Eric Isaachsen (1964-68) was Captain of School, a member of the Sports Council and a Cadet Under-officer. He received Colours for swimming, life saving and hockey and won the Guy Ward and the CP & AE Williams trophy for athletics. As a student, he gave his all to his School.
The University of WA was to witness the same level of dedicated commitment and involvement as Eric also threw himself into university life. He graduated as a doctor and went on to open his own medical practice in Scarborough where he worked until retirement in 2008.
In fact, Eric found time throughout his life to involve himself in an inordinate number of voluntary community pursuits. It is his commitment to his School, however which continues until this day – and explains in part the reason why he is this year’s recipient of the Bishop Hale Medal: awarded to an Old Haleian who displays unselfish and voluntary devotion to duty.
Eric has been an integral part of the three main bodies which drive support for the School. He was on the Board of Governors from1995-03 and Chairman from 1998-02. He was an OHA Committee member from 1991 to 2015 and President in 1994/95 and 2010 - and still maintains a high level of interest in its progress - and he has been a member of the Hale School Foundation since its inception in 1988 and Chairman from 2006-12.
Eric has been a great leader. He understood when and how to implement change when required, has overseen much of the capital works carried out around the campus and been a great source of counsel to past Headmasters and Board members. He has had a lifetime of contribution to Hale School and the wider Hale community and is often referred to as Mr Hale!
Some would say Eric’s commitment to Hale School is legendary and that he is largely responsible for the way it operates today. Everyone will agree that he is a very worthy winner of the 2017 Bishop Hale Medal.