Bequest to benefit student research December 9, 2013 Mr Robert Keith Hammond A retired Western Australian farmer has bequeathed nearly $1 million to fund research at Murdoch University. Mr Robert Keith Hammond, affectionately known as Bob, passed away in January 2012 at the age of 75. “This is the largest single bequest the University has received, and is a fine example of how one person’s gift can make a real difference to so many people,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott. The funds will be used to support ‘research into mutually advantageous or mutually exploitative relationships between humans and other species of animal’. Born into a farming family, Mr Hammond spent his youth in regional Western Australia, going to school in Beacon, Bencubbin, Esperance and Mount Helena before finishing his education at the WA College of Agriculture in Narrogin. At the age of 18, he was granted a licence to agist sheep on crown land, later establishing his own farm north-west of Beacon. In his later years, Mr Hammond enjoyed a quiet life in the Perth suburb of Guildford. He was known for his love of reading and passion for learning. During his lifetime, Mr Hammond contributed nearly $350,000 for a number of ‘studentships’ to fund research projects undertaken by students. Dr Hugh Finn, Mr Hammond's sisters Bev Riley and Marion Hayman with Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott. Murdoch University researcher Dr Hugh Finn received one of these studentships during his PhD studies. The funds were used to investigate the conservation biology of bottlenose dolphins in Perth metropolitan waters. In his 2005 thesis, Dr Finn expressed special thanks to Bob Hammond ‘for his generous support and interest in the research.’ In addition to being generous with his money, Mr Hammond was also generous with his time. He volunteered for the Swan Guildford Historical Society, was an active birdwatcher and conservationist, and supported several environmental groups. Mr Hammond’s bequest will be used to establish the Robert Hammond Scholarship and the Robert Hammond Research Grant. To learn more about leaving a gift to Murdoch University in your will, click here or call Kristin Mannix, Development and Planned Giving Officer, on (08) 9360 7294. Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Domestic students, Research, Schools, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: bequest, bob hammond, hugh finn, kristin mannix, murdoch university, richard higgott, robert hammond, swan guildford historical society, wa college of agriculture Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!