It is with great sadness that the club reports on the death of Past Commodore Hugh Rutter who passed away Friday, 27 June. As Commodore from 2001 to 2004 Hugh put in an enormous amount of work to ensure that construction of both the Ferguson Street Pier and the re-establishment of the HBYC berths occurred with as little disruption to the club as was possible. Hugh represented the club at all the major functions around the bay and was a fine leader for the club.
Hugh was also an active member of the club, both on and off the water, and took a great deal of interest in the future plans of the development of the club. He was an inaugural member of the first Strategic Planning Group 2007. Hugh has been a member for 22 years and as the proud owner of 'The Alchemist' won many club trophies and was always out there to win.
Hugh was a Geophysicist who graduated in geology from Durham University (1963) and later completed an MSc in geophysics at London University and a D.I.C. at Imperial College, London. His working experience extended throughout Australia and overseas to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, New Zealand, Mexico, Chile and Ghana and Yukon Territory, Canada. Hugh worked with BHP, Western Mining and the CSIRO to name a few. He was also a lecturer at Monash University, University of Ballarat and the University of Melbourne.
Hugh's warm and charismatic manner endeared him to many of us which included his wicked wit and cheeky grin. He will be sadly missed.
Deepest Sympathy to Anthea and family.