Cr Coral Ross formally acknowledged the passing of former Mayor of Hawthorn (1981-1982) at a meeting of Council last night. I would like to share her words.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Cr Jeff Wunderlich, former Mayor of Hawthorn (1981-1982), has passed away at the age of 85.

Originally from Switzerland, he immigrated to Australia with his family in 1937 aged six. After studying in Australia and around the world, including Harvard, he completed his PhD at the Sorbonne in Paris. Dr Wunderlich spent many years working as a scientist at the CSIRO, specialising in x-ray crystallography and science administration.

He served as a Councillor on Hawthorn Council for 15 years and was Mayor between 1981 and 1982. During his time as a Councillor, he helped establish the Hawthorn Community Gardens and later became President of the community group.

He was also behind the push for a high school in Hawthorn and in 1974 John Gardiner High School was established on Tooronga Road – now known as Auburn High School.

He was a volunteer for Camcare from 1995 to 2010, served on the Board and was made a Honorary Life member. He was also a long-time President of Balwyn Tennis Club and was a keen walker, chess player and gardener.

He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2012 for service to the community of Boroondara, particularly Hawthorn, for his range of volunteer roles in community support, education, sport and recreation.

As per his family’s wishes, if you would like to honour his memory, please consider a donation to Cancer Council Victoria by phoning 13 11 20 or go online.

He is survived by his wife Beth and children Simone, Julia and Adrian.

Dr Wunderlich will be remembered for his passionate and dedicated service to our community. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends at this time.

Cr Phillip Healey

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