Carlos joined the Flinders University School of Medicine in 1975 as a Technical Assistant in the then, Department of Human Morphology.

Over the years he was largely responsible for the establishment of the Anatomy Museum and the running of the Anatomy Dissection Room.

His innovative ideas resulted in a teaching museum that combines aesthetics with utility, and in recognition of this, he was granted a Churchill Fellowship in 1985 to study new anatomical techniques.

He organised individually-designed Perspex containers, shaped to fit the anatomical specimens they contain, giving the museum a very different appearance to conventional museums of anatomy. He also collaborated with the staff in Biomedical Engineering to produce many unique stands and displays.

Countless medical students in need of assistance called on his extensive knowledge of anatomy and superior dissection skills, until ill health forced him from the work he enjoyed in 2001.

Staff and students sorely miss his enthusiastic contribution to anatomy teaching.

 

"Esteemed colleague and dedicated mentor of staff and students in Anatomy & Histology at Flinders University School of Medicine. The legacy of his work will live on for generations through the practice of our graduates who have learnt, and who will continue to learn their anatomy at Flinders...."
The Advertiser, 28th August 2002

"....we are both very grieved to get this news..... he was a knowledgeable and amiable gentle-man"
via email, A Travis & L Johnson

" ... he is one of the more enduring memories of anatomy..."
via email, D Chapman

 

Carlos died on Saturday 24th August 2002 at the Flinders Medical Centre after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

A dedication ceremony was organised for Thursday 26th September 2002. The Anatomy Museum was filled to capacity as staff and students joined Carlos' family in celebrating his life's work. A plaque and portrait were unveiled to commemorate his contribution to the Museum, officially recognising "The Carlos Kordjian Collection'.