The University community is mourning the death on 19 November of Deputy Chancellor Margaret Trask. The Chancellor Sir Gerard Brennan said the University had lost a wonderful friend. "Those who knew her, and they are many throughout the University, have lost a friend who commanded their admiration and deep affection," he said.
"Even in illness she continued to give her time and wise counsel in service of the University. Generations of students as well as the staff of the University have had the advantage of her unassuming work."
In the 1970s, she established the School of Library and Information Studies at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education, an antecedent institution of UTS. Renowned nationally for her innovative leadership in the fields of librarianship and information sciences, Margaret Trask served as President of the Library Association of Australia when the profession was striving to exploit emerging information technologies.
In the latter phase of her career, she helped to initiate the Australian Information Management Association (AIMA), a trailblazer in continuing education for the library profession; and became Executive Director of AIMA Training & Consultancy Services. "In the eight years Margaret served as a member of the UTS Council, she made a major contribution to the work and life of the University," Sir Gerard said. "Recently she provided great guidance to the Council and University as a whole on issues of good University governance. Margaret will be missed by all of us."