In a memorial service for the Hon Dr Bob Such MP on Sunday 23 November, hosted by Flinders University, the Former Governor and Principal Patron of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, Sir Eric Neal AC CVO FTSE HonFAIB honoured Bob’s commitment and contribution to men’s health in his role as one of the first Patrons of the Centre. Sir Eric said he needed well respected South Australians to take on the role of Patron in 2007 when the Centre was first established in a partnership between the Freemasons Foundation and the University of Adelaide. He said that Dr Such was one of the first people he contacted and that there was no hesitation by Bob in agreeing to take up the role.
Bob’s brother John, spoke of Bob’s childhood, education and his family, political and community life to profile the much admired man that he was. Opposition Leader Stephen Marshall was a number of other dignitaries present who honoured Bob. Mr Marshall stated that he was very keen for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital to have the latest Da Vinci robot for minimally invasive prostate surgery and other procedures, and given Bob’s contribution to men’s health, and in particular his support for prostate cancer research and education given his own diagnosis, he would like to see the robot named in honour of Dr Such.
Premier Jay Weatherill also announced the establishment of 12 Bob Such Memorial Scholarships which will be awarded to first year Flinders University students from the southern suburbs of Adelaide (Bob’ electorate of Fisher) who are experiencing financial hardship. Bob completed his undergraduate and doctorate studies at Flinders University and he remained passionate about education and training, and worked tirelessly to represent and support disadvantaged South Australians throughout his political career.