Laurence Walter “Laurie” Cahill
Dear Jan and Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear the news today.
I met Laurie, as one of his students, in 1981. He was a great, and patient teacher, and one of the people that made La Trobe not only great, but imparted a sense of community, humanity, and family to the Electronic Engineering Department. His door was always open, to answer what was probably the same question for the 100th time in the lead-up to an assignment submission! But he would walk you through the logic and reasoning with the thoughtfulness and patience like you were the first one to ask. I still have his course handouts from that time period.
I subsequently went on to pursue my PhD under Laurie, he was a great mentor and role model. Laurie was hugely supportive to me in so many ways as I navigated my way through that PhD. I was fortunate to maintain contact with Laurie and Jan over the years. And even if several years passed between seeing him and Jan, his smiling greeting made it seem that no time had passed at all.
It is difficult to think of the right words at a time like this to fully honor and acknowledge a man that has touched so many lives with his teaching and research. You will be sorely missed Laurie and forever in all our hearts and memories.