An academic family

04 May 2017
Professor Linda Bryder, Dennis Bryder Dow, Martin Bryder Dow and Dr Derek Dow.
Professor Linda Bryder, Dennis Bryder Dow, Martin Bryder Dow and Dr Derek Dow.

One of the top Law graduates at May Graduation was Dennis Bryder Dow, son of Professor Linda Bryder, Head of History, and Dr Derek Dow, a historian and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Healthcare in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Dennis, 25, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), gaining a Senior Scholar Award given to the top eight graduates in the 2016 cohort, as well as a Faculty of Law Dean's Academic Excellence Award.

Dennis also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Logic. He is now working at the Public Defense Service, based in the office which services the Waitakere District Court. He plans to be a criminal lawyer.

"We've waited a long time for this," says Linda of Dennis's Graduation. She remembers how Dennis first attended the University of Auckland when he was three months old and was enrolled in the creche.

"He's very bright," she says of her eldest son. "I used to joke that I wouldn't let him study history because it would undermine my confidence."

Linda and Derek's younger son Martin is also at the University and is in his second year at the School of Architecture.

"I suppose both our sons grew up in a very academic environment," says Linda, "which is in contrast to myself and Derek who were both the first in our extended families to go to university."


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