Vale: Pam Zeplin

Zeplin_FOPA(left to right): Fijian artists Daren Kamali, Josie Crick and the late Pamela Zeplin at the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara.

I have just received the very sad news that Dr. Pamela Zeplin, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, passed away last week. Pam had been unwell for some time, but she made a wonderful contribution to the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS) in recent years. She was always enthusiastically engaged with the Pacific studies community and will be remembered for her passion for and commitment to Pacific arts.

There is a guest book online with the Age (below): http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/theage-au/guestbook.aspx?n=pamela-zeplin&pid=166384734&cid=full#sthash.HjCVDiQY.dpbs

And a wonderful piece written by Pam reflecting on her love of the arts and dance in Oceania- “Grandmothers, grass skirts and a little piece of paradise” here: http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue27/zeplin.htm

Our sincere condolences to her family and colleagues at the University of South Australia. Rest in peace and joy Pam and thank you so much for all you’ve done for AAPS/AAAPS.

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