We are honoured to be naming the Cabrini Emergency Department. It is a testimony and legacy to Alan Selwyn.
We are very proud that Alan’s legacy will be part of the new, expanded Emergency Department located in the Gandel Wing of the hospital, building on a tradition of world-class, specialist medical care.
Alan was a man who was gracious and humble, kind and had a heart of gold. He considered himself blessed in every way. He adored his wife Ada for each and every day of their 66 years of marriage and treasured his daughter.
Alan attended The University of Leeds, where he studied textile engineering. As a businessman and multi-linguist, Alan pioneered Australian-Japanese economic ties, was a founding member of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce and was twice a delegate to the International Economic Conference.
He had a long history of philanthropic endeavours and supported hospitals, universities, medical research, museums and the arts, including as a patron of the Melbourne Arts Centre. He was a governor of Tel Aviv University, by which he was also bestowed an Honorary Fellowship. He and Ada also established a Chair in Clinical Infertility Research and Molecular Medicine. In his spare time he was a keen bridge player and twice represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games as captain of the bridge team.
To know Alan was to realise he was a great man, an optimist who lived life to the fullest, a man of integrity and respected by all. He is missed more than we can say.
- Ada and Eva Selwyn