Lincoln College, one of the University of Adelaide’s affiliated residential colleges, will honour one of its very great Alumni, Datuk Dr Samuel C E Abraham (Alumnus 54-58), in renaming the newly refurbished Annexe Building to Abraham House at an event this Saturday.
Graduating from Medicine at the University of Adelaide in the late 50s Sam returned to Malaysia to become a most respected practitioner of Paediatrics both overseas and in Australia. Making the decision to work in the public sector rather than in private health practices Dr Abraham chose to positively impact the poorly resourced area of paediatrics in his home country of Malaysia. Going on to set up and champion such places as the Johor Baru Spastic Centre and the Sentul Project, Sam’s hard work and commitment did not go unnoticed, receiving awards in Malyasia, India, Australia, and beyond.
When community members heard of Sam’s death “they wanted to know if we would approve a plaque about Sam on the Annexe building” says Bec Pannell, Principal of Lincoln College. “Well, we thought, why stop at a plaque”. Lincoln College will be holding the official posthumous dedication of this building on Saturday, renaming it Abraham House after the much accomplished and well loved Alumnus who as a young Malaysian university student cooked curries on its verandah. It is only fitting that its the building in which Sam Abraham made genuine life-long friends.
“Renaming the Annexe building Abraham House is an important step for our current and future students” said Pannell. “Endowing it with respect for what human beings can do for others, it says to our residents that you too can be great, you too can make a difference, and when you make a difference like Sam, you change lives, you touch people and you inspire others to greatness.”
Lincolnites and community members from Malaysia and interstate will be celebrating the official dedication of Abraham House this Saturday 4th April, 10am-1pm. Professor Basil Hetzel will dedicate the building in Sam’s honour. Basil was Sam’s tutor in medicine and was a member of the Lincoln College Council; a great man in his own right.
Learn more about Sam from the University of Adelaide’s publication the Adelaidean online at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/adelaidean/issues/23221/news23255.html
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Abraham House Dedication
10am to 1pm, Saturday 4th April 2009
45 Brougham Place
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