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TRIBUTE: Simon Barrie Lewarn (29 September, 1943 – 4 May, 2019)

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Barrie Lewarn

It was with great sadness that the Australian Maritime College community farewelled Professor Barrie Lewarn last year.

Born in England in 1943, Professor Lewarn completed his initial seafarer training in England. He came to Australia in 1979 and initially started teaching in Sydney.

In 1980, he became involved at the newly established Australian Maritime College, with the development of courses including the cadet training program.

He joined the original staff as a lecturer and later Head of the School of Nautical Studies and was the staff representative on AMC Council for several years.

In 1994, as the result of restructuring within the College, Professor Lewarn was appointed as director of the Faculty of marine Transport and engineering, which encompassed engineering, Shipping Operations and maritime business.

He held the position until his retirement in 2005. He was appointed an Honorary Professor in 2007.

After his death former Principal Neil Bose paid tribute. “AMC attracts a loyalty from its staff who believe in its mission and Barrie exemplified that loyalty,” he said.

A service to celebrate Professor Lewarn’s life was held in the College auditorium and attended by his family, friends, and former colleagues and students.

Published on: 25 Sep 2020