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research fellowship at the ANU. He was the foundation Professor of Politics at Macquarie University in the 1970s and returned to the ANU in 1980 as Professor of Political Science.
He was highly influential in the evolution of national policies for research and higher education in Australia from the mid-1980s, as the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Research Grants Committee, and as a member of the Australian Science and Technology Council, and Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. He was also Chair of the National Capital Authority and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998.
Don was also a prolific author of non-fiction books and essays, fiction novels, media articles and a widely-read blog which he was still contributing to until late last year, including a series of heartbreaking reflections on ageing, loss and dementia as he watched his beloved wife Beverley live with dementia and pass away early last year.
To every end, Don was articulate, he was inspiring, and generous with his time and with his ideas. He was a truly great Canberran whose legacy will be felt both in the ACT and indeed in the nation for a very long time to come.
Question resolved in the affirmative.