We are deeply saddened by the death on 8th April 2017 of one of the Institute’s great benefactors, Euan John Dalrymple Crone.
A long-term member of AIIA Victoria, and a recent appointee to the Council at the 2016 AGM, Euan supported the Institute generously for many years.
With a background in journalism, and as an accredited Chinese-English translator Euan Crone had a longstanding interest in Australia’s relations with Asia and the rest of the world. He was formerly Manager, North Asia for Radio Australia from 1990-1997, with responsibility for Chinese language programs to China and South-East Asia.
In 2013, having participated in the AIIA VIC Study Tour of Myanmar, Euan decided to establish a charitable endowment fund giving grants up to $5,000 per person to deepen awareness of Asia among young Australians. Since then, 16 young Australians have benefitted from the Euan Crone Asian Awareness Scholarship, travelling to countries as diverse as Indonesia, Taiwan, Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
According to AIIA National Vice President Zara Kimpton OAM, “We will all miss him both as a friend and as a wonderful and generous supporter of the AIIA and mentor to so many of our young members.”
A service celebrating the life of Euan Crone was held on Tuesday 18th April, and attended by representatives from both AIIA Victoria and National Office.