Mentor Support Network has paid tribute to its Patron, Dr Bernard ‘Bernie’ Curran AM, who passed away suddenly last Friday (30 July).
Dr Curran was appointed Patron of Mentor Support Network in 2019 and was an active participant in its affairs.
Chair of the organisation, Shayne Connell, said Bernie’s passing was a tragic loss and he will long be remembered for his involvement and genuine interest in Mentor Support Network.
“Bernie’s passing came as a shock and the Executive Committee, as well as all those people associated with Mentor Support Network, and will always remember his thoughtful comments and smiling face,” said Shayne.
“Bernie was a great Patron. He served his community for more than 40 years and will long be remembered as a rugby player and administrator (the University’s main rugby oval is named after him), an academic at the University of Newcastle, a teacher, a mentor, researcher and community leader – and a great man.
“Mentor Support Network will deeply miss him.”
Dr Curran was 76 years of age. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018 for significant service to tertiary education, particularly through high learning opportunities for young people in rural areas.