Staff and students in the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Department of Infrastructure Engineering have been saddened at the recent passing of alumnus and staff member John Styles, who was a well loved and respected teacher and colleague for more than three decades.
We send our sympathy and condolences to his family and friends, and offer our thanks to Dr Sam Yuen from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering for contributing the following words of reflection:
John Styles passed away on Monday 27 October after a courageous battle with illness.
John completed a BE (Civil) in 1966 and MEngSc in 1971 at the University of Melbourne. He spent most of his career working at the same university by commencing as a Lecturer in Soil Mechanics at the Department of Civil Engineering in June 1976.
He was later appointed by the Faculty of Engineering as the Director of First Year Studies from 1980 to 1982. In July 1987, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer. John was subsequently appointed as the Deputy Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering between 1997 and 2001; during this period he acted as Head of Department on a number of occasions. He was later appointed as the Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Studies) from 2004 to 2005 and was also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
John was a true gentleman, well loved and respected by his colleagues for his affection and generosity. He was gifted with an exceptional ability in communicating with students, which made him a caring and popular teacher.
John retired on 31 December 2007 and still participated actively as an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Department until his recent illness.
He is survived by his daughter, Carla.