Keith was an all-rounder, heavily involved in both sport, co-curricula activities and academically successful. He played Baseball in the Como and School teams in 1942, Captain of the team in 1943. He was also a Library Monitor and involved in House debating during 1943. It was during his Matric year that he flourished, playing School Baseball, and for Como was in the Cricket, Baseball, Athletics, Tennis and Debating teams. He was also an S.R.C. Rep, a Prefect, on the Unicorn Committee (he wrote a number of poems that were published), won the Shakespeare Prize, and a Senior Scholarship. After completing his University studies, he joined the Victorian Education Department as a teacher in 1949.
Luke Savage, Honorary School Archivist.
The Scotch Family mourns the death of Keith Darling. Scotch’s librarian from 1958 to 1989, Keith made the existing library relevant to the curriculum, and its materials broader and more accessible. Largely responsible for the design of the new library opened in 1965, he also taught English, Maths, Science and Chemistry. He was a theatre stage manager, and coached the 2nd XI cricket team. Keith had a genuine interest in people, endearing himself to them with his loyalty and thoroughness. He was an active member of the Old Scotch Staff Club.
THE HANDS OF EVERY STATELY CLOCK
The hands of every stately clock,
Are slowly moving o’er its face;
And marking off the precious hours
Still left to us, upon this place
And so, within our bodies, too,
The steadily pulsating heart,
Is marking off the hours still left
For us to waste, e’er we depart
For we do surely waste our time,
In argument, and endless strife;
And thus we miss the happiness
And joy, that we should seek from life
For we are stupid, minor pawns
In God’s gigantic scheme of things;
Not seeking, never seeing, all
The goodly joys that Nature brings
So, if ’tis your desire to live
A life of happiness and joy,
Retain that youthful love of Her
And Hers, which you bore when 1 boy
Share in Her joys from day to day;
Admire Her works, and love Her, too;
And you will find, when comes the end
Of life, that She’s rewarded you
Keith Darling (VA2).