A special alumni reunion with the Hall family

A special alumni reunion with the Hall family

Illuminate newsletter index page, September 2018
September 2018

Institute scientists with Hall family members
(L-R) Professor Jerry Adams, Ms Eliza Hall, Professor
Suzanne Cory and Mr Edward Hall at the Institute’s
alumni reunion in London.

In July, 25 guests from five countries attended our London alumni reunion.

Alumni were thrilled to meet with special guests Edward and Eliza Hall, relatives of the Institute’s founding donors, Walter and Eliza Hall. Edward’s great grandfather and Eliza’s great great grandfather was Thomas Hall, Walter Hall’s brother.

The London event was the Institute’s second international reunion for 2018. The event was hosted by Professor Suzanne Cory and Professor Jerry Adams, and championed by alumni Dr Fiona Angrisano and Dr Jesse Toe.

Forging relationships into the future

A key to the reunion’s success was circulating bios prior to the event, which facilitated meaningful interactions.

Alumni relations manager Dr Erika Cretney said the Institute’s international reunions were a fantastic opportunity for reconnecting past colleagues, socialising and networking.

“It was great to hear that our guests enjoyed the warm family feel of the reunion, with alumni of all ages, at different stages of their careers, in attendance,” she said.

In a special note to the Institute following the event, Edward Hall noted that he and Eliza very much enjoyed meeting the alumni and were impressed with what they learned about the exceptional standard of research at the Institute.

“Both Eliza and I very much enjoyed meeting Suzanne and Jerry, along with alumni from the Institute.

“We are very keen to build on a relationship that has been reignited following this most enjoyable event,” Mr Hall said.

Next up for Melbourne alumni

On the Horizon: An ‘Alumni in Industry’ event is being planned for November 2018.

To join the alumni network, find out about upcoming activities or update your details, phone 03 9345 2184 or email alumni@wehi.edu.au.

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