PRRES Newsletter

April 2010

Vale to Dr Tom Whipple  

Please note this review has been taken from the Property West Jan/Feb 2010 e-newsletter of the WA Division of the API

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Dr. Tom Whipple, Life Fellow of the Australian Property Institute in January 2010.

Dr Tom Whipple was both a leading property academic and author in the Western world and had been for some twenty five years. In 1949, he started his professional life by joining the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he gained experience in Mortgage Financing and Real Property Conveyancing. For the next 15 years, he continued to explore real estate and real estate consulting, holding varying roles and positions that would allow him to travel to destinations in South East Asia, South and East Africa, even Hawaii.

Dr Whipple was admitted as an Associate of the Commonwealth Institute of Valuers in July 1960. He was elevated to Fellow in February 1984. Academic accreditation includes a Ph.D., Diploma and Master of Town and Country Planning, all of which were gained at the University of Sydney. His academic standing was recognised internationally through being Visitor by Invitation to the University of Cambridge and Aberdeen, England and Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, New Jersey and the University of Wisconsin, USA.

In 1982 he launched the Post Graduate Course in Land Economy and in 1989 was appointed as the inaugural Professor in Valuation and Land Economy at Curtin University of Technology, Perth. On his retirement from the chair academic recognition was granted by elevation to Emeritus Professor in 1998. Published books include “Property Valuation and Analysis” 1995 and “Urban Renewal and the Private Investor” 1971. He also edited “Real Estate Valuation Reports and Appraisals”, “Accounting for Property Development” and “Commercial Rent Reviews – Law and Valuation Practise” for the law Book company. Other publications and significant papers are too numerous to list many of which are used in America, England and New Zealand as well as Australia. Tom had been an active member of the Institute for many years.

In particular he had been a member of a team that set up the Property Education Foundation and had served it as both Secretary and Member of the Board of Trustees. Tom developed the Property Course in Western Australia to its current standard. He had done this by working closely with both the Institute and the property industry thus ensuring its current relevance. He had given unstintingly of both his time and knowledge and had always been available to give papers to Continuing Professional Development seminars and other occasions. Tom’s contribution to the profession was outstanding. He will be sadly missed.


Property West Jan/Feb 2010 e-newsletter

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