It is with sadness and respect that we acknowledge the passing of Dr T L Rodney Wilson on 27 April 2013. Rodney was a leader in the museum profession in this country and well known and respected internationally. He lead many of our museums and galleries, was founding director of Auckland’s National Maritime Museum, retired after 14 years as Director of Auckland War Memorial Museum in 2007, and was made a Fellow of Museums Aotearoa.
Rodney’s contribution went far beyond the institutions he worked in. He was a consultant and advisor to other museums and organisations, including Dunedin City museums review, The Shore exhibition centre in Takapuna, the Army Museum Trust Board, Director of ATTTO, Governor of the Arts Foundation, served on the Museums Aotearoa Board from 2005-2007, as well as holding office with Museums Aotearoa predecessors AGMANZ and AGDC. His services to museum and art gallery administration earned him appointment as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007.
As well as his professional achievements, Rodney will be remembered for his sparkling wit, strength of character, determination and passion – for boats, motorbikes, art, architecture, museums, people and living life to the full.
Rodney had been living with cancer for some time, and died peacefully at home. He will be farewelled in Auckland on Sunday 5 May. On behalf of Museums Aotearoa, I have sent aroha and sympathy to his wife Maureen and to his family.
Links to other articles:
Auckland Museum’s tribute (includes photos)
Cultural Icons (The Depot)
NZ Herald New Zealander of the Year 2006
Auckland Art Gallery blog (Ron Brownson)
Christchurch Art Gallery blog (Jenny Harper)