It is with great sadness that the Ruyton community
notes the passing of the following Old Ruytonians:
(Hand ’40) passed away in April
last year. Margaret always had a love of and strong
connection with Ruyton and visited Miss Daniell
when she was in a nursing home, getting one of her
daughters to play the violin for her.
(Macdonald ‘38) passed away last year.
Heather was an Old Ruytonian for 76 years. She served
as Treasurer of the ORA for 17 years and was an
Honorary Old Ruytonian. She had a long history with
the School and lived at 86 Wellington Street, Kew, the
site of the Junior School. After fire destroyed much of
the School, the Macdonald’s dining room became Miss
(Briggs ’41) 1924–2014 died peacefully
We have received the sad news that
died recently. Mary was a Bromby girl
and left Ruyton in Year 11.
(’65) passed away in September
away on 4 September 2014.
Joan attended Little
Ruyton and Ruyton. In her
final year she was Captain
of Lascelles House and a
Prefect. After a short
career as a secretary, Joan
training at the Alfred
Hospital and followed this
with a year of midwifery
training at the Queen Victoria Hospital. Joan nursed in
many hospitals in Victoria, Queensland and in the UK,
inner city and regional, before spending 22 years at
the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She was the
Sister in charge of the Infectious Ward and occasionally
Joan’s four nieces,
(’76) all attended Ruyton, along
with her great niece,
Joan was a role model for her nieces and their friends,
a full time career woman in an era when this was a
rarity. Joan retired from nursing at the age of 60 and
had a very active retirement. She attended the Golden
Girls Ruyton reunion in 2013. She maintained lifelong
friendships with several school friends.
Lauren Elizabeth Cutler (’07)
1989 – 2015
‘According to the law of the conservation
of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just
You want a physicist to speak at your funeral.
Recently, the class of ’07 lost one of its own. Lauren
Cutler passed away following a stroke while
travelling in Bali. Lauren was a loving daughter to
Bill and Sue, sister to Julia and friend to many. This
loss has changed the lives of so many people
around her who loved her dearly. Lauren started at
Ruyton in Year 5 and graduated in the class of
2007. During her time at Ruyton, Lauren excelled
academically, showing a particular aptitude for
maths, science and art.
However, this is not why her passing has had such
a devastating affect. Lauren was one of those
people we all envied – we wanted to be her, or
around her, or to follow her. Lauren set her own
pace in life and truly followed her heart and her
passion. She made her own fun and was
completely indifferent to whether people liked
what she was doing or not.
Since completing Year 12 Lauren did not stop
exploring the world. She took every opportunity
that life gave her, especially if it involved an
overseas adventure. She travelled in Europe, India,
Asia and South America. Her photos are something
that coffee-table books are made of and enough
to make you jealous. When she wasn’t on an
adventure, she was enjoying life in Melbourne.
Lauren created her own crafts, such as macramé,
to sell through her business, River Clancy. She was
also a social butterfly, thriving in the company of
friends – new or old. Lauren was someone who
danced to the beat of her own drum and who lived
life to the full. In her brief 25 years on this earth,
she managed to experience more than most would
in a lifetime. Her family has urged us to take this
lesson from Lauren’s short life: life is too short and
too unpredictable not to live it right now.
Lauren, Loz, Cutler, Cutters – you will be so dearly
missed, even though you are still here, just
We love you – fly free.
Professor Anna Craft (’78) 1961 – 2014
Professor Anna Craft, who was at Ruyton, along with her sister, Naomi in 1974 and 1975,
has sadly died from cancer, aged 52. Anna greatly enjoyed her two years at Ruyton, and found
its educational approach engaging and stimulating. She went to Cambridge University in the
UK, and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and an MA at London University.
She was a successful primary school teacher in London, became an educational researcher,
joined the UK’s Open University in 1991, and in due course was appointed to a Professorship
in Education there, combining that with a Professorship at the University of Exeter. She also
became a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in the USA.
Anna argued that a problem-solving, ‘possibility thinking’ capacity is now a fundamental requirement in modern
living, and that today’s complex and fast-changing world requires creative abilities which need to be cultivated from
the earliest years. She presented her ideas in over 100 books, book chapters and journal papers, and became an
internationally recognised and highly respected leader in the study of creativity in education.
Harvard’s Professor Howard Gardner has written that Anna
‘was one of those rare individuals whom it was always
fun to be with, to learn from, and to be inspired by ... she was the epitome of life and high spirits’.
She is survived by her husband, Simon, and their teenage children, Hugo and Ella.
The Ruyton spirit lives on – passed from mother to daughter.
Old Ruytonians whose daughters were
in the class of 2014 are:
L to R:Caitlin Riva (Miller ’80) and
Sophie Riva (absent),Sarah Kanat
and Robin Kanat (Bate ’80),Alexandra
Buckley and Janette Buckley (King ’76),
Jennifer and Arna Andrews (Wright ‘79)