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The 2022 Robert Gray Recipients

The ODU congratulates the recipients of the 2022 Robert Gray Award, Hugh Corder (1971S) Geoff Burton (1953G).
Hugh Corder (1971S Left & Geoff Burton (1953G right)
Hugh Corder (1971S Left & Geoff Burton (1953G right)

The ODU congratulates the recipients of the 2022 Robert Gray Award, Hugh Corder (1971S) and Geoff Burton (1953G).

Hugh Corder is recognised for his long and distinguished contribution to law, the South African legal system and education, furthering the application of social justice and extensive pro bono support for NGOs in South Africa. He has recently retired as a Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town where he taught for almost forty years. He is now the University's Emeritus Professor of Public Law. 

Geoff Burton is honoured for his unflinching and dedicated service to those in need, the homeless and, since 1981, the founder and driver behind The Hope Exchange (previously The Carpenter's Shop) where skills training, food and accommodation is provided to thousands of homeless people, and where they could be provided with a daily hot meal. 

The Robert Gray Award is the only award made by the School to an OD. It is in recognition of an OD who has made a significant and exceptional contribution in his field of endeavour, or to society in general. The criteria are:

  • The recipient must be a living OD.
  • The achievements must be of a nature that exemplifies the philosophy, values and spirit of Bishops and the ODU. The characteristics of courage, compassion, a willingness to fight for truth and justice and a genuine concern for his fellow man must be present.
  • The contribution/achievements must be of such a nature that it has had a significant impact for the good of society.
  • The contribution/achievements must have been made over a sustained period (at least 10 years).
  • While the recipient’s achievements might have brought personal material gain, this must not have been the driving motivation for the endeavour.

Nominations are submitted by ODs and considered by the Chairman of the College Council, the Principal and the Chairman of the ODU. The final decision is ratified by The College Council.

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