Class of 1969 … in memoriam

In memory of those members of the class of 1969 who are no longer with us..

Michael Stern (1969) died on 9 July 2010. Michael was born in the Russian sector of Vienna in 1951, and came to Australia while an infant. Living above his parents’ tailoring business on Oxford Street, he attended Sydney High School and then went on to study medicine at Sydney University. On graduation, Michael completed his internship, residency and radiology training at Sydney Hospital. In 1982, he went to London to undertake a fellowship at Middlesex Hospital and then went on to United States with a fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, where he trained in magnetic resonance imaging. After his return to Sydney, he became a partner in a radiological practice in Burwood from 1988-2007. In the realm of sport, Michael was a state judo champion and played football (soccer) semi-professionally, until he felt it interfered with his studies. His last season was with Melita Eagles’ third grade in 1971. (See also SMH, 25 September 2010.)

James Ernest Warriner (1969) died on 30 April 2010. Jim lived his whole life in Wark Avenue, Pagewood. After leaving High in 1969, he commenced work for the Commonwealth Government at Garden Island Dockyard, staying there his entire working life. He held a variety of positions starting as an apprentice and finishing in March 2009 as an Electronics Warfare Engineer overseeing and assisting with the installation of Early Warning Systems, particularly radar and weapons guidance systems on a range of Australian Naval ships and Collins Class Submarines. During that time he undertook a number of courses overseas on behalf of the government, particularly America where he met his wife. His personal life included a love of all things outdoors – hunting, fishing, sailing to name a few, and regularly spent 3 – 4 weeks a year enjoying the great outdoors! Also, he could never say “no” to neighbours and friends who asked for help, and was often assisting and providing advice on projects. He also liked ‘tinkering’ with all manner of things and had a huge workshop at home, where he would fix or build nearly anything enjoying a beer or port along the way. Jim had embraced retirement and was just settling in to it when he went to the doctor on April 4th this year with blurred vision. Next day a catscan revealed a virulent tumour in his sinal cavity. An operation followed, but a blood clot ended his life shortly after. A mere 3 weeks from the doctor’s appointment. His funeral service was held at his local church, Holy Trinity, Kingsford. Former school mates Mark Fischer, Peter Clarke, Bill Russo, Harry Snow, Tasso Sakolides, Peter Wall and life long friend Gary Boyd attended the funeral. Next time you are in the quadrangle at High, have a look at the bird bath, a gift from the class of 1969. Jim was one of the people responsible for its construction.

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