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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2011
31 NOVEMBER 2011 obituary geoffrey Douglas ROBinSOn 28 October 1930–7 September 2011 Geoffrey Douglas Robinson, former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), passed away peacefully on 7 September 2011 following a long illness. Geoff had a long and extremely close association with the Australian Dental Association (Federal) and all the State Branches. He was a friend of both employees and Executive members. In his role with the ADIA he was the overseer of many ADA Congress and ADIA-run exhibitions, working hand-in-hand with both Associations. In recognition of his great personal effort over many years in fostering close relations between the ADA and the ADIA, especially in the organisation of trade exhibitions and his assistance to the dental profession, he was presented with the ADA Inc. ‘Order of Merit’ in March 1993. He was also awarded Honorary Membership of the ADA NSW Branch. In addition to the day-to-day running of the ADIA, Geoff was involved with the ADA as a member of the then Therapeutics Instruments Materials and Equipment (TIME) Committee. From 1993 until 2006 he also served as a Director on the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF). He was passionate in obtaining critical advertising for the yearly dental appointment books and their subsequent sale and distribution to dental practices. Proceeds from the appointment books provided vital support for dental research projects funded by the ADRF. He initiated this important task in the early 1980s which was certainly his ‘baby’. For many years he also presented practice management courses to final year dental undergraduate students at the University of Sydney. Born on 28 October 1930, Geoff joined the dental supply business direct from school and worked for Sydney-based companies, namely Commonwealth Dental, FH Faulding, Martin Halas and their retail sector group, Harcourt Neil for many decades. His involvement with the ADIA began in 1984 when he became State Secretary of the NSW Branch (ADIA), a position he held until 1986. In 1989, he was appointed as the first paid, part-time Executive Secretary of the ADIA. He retired as Chief Executive Officer and a full-time employee in October 2000. Geoff brought many years of experience into all his roles and there weren’t too many people in the Australian dental industry and profession that he didn’t know or industry issues that he wasn’t familiar with. Geoff will be greatly missed by all who knew him, particularly those involved in the dental world. On behalf of the ADA, ADIA and their respective members, deepest sympathy is expressed to his wife, Elaine and sons, Ian, Neil and Paul and their families. Ian Crawford
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