It is with great sadness that we report that Jeremy Pascoe, Honorary Fellow of the College and Old Collegian (1955-59), passed away yesterday after a long illness. Jeremy died peacefully with his children at his side.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Jeremy’s family and friends.
The College’s flags fly at half-mast in his honour, and in honour of his brother Dr Timothy Pascoe AM (St Mark’s 1957-61, Honorary Fellow), who passed away last week.
Amongst many other contributions to St Mark’s over many years, Jeremy Pascoe created the Jeremy & Timothy Pascoe Scholarship jointly with Timothy in 2011. Together they have provided annual funding for it each year since its creation, and in the last two years have jointly endowed it as one of the College’s largest scholarship endowments, able to provide an annual scholarship in perpetuity. It is a significant scholarship for later-year student leaders.
Jeremy deeply valued many special friendships that arose from his years at St Mark’s, as well as the foundations it gave for his later life. He and Timothy wished to pass on similar opportunities to future students.
Jeremy Lawrence Pascoe was born in Adelaide on 8 May 1936. After education at St Peter’s College, he was a resident student at St Mark’s for five years, from 1955 to 1959, while studying engineering at the University of Adelaide, graduating in civil engineering.
Jeremy Pascoe was very active in College and University life throughout his five years at St Mark’s. There are many friendly references to him in The Lion (the College’s annual record) of those years, from his being the “slickest stage manager” for Variety Evening to his “enthusiastic support” for athletics and scoring his third goal in a football match “on the bell”.
Jeremy represented the College in athletics, squash, hockey, football, and table tennis. He was awarded colours for hockey and athletics. In 1959, he served on the College Club Committee, and was Secretary of Golf and Victualling Officer (the year before, he had served as Buttery Officer).
In the University of Adelaide, he represented the University in intervarsity golf, was President of the Footlights Club in 1957 and 1958, and Assistant Secretary of the Hockey Club. He also undertook service in the Royal Australian Navy in those years.
When he left College in 1959, Jeremy Pascoe wrote to the Master (Bob Lewis): “May I take this opportunity of thanking you for making the college what it is. I think that I will always look on these last five years as the best years of my life, and this to a considerable extent, I feel, is due to your efforts.”
The Master replied: “We have very much enjoyed having you in College and I should like to take this opportunity of thanking you for what you have done here.”
On the creation of the Jeremy & Timothy Pascoe Scholarship in 2011, Jeremy Pascoe wrote: “St Mark’s gave me access to tutorials and close associations with other students studying the same courses, both of which helped my studies. It also gave me the opportunity to mix with students studying other courses. The camaraderie and friendships engendered by college activities such as meals, sport, theatrical productions, etc. meant these years were some of the most enjoyable in my life. Hence my desire to help others have a similar experience.” He did so with great generosity.
Even as recently as last week, after the death of his brother Timothy, Jeremy spoke again with the Head of College, Professor Markwell, about his and Timothy’s gratitude for what St Mark’s had done for them, and Professor Markwell reiterated the College’s deep gratitude for all that Jeremy and Timothy had done for St Mark’s.
As well as for the Jeremy & Timothy Pascoe Scholarship, Jeremy made many donations to the College for other purposes over many years, going back several decades. He took an active and thoughtful interest in College affairs, including corresponding with recipients of the Pascoe Scholarship.
Jeremy Pascoe was recognised as a Governor of the St Mark’s College Foundation, and appointed an Honorary Fellow of the College earlier this year. Reflecting his contributions in another of his areas of keen interest, in 2015, he and his wife Lyndal were both recognised with Awards of Merit by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
May he rest in peace.
For the announcement of Honorary Fellows earlier this year, click here.
For the College’s tribute to Dr Timothy Pascoe AM, click here.