Where are they now - Ross Muller (SPC 1953-54)
author: Lorrie Liston
The College reconnects with Ross Muller (SPC 1953-54) who worked for five decades as a chemist and shares one of his favourite memories of raiding the Brothers kitchen for cake!
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
I was a country boy who moved to the city, graduated and spent 50 years as a pharmaceutical chemist, in pharmacy ownership and doing locum work all over Victoria and NSW culminating in a year as the manager of a big pharmacy in Limerick, Ireland. My brother Laurence, and Conway cousins, Bryan, Peter, Shane, Chris and Tony attended SPC as well.
What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
Friendship, loyalty, shared adversity and football. A special memory is of myself and another gentleman sneaking out of evening Chapel and raiding the Brothers’ kitchen. Unfortunately the phone rang and Br Bill came in to answer it. I was perched on Morganti’s shoulder with a large fruit cake in my grasp. Br Bill’s face turned red, then blue and he demanded that I carefully get down and TAKE the cake as we were playing College the next day and I was first rover and he did not want me to break a leg! We lost. It was the 50th year, but I kicked three goals so the cake helped.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
Br Kelty. A very discerning, hard but fair man who took the time to understand your circumstances and teach you accordingly. I certainly had a lot of respect for him.
How has your education shaped your professional life?
From State school in Hopetoun, with two passed subjects in Year 10 to five passed subjects in Year 12 at SPC. This certainly shaped my professional life as it opened my mind and enabled tertiary education. SPC provided the means to do it.
How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?
I feel that it did not really shape my personal values, which could be attributed to my parents, but certainly enforced them.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
Trust yourself after you have studied all the possibilities.