Honouring the contribution of Robert Maple-Brown

Monday, 6 August 2012  Features

It is with deep regret that the Australian School of Business advises that Robert Maple-Brown, one of our most distinguished Alumni Leaders and a highly valued supporter of the Australian School of Business, passed away suddenly on 5 August 2012.

Mr Maple-Brown established one of Australia's most respected investment management companies, Maple-Brown Abbott. He was a generous philanthropist and supported a range of charities through the Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation.

Mr Maple-Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting from the University of New South Wales in 1965, and has continued a long association with the University since that time. He was a UNSW Foundation director from 1996 to 2007, including his chairmanship from 2004 to 2006, and is a founding member of the ASB Alumni Leaders Network.

Professor Alec Cameron, Dean of the Australian School of Business, said Mr Maple-Brown had made a significant contribution through his involvement with both the UNSW Foundation and the Australian School of Business.

"Mr Maple-Brown was a valued champion and ambassador for the Australian School of Business who gave generously to the University to support a number of initiatives. He gave generously to establish an endowed scholarship for indigenous students as well as a scholarship to support students from rural Australia to study a business degree at UNSW. He was committed to supporting young and talented students and a firm believer in the opportunity for all to access higher education," said Professor Cameron.

Mr Maple-Brown received an honorary degree in business from the University of New South Wales in 2008.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for service to the community through leadership and executive roles with a range of charitable organisations in the areas of the arts, health, welfare, medical research and education, and through philanthropy.

The School offers its deepest sympathy to his wife Susan and family at this sad time.