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|Title:||A passionate love: The contributions of the late Professor Robert John Barrett|
|Citation:||Monash Bioethics Review, 2007; 26(4):12-20|
|Publisher:||Monash University, Centre for Human Bioethics|
|Abstract:||Professor Robert John Barrett died suddenly, after a long and difficult illness, on January 12th, 2007. At the time of his death, at the age of 57, he was Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, University of Adelaide. His passing was mourned by countless individuals in Australia and internationally. The celebration of his life, held in the University of Adelaide's Bonython Hall, from which generations of scholars have received their parchments upon graduation, was an emotive ritual of which Rob would have both approved and enjoyed immensely. The Hall was filled to capacity, with over 1,300 people listening to a collection of his favorite music and tributes delivered by eight of his friends and family members. Dignitaries in full academic regalia, including the Vice-Chancellor, the immediate past and current Deans of Medicine, and the Head of School oversaw proceedings from an elevated position in the Hall, the symbolic meaning of which would have caused Rob to smile wryly. A reflection of his life in pictures, at the conclusion of the ceremony, before the pall-bearers carried his coffin to the hearse, evoked yet more tears and grief at the tragic and untimely loss of this man: an outstanding intellectual, wise mentor, gifted teacher, caring doctor, and true and loyal friend.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Psychiatry; Anthropology, Cultural; Bioethics; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; South Australia|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychiatry publications|
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