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In Memory

David Irvine

David was an exchange student from Australia.  A number of our classmates remained friends with him all these years.  David was a very accomplished citizen of Australia. He was their ambassador to China for several years.  Please read his profile.  (A side note: we shared the exact same birthday)

From his profile:

After leaving Havertown in 1965, I returned to Western Australia, completed an Arts degree and then joined the Australian Foreign Service in 1970. I served overseas in Italy, Indonesia (twice), Hong Kong, China (twice) and Papua new Guinea. I was Australian High Commissioner in Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to China from 2000-2003. During those latter China years, I was also Ambassador the North Korea and to Mongolia. I headed the Australian Secret Intelligence Service from 2003-2009 and was Director-General of Security in charge of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation from 2009 until my retirement in September 2014.

My wife, Robin, and I live in Canberra, Australia, but have been able to visit the United States frequently with my work and hope to do so in a more leisurely fashion now that I have retired.

 
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04/01/22 08:57 AM #1    

Tim Milligan

David and I shared my home for 4 months and became very good friends years ago I was in Sidney for a convention and asked David to meet me for lunch. He said instead of meeting for lunch, why not come over to his house in Canberra. We spent five days getting to know each other again. It was the highlight of my trip to Australia evening during our stay we were invited to a party with many of David's secret service friends. All i can divulge is it was a spooky evening. Lots of stories about who the bad guys are in the world. The number one country to watch out for was China. That's probably still true today will be missed. I am very proud to have called him friend. My condolences to Robin and the family.


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