Hundreds to pay tribute to prominent academic

SOME of Australia’s key academic and financial industry leaders will be in Warrnambool on Friday week to remember the life and achievements of the late Professor Colin Ferguson regarded as one of the nation’s most respected accounting mentors.

Hundreds of his friends and former students are expected to pack the Percy Baxter Theatre at Deakin University’s Sherwood Park campus where he made an indelible mark in education, sport and community circles.

Deputy chairman of the Board of Taxation, Keith James, will be master of ceremonies for the event which will also be attended by Melbourne University’s dean of business and economics Professor Paul Kofman, and the faculty’s department head Professor Anne Lillis, Australian Accounting Standards Board chairman and chief executive Kevin Stevenson, Melbourne University research director Professor Robert Faff and Deakin University head of school Professor Barry Cooper.

The late Professor Ferguson began his tertiary studies and academic career at the former Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education before taking senior roles at the universities of Queensland and Melbourne as well as other national positions. He was also the first treasurer and runner for the Sharks football club, designed the Sherwood Park golf course and was a keen golfer.

Commemoration service organiser Dr Jenny Betts advised intending participants to send notification by email to or phone 5563 3510 and to arrive by 12.15pm.


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