DR Maurice Saxby, affectionately known to most of us as Maurie, would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Boxing Day this year.
Maurie, in spite of his slight stature, was a giant in many respects: in his intellect, in his ability to write and in his ability to teach and inspire others.
And inspire he did. Goodness knows how many thousands of students he had taught both at primary and secondary school level and later as a lecturer at Alexander Mackie College, Sydney University, the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA), and Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education.
Maurie had been offered the position of senior lecturer in English at ASOPA by a principal of vision, the late Jack Mattes, which is where, in 1969, I first met this inspirational and enthusiastic man.