The Canberra Grammar School community will be sadden to hear of the passing of Mr Bruce Fairfax who had recently gone missing in the Tasmanian bush. Despite being a very experienced bushwalker, Bruce became separated from his wife while walking. She raised the alarm when he did not arrive at the agreed meeting place.
Bruce had recently retired as the Deputy Head of Launceston Grammar School. At Canberra Grammar School, he was Head of the English Department from 1983 to 1987, having taught previously at Newington College in Sydney, at Hurtwood House in Kent in the UK, and at The Armidale School. He was also Master in Charge of Orienteering.
On his departure from the School, he was described in The Canberran as a ‘Renaissance Man…Quicksilver movement and mercury mind…Mathematician and literay scholar, orienteer and jogger, devoted teacher and devoted father, debater of national standard and listener of rare quality.’
He left Canberra Grammar School in 1987 to become Director of Studies at Launceston Grammar School.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Louise, and their children, Yelena and Kirsten.