Vale messages May/June 2024

Flinders University is mourning the loss of four members of the University community, each leaving a lasting legacy in their respective fields. Read below the impact each has had on our history over the years.


Dr Barry Boettcher AM – esteemed academic and Flinders University Football Club legend

Dr Boettcher, called by all at Flinders ‘The Doc’, was an integral part of the formation of Flinders University Football Club. Professionally, Dr Boettcher was an Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences, who went on to become an expert witness in many legal cases. He is survived by his wife, Moira, sons Karl, Todd and Craig, daughter Kristine, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Read more


Professor Don DeBats – Founding Director of the Jeff Bleich Centre

It is with great sadness that Flinders University acknowledges the recent passing of Emeritus Professor Don DeBats, who made an extraordinary contribution to Flinders University over more than five decades predominantly as a Professor of American Studies. Read more


Professor Lyndall Ryan AM – pioneering feminist scholar, teacher and friend

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of Foundation Head of Women’s Studies at Flinders University, Professor Lyndall Ryan AM FAHA. Emeritus Professor Susan Sheridan remembers her colleague and friend, and shines a light on the important legacy she has left behind. Read more


Helen Tiller (right) with American voice training specialist Jo Estill.

Helen Tiller – a legendary voice teacher

Flinders University Drama Centre staff and alumni, along with the South Australian acting and singing communities, are mourning the death of legendary voice teacher Helen Tiller. Drama Centre Manager and Flinders Directing graduate Dr Christopher Hurrell remembers the legendary teacher who served as mentor, friend and confidant to many. Read more

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