50 Years Since Graduating: Arthur Webster

Arthur Webster completed a Diploma in Bacteriology at LSHTM, graduating in 1970. He is now retired and has shared with us some stories from his time at LSHTM 50 years ago!

“I was a graduate veterinarian from the University of Queensland, and I was working in the veterinary vaccine division of pharmaceutical company Glaxo Ltd in Greenford and LSHTM was recommended to me, to complete the diploma course.

“The standout memory for me from LSHTM was attending the few lectures presented by Sir Graham Wilson, who was well into his 70s, and having ridden his bicycle to LSHTM would literally enthral the class with his stories about discoveries of causes of nasty human diseases such as brucellosis and salmonellosis in earlier times. Professor Arie Zuckerman’s lectures on his hepatitis research progressively unravelling the mysteries of the virus utilising the laboratory techniques of the newly emerging genetic technologies have also stayed with me throughout my career.

“I returned to Australia in late 1970 to join Websters the family-owned veterinary vaccines company as Technical Director. In 1981, I was promoted to Managing Director a position held until 1995. In 1997 I joined Australian human blood products company CSL Ltd Board as a non-executive director a position held until 2006.”

Below are photos of Arthur, his classmates and their partners from their time at LSHTM.

If you would like to share your ‘years since graduating’ story, please email alumni@lshtm.ac.uk for more details.

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