Vale- Robert Tracy (Bob) Jones
|Macquarie Island||1992||Winter OIC|
It is with a great deal of sadness that I must inform you of the death of Robert Tracy (Bob) Jones, who passed away on Friday 5 July after a long illness.
Bob was an outstanding Antarctic expeditioner who made a major contribution to the Australian Antarctic Program over a period of more than two decades. He initially made three trips to Heard Island as a biologist, after which he served as a Station Leader on seven occasions between 1992 and 2012. He served at all four stations: most recently at Mawson in the winter of 2012, when the position became unexpectedly vacant in the week before the ship departed for the station, and Bob did us an enormous favour by agreeing to take over the role with only a few days to prepare himself.
Bob was awarded an Australian Antarctic Medal in 1996, in recognition of his work both as a biologist and as a Station Leader.
Bob passed away peacefully at his home in Bendigo with his family around him, proud to the end of his achievements in Antarctica, which he considered to be his life’s work. And rightly so.
He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.
Email received from Rob Wooding 13 July 2019