On 30 May 2019, the College community came together to celebrate the eminent contribution of the Hon Lloyd Waddy AM RFD QC to St Paul’s as a Fellow of the College for nearly half a century.
In a speech of welcome, the Warden, Dr Don Markwell, expressed the College’s profound gratitude to Lloyd for his exceptional service on the College Council since 1971. He noted that Mr Waddy had contributed so immensely to College life since his time as a student.
“Lloyd had been a resident student in the College from 1958 to 1961, and was very active in College affairs – for example, as Secretary of the Union Committee in the 1960s – before coming onto Council in 1971. I know and am very grateful that he continues as an active supporter of the College in his retirement from the Council,” said Dr Markwell.
Former Sub-Warden of the College, Dr Andrew Blattman, and College Council member Mr James Bell spoke of ways in which Lloyd shaped so many Paulines past and present, noting the kindness, humour, and generosity of spirit that he brought to the College.
Dr Blattman reflected on how Lloyd Waddy had recruited him to come to St Paul’s as a state school student from Western Sydney, and the great encouragement he gave to so many students of the College.
“The fact that so many people are here tonight – and so many people who have themselves contributed greatly to the life of this College, too many to name individually – is itself testament to the affection, admiration, and appreciation in which Lloyd is held,” Dr Blattman said.
Mr Bell shared some of the anecdotes that marked his friendship with Mr Waddy over many years, as well as some of Lloyd’s achievements in the broader community.
“Lloyd was also a scholarship student at Paul’s and has never stopped giving back to Paul’s,” said Mr Bell.
“But Lloyd’s greatest achievements for our College are not the positions he has held but the endowment he has inspired and, with Robert Albert, created: St Paul’s College Foundation. Over 40 years they together nurtured and built the endowment to over $20m to the point where it is contributing over $500,000.00 per annum towards scholarships and annual maintenance of our heritage buildings.”
Mr Waddy, in working to build the St Paul’s College Foundation, has encouraged so many alumni and friends of the College to contribute to the Foundation, providing an opportunity for many to benefit from living and learning at St Paul’s.
The Warden of the College, Dr Don Markwell, said that the College was also very grateful to Edwina Waddy for sharing in Lloyd’s contribution to the College during his remarkable period of service.
In response, Lloyd Waddy paid a generous tribute to the many people, going back to Warden Felix Arnott and others, who had inspired his commitment to the College, and many people who had themselves contributed to the College over several decades.
The “Thank You” dinner was followed by a special chapel service, both to thank Lloyd and Edwina for their contribution and to mark the Feast of the Ascension.
Speeches given on the evening are available for download here:
Video and photographs from the evening are available below. The College is grateful to student Cole Scott-Curwood for taking photographs on the night.