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The Southern Cross : April 2012
Page 22 April 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross OBITUARIES Parishes and readers wanting to publish a tribute to or eulogy of a deceased (with consent of family members) in The Southern Cross can email details to cathcomm@adelaide. catholic.org.au or contact us on 8210 8117. Fr Con Keogh was born on July 13, 1921 in Maldon, Victoria and at age 18 he entered the Springwood seminary. After only 18 months he was selected to continue his studies in Rome, where he was ordained. He studied in Belgium receiving the doctorate of philosophy at the University of Louvain. He returned home in 1951, after 11 years away, and he became Professor of Philosophy at Springwood. He also taught at the Manly seminary. His mental breakdown came in 1954 and he was certified insane, hospitalised for several months, and incapacitated for his work as a priest for almost a year. During his hospitalisation, he endured regular shock treatment with no anaesthesia, which he said left him "shattered, unable to remember, and still very disturbed, stunned and mortally afraid". Following his discharge from the hospital, he sought help with his rehabilitation, but at that time there was incredible stigma around mental illness. Community services, particularly those that focused on recovery from mental illness, were non existent. He found help by attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, though not an alcoholic himself. Along with a small number of others whom he met at these meetings and who had also experienced mental health problems, the idea was born of a special group to work specifically on the problems related to recovery from mental illness. He was thus a member of the first Grow group (or Recovery as it was then called), which met at Hurstville, Sydney, on April 27, 1957. The wisdom they gained in helping each other to overcome life's challenges and recover from mental illness was carefully recorded and forms the basis of the unique Grow program. The model they developed was exceptionally innovative, supporting personal power, control and self- determination to people with a mental illness at a time when the notion of recovery from mental illness was shunned. The Grow program has been substantially researched and is described as the only evidence-based community mental health program in Australia. Grow continues to be a consumer- based organisation with participants of the program involved in all facets of governance, from local leadership teams, to state advisory teams to the national board. Fr Keogh remained a prominent leader of Grow in Australia and advocate for people with mental illness for over 40 years. He was instrumental in taking Grow's Program to the USA, New Zealand and Ireland. In 2004, Fr Con was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community here and overseas through Grow. Grow's motto is Truth, Character, Friendship. "Friendship just lifts the burden off people," said Fr Con. "Through friendships you are socialised and re-integrated into society." Today there are nearly 600 Grow groups in the world including, 250 in Australia. For further information on Grow in SA, call 1800 558 268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. au Overcoming life's challenges Lynton Jury attended Campbelltown Primary School and Norwood High where he excelled at cricket, football and learning. While studying architecture for nine years at the School of Mines Lynton worked for Woods Bagot as a draftsman, then head draftsman. He worked on many prestigious projects including Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney; Advertiser Building; Bennett & Fisher; banks for Bank of Adelaide; City Mutual Life (corner of King William and Pirie Sts). He graduated in 1955 and became a registered architect in 1956. Two years earlier Lynton met Natalie whom he married in 1957 and had a very loving, compatible partnership for 54 years. Soon after marrying, he left Woods Bagot to join Ernest Keal where a very happy association was formed until 1968 when Robert Burden replaced the deceased Keal as partner. After a long and successful association, Burden retired and Lynton continued for a number of years in sole practice. Over the years he was encouraged by Natalie to "do whatever you're interested in" and this turned out to be his work for the Church. In all he completed 200 projects -- schools and churches -- for the Archdiocese, an association he enjoyed immensely. His legacy includes such works as the highly-praised extension to the small Gothic church of St Bartholomew at Maitland on Yorke Peninsula as well as the construction of a contemporary style church at Morphett Vale. His numerous achievements include both civic and religious buildings, however his greatest achievement and his memorial will always be the Cathedral tower. He had a great interest in how people used the buildings he designed and making sure they worked for occupants. For him style and function were equally important. Lynton always had a very deep interest in people and how they lived. That is, no doubt, fundamental to being a good architect. As a father, he was always there to offer support and encouragement to his children and grandchildren but never told them what to do. Calm, patient, meticulous, open minded, forward thinking, non judgmental are all words used to describe him. His bookshelf was littered with architectural books and cricket and football autobiographies. He was an architect, family man, friend and mentor to many. His influence on their lives will be very sadly lost. He is survived by his wife Natalie, son Stefan, daughter Alicia and four grandchildren. Church architect's lasting legacy Lynton Jury Born October 1, 1930 Died January 13, 2012 Fr Con Keogh Born July 13, 1921 Died November 23, 2011 DIARY DATES April 16, -- 6 pm, Supper Club -- Alberton Hotel, 124 Port Rd. Speaker: Sue Brady, who worked at Mary Potter Hospice, will talk about Palliative Care. Book: 8447 1069. Sponsored by Archdiocesan Catholic Women's League. All welcome. April 30 -- Southern Supper Club -- Crown Hotel, Old South Rd, Old Reynella. Meals 6.15-7.30pm. Speaker: Fr Mark Sexton, Army Chaplaincy in Afghanistan. Enq: Pauline 8381 9550, Margaret 8381 9681. Don: $2. Sponsored by Archdiocesan Catholic Women's League. All welcome. May 2 -- History SA, About Time Festival -- St Mary's College, 253 Franklin St, 10am to 4pm. See the old Chapel/ Schoolroom, historical photos and find out about the St Mary MacKillop connection. Enq: Lyn Dansie 8374 0551 (old scholar) E: lynandkeith@ esc.net.au; Peter Channing 82165700 (College). Save the date: Sunday February 17, 2013 -- Parishioners of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pinnaroo are preparing to celebrate the centenary of the opening and blessing of their church. Former priests, nuns, parishioners and friends are invited to this special occasion. More info: phone Marjorie Schroeder on 8577 8349. | obituaries