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LAWLER, Anthony Charles (1941-2019)

LAWLER, Anthony “Tony” Charles (1941-2019)

Tony was the fourth of the five Lawler brothers, and a boarder at College from 1954 to 1959. He was a School Prefect (1958 and 1959), Calvert House Captain (1959), member of the 1st Cricket X1 (1957, 1958 and 1959) and 1st XVIII Football teams (1957, 1958 and 1959).

In 1960, Tony commenced medical studies at Melbourne University, residing at Ormond College, and graduated in 1967. He worked at the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital before travelling to London in 1968 to study for the Fellowship in Surgery. In the UK, he worked at both Chichester (1970) and Colchester Hospitals (1972). After attaining the FRCS (Edinburgh) in 1974, Tony returned to Australia to set up a surgical consultancy at Geelong Hospital, where he continued working for 38 years.

For more than 20 years, he headed up a surgical team, was an enthusiastic participant in hospital committees and taught surgical trainees. He continued on as a part-time senior surgical assistant until his retirement in 2017.

Tony passed away at his home in Newtown on 7 May 2019, aged 78. His son Jason (OGC 1988), and brothers Don (OGC 1945), George (OGC 1946), Wally (dec, OGC 1951) and Rob (OGC 1959) also attended College.

Sources: R. Lawler Ad Astra December 2019
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