Ian Durajczyk 29/7/58 to 17/8/04, the Branch Vice Chair for almost 12 years and the Group Secretary
at Dundee University, where until March 2004 when Gerry Brady retired he had been the Chairman. Ian's
sudden death on Tuesday 17th August shocked all who knew him. He had a strong personality but was
outwardly friendly to all who met him whether technician, academic or student. His sense of humour
allowed him the ability to discipline others in a very acceptable manner. The work he did on behalf of
Amicus and the technicians at Dundee will remain for many years to come and the departments agreement
to name the new laboratory which he designed and brought to fruition will keep his hopes and aspirations
alive for even longer. He was a hard working and loyal colleague who will be difficult to replace both at Amicus and university level.
Derek Brook a former member who worked in the Psychology Department at St.Andrews University died
this week following a short illness. Around 12 years ago he left to start a new life in the Dominican Republic where he settled, following his marriage to a local lass he had met on holiday.
Sorry to advise the sudden death of Mike McLaughlan, no great details are known at this stage but I would
have thought Mike was probably only in his late thirties if that. He was the Branch Secretary at Glasgow Caledonian and our main person in Scotland dealing with the Scottish Union Learning Fund courses (SULF)
as well as one of our members on the National Advisory Committee for University Technicians.
I regret to advise of the sudden death of Campbell Reid in late December. Campbell was an active member
of ASTMS in the 1970's involved in the then Divisional Council, when he left to become a full-time official
with ASTMS he was its Vice Chairman. It was Campbell who was the first officer to be based in the new
Aberdeen Office. A few years after the amalgamation of ASTMS & TASS Campbell moved south to become
an advisor/consultant in Industrial Relations. Many of the newer faces will not recall Campbell, but I am
sure quite those who did know him found him to be a very hard worker in helping find solutions to the
many problems posed by the ant-trade union legislation in the 70's and 80's.