Bill Hare: farewell to a passionate jazz “second liner”

PROFESSOR William Samuel Calhoun Hare, AO MD MBBS DDR FRCR FRANZCR FRACP DDU, died in his 90th year on 31 May 2013.

In his professional field of medicine Professor Hare was a recognised world expert and innovator, acknowledged by the award in 1990 of Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to medicine, particularly in the field of radiology, and by the tributes of his many colleagues and students.

But to those in the jazz world, Bill Hare was first and foremost a knowlegdable and enthusiastic lover of the music, whose smiling presence graced many a gig. He was a regular visitor at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond where we saw him only a couple of months ago. Ian Smith, leader of the Riverwalk Trio, was asked to play one of Bill’s favourite tunes at the private family Service held at St Stephens Anglican Church, Gardenvale on Thursday 6 June. Last Sunday – 9 June – Ian and his group played the same tune “Marcheta” as a tribute to Bill Hare, a valued “second liner” who will be much missed. With Ian are Dan Gordon on bass and Andy Baylor on guitar.

A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Parkville at 3.00 pm on Friday June 14, to which all are welcome.

The following is taken from a tribute to the life and work of Bill Hare published in the Melbourne Age:

The Department of Radiology, Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), are deeply saddened by the passing of their dear friend and father figure Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Samuel Calhoun Hare.

As Director of the RMH Department of Radiology (1958-1988) Professor Hare recognised the need for strong academic leadership in radiology and was instrumental in the creation of the University Department of Radiology and the Edgar Rouse Chair of Radiology, the first radiology chair in Australia. As inaugural Chair, Professor Hare established radiology teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students, greatly elevating the standard and practice of radiology in Australia.

A world authority in interventional uroradiology he established many practices adopted since worldwide. He served the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists as President and as Councillor and was foundation President of the Asian and Oceanian Society of Radiology.

In his later years Professor Hare worked tirelessly to advance the discipline of radiology through his wise counsel and continued teaching, the creation of the Bill Hare Travelling Fellowship and in securing valuable philanthropic funds for the department.

Professor Bill Hare inspired a generation of radiologists in Australia and his deep commitment to teaching and clinical practice promoted and sustained the partnership between our two organisations. We thank him for his leadership, vision and the enduring legacy that he leaves to radiology and generations of medical practitioners.

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