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In Memoriam - Malcolm Cameron

Malcolm Leitch Cameron, Chancellor 1994-1999

Lincoln University records with sadness the sudden death of former Chancellor Malcolm Leitch Cameron at Waikanae on 6 August 2013, aged 84. His funeral was 13 August at Waikanae.

Mr Cameron was Chancellor of Lincoln University from 1994 to 1999 and a member of Lincoln University/College Council for over 20 years. He served as the University's Pro-Chancellor immediately before becoming Chancellor.

Born in Timaru, Malcolm Cameron attended Timaru Boys' High School where he was both a prefect and Pipe Major of the school's pipe band. His association with Lincoln University began in 1948 as a Bachelor of Agricultural Science student and he graduated in 1951.

He returned to South Canterbury after graduation and began work with the Department of Agriculture. In 1977, after holding a range of significant positions throughout New Zealand, he was appointed Director-General of Agriculture and Fisheries. He retired as Director-General in 1988 and in 1989 received a CMG in the Royal Honours List for services to agriculture.His contributions to agriculture were also recognised by the award of a Fellowship of the NZ Institute of Agricultural Science and, in 1983, he received Lincoln University's prestigious Bledisloe Medal for distinguished services advancing New Zealand's interests.

During his time as Chancellor of Lincoln University, the University's policy of internationalisation involved him in annual visits to South East Asia and he presided at several international graduation ceremonies and degree conferments in the region. Lincoln University was the first New Zealand University to hold a graduation ceremony off-shore. As Chancellor, Malcolm Cameron actively promoted Lincoln University's association with Asia and international education.

Mr Cameron was pre-deceased by his wife Mary, and is survived by daughters Jane, Sheena and Sarah and son Bob.