Graham Langridge, founding board member, honoured
The Gillies McIndoe Research Institute has honoured the late Graham Langridge, a long-time supporter and board member of the Gillies McIndoe Foundation (GMF), which established the GMRI, by establishing a scholarship to support PhD students.
The scholarship was announced at a function in December last year attended by Graham’s widow, Judith, their children Rose and Tom and friends.
The Graham Langridge Scholarship has been established in memory of the Wellington accountant and to pay tribute to his invaluable advice and accountancy services, provided pro bono, as a Partner of Martin Jarvie PKF, and for his dedication in supporting the GMRI as it was being established. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the GMRI’s vision and made a vital contribution to the creation of the GMRI, whose state-of-the-art facilities were officially opened exactly two years after his death. Throughout his involvement Graham displayed commitment, astuteness, an appealing sense of humour, generosity and courage.
Fondly known as ‘GT’, Graham joined the then GMF board in 1998, soon after its inception. He served as a board member until his retirement in 2011, losing his battle with cancer soon after.
“The scholarship is a way of thanking GT,” says GMRI senior research fellow Dr Paul Davis, who was also a member of the GMF board during the period of Graham’s involvement.
“We feel someone as instrumental as GT, who was with us from the beginning, is deserving of recognition, and this acknowledges our thanks to him,” said Dr Davis.
Now that the GMRI is well established, Dr Davis says it is in a position to honour and recognise Graham.
The scholarship will support a promising young person embarking on a career in biomedical science at the GMRI.
“There was a lot of hard work and ups and downs along the way, and GT contributed more than his fair share when we were trying to get the GMRI established.
“As the GMRI is still growing and expanding, we would want the holder of the scholarship to contribute to that growth.”
Judith, who helps fundraise for the GMRI, says the scholarship is a great way to honour her late husband.
“He never entertained the idea of the GMRI not happening and was a strong and committed driver behind it all,” she says.
“I expect the recipient of the scholarship will have the same work ethic, values and beliefs in the GMRI culture as Graham demonstrated.”