News story 23rd May 2016

Message from our Dean

Monash Business School is mourning the tragic passing of our colleague, lecturer and friend, Dr Maria Strydom.

Maria was a highly valued colleague and a friend to many. She made a substantial contribution to the Department of Banking and Finance, Monash Business School, and the Faculty. Maria was a very accomplished lecturer who was enormously popular among her colleagues, and held in great esteem by her students – who appreciated her considerable talents and efforts in making complex material understandable, interesting and relevant to their career aspirations.

Beyond her work life, Maria was a talented and dedicated climber. Along with her husband Rob Gropel, she had already conquered many of the world’s most difficult mountains, including Aconcagua in South America, Mt McKinley (Denali) in Alaska, and Mt Ararat in Turkey. In recent years she participated in the ‘Oxfam trailwalker’ 100 kilometre charity event with Rob and colleagues from the Department of Banking and Finance. In her work, and in her life outside work, Maria was an inspiration to all of us and will be greatly missed.

On behalf of the School and University, I would like to express my most sincere condolences to Maria's family, friends and colleagues. The Vice Chancellor has arranged for flags to be flown at half mast on all campuses today.

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By Professor Colm Kearney