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Francis Murray Todd (1924–1960)

from Woroni

When Dr. Murray Todd left Canberra in 1956 to become Professor of English at the University of Tasmania, his students were pleased that his energetic and perceptive intelligence was receiving further well-merited recognition. Now, a few short years later, comes the news of his death on 30th December at the age of 36.

Murray Todd was one of several outstanding English lecturers this University has had, and those who were privileged to study under him will readily recall the high quality of his courses.

Lectures were thoughtfully and thoroughly prepared; full of good, strong, healthy, constructive, critical content; delivered in his rapid, nervously vigorous manner.

In lectures and tutorials he was sympathetic, genial and encouraging to his students, and if one occasionally detected a note of dogmatism one also knew that his opinions were based on careful consideration stemming from lively and genuine interest in both literature and life.

The late Professor Todd had many friends among his students here. He is remembered as a gifted and inspiring lecturer and a man to whom one could turn for advice at any time.

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New Zealand


30 December, 1960 (aged ~ 36)
Tasmania, Australia

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