EDWARD RENNIE MA DSc (1852-1927) was the first Dean of Science at the University of Adelaide and established the School of Mines and Industries. He was an elder of Chalmers Church for 38 years, Session Clerk for 20 years (1906 to January 1927) and a Manager for 42 years. A Presbyterian, Rennie supported the Student Christian Movement and Adelaide's Presbyterian colleges. He combined Calvinistic principle, modesty and authority. Of simple tastes and austere habits, he was noted for his stately walk and flowing beard; he was kindly and helpful to others and to staff and students was known as 'Dad Rennie'.
Still working, he died suddenly on 8 January 1927. His name is memorialized in the university, in the R.A.C.I. (Royal Australian Chemical Institute) and at Scots Church, Adelaide.[i]
A window on the eastern side, "The Light of the World", is dedicated in memory of Edward Rennie. The Communion Table is in his memory also. (Text of the window.)
[i] Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, (MUP), 1988
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