Community mourns loss of academic
WHEN Dr Lynda Hawryluk remembers her friend and colleague Liz Huf, the word generous automatically comes to mind.
"She always had time for people," Lynda, a lecturer at CQUniversity, recalled yesterday.
Dr Liz Huf, who was a much-loved Rockhampton academic, died on Friday after a battle with cancer.
After starting off as a journalist, Liz found her calling at CQUniversity where she was a lecturer, PhD researcher and community project leader for more than two decades.
"Liz loved the university and working with the students," Lynda said.
"She was so involved in everything."
Although she retired from her teaching duties in recent years, Liz remained an integral part of the university's community.
She led the committee of Idiom 23, a magazine dedicated to encouraging writing within Central Queensland, for 21 years, and also organised writers' workshops at North Keppel Island with Lynda.
Lynda said her fondest memories of Liz were from their time spent together on the island.
"I feel so grateful to have known her and to be a part of her family and friends," she said.
The pair recently shared a CQUniversity Opal Award for Engaged Service for their work on Keppel, and Liz was also the recipient of the 2005 Johnno Award presented by the Queensland Writers Centre in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Queensland writers and writing.
On top of this, Liz was also co-author of the seminal Rockhampton history Sin, Sweat & Sorrow and produced a number of documentary films recording the history of the Central Queensland region.
She recently presented her film Romancing the Stone at this year's Gemfest.
But while Liz was a woman of accomplishment, she was also a cherished wife, mother and friend.
"She lived a good long life and packed more into it than most people do," Lynda said.
The family asked that Liz's age be withheld.