Two stalwarts celebrated for dedicated service

03 April 2008 | Story by Megan Morris

Geeling and Menel
Stalwarts: Vice-chancellor and principal, Prof Njabulo S Ndebele, with Ken Geeling and Irene Menell, who were awarded Vice-Chancellor's Medals for their service to the UCT Foundation

Last night, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Njabulo S Ndebele, presented the university's Vice-Chancellor's Medals (silver) to Ken Geeling and Irene Menell for their longstanding support of UCT through the UCT Foundation.

Established in 1961, the foundation holds and invests the university's permanent endowments, and advises on fundraising issues at UCT.

Geeling is a long-standing donor to UCT, and has been a trustee of the foundation for 25 years. He has also served the university's Joint Investment Committee since 1978.

Menell's association with UCT goes back to her law studies here in the 1950s. She has served on the UCT Foundation for some 21 years.

Geeling and Menell "retired" from the foundation this year. Presenting them with their medals, Ndebele thanked them for their service to UCT.

"We salute you for your great support," he said. "You will remain part of this institution, even after you have retired from duties with the foundation."

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