Tom you were a paragon of a man, a giant on whose shoulders we now stand.
Energy, passion, resilience, vision, persistence, so many values we all aspire to.. A founding father of our College, you started the journey on which we continue.
It was Douglas Adams who coined the phrase “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Emergency Medicine has evolved significantly since the birth of our College in 1982, with you at the helm, accepted as a stand-alone, independent specialty in 1993, with 67 founding Fellows, having been once labelled “a Holden speciality, not a Rolls Royce”, by a Plastic Surgeon. One might discuss what vehicle analogy might be made now; something fast, adaptable, still rapidly developing, - perhaps the Tesla of Medicine, not perfect, but cool, innovative and looking to save the planet.
Thanks for your contributions, your leadership.
Our thoughts and condolences with your family who will now be celebrating your wonderful life.
Vale Tam Hamilton
ACEM President 2019-2021
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