John Eddy, SJ, A Life Well Lived

With sadness on November 6, 2011 we witnesses the passing away of John Eddy, SJ.  Father Eddy had served as the director of the Australian Institute of Jesuit Studies in Canberra, and as a consultant to Georgetown University.  In fact, without Father Eddy the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies would not exist.  Together with Jeffrey von Arx, he worked tirelessly to support Australian Studies in the US.  One Washington colleague wrote of him, "He's the one who did battle with the 2 Embassies here and their Parliaments back home to secure the initial funding and the long-time support."  She added, "He adored Georgetown and loved both US and Aussie politics, and knew many of the major players on both sides. He had an amazing wit and zest for life, and will be missed by all who enjoyed his company."

Three years ago he bent the ear of then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, urging the PM to put his backing behind additional funding for the Center at Georgetown.  Even in retirement he was a constant supporter of Australian Studies.

He earned his DPhil at Oxford University, and later served as Senior Fellow in History in the Research School of Social Sciences at The Australian National University.  His publications were numerous as were his interests.  His passion and energy in promoting the study of Australia will not be forgotten.

Read the text of Father Frank Brennan's homily, given at the funeral of Fr. Eddy, St Christopher's Cathedral, Canberra, 11 November 2011.