Vale Lion Dr Bob Coulthard AM

26 September 2017

Lions’ Past International Director, Dr Bob Coulthard AM, passed away peacefully this morning.  A Lion of immense stature and contribution, I will leave it to others to comment on his considerable achievements on the National and International stage, not the least of which was promoting the Campaign Sightfirst program that, through the Lions Clubs International Foundation, has saved the sight of millions throughout the world.

Dr Bob Couthard AM
Dr Bob at the Lions Convention in Hamburg in 2013

Dr Bob joined Lions in 1963, the year I was born, and served continuously and actively since then.

I came to know Dr Bob mostly through our International Conventions. Since representing our Lions on the International Board, Bob missed only one International Convention.

I took this photograph as Bob joined us on parade in Hamburg, something he saw as a duty and an honour to do, and I know he was disappointed not to be able to march with us at the Centennial Convention in Chicago this year.

I often found myself walking beside Dr Bob, (although he cheekily, and routinely, reminded me that “in the old days, I would be relegated to the back with the other Lions out of uniform”.  )

At many Conventions, I would sit next to Dr Bob during the International Convention plenary sessions and listen to his quiet, continuous commentary, sharing the stories and history of the various Lions that would appear briefly on stage.  We all marvelled at Bob’s encyclopaedic knowledge of our organisation, its history, politics and personalities.

In the manner of the wise, he would repeat those reflections to me each year, which was very welcome, as I lacked Bob’s ability to retain that knowledge, so it was a pleasure to be reminded.  Despite the passing of the years those stories remained faithful and consistent.

Today I spoke with a Lion from his club at Marion in South Australia who said Dr Bob was with them as usual at the fortnightly fundraising BBQ, which is simply a perfect example of the quality of our Past International Director. As a Lion, service to his club and community was paramount.

Organisations have their treasures, their icons and legends. Dr Bob is one of these and will remain alive in our history and hearts.

Our sympathy goes out to Jill and all his family.





7 thoughts on “Vale Lion Dr Bob Coulthard AM

  1. Whenever PID Bob stood up to speak, a reverent hush would descend on the gathering – a most respected Lion who will be sorely missed.

  2. A great loss! I will remember his quietly spoken contributions to Forums that I attended – including one that addressed the role of women in Lions – and his reassuring presence that I felt was non-judgemental and supportive.

  3. My husband Lion Ron & I Lion Anne Macro . are saddened by the news of ” Lion Dr. Bob Coulthard AM”. Dr. Bob has done so much for In Lions We will miss him at our next convention being held by Lions Club of Edwardstown Our Condolences to Jill and family. from the Lions Club of Barmera

  4. Tom and I are deeply saddened to learn about Dr. Bob’s passing. I appreciated his many wonderful stories detailing our founder Melvin Jones, the LCI staff, and our outstanding history. I was pleased to work with him on the Service Activities Committee. What a humble, but outstanding Lion leader. Rest In Peace, Dr. Bob. Thanks for your Service. We miss you.

  5. Very sad to hear the passing PID Bob. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Peace. Best regards. Sam Wong.

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