Lyndsay McLeod was one of four inaugural Tasmanian Fellows. There were 49 Fellowships awarded across Australia in that year.
Lyndsay’s Fellowship was for 12 months and it enabled him to complete a postgraduate course in Chemical Pharmacology at the Medical School of the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded a further scholarship by the University of Edinburgh to complete a Master of Science degree there. On his return to Tasmania In 1969 he took up the position of Head of the School of Pharmacy in the College of Advanced Education.
In 1973 he joined the UTAS School of Medicine as a lecturer in Pharmacology and Physiology and taught there for a further 21 years. In the final years he served as Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and also as Academic Dean of the Medical Faculty and Head of the School of Medicine, retiring in 1994.
Lyndsay has always been active in giving back to the community, and in promoting Churchill Fellowships and the work of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. His belief is: Once a Fellow, always a Fellow. In his words: ‘The Churchill Fellowship changed my professional life. During the 1960s, easy access to overseas information was not readily available. The study and the experience were a crucial part of my professional development.’
His contribution to community activities allied to his professional life were: President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Tasmania 1956–57 and 1963–65; President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1975– 76; Chairman of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian College of Education 1981–82; and Chairman of the Tasmanian Asthma Foundation 1990–91.
In 1973 he was made a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Tasmania, and in 1983 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
After his retirement, in the period 2000—2004, Lyndsay gave several courses for the University of the Third Age and continues to enjoy membership of the Hobart U3A. Having a lifelong love of hockey, he is a Life Member of the OHA Hockey Club. He was a player and umpire for many years and is still an avid hockey follower and supporter of teams of all ages.
Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016)