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Dr Jim Coughlan
10 years ago

I must agree with David Rowlands, having also being taught by Alex at the then CCAE in 1982. He was an inspirational educator, and if I was half as competent and skilled as him, I would be a great teacher. Sadly missed.

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Tamara Wilcock
10 years ago

I have just become aware of Alex's passing and send my condolensces to Ludmila and family. I knew Alex through the Russian Othodox church in Melbourne. We were students together at University High School and Melbourne University. I have only had fleeting connections with Alex and his family over the years since then but a group of us here in Canberra have remembered the Kouzmin family from time to time and wondered what has happened to them. It's sad to learn of his death. I remember the fun times that we Russian youth used to have back in the days when we socialised at Church.

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Robert Marks
10 years ago

I was in Alex's civil engineering class but didn't see him for 40 years until a reunion dinner at Melbourne Uni. In the meantime we had both moved away from engineering: he to management and I to economics. We were both professors. Alex had a lot to say about economics and economists, especially in light of the Global Financial Crisis, none of it particularly complimentary. We recently had our annual reunion dinner; I missed Alex' strongly felt criticism of my discipline. Rest in peace. Emeritus Professor Robert Marks

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David Cooke
10 years ago

I have only just become aware of Alex's passing, now in July. He supervised me during my DBA and became an inspirational mentor to me. I was very inexperienced in the world of academia and his guideance was invaluable as was his constant cajoling to put a harder, more critical edge to my writing. I will remember with fondness our red wines on the verandah at Murwillumbah as 'Mila painted in her studio below. Alex was a wonderful man who will continue to inspire us all.

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David Rowlands
10 years ago

I agree with Shankar that Alex did have an intimidating presence but he captivated me with the first lecture of Administration G1 back in the second semester of 1979 at the CCAE in Canberra. This was the first time I felt compelled to actually take notes in lectures! He simply delivered a feast of ideas, brilliantly presented. For the first time also this was a lecturer who introduced me to a literature as opposed to telling me what was in the official text. I shall always be grateful. Only today I referred to my lecture notes as I prepared for a presentation I shall give in a few weeks' time. David Rowlands Canberra

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David Rowlands
10 years ago

I agree with Shankar that Alex did have an intimidating presence but he captivated me with the first lecture of Administration G1 back in the second semester of 1979 at the CCAE in Canberra. This was the first time I felt compelled to actually take notes in lectures! He simply delivered a feast of ideas, brilliantly presented. For the first time also this was a lecturer who introduced me to a literature as opposed to telling me what was in the official text. I shall always be grateful. Only today I referred to my lecture notes as I prepared for a presentation I shall give in a few weeks' time. David Rowlands Canberra

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Angela
11 years ago

Alex was supervising me through my DBA and always took the role of opposing my thoughts to ensure my thinking was thought through. The journey seems longer now with this sad news - I shall miss his energetic discussions. Angela

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Noela and I remember Alex and Ludmilla well from our days at the CCAE (now University of Canberra). Our memories are of a person who pushed his students to perform but at heart was soft. Our sincerest sympathies to Ludmilla who taught both of us in the Russian Department also our sympathies to Marina and Anton. Pavel Pavlovich Stark and Noela Stark

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Rainer Koch
11 years ago

One of my/our closest friends ever - we are schoked and feel very sorry - our thoughts are with Ludmilla, marina and Anton! From overseas - Niklas,Philipp and Monika and Rainer

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Shankar
11 years ago

Alex had an intimidating presence, but he was really a soft touch. I first met him when he "interviewed" me for a job as his assistant with a champagne and caviar breakfast at his home. He ended up "bullying" me into writing several papers and a doctorate. Our relationship continued through many stimulating conversations and memorable meals to become a real family friendship. Alex lives on through his hundreds of publications and kindnesses. -- Gita

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Shankar
11 years ago

Alex used to come to my room and demand that I write hundred words without stopping to begin a paper. I often ask my students to do this to get them to write a paper that Alex used to call 'that paper that lies in your drawer'. Alex published a great deal. No one can match him but I learnt how to publish due to his persistence. It was scary to have Alex walk into your room with a determination to get you writing but I knew all the time that he cared for me as he wanted to be a better academic. I will miss him. Shankar

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