New Memoir Follows the Unique Story of Diamonds and Dentistry

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A book by author Dr. Brian La Trobe relives memories of a celebrated and multi-awarded man who has done tremendously in his field of work and beyond.

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“My early life and formative years traversed the depression years of the Thirties. Times were tough. There is no intention to dwell on these years except to highlight odd things.” From these lines, author Dr. Brian La Trobe takes readers into his life as a dentist and community activist, the life of an illustrious man who has done so much for his fellowmen, in his riveting and inspiring memoir, Of Diamonds and Dentistry.

Everyone will find La Trobe’s hilarious account of his early formative years and training in chemistry and dentistry a–laugh-a-line satire that belies the fact of being a resolute scholar of the needs of his fellow man and to be of help where ever he could. The book depicts his life as a dentist in the mining town of Oranjemund in the Namib Desert of Namibia. He set up the first dental clinic where he offered a high level of dental care. After 10 years, he retired to Grahamstown, South Africa where he was elected to the City Council and later served a term as the Mayor of the City.

Inspirational and very interesting, Of Diamonds and Dentistry is a perfect picture of a unique life and a man’s journey through success that not only benefits himself, but his fellowmen as well.

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About the Author
Brian La Trobe retired from Dental practice in 1986 to pursue his environmental interests. He designed South Africa's first energy from waste programme using the landfill site of Grahamstown, South Africa. Later, on behalf of the South African Research Commission, he researched and developed a sanitation treatment system which required no water. He then established a company to field test the technology. Finally in 1993, the Enviro Loo unit went into production. To date, some 55,000 units have been sold into the African market and exported internationally to many countries, including the USA. Some years ago, he retired as Chairman of Enviro Options (Pty) Ltd. He now lives in retirement with his wife, Peggy, in Johannesburg where he occupies his time recording old memories.

He is a descendant of Benjamin Henry La Trobe America’s first Architect who designed the Capitol building in Washington-DC and Baltimore Cathedral, amongst others. Benjamin died in New Orleans of yellow fever in 1822 while supervising the town’s first water reticulation system.

Of Diamonds and Dentistry * by Dr. Brian La Trobe
Publication Date: March 17, 2012
Trade Paperback; NZ$44.99; 638 pages; 978-1-4653-0169-7
Trade Hardback; NZ$64.99; 638 pages; 978-1-4653-0170-3
E-Book; NZ$9.99; 978-1-4653-0500-8

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