The ANU friend I'll never forget. Photo by Stuart Hay.

ANU students and staff often make friends for life on the University's campus. Photo by Stuart Hay.

The ANU friend I’ll never forget

Friendships come and go but some people make indelible marks on your life. We asked some ANU alumni who their favourite on campus friends were.

"My grandfather has been at ANU for 55 years or so and became an Emeritus Professor in the last couple of years.

I was highly influenced by my grandfather's ideas.

I grew up with them and I come from a fairly 'environmental' family, definitely an academic one, at least on my mother's side.

So it was pretty natural for me to go to the Fenner School [of Environment and Society] to study."

Karina Bontes Forward, B Asia-PacStud '14


"When I was seven years old, a lady called Judith Clingan visited my school and offered music lessons.

At that time, I certainly did not know the impact she would have on my life.

Her approach was very wholesome, from her musical choices down to the hand-stitched felt musical staves our parents had to sew for us. Years later, as a professional musician, I know her well and have worked with her across Canberra, including at ANU. 

I am so grateful for her inspiration and the offering of great music I had at such an early stage. I was unaware that what I had received was unique and consider myself extremely lucky."

Sally Walker, CPrepMusic '92


"My best friend is my partner, Tony. He's kind, loving and caring.

We met at Garran Hall when we were both boarding.

He's still an inspiration to me all these years later. We respect each other's independence within our relationship, even though we now live and work together."

Michael McMahon, LLB '82