Author(s): Ben Lochtenberg
A Singapore 1931 born young colonial Dutch boy, whose Father suffered and died as a Japanese prisoner of war building a railway in Sumatra, escaped from Java with his Mother and arrived as a refugee in Bunbury Australia in 1942. Educated by Jesuits and then at the University of Western Australia and Oxford, he had a career with ICI initially as an engineer, ending in 1993 following senior executive and Board roles in Australia, England, Canada and finally in the United States. His life from childhood in European colonies in Asia, spanned major changes in technology and the chemical industry. With his wife and seven children, he experienced and adjusted to a wide range of cultures and societies. During the twenty years of retirement in Melbourne, he has been active in mental health research, the University of Melbourne and Newman College, support of palliative care, homelessness and refugees, the latter being where his story began.
Bernard Lochtenberg came to Australia in 1942, graduated an engineer at the University of W.A. and a D.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He retired Chairman of ICI Canada and ICI Americas in 1993, and Chairman of Orica Ltd in 2001. Director of The Inner and Eastern Health Care Network and Caritas Christi Hospice, Chairman of the Mental Health Research Institute until 2002 , Chairman of the Victorian Government Medical Review in 1995, and Council of the University of Melbourne from 1996 and Deputy Chancellor 2005-2006.