His healing touch

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 09-Dec-2011

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Sir Zelman Cowen, who died yesterday in Melbourne, aged 92, will be remembered for his "healing touch", Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

"The modern prestige of the office can be greatly credited to his healing touch and for this alone I believe we owe him a debt of gratitude," Ms Gillard said.

"Sir Zelman was a great scholar, teacher, author and advocate.

"He was a tireless servant of our nation."

Sir Zelman was appointed Governor-General in 1977, in the wake of Sir John Kerr.

Honoured for his ability to fulfill high office without ever losing touch with people from all walks of life, Sir Zelman was a lawyer and academic.

He will be honoured with a state funeral.

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