day and retired on 13 September after 44 Years in Government service. Vic was acting ADS at the time.
Vic joined the then Department of Interior in 1934 and transferred to the Bureau of Meteorology in 1937 as a Junior Meteorological Assistant. He completed a science degree before commencing war service and was awarded a Master of Science degree in 1947. In 1948 he was promoted to head of the Bureau's Tasmanian office. From 1953 to 1957 he was Chief of the Administrative Division of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva and played a key role in organising the second WMO Congress in 1955.
In 1966 he rejoined the Bureau as Regional Director for the Australian Capital Territory before becoming Regional Director for New South Wales in 1969. Since 1977 Vic has been working in senior positions in the Bureau's Melbourne Head Office, as head of the Services and Management Branches. He also acted as Director of Meteorology.
Vic plans to spend his retirement sailing and fishing, painting, and writing a book on early Australian history. He has sailed frequently as a crew-member in the Sydney-Hobart Yacht race, and is an active royal tennis player, skier and yachtsman.
Vic told the audience at his HO farewell of how he could remember the days that the Bureau supplied route forecasts covering thousands of kilometres from a handful of observations, and compared it to the present day with the Bureau employing a multitude of electronic and computerised aids. He expressed the hope that the sense of unity which prevailed in the Bureau's early days would not be lost as the now much larger Bureau continues to require greater and greater specialisation.
It is a measure of the breadth of his popularity that Vic was also given 'send offs' by Central Office of Department of Science and Qantas. Few would disagree that his will be a hard act to follow. Vic proved this when he provided the audience at his many farewells with his swansongliterally.
It is printed below in full.
(with apologies to G. B. Shaw, Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe)
Damn!! Damn!! Damn!! Damn!!
I was serenely placid and at peace before
Pauline, Janet and Terry
I can see them now
Not a spare man or cent to play with
In a year or so
Do I surprise you?
How poignant it will be on that inevitable day when
I'm a diplomatic man
Let them brainwash and intone
But I'm so used to work our way
People in Bright Sparcs - Bahr, Victor John
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