Gina McWilliam's gift was prompted by her father Ian’s 80th birthday, which the McWilliam family celebrated recently with Ian’s long-time friends and associates from Swinburne’s Chemistry Department.
Forty years ago, Ian McWilliam collapsed with a cerebral aneurysm while working at Swinburne. By chance, it was the first day that a medical doctor, Jean Dunn (later McLeod, and after whom the campus lane between John and William streets is named), was stationed on campus and able to provide an appropriate emergency response. Ian was rushed to hospital and subsequently made a full recovery.
“Because of the quick and intelligent actions of his colleagues that day, my father has had another 40 years of productive life,” Gina says, “and he’s still in very good health.”
Dr McWilliam became a Churchill Fellow in 1972 and was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) by Monash University in 1974. In 1984 he became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to science and technology. Ian retired as an Associate Professor at the end of 1994, but continued to teach part-time at Swinburne for the next two years.
Gina’s donation will be used by the Swinburne Medical Centre to purchase a multi-parameter patient monitor that includes an electrocardiogram, along with a vaccine fridge and a bariatric wheelchair.
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Because of the quick and intelligent actions of his colleagues that day, my father has had another 40 years of productive life.