It is with great sadness that DTP learnt of the passing of Jim Hart in January. Jim was a long-time valued friend and supporter of DTP.
Jim was first introduced to DTP over a lunch with DTP’s Founder and Patron, José Ramos-Horta in Melbourne in 2005. In the years since, Jim became a generous supporter of DTP’s work, and a valuable source of advice for me as Executive Director. Jim had a great range of knowledge and interests, including from his long experience in publishing and editing, and co-owner of Lonely Planet. Our long conversations over the years always covered a lot of ground, and it was always hard to say goodbye.
We were very grateful that he took on the role of editor and publisher of DTP’s Annual Reports, where he patiently and very respectfully wrangled with the mangled syntax, grammar, and acronyms we sent him each year with impossible deadlines.
Jim was a very thoughtful philanthropist, keen that his support had an impact in the range of different causes he supported. A very kind and modest man, his gentleness, and compassion were ever present. He was very proud of his children Annabel and Chris and of their work – and took joy in being a grandparent and his loss will be deeply felt.
On behalf of DTP, I extend our sympathies and condolences to Annabel and Chris and their families at this difficult time.