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Rod Crook : An appreciation by Brian Cook
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I’ve had an e-mail from Rod’s wife, Annabel, telling me that he died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, October 27th.

Rod entered PGS in Form 1 in January 1942 and left from UVIM in 1951. He was accepted in Sandhurst and had a brief spell in the army. After this, he obtained a BA from Leeds University and then a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from Princeton University in New Jersey. His next move was to Canada where he had several academic posts becoming a full Professor in his mid 30s. He worked as a Visiting Fellow in the Australian National University in Canberra in the 1960s and again in the early 1970s when he was invited to apply for the Foundation Chair in the University of Tasmania. He remained in Hobart for the rest of his career. Some years after retirement, he moved to Melbourne to a more manageable house.

Aside from his academic career he amassed a fine collection of clocks and watches many of them relating to watch making in Prescot. He was an outstanding authority on this industry which was so important in developing the town’s prosperity. This expertise reflected his academic interests in economic history.

 
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Rod Crook. centre in the grey jacket, at the 1992 Reunion
 
He made many contributions to the Prescotian Archives of the 1940s and 50s some of them jointly with me. In spite of his location in the southern hemisphere he attended two reunion dinners, first in 1990 and again in 1992, while he was on sabbatical leave at the University of Stirling. On that occasion, he was invited to reply to the toast to the guests. That speech defines his philosophical views and can be accessed by clicking here >>>>>

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