New Frank Larkins portrait unveiled at International House

April 16 / 180

Photo courtesy International House
Photo courtesy International House

A new portrait of former University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins has been unveiled at International House to honour Professor Larkins’ service to the College.

The portrait, painted by leading Australian artist Robert Hannaford, was unveiled in front of family, friends, former colleagues and many members of the International House and University of Melbourne community.

Professor Larkins is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University, and part of this role entailed being the Vice-Chancellor’s nominee to sit on the International House Council. Professor Larkins’ second stint on the Council began in 1991, and he later succeeded Peter Bobeff in 2009 as Chairman. He retired from his position as Chair of the International House Council at the end of 2015. Vi Peterson is now College Chair of Council.

Professor Larkins began his connection with International House over 50 years ago as a chemistry tutor in 1962. He stayed for four and a half years, before relocating to Oxford University in 1966 to complete a Diploma of Advanced Mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar. He spent time in America before returning to Australia to take up a position at Monash University. 

Reflecting on his time at International House over the years, Professor Larkins said he had detected a genuine delight among residents of being a part of the International House community. 

“Our students seem to me to be thrilled to have made the decision to come here. Students have always been united in the vision of making the world a better place.”

International House is a residential college wholly owned by the University of Melbourne. It brings together 350 undergraduate and graduate students from Australia and overseas, in a community that is committed to multicultural understanding, academic success and personal development.

More photos from the portrait unveiling can be viewed on the International House Facebook page.

Story by Marnie-Anne Snow

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