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Remembering Julian Richard Fader

June 6, 2016

Image of Julian and Professor Graham Clark
Julian with Professor Graeme Clark

Julian Richard Fader passed away earlier this year on 29 January aged 81. Described by his loved ones as a true gentleman, respected and loved by all, Julian was also a highly valued member of the Eye and Ear community.

In 1998 at the age of 63, Julian received a cochlear implant at the Eye and Ear. He had always had problems with his hearing, but it wasn’t picked up until after he finished school, and despite this, he was a top student. Julian worked in public relations for the State Electricity Commission until retirement.

Julian was one of the first Cochlear Ambassadors and gave freely of his time on a weekly basis speaking to community groups about cochlear implants.

Julian was diagnosed with Melanoma and despite a strong battle which included undergoing trial treatments, it sadly returned several years ago. At one point, there was a risk of losing the cochlear implant and his ability to hear, due to an infection caused by the cancer treatment. However, the care of his surgeon Professor Stephen O’Leary from the Eye and Ear, and his Oncologist, enabled Julian to enjoy another year of life hearing through his cochlear implant.

Julian enjoyed a good quality of life with his wife and family to the end.