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ObituaryMr. L. J. Dwyer
Obituary: Mr. H. M. Treloar
James Charles Foley
Herb Whittingham Dies
Vale Fritz Loewe
Death of H. E. Banfield
Former RD Passes On [Pat Ryan]
Arthur Muffatti Dies
Mr E. W. Timcke
Sudden Death of Ross Maine
Ross MaineAn Appreciation
Dr Patrick Squires (19141990)
Bill Brann'Architect of the Observing System'
Vale Arch Shields
Dr John Farrands
Vale David Kupsch: A Death in the Family
Observers and Volunteers
No. 71 June 1962, Item 506 (continued)
The Antarctic Symposium was held under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science, and was only one outward sign of the increasingly close association between the Bureau and scientific institutions such as the C.S.I.R.O. which Mr. Dwyer did much to foster.
A list of his achievements in domestic affairs would not be complete without reference to his membership of the Australian Atomic Weapons Tests Safety Committee. But his success as a scientific administrator does not rest on domestic achievements alone. With characteristic realism, he recognised the essentially international nature of meteorological practice and devoted considerable attention to the affairs of the World Meteorological Organisation. At the Second Session of Regional Association V at Manila in 1958, he was elected President of the Region (South West Pacific) and this entitled him to a seat on the W.M.O. Executive Committee which, meeting annually in Geneva, virtually shapes the planning and philosophy of the Organisation. At the last Congress of W.M.O. (which occurs every fourth year) he played a very active part as Chairman of the Technical Committee.
Many telegrams and letters have been coming into the Bureau from all parts of the world emphasising the great loss caused by his untimely death and expressing sympathy for his widow and family. It would be impossible to reproduce all of them here, bit as examples of the many, we have taken leave to quote a letter from the Director of the Canadian Meteorological Service and one from a native observer in the highlands of New Guinea:
Len was a man that I greatly admired as a man, as a meteorologist and as a director of a large National Service. As a man, he had to an admirable degree the courage of his convictions, the forthrightness to state his views simply and directly and yet a sympathy and understanding of others and other people's views which very nicely tempered a vigorous philosophy with human kindness and understanding. The goals he set for himself were characteristically far higher than anyone else would have set for him.
It is with regret I hear the news of the death of the Director of Meteorology, Mr. L. J. Dwyer, in Melbourne yesterday evening. I do not know this important man personally, of course but, as a weather observer I find it is necessary for me to send to his good wife and family my personal sympathy through your office.
People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph
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