Vale Dr Sue Hrasky

Photop portrait of Sue Harsky

Dr Hrasky, who had been battling cancer since being diagnosed in late July, died on Tuesday night.

"Sue was overwhelmed and incredibly appreciative for the support, love and care she was given by her friends and colleagues and that clearly made her last few months very special in so many ways," the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Professor Gary O'Donovan, said today (Thursday 8 November) .

In a recent 25 years-of-service presentation, the Provost, Professor David Rich, paid tribute to Dr Hrasky's passion, dedication, leadership - and love of cats.

"As Head of School Sue shone," Prof Rich said. "She demonstrated genuine concern for each and every staff member and sought to look after and develop the skills of each. She most assuredly lost sleep in her efforts to ensure that each staff member was provided the opportunity to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

"Her capacity for work was mighty impressive - she was always first in and last out, often working into the night, and spent most weekends somewhere in her office - although she could admittedly never be found under the piles and piles of material across her office.

"The level of respect and esteem held by every member of her staff is testament to her passion," Prof Rich said.

Dr Hrasky was a student at UTAS and began teaching in Accounting at UTAS in 1987. She taught almost the gamut of undergraduate units (including Research Methods) as well as the Master of Commerce and Master in Public Administration programs.

She was appointed Deputy Head of School in 2002 and became the Head in 2008.

In 2008 she was awarded her PhD from UTAS with a thesis titled Impression Management and Corporate Reporting.

"It says all you need to know about Sue in that her PhD has a dedication - in loving memory of Roger, a most magnificent cat'," Prof Rich said.

Her work in the field of impression management helped her develop research links overseas, particularly in the UK, with leading academics that produced numerous publications.

However, Dr Hrasky was not limited to one area or research. She engaged in the development of well-respected work in several fields. The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) presented her with the 'best paper award' for a paper on Lake Pedder and accounting in 2010, and just prior to her diagnosis, she had returned from the UK after presenting a paper on the Pennsylvania Railway she co-wrote with Dr Sonia Shimeld from the School of Accounting and Corporate Governance.

In concluding his presentation, Prof Rich noted that in reference to two male members of staff taking over the School as co-heads, that Dr Hrasky "states to anyone whom will listen that it has taken two blokes to replace her".

"But she is wrong - Sue is quite simply irreplaceable."

Dr Hrasky is survived by her partner Mike, sister Lindy, extended family and of course her cats.

A service for Dr Hrasky will be held on Tuesday, November 13, at 2pm at St Peters Catholic Church, Hillside Crescent, New Norfolk, followed by interment at Cornelian Bay at 3.30 pm approx. Refreshments will be held at the Staff Club, Sandy Bay, from 4 pm.

"You are welcome to join her family for all or any part of the celebration of life," Prof O'Donovan advises. "Flowers are welcome or you may wish to make a donation to the Sue and Mike Hrasky Animal Trust, which will be gratefully accepted at the service."

Published on: 08 Nov 2012 3:30pm