The Prof. could be brash, brusque and abrasive;
Yet, he was kind, gentle and humane.
In defence of a cause, he sometimes, was abusive
But to deny his immeasurable contribution would be insane!
Fred Hollows was a man of wisdom and understanding;
A man of enormous courage and laughter
With a life-long commitment, an undertaking
To rid the world of blindness and make it better.
He was a man of controversy.
He stirred up and spurred on public debate
In the hallowed halls of the university
Or in the public domain, on any date.
“I have a cancer”, he admitted, reluctantly
Yet, his vitality seemed to flow, to radiate
Till the tenth of February 1994, peacefully
The great, gruff Fred Hollows bowed out.
The sightless have lost a friend of vision,
Although countless have been touched by his grace.
The world mourns a man of controversy and compassion.
Farewell Prof. Hollows, you’ve left the world a better place!