A new Dean of Medicine
One former student enthused that ‘anatomy came alive at Monash’ under the instruction of Foundation Professor of Anatomy Graeme Schofield. Born in New Zealand in 1924, he attended medical school at the University of Otago. After toying with the idea of becoming a surgeon, he became fascinated by medical research, and spent two years at Oxford to complete his doctorate. After a stint as a lecturer back at Otago, Schofield was appointed as Foundation Professor of Anatomy at Monash in 1961.
He became well known for his innovative and engaging lecturing style. His students learnt anatomy in a dissection room decorated with a mural of Michelangelo’s David. He was key in helping to establish the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Following his retirement in 1988, he was made an Emeritus Professor and chaired the University’s Ethics Committee from 1989 to 1996.
In 1981, Schofield was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to medicine. He died in 2010 of respiratory failure.