LEADING academics have been named as the two people found bludgeoned to death in a remote area of southern Tasmania.The bodies of Gavin Mooney, 69, and Del Watson, 62, were found by police at a property in Mountain River, south of Hobart, about 1am yesterday.
"Gavin's colleagues will remember him as a brilliant academic who wanted to make a difference," Curtin University vice-chancellor Jeanette Hacket said in a statement on the university's website.
Prof Mooney had been the Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Social and Public Health Economics Research Group with Curtin from 2000 until his retirement in 2008.
"With a career spanning over 40 years in health economics, Gavin was internationally acclaimed with many books to his name. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town as one of the founding fathers of health economics," Proc Hacket said.
Dr Watson had been a visiting scholar at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, and an honorary research associate at the University of Tasmania in the School of Geography and Environmental Science.
Miriam Herzfeld set up the Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network with Prof Mooney this year.
She told the Hobart Mercury Prof Mooney and Dr Weston were passionate, caring and had worked to make a contribution from the moment they arrived in their new home.
"Gavin and Del had been in Tasmania for a short period of time but they'd made an enormous impact."
Dr Weston's 27-year-old son, Nicolau Francisco Soares, has been charged with two counts of murder.
He did not enter a plea when he appeared in the Hobart Magistrates Court yesterday and has been remanded in custody.