Professor Richard Blandy pays tribute to Dr Anne Hawke
15 April 2014
On 11 April 2014, UniSA Business School Adjunct Professor Richard Blandy gathered with family, friends and colleagues in the Way Lee internal courtyard at City West to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr Anne Hawke, a former Director of the Centre for Applied Economic Research.
Dr Hawke, who's work galvanised the 'no pokies' movement with her quantitative analysis of the potential social costs of gaming machines, also worked in areas such as labour economics, industrial relations, and indigenous economic policy. Her life was tragically cut short at the age of 33 - 14 years ago.
The rain held out just long enough for Professor Blandy, a colleague of Dr Hawke both at the UniSA Business School and Flinders University, to deliver a moving tribute to the group,which included several overseas guests, Together, he and Professor Marie Wilson, PVC UniSA Business School, unveiled a plaque in Dr Hawke's honour.
"For all her brilliance, which was great, and her accomplishments, which were many, it was Anne’s friendship that I valued most. She was fun, vivacious, brave, affectionate, loyal and engaging. She tried herself out in many guises, changing and improvising in a varied range of work and outside-work activities, eventually falling in love and marrying and, no doubt, looking forward to being a mother, as well as everything else. Until fate cut short her brave adventure," Professor Blandy said in his tribute.
"I am in a position to know that events occurred to Anne that would severely test any fair and decent person. Her courage in dealing with these events was exceptional. Courage is an essential quality in anyone who is going to venture into the unknown or who is going to sustain a difficult prospect over a long haul. Anne Hawke was a brave woman," he said.
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