Dear Colleagues and Friends:
I write with the sad news that Emeritus Professor Ken Jubb passed away peacefully in Werribee on February 27th after a relatively short illness.
Professor Jubb influenced many of us, and in many ways and over the coming weeks and months we will have the opportunity to reflect on this influence. I will be writing in the near future with details of a memorial service to be held by the Faculty in his honour.
Professor Kenneth Vincent Finlayson Jubb (BVSc Syd. PhD C'nell Hon.DVSc Murdoch Hon.DSc U.P.M. (Ag. U.Malaysia) MVSc FACVSc) graduated from the University of Sydney in 1951 and embarked on a career directed to veterinary pathology. He was honoured in many ways, including by being awarded the Gilruth Medal by the Australian Veterinary Association and a Medal of the Order of Australia. His many contributions to the veterinary profession, the University of Melbourne and the Werribee community included serving as Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne, 1969-1990; Professor of Veterinary Pathology, University of Melbourne 1963-1990; and Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne, 1991-2013.
Professor Jubb was an author and editor, with Peter Kennedy of the University of California, of Editions 1, 2, and with Nigel Palmer for Editions 3 and 4 of “Pathology of Domestic Animals”, which was renamed “Jubb and Kennedy and Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals” for the 5th (2007) edition edited by Dr. Grant Maxie. Professor Jubb contributed to the development of the 6th edition, including authoring, with Dr. Andrew Stent, the chapter on diseases of the pancreas.
During his long career, Professor Jubb was active in administration of the University of Melbourne, including as a representative of the Professors of the University on the University Council, 1974-1980 (in various capacities), Vice-Chairman of the Academic Board 1977 and 1978, Chairman of the Academic Board 1979 and 1980, Pro-vice Chancellor and later Assistant Vice Chancellor (Special Projects) 1977-1980 with responsibility for triennial submissions to the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission, evaluation of all academic activities within the University, and plans for restructuring the University’s composition of Faculties and Schools. He was Chairman of numerous University Committees including: General University Costs, Central Budgets, Staff, Staff Numbers, Equipment, and Computing Policy.
Professor Jubb was a member of the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board of Victoria for over 2 decades, completing his term on the Board as Chair in 1990.
Outside the University, Professor Jubb was a passionate supporter of Werribee and the City of Wyndham. He served on numerous local committees, including the Biotechnology Precinct that oversaw development of the initial stages of a biotechnology park at Hoppers Crossing. Professor Jubb served as a Governor, chairman and member of the Executive of the Ian Clunies Ross National Science foundation and was a Fellow and Councillor of the Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering (FTS). He was a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (FACVSC).
Professor Jubb was instrumental in the establishment of the Veterinary School at Murdoch University and was awarded an honorary DVSc from Murdoch in 1980 in recognition of this work.
Internationally, Professor Jubb was instrumental in the establishment of the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Putra Malaysia. His contributions were noted in the establishment of the Howell-Jubb Prize at the University, and his award of the honorary DSc by that University.
After his retirement from the University in 1990, Emeritus Professor Jubb had no formal responsibilities in the Faculty. However, he continued to attend his office in the Faculty at Werribee on a daily basis where he was an active and integral part of the veterinary pathology post-graduate training program. He conducted daily histopathology slide reading sessions with the tutors and other staff, was frequently consulted (daily) by clinical staff on interpretation of biopsy and post mortem results, and provided informal leadership in journal clubs. He led, and did so since his retirement, regular Thursday morning histopathology slide reading sessions attended by pathologists from throughout Victoria. For many years, he also led a Thursday afternoon session on pathology of the eye which was attended by veterinarians and human ophthalmologists. These activities were well above those expected of an Emeritus Professor.
On behalf of the faculty I have conveyed condolences to Mrs.Trudi Jubb and the family and expressed my sympathy on the passing of their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
The family has requested that flowers not be sent.