Professor Emeritus John Ritchie served as Secretary General for eight years and for two years as President, earning him a special respect from members for the wisdom of his advice and his decisions and for his diplomacy and understanding in meeting the challenge of ISME's aims and ideals. So much of John Ritchie's legacy as an ISME Officer is to be found today in the efficiency with which our Society operates and the administrative procedures it has adopted. He also contributed papers to ISME Year Books. For several years the International Music Council of UNESCO also benefited from John Ritchie's involvement in its activities. He represented New Zealand at meetings of the organisation and in 1981 he was elected an Individual Member of the IMC. John Ritchie's role in the international bodies is, however, but one aspect of his long and fruitful career. He is one of New Zealand's best known and must successful composers with works covering a wide field, many resulting from commissions from choirs, orchestras, bands and smaller ensembles. Several of his works have achieved a lasting place in the international repertoire, just two notable examples are Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra and his Four Zhivago Songs; also widely performed are his partitas for wind and brass, suites for strings and much choral music. In his early years John Ritchie was a gifted instrumentalist (particularly as a clarinettist) and he was prominent later as a conductor. He founded and conducted the highly successful John Ritchie String Orchestra from 1958 to 1967 from which the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra developed. Appointed as a junior lecturer in 1946 at the University of Canterbury he remained at that institution for a remarkable forty years, twenty-three of which were as Professor of Music. Music at the University developed markedly under his guidance but its impact was felt beyond the School of Music into the wider New Zealand community. He was Dean of the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts for some time and, for six years he was Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Canterbury. In this position his administrative abilities were also widely acknowledged. John Ritchie also contributed in many ways to the growth of New Zealand music education including the schools, one instance being his chairmanship of an investigating committee on the "Needs of Music Teaching in New Zealand" which produced an important report in 1980 of which he was the author. It would be true to say that there are few aspects of music in New Zealand that have not benefited from the work and influence of John Ritchie. Coupled with his important work internationally John Ritchie's career must be seen as uncommonly distinguished. As a musician, a scholar, and educationist and an administrator John Ritchie's achievements, together with the personal qualities have endeared him to a generation of students and to those privileged to call him "colleague".