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Vale Aileen Plant   Wednesday, 28 March 2007

It is with great sadness that I advise associates and friends of the Australian Biosecurity CRC that Professor Aileen Plant died on 27 March while working in Jakarta. We have been advised that she died of natural causes.

As you are aware, Aileen was Deputy CEO of the AB-CRC based at our Perth node headquarters.

Aileen was a leader in her field of medical epidemiology and a person of great compassion. She was passionate about her work and travelled extensively, often with great risk to herself, to help people and countries in need of her expertise. In recognition of her leadership during the SARS epidemic Aileen was awarded the National Medal of Honour by the Vietnamese Government.

She was a very warm, generous person with a great sense of humour, who made a major contribution to the success of the AB-CRC. I worked closely with Aileen for the last three and a half years in her role as Deputy CEO of the AB-CRC. Despite her huge workload she always made time to respond to my requests for advice and guidance. She was my first source of advice in dealing with difficult issues, always providing wise counsel. Her depth of knowledge of disease, her unique insights and communication skills were immense and will be sorely missed.

On behalf of the AB-CRC I extend our sympathy to her family.

Dr Stephen Prowse


Funeral Arrangements

Friday 13 April
Karrakatta Cemetery
Railway Rd
Perth, Western Australia

Memorial Service

Friday 13 April
Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre (Building # 210.101)
Curtin University of Technology - Bentley campus
Kent St
Perth, Western Australia
(see http://www.properties.curtin.edu.au/your_campus/ for campus map)

All attendees for the Memorial Service, including Curtin staff, are asked to RSVP to (08) 9266 2563 (24 hours). Car park P3 will be closed until shortly before the service to provide parking for external attendees.

Aileen Plant Memorial Fund

Curtin has received many enquiries from people and organisations wishing to donate money in Aileen's memory. In response the University has established an Aileen Plant Memorial Fund, and donations can be sent:

c/- Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Services
Curtin University of Technology
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845

 Advice on how the funds will be used will be provided shortly.


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