Media release

Vale Kenneth Wilberforce Tribe AC

Died 16 July 2010, aged 96 years

Trevor, Joan, Ken and Robin at Ken's 90th birthday celebrations at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, 2004
A meeting of the WF Trustees, 1998, at his unit, when Ken had been convalescent. Shane, Paul, Robin, Linda, Terry, Ken and Chris
2003: National Art School Board Room, Ken as Chair with Trevor Andersen and Terence Clarke
2003: National Art School Board Room, farewell to Ken as Chair
2003: National Art School Board Room, welcome to Ken as Patron by new Chair, Miss Eula Guthrie, AO (right)
October 2006: Trevor & Ken at the Australian Galleries, celebrating 25 years of the WFT and the incorporation as WFF

Friday, 6 August 2010

Ken Tribe was the inaugural Chairman of the William Fletcher Trust in 1985 and guided us wisely for 20 years. He became our patron when we incorporated as the William Fletcher Foundation in 2006.

He represented us at many ceremonies in NSW fine arts faculties, where grants and certificates were handed to the talented and needy tertiary art students whom we supported.

He attended our latest AGM in February 2010 where plans for a new travelling fellowship to the British School at Rome were outlined and he saw this as a wonderful step in the future of this charity, which he had helped to found.

We value his contribution and consider him a personal friend; our founder Mr Trevor Andersen lunched with him frequently. We remember not only his excellent advice and guidance but also his cheery personality, which helped make meetings and social occasions such a pleasure.

Ken’s death notice

TRIBE, Kenneth Wilberforce AC. Passed away peacefully after a short illness on July 16, 2010. Loving husband of Joan (deceased) and also of Alice and Nancy (both deceased).

Loved father and father-in-law of Graham & Judy, Elizabeth & Lloyd, Douglas & Pam and Caroline & Doug. Devoted grandfather to Matthew, Naomi, Kate, Jessica, Rachel, Alexia, Madeleine and Dominique. Proud great-grand-father to Zoe. Fond brother to Rita and Phyllis (Fizz).

Aged 96.

A fine lawyer, an excellent chair, a person of wise counsel and a good friend to many, whose contribution to property development, education, the deaf community, medical research and the arts, especially music, in this country will be long remembered.

A Celebration of KEN’S life will be organised shortly and the details published in this paper.*

The family wishes to express their thanks to all the doctors and nurses at the SAN (Sydney Adventist Hospital) who looked after Dad in his illness and treated him, and us, with such dignity and care.

Sydney Morning Herald

(*Sunday 8th August, 2010, 5.30pm Sydney Recital Hall, Angel Place)

See also this charming tribute by Leta Keens in the Arts pages of the Australian, headed “Lawyer succumbed to the siren call of music”.