ECU Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman joined mourners at a private funeral at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park yesterday for the university’s nursing lecturer Doreen Collyer, tragically killed in a shark attack off Mindarie.
He said he had been shocked to receive an email informing him of her death when he was in the UK.
“Just a few weeks before I had been at the nursing awards dinner and Doreen was there,” Professor Chapman said on Tuesday.
“She was a lovely lady. She emigrated from the UK and had been in Australia about five years. Of course we would have a bit of a jibe about the UK and being in Australia.
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“Obviously the nursing staff were devastated. She had essentially run the post graduate side. She was quite an important person in the senior team.
“So a huge loss to the university. Not just a loss because she was a good professional but because her personality was good and the students loved her.”
ECU students and colleagues of Mrs Collyer were invited to attend the funeral and an event to celebrate her life. Her family requested donations to Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue.