Alastair Lucas of Goldman Sachs Australia has died

Alastair Lucas. Image: Burnet Institute

Alastair Lucas, chairman of investment banking at Goldman Sachs Australia, died today. He was 63.

Lucas was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour late last year.

He was founding chairman of the Medical Research Future Fund Action Group, which advocated for the $AU20 billion Medical Research Future Fund announced by Joe Hockey in the 2014 budget; and helped to develop the Medical Research Foundation to engage Australians in philanthropy.

He was also a former chairman of the medical research group, the Burnet Institute.

Brendan Crab, a close friend and the institute’s director, says Lucas’ passionate commitment to medical research and health had touched many lives.

“Alastair leaves an outstanding legacy for all those whose lives were touched by him, and the many lives saved through his generosity and passionate support of medical and public health research,” Professor Crabb said.

Lucas was also involved with animal welfare through Australia for Dolphins, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Animals Australia.

He was with Macquarie Bank for 20 years, becoming its chairman of investment banking.

In 2004, he was appointed chairman, investment banking, at Goldman Sachs Australia.

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