Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine

Grain Central, September 10, 2018

THE research community and its agricultural affiliates are mourning the passing of the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Professor Steven Raine, who died in Toowoomba last week at the age of 51.

Professor Steven Raine

Steve joined USQ in 1995 as associate head of agricultural and environmental engineering, and held several key leadership roles before becoming executive director of USQ’s Institute for Agriculture and the Environment in 2013.

“Steve had an irrepressible enthusiasm and was known for his energy and drive,” USQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, said.

“He will be fondly remembered as a person with warmth, compassion, integrity and dignity and has left a lasting legacy at USQ,” she said.

During his time at USQ, Steve developed and presented educational and training programs to engage with industry partners, and encourage effective educational partnering within the community.

Steve spent more than 25 years leading irrigation and soils research to improve the productivity and sustainability of the cotton, grains, sugar, fruit and vegetable industries, and also connected with the beef industry.

All levels of government regularly sought his advice on matters related to irrigation, soils, water resourcing planning and productive co-existence between the agricultural and resource sectors.

Steve died on September 4, and is survived by his wife, Trish, and daughters Kate and Scarlett.

Source: USQ



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  1. Sharon Kakoschke, December 29, 2018

    I attended High School with Steven and have often thought fondly of him and the way he made us laugh. Sincere condolences to his family. Steven will be greatly missed.

  2. Luciano Mateos, October 10, 2018

    Steven Raine, a greatly respected and admired irrigation engineer and friend. He will be sorely missed by the international irrigation community. Luciano Mateos (CSIC, Spain)

  3. John Raine., September 12, 2018

    Steven was our son. We are immensely proud of him and the recognition given to him by so many of his colleagues and the community bear witness to the fact he had on so many. May his Research and Vision. be continued .

    • Robyn Bishop, November 24, 2022

      Hi John and Gail, I have a neighbour called Michael Raine. I asked if he knew you and Gail. He said yes. Then the told me of Steven passing. I know this is late but please accept my sympathy. Robyn Bishop

  4. Amjed Hussain, September 11, 2018

    We lost an outstanding mentor, colleague and for some a friend. Goodbye Steve

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