The enduring legacy of Christine Whitworth Roach

12 May 2023

This year brought the sad news of the passing of Christine Whitworth Roach, a treasured member of The Australian National University (ANU) donor community whose generosity and commitment to classical music education has touched the lives of many aspiring musicians at the University.

Christine came to the ANU School of Music with a dream to support young musicians and the school that fosters them. From that wonderful place, she has helped make dreams come true.


Christine's contributions to the School - including the Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition, the Whitworth Roach Scholarship, and support of the ANU Orchestra - have provided vital resources for students to excel in their music careers.

Through her involvement with the ANU Springbank Circle, Christine was actively engaged with the University and its community, attending events and activities, and building relationships with students, faculty and staff.

The passing of Christine Whitworth Roach is a great loss. The ANU community can take comfort in the fact that Christine's legacy will endure, and her impact will continue to be felt for years to come.

Christine was like a family member in every sense of the word. Christine is not only survived by her loving children and grandchildren, but by the vision of the bequest she has made, which will allow her beloved competition to continue on for many years.


Have you considered a gift in your will to ANU?

The ANU Springbank Circle recognises and celebrates benefactors who, like Christine, leave a lasting impact through a gift to ANU in their will. Donors receive news about upcoming events and activities taking place across the University, opportunities to connect with the talented students, researchers and academics their bequests support, and learn more about what is happening at ANU.

A gift in your will provides enduring support for learning, education and research beyond your lifetime. If you have included the University in your will, or you are thinking about doing so, please let us know. We would be delighted to learn more about your areas of interest and show you the type of impact your future gift will have. It will also give us the opportunity to thank you for your gift during your lifetime.

Please contact the Gift and Estate Planning team at for further information, or to arrange a confidential discussion.

This story is featured in the 2022 Report to Donors

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