Vale Doug Howick
The passing of Charles Douglas Howick in Melbourne on 1 June, 2018, after a short illness, has deeply touched many. Doug held many positions within the timber industry, and was most notably the national secretary of the Timber Preservers Association of Australia (TPAA) for 20 years, during which time he also served as the national executive director of AEPMA for 10 years. His drive in both organisations saw an increase in membership and a deepening of ties between AEPMA and the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers Associations (FAOPMA). During this time, he was the figurehead of the timber industry service club, the Hoo Hoo Club. Even after retirement Doug continued a constant presence in the industry by attending conferences, editing newsletters (TVPAA Contact) and authoring a book. He authored more than 60 scientific papers on entomology, wood technology and pest management as well as a further 50 reports, conference papers and presentations. I had the chance to meet Doug back in the ’80’s at a Hoo Hoo Convention on the Gold Coast. He struck me then as a person who had a strong passion for the industry. At that time I was not aware of where or how he fitted into the Timber Industry. I was a TPAA Councillor in the last few years of Doug’s role as Secretary. His passion was still very evident. Doug was a committed Secretary, dedicated to the preservation industry in every way. He served many TPAA Presidents and committees over the years and was made an Honorary Life member in recognition of this dedicated service. As the current President of TPAA I would like to acknowledge Doug’s efforts and support that he provided to the association for so many years.