Desmond Lyle ‘Jim’ Graham

9 September 1933 – 28 July 2016

The longest-serving staff member at TAS, Jim worked under five headmasters from 1956-1999 and his contribution greatly shaped the character and direction of the School and its students.

During his 43 years at TAS he made a profound difference to the lives of his students, particularly in the performing arts and music, producing more than 130 plays and musicals including 32 Gilbert and Sullivan productions. He taught history, commerce, drama and English; was a boarding housemaster for 34 continuous years; introduced surf lifesaving and Rural Fire Service training and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, was a Lay Reader in chapel and directed numerous fundraising appeals.

Jim passed away on 28 July after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was warmly remembered at a memorial service at TAS on 12 August, attended by hundreds of his former students, colleagues and friends.