As a boarder, Hugh James (Jim) Falconer attended Churchie from 1943 to 1946. He was a champion swimmer, becoming vice captain of swimming in 1945 and captain in 1946 in which he led his team to a GPS premiership. In both 1945 and 1946, he won first place in the GPS 440 yards open freestyle. He also won the Sir Leslie Wilson Challenge Cup for swimming and lifesaving in 1945. In 1944, long before VIIIs entered the GPS rowing competition, Jim was cox of the First IV. However, the most significant of his appointments during his time at Churchie, was undoubtedly that he was one of the three School Captains in 1946, which was also Canon Morris’ final year as Headmaster. The other two boys appointed to the position were Geoffrey Gargett and Malcolm Ham. In that year, Jim was also captain of Nansen House.
After school, he studied medicine at the University of Queensland and subsequently went into general practice in his home town of Toowoomba. That was until he took over the family business, Falconer Ford, after his older brother Edsel died prematurely.
Jim passed away on 27 August 2017, aged 88 years. RIP Jim!