Compiled by Dr Alex May
15 January 1949 – 31 December 2012
Alasdair Donald MacDuff Liddell CBE, healthcare administrator, died on 31 December 2012, aged 2012. Born in Perth, he was educated at Fettes College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Jurisprudence. After graduation he worked in management for the King’s College and Royal Free Hospitals, London, Tower Hamlets Health Authority, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority, Hammersmith and Fulham Health Authority, and Bloomsbury Health Authority. He was then Regional General Manager for the East Anglian Regional Health Authority before becoming Director of Planning at the Department of Health (1994-2000), in which post he introduced the NHS Direct helpline and led the health service’s planning to circumvent the ‘millennium bug’. From 2005 to 2011 he was a director of HCL, the healthcare personnel provider, and from 2006 to 2011 he was a Senior Associate of the King’s Fund, for whom he wrote a number of papers on aspects of healthcare management. He was survived by his wife, Dame Jenny Abramsky, the former head of BBC radio, and their two children.
4 May 1934 – 30 December 2012
The theatre administrator and museum curator Alexander Schouvaloff died on 30 December 2012, aged 78. The son of Paul Schouvaloff (known as Paul Sheriff), who won an Oscar for his designs for the film Moulin Rouge (1952), he was educated at Harrow School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he read French and Russian, graduating in 1956. After national service with the Royal Military Police he entered the world of arts administration, as an assistant director of the Edinburgh Festival, then director of the North West Arts Association, before becoming the founding curator of the Theatre Museum, under the auspices of the Victoria and Albert Museum, from 1974 to 1989. He was a trustee of the London Archives of the Dance (1976-2008), and among his many publications were several books on the staging of dance. He was survived by his wife Daria and a son from his first marriage.
30 January 1923 – 29 December 2012
Lucienne Hill (née Palmer), translator and actress, died on 29 December 2012, aged 89. Born in Kilburn, the daughter of a dental mechanic and a French governess, she was educated at Hendon County School and Somerville College, Oxford, where she took the war-shortened course in French and German, graduating in 1943. She worked at Bletchley Park, before joining the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts in Northern Ireland,, then forging a career as an actress, initially as an understudy for Mae West at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1948. Encouraged by Laurence Olivier, she began translating Jean Anouilh’s plays; she eventually translated more than 30, and won a Tony award for the Broadway production of Anouilh’s Becket in 1961. She was married three times, to James Hill, Andrew Broughton, and Robert Davies, all of whom predeceased her; she was survived by the three children of her second marriage.
14 July 1928 – 29 December 2012
William Rees-Mogg, Baron Rees-Mogg, editor of The Times from 1967 to 1981, died on 29 December 2012, aged 84. He was educated at Charterhouse (where he was head boy) and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Brackenbury Scholar and read Modern History, graduating in 1951. He was also President of the Union. On leaving Oxford he joined the staff of The Financial Times, and was an unsuccessful Conservative candidate at Chester-le-Street in 1956 and 1959. He joined The Sunday Times in 1960, where he was successively city editor, political and economic editor, and deputy editor. As editor of The Times he was known for his changes of mind, but was also noted for his consistent liberalism on race and drugs, and for his (then) Europhile views. He left The Times following its takeover by Rupert Murdoch, which he had nevertheless welcomed. He was later a columnist for The Independent, The Times, and The Mail on Sunday. He was vice-chairman of the board of governors of the BBC (1981-6), and chairman of the Arts Council (1982-9) and the Broadcasting Standards Council (1988-93), as well as chairman of Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd. from 1983 and of Fleet Street Publishers from 1995. He published a number of books, including The Reigning Error (1974), which argued for a return to the gold standard, and The Sovereign Individual (1997), on some impacts of the information technology revolution. He was knighted in 1981 and made a life peer in 1988. He was survived by his wife Gillian and their five children, one of them the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
7 February 1940 – 28 December 2012
(Ian) Jonathan Scott CBE, banker and arts administrator, died on 28 December 2012, aged 72. The son of an army officer, he was educated at Harrow School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores, graduating in 1962. He then pursued a successful career in banking, becoming a director of Charterhouse Japhet in 1973 and of Barclays Merchant Bank, subsequently Barclays de Zoete Wedd, in 1980. He was also much involved in arts administration, as a trustee of the Imperial War Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and as chairman of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art (1985-95) and of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel (2000-10). He wrote books on Piranesi (1975) and Salvator Rosa (1995), and on The Pleasures of Antiquity (2003). He was survived by his wife Annabella and their three children.
13 January 1937 – 24 December 2012
(George) Guy Dodson FRS, structural biologist, died on 24 December 2012, aged 75. Born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, he was educated at Dilworth School, Auckland, and the University of Auckland, where he read Chemistry and went on to complete a PhD in X-ray crystallography. In 1962 he obtained a Rockefeller research award which enabled him to move to Oxford, where he worked in Dorothy Hodgkin’s team. He became a research fellow at Wolfson College in 1973, lecturer in 1976, and reader in 1983. From 1985 until his retirement in 2004 he was Professor of Biochemistry at the University of York, from 1993 to 2004 also serving as head of the MRC Division of Protein Structure at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. He was survived by his wife Eleanor and their four children.
30 December 1944 – 24 December 2012
David Grant Wadsworth, educational administrator, died on 24 December 2012, aged 67. Brought up in Elland, Yorkshire, he was educated at Hipperholme Grammar School and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Geography and narrowly missed a rugby Blue. On graduating he taught in Gloucestershire and Blackpool before returning to Yorkshire in 1973 as an education officer with Leeds City Council. He was subsequently deputy director of education for Northumberland then chief education officer for Bedfordshire before serving, from 1997 to 2009, as chief executive of Service Children’s Education within the Ministry of Defence, responsible for the education of some 14,000 children of service personnel at schools around the globe. He was survived by his partner, Jocelyne Herrtage.
25 September 1940 – 23 December 2012
Robert Edward Gilmour (Bobby) Younger, advocate and sheriff, died on 23 December 2012, aged 72. The youngest son of the third Viscount Younger of Leckie (and brother of the Conservative politician George Younger), he was educated at Cargilfield School in Edinburgh, Winchester College (where he nearly died in an accident which required extensive plastic surgery), New College, Oxford (where he read Modern History, graduating in 1963), and Edinburgh and Glasgow universities. He began practising as an advocate in 1968, and served as Sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin from 1979 to 1982, then of Tayside Central from 1982 to 2004. He was known for his sympathy for the underdog. He was survived by his wife Helen and their two children.
Sir Marcus Worsley
6 April 1925 – 18 December 2012
The politician Sir (William) Marcus John Worsley, fifth baronet, died on 18 December 2012, aged 87. The son of the fourth baronet, he was educated at Eton and, after war service in the Green Howards and with the Royal West African Frontier Force, New College, Oxford, where he read Modern History, graduating in 1949. He spent three years working for the BBC before resigning to take over the management of the family estate in Yorkshire (though he did not succeed his father until 1973). He was Conservative MP for Keighley from 1959 to 1964 and for Chelsea from 1966 to 1974, noted for his civilised views. He devoted much time to the Church of England (he was a Church Commissioner from 1976 to 1984 and chaired various committees), the National Trust (of which he as deputy chairman from 1986 to 1992), and charitable activities in North Yorkshire. He was survived by two sons and a daughter, his wife Bridget and son Giles, the architectural writer, having predeceased him.
25 February 1934 – 15 December 2012
Anne Marjorie Jane Shand (née Abbott), defence operational research scientist, died on 15 December 2012, aged 78. Born in Rawalpindi, the daughter of an army officer, she read Mathematics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. After graduating in 1955 she joined the scientific staff of the Ordnance Board, moving in 1957 to the Air Ministry, and then the Ministry of Defence. Her work primarily involved evaluating and improving the effectiveness of weapons systems from the V-bombers to the Trident and Polaris missiles. She also worked on modelling battle plans. She received the Imperial Service Order in 1990. She was survived by four stepchildren from her marriage to Colin Shand, a naval officer who predeceased her.
12 June 1931 – 14 December 2012
The journalist and author Christopher Louis McIntosh Johnson died on 14 December 2012, aged 81. Born in Thornton Heath, London, the son of Donald McIntosh Johnson, the Conservative MP, he was educated at Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After national service in the Hampshire Regiment and the Education Corps, he joined the Times Educational Supplement, moving to The Times in 1957 and becoming its Paris correspondent in 1959. He then joined the Financial Times, becoming managing editor and then director of business enterprises. From 1977 to 1991 he was chief economic adviser to Lloyds Bank and editor of the Lloyds Bank Review. He was also a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, UK adviser to the Association for the Monetary Union of Europe, and chairman of the British section of the Franco-British Council. Among his books was a well-regarded study of The Economy Under Mrs Thatcher, 1979-1990 (1991). He was survived by his wife Anne (daughter of the economist Lord Robbins) and their four children.
7 August 1924 – 14 December 2012
The newsreader and television presenter Kenneth Kendall died on 14 December 2012, aged 88. Born in India, he was educated at Felsted School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. His studies were interrupted by war service in the Coldstream Guards; he was wounded in the Normandy campaign. Having worked as a teacher at a preparatory school, he joined the BBC in 1948 as a radio announcer. He moved to television in the 1950s, and in 1955 was the first newsreader to appear on a British television screen (the television news having previously been read over a series of maps and photographs). He left the BBC in 1961 to pursue a career as a freelance presenter, but returned to the BBC as a newsreader from 1969 to 1981. He was later best known as the co-presenter (with Anneka Rice) of the Channel 4 game show, Treasure Hunt. Active in health and animal welfare charities, he lived latterly in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with his partner Mark Fear, with whom he ran first a restaurant and then a marine art gallery.
16 May 1929 – 12 December 2012
The Very Rev Richard Montague Stephens Eyre, Dean of Exeter from 1981 to 1995, died on 12 December 2012, aged 83. He was educated at Charterhouse and Oriel College, Oxford, where he graduated in literae humaniores in 1953 and took a second degree in Theology in 1955. He won the Hall Senior Greek Testament Prize in 1957. He trained for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House. He was tutor and chaplain at Chichester Theological College from 1959 to 1962, chaplain at Eastbourne College from 1962 to 1965, then vicar of Arundel and of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton, before becoming Archdeacon of Chichester in 1975. In retirement he spent two years as priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Church, Paux, in the south of France. He was survived by his wife Anne and their two daughters.
2 February 1931 – 11 December 2012
The diplomat and financier (Christopher) Roger Ettrick Brooke OBE died on 11 December 2012, aged 81. The son of a surgeon, he was educated at Tonbridge School and Trinity College, Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores. Graduating in 1954, he joined the Diplomatic Service. After postings in Bonn, Washington and Tel Aviv he was poached by Sir Ronald Grierson to work for the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation. He left in 1969 (two years before the IRC’s abolition) to run Scienta, a Brussels-based investment firm. He was subsequently a director of the Pearson Group then group managing director of EMI before founding in 1980 the venture capital fund Candover Investments plc, which backed a number of highly successful management buy-outs. He stepped down as chairman in 1999, having also been chairman of the Audit Commission from 1995 to 1998. A noted philanthropist, he also in 2008 helped the Royal Society to set up its Enterprise Fund, designed to fund early-stage research spin-offs. He was survived by his wife Nancy and their four children.
22 October 1925 – 7 December 2012
Maurice George Balme, schoolmaster, died on 7 December 2012, aged 87. He was educated at Marlborough College, followed by wartime service with the Royal Marines and then at Bletchley Park; his brother David Balme led a boarding party which captured intact a German Enigma machine and codebook. After the war Balme went to Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated in Literae Humaniores in 1950. He taught briefly at Radley and Charterhouse before joining the staff of Harrow School, where he remained until his retirement 33 years later. He served as head of classics and as a housemaster. He was also a highly successful author of Latin and Greek textbooks and other teaching materials. Among his other publications was the Oxford World Classics translation of the Greek playwright Menander. His wife died eight days before him; they were survived by their three children.
The Very Rev Michael Till
19 November 1935 – 4 December 2012
The Very Rev Michael Stanley Till, Dean of Winchester from 1996 to 2005, died on 4 December 2012, aged 77. Born in Hampstead, the son of a hotel manager, he was educated at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he took degrees in Modern History in 1960 and Theology in 1962. He trained for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge, then was successively curate of St John’s, St John’s Wood (1964-7), chaplain (1967-70) then Dean and fellow (1970-81) of King’s College, Cambridge, vicar of All Saints’, Fulham (1981-6), and Archdeacon of Canterbury (1986-96). In retirement he lived in Petworth, West Sussex, where he was chairman of the Petworth Festival. He was survived by his wife Tessa and their two children.
Sir Geoffrey Shakerley
9 December 1932 – 3 December 2012
Sir Geoffrey Adam Shakerley, sixth baronet, photographer, died on 3 December 2012, aged 79. The son of the fifth baronet, he was educated at Harrow and, after national service in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Trinity College, Oxford. He trained as a barrister, but instead worked at the Maas gallery in Mayfair before setting up as a freelance photographer. He undertook a large number of commissions for galleries and museums, including the V&A, where he recorded the Raphael Cartoons for the first time in a quarter century, and the Royal Collection. In 1978 he contributed the photographs to Henry Moore Sculptures in Landscape. He also took photographs over a number of years for FMR, the Italian art magazine. He was much in demand as a photographer for high society events, including a number of royal celebrations and other occasions, which he captured in an informal, reportage style. He succeeded his father as baronet in 1970. He was survived by his wife Virginia, and by two sons of his first marriage and a daughter of his second.
3 April 1938 – 2 December 2012
The diplomat Peter Keegan Williams CMG died on 2 December 2012, aged 74. He was educated at Calday Grange Grammar School on the Wirral, the Collège de Marcq-en-Barœul in France, the University of Lille, and Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. On graduating in 1962 he joined the Foreign Service, serving in Beirut, Jedda, New York, Rabat, and Geneva before becoming successively Ambassador to Yemen, head of the United Nations department at the FCO, and Ambassador to Vietnam. He retired in 1997, when he became chairman of Vietnam Enterprise Investments Ltd. He was survived by his wife Rosamund and their two daughters.
20 July 1924 – 2 December 2012
The physician Geoffrey Barraclough died on 2 December 2012, aged 88. The son of a shipping executive, he was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, here he read literae humaniores. In 1943 he joined the Fleet Air Arm. On demobilisation he worked briefly for the family shipping firm before deciding to train as a doctor; he took his Oxford BM in 1956. He worked at the American Hospital in Paris, the Royal London Hospital, and Great Ormond Street, before moving to Kobe, Japan, where for almost half a century he looked after the expatriate community and the crews of ships which docked at its port. He was survived by his Japanese wife Ikuko and six daughters, another daughter and a step-daughter from his first marriage having predeceased him.
28 June 1941 – 2 December 2012
The publisher Christopher John Dusser Davis died on 2 December 2012, aged 71. He was educated at Bradfield College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read English and graduated in 1962. After a short stint at the Bank of England he joined the staff of the publisher Paul Hamlyn. In the late 1970s, together with Christopher Dorling and Peter Kindersley, he founded Dorling Kindersley, publisher of lavishly illustrated books; he ran the business side of the venture. He at one point left the company but was soon brought back by its new owners, Pearson. He finally retired in 2005. He was survived by his wife Linda and a son.
Sir Humphrey Potts
18 August 1931 – 2 December 2012
Sir (Francis) Humphrey Potts, judge, died on 2 December 2012, aged 81. He grew up in Penshaw, Co. Durham, and was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, and St Catherine’s Society, Oxford, where he graduated in Jurisprudence in 1953 and was awarded the BCL in 1954. He read for the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, where he was a Tancred Student and Cholmeley Scholar. He joined the North Eastern circuit in 1955 and practised in Newcastle until 1971, when he took silk. He was a recorder from 1972 to 1986, and a judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) from 1986 to 2001, being awarded the customary knighthood in 1986. Among his more high-profile cases were the trials of Anthony Sawoniuk, convicted of murder in 1999 for his part in war crimes in Belarus during the Second World War, and of Jeffrey Archer, the politician and novelist convicted of perjury in 2001. He was also the first chairman of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission from 1997 to 2001. He was survived by his wife Philippa, two sons, and two stepsons.
11 March 1923 – 30 November 2012
(Philip) Stephen Gray OBE, arts administrator, died on 30 November 2012, aged 89. Born in Guildford, the son of a clergyman, he was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Oxford. He took classical moderations in 1942 and literae humaniores in 1949, having in the interim worked at Bletchley Park. On graduating he joined the Bank of England. In 1950 he and David Cairns set up the Chelsea Opera Group, and in 1957 he left Threadneedle Street to work on the administration side for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Two years later he joined the Philharmonia, and from 1964 to 1987 he was the general manager of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he worked with five principal conductors. In retirement he stepped in to turn round the fortunes of the Bluecoat Society of Arts in Liverpool. He was survived by his wife Frances and their two children.
26 January 1916 – 29 November 2012
Velia Abdel-Huda, otherwise known as Princess Lulie, died on 29 November 2012, aged 96. She was born in Cairo into a distinguished Turkish family with long experience of service to the Ottoman emperors; her father was later Prime Minister of Transjordan. She was educated by governesses and at Lady Margaret Hall, where she read Modern History. On the outbreak of the Second World War she was recruited by the British Information Service and was posted to Cairo then Palestine, where she began a lifelong friendship with Freya Stark, and engagement with the Palestinian cause. After the war she studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute under Anthony Blunt. She continued to live in London, latterly in a house in Chelsea which she part let to lodgers and tenants, her ancestral lands in Egypt having been confiscated under Nasser. In 1963 she married a cousin, Prince Osman-Oglu, but she also enjoyed a thirty-year liaison with the MP and barrister Sir John Foster. She was known for her sparkling dinner parties and her flamboyant personality.
23 May 1934 – 27 November 2012
The Hon. Nicholas Assheton CVO, stockbroker and banker, died on 27 November 2012, aged 78. The son of Ralph Assheton, first Baron Clitheroe, chairman of the Conservative Party, he was educated at Eton and, after national service in the Life Guards, Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Modern History, graduating in 1957. On leaving Oxford he joined the stock exchange, becoming a partner of Montagu, Loebl, Stanley in 1960 (and senior partner from 1978 to 1986). After the firm was taken over by Flemings he joined Coutts Bank, where he was a director from 1987 to 1999. He was Treasurer and Extra Equerry to HM the Queen Mother from 1998 to 2002. He was also chairman of SG Hambros Bank & Trust Ltd. from 2000 to 2007, and was involved in many charitable activities. He was survived by his wife Jacqueline (a daughter of Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur Harris) and their three children.
15 July 1938 – 21 November 2012
Stephen Irwin (Steve) Abrams, psychologist and campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis, died on 21 November 2012, aged 74. Born in Chicago, he attended Duke University in North Carolina, where he studied under Wilhelm Reich, followed by graduate work at the University of Chicago. From 1960 to 1967 he was an advanced student at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and headed a unit in the Department of Psychology investigating extrasensory perception. In 1967 he shot to fame when he published a chapter on ‘The Oxford Scene and the Law’ in a book entitled The Book of Grass. His claim that as many as 500 Oxford students regularly smoked cannabis led to many newspaper headlines. Later the same year he founded the Society for Mental Awareness to campaign for legalisation, and organised the letter published in The Times on 24 July 1967 calling for reform of the law, and signed by 65 of the great and good. Abrams, who moved to London, remained thereafter closely involved in the movement for cannabis law reform, and practised as a Jungian analyst. His marriage ended in divorce.
13 August 1929 – 20 November 2012
Rosemary Davidson, publisher and author, died on 20 November 2012, aged 83. Born in Burnley, the daughter of a tax inspector (and sister of the diplomat and food writer Alan Davidson), she was brought up in Newcastle, Monkseaton (Northumbria), and Leeds. She read French and German at Lady Margaret Hall, graduating in 1951. She then worked for the publishers Ernst Klett Verlag in Stuttgart, Longmans, and Cambridge University Press, for all three publishers devising language teaching materials, initially from German to English, then from English to German and French. She retired from Cambridge University Press in 1989. From 1987 until a few months before her death she ran the Broughton House Gallery in Cambridge, showcasing in particular the work of local artists. She was an expert on the work of Gwen Raverat (Charles Darwin’s granddaughter), on whom she wrote a number of books. She lived latterly in Reeth, in the Yorkshire Dales.
30 July 1925 – 18 November 2012
William Edward John (Bill) McCarthy, Baron McCarthy, industrial relations expert, died on 18 November 2012, aged 87. Born in Islington, the son of a shipping clerk, he left Holloway County School at fourteen to become a shop assistant. During the latter part of the Second World War he saw military service in the Middle East. An active trade unionist, he won a scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford, funded by the shopworkers’ union, Usdaw; he went on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College, and stayed on to study for a DPhil, awarded in 1962, on the closed shop. He became a research fellow at Nuffield College in 1959, and in 1970 succeeded Allan Flanders as University Lecturer in Industrial Relations; he was also a fellow of Nuffield and Templeton colleges, and was a leading member of what came to be known as the ‘Oxford school of industrial relations’. He produced numerous books, sat on numerous committees, and was involved in numerous arbitrations (including for thirteen years as chairman of the Railway Staff national Tribunal). A longstanding supporter of the Labour Party (he was chairman of Oxford City Labour Party for ten years), in 1975 he was made a life peer; from 1980 to 1997 he was Opposition front-bench spokesman in the Lords on employment matters. He was survived by his wife Margaret.
Rt Rev Kenneth Cragg
8 March 1913 – 13 November 2012
The Rt Rev (Albert) Kenneth Cragg, theologian and assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford since 1982, died on 13 November 2012, aged 99. He was born in Blackpool and educated at Blackpool Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he read Modern History and graduated in 1934. After two years at Tyndale Hall, Bristol, he was ordained a curate in 1936. From 1939 to 1947 he was chaplain of All Saint’s, Beirut, which laid the foundations for his subsequent interest in and sympathy for Islam. Returning to England, he was rector of Longworth, Berkshire, while studying for his Oxford DPhil (on ‘Islam in the twentieth century’), awarded in 1950. Subsequent roles included as Professor of Arabic and Islamics at Hartford Seminary, Connecticut (1951-6), resident canon at St George’s Collegiate Church, Jerusalem (1956-61), Warden of St Augustine’s College, Canterbury (1961-7), and an assistant bishop in the Archdiocese of Jerusalem (1970-4). Later he taught at Sussex University and at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Among his numerous books were two now regarded as classics, The Call of the Minaret (1956) and Sandals in the Mosque (1959); he was keen to point out the similarities and affinities of both Islam and Judaism with the Christian tradition. He was survived by three sons, his wife Melita and a daughter having predeceased him.
15 January 1920 – 12 November 2012
Lt.-Col. Richard (Dick) Evans MC, army officer and farmer, died on 12 November 2012, aged 92. Born in Eyton, Herefordshire, he was educated at Stowe School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he read Agriculture and played rugby and tennis for the college. On the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, serving in North Africa and Italy and winning an MC in the fighting at Anzio. After the war he served in Palestine, the Sudan, Korea, and Kenya, finally retiring in 1963, when he returned to Herefordshire to farm; there he bred Holsteins and was a keen member of the Ludlow Hunt. He was survived by a son, his wife Marian having predeceased him.
21 April 1920 – 12 November 2012
Christopher Silver FRCP, geriatrician, died on 12 November 2012, aged 92. Born in Exeter, the son of a dentist, he was educated at Norwood School in Exeter, King’s School in Bruton, Somerset, and Hertford College, Oxford, where he qualified as a doctor in 1942 (and later took his DM in 1954). During the latter stages of the Second World War he served with the RAMC in North Africa, Italy, and India. Following a succession of jobs in general medicine he joined the London Chest Hospital in 1952, but with the success of new measures to combat tuberculosis he retrained as a geriatrician. He transformed the services at St Matthew’s Hospital, Shoreditch, and later took charge of the geriatric services in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In retirement he wrote a book on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s innovative prefabricated Crimean war hospital at Renkioi. He was survived by his four children, his wife Nancy (who had read Greats at Oxford and became a distinguished headmistress) having predeceased him.
Sir Rex Hunt
29 June 1926 – 11 November 2012
Sir Rex Masterman Hunt CMG, Governor of the Falkland Islands at the time of their invasion in 1982, died on 11 November 2012, aged 86. He was educated at Coatham School, Redcar, and, after service as a pilot in the RAF from 1944 to 1948 (including missions over Germany and the Far East in the latter stages of the war), St Peter’s Society, Oxford, where he read Jurisprudence and graduated in 1950. He entered the Overseas Civil Service in 1951, serving as a district officer in Uganda, then (through various transformations of the Colonial Office into the Commonwealth Relations Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Brunei, Ankara, Jakarta, Saigon, and Kuala Lumpur, the latter as Deputy High Commissioner. He became Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands in 1980, and became instantly famous for his defiance of the Argentine invaders in 1982. Deported to Uruguay, he returned to Stanley as Civil Commissioner after the recapture of the islands, becoming (briefly) Governor again before his retirement in 1985. He was knighted in 1982. He was survived by his wife Mavis and their two children.
29 November 1931 – 6 November 2012
Lisbeth-Anne Howard (Liz-Anne) Bawden (née Davies) MBE, lecturer in film studies and museum curator, died on 6 November 2012, aged 80. Born in Saltburn, Yorkshire, she was educated at Abbots Bromley School, Staffordshire, and St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she read Modern History. On graduating in 1953 she joined the Foreign Office, but she resigned soon after her marriage to Harry Bawden. After enrolling on a film course at the Slade School in London, she was invited to join the staff in 1965. In 1976 she edited the Oxford Companion to Film. She was active in the Association of University Teachers, whose national president she became in 1980. She retired to Lyme Regis, where she took over from the writer John Fowles as honorary curator of the Philpot (now Lyme Regis) Museum, and over the next twelve years she raised £750,000 for the museum’s renovation. The new museum won the Gulbenkian Prize on its re-opening in 1999. She was survived by her two children (her marriage having ended in divorce).
J. H. Burns
10 November 1921 – 4 November 2012
The historian James Henderson (Jimmy) Burns died on 4 November 2012, aged 90. Born in Linlithgow, the son of the manager of a paper mill, he was educated at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh, where he took a first degree in History. During the Second World War he was exempted from military service because of his poor eyesight, and worked for the BBC as a sub-editor. After the war he took the war-shortened course in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in 1947. From then until 1960 he was lecturer in political theory at Aberdeen University; in 1961 he began his long association with University College, London, here he was a reader then, from 1966 until his retirement in 1986, professor of the history of political thought. His published work ranged widely, but he was probably best known for his founding editorship of the Bentham Project at UCL, and for editing the medieval and early modern volumes of the Cambridge History of Political Thought. He was survived by his two sons, his wife Yvonne having predeceased him.
15 July 1922 – 3 November 2012
George Herbert Chesterton MBE, schoolmaster and cricketer, died on 3 November 2012, aged 90. Born in Shropshire, the son of a clergyman and great-nephew of the author G.K. Chesterton, he was educated at Malvern School before enlisting in the RAF. He served throughout the remainder of the Second World War flying Stirling bombers, dropping supplies to the French Resistance, transporting paratroopers during the invasion of Normandy, and towing gliders as part of Operation Market Garden. On demobilisation he went up to Brasenose College, Oxford, where he took a war-shortened degree in Geography, graduating in 1948 and winning a cricket Blue. He then taught at his old school, and was a housemaster from 1961 to 1976 and Second Master from 1973 to 1982. He meanwhile made 47 appearances for Worcestershire in the 1950s, taking 263 wickets at an average of 22.78, and then played for MCC for another nine years. He was president of Worcestershire CCC from 1990 to 1993 and chairman and president of Malvern Civic Society from 1985 to 2011. He was survived by his second wife, Vanessa, and two children of his first marriage.
4 October 1925 – 2 November 2012
The journalist and newspaper executive Roger Wood died on 2 November 2012, aged 87. Born in Antwerp, though of an English father, he spoke Flemish and no English until the age of seven. After wartime service with the RAF he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford, graduating in 1950. He first worked as a reporter on the Darlington-based Northern Echo before moving to Fleet Street. In 1962-3 he was briefly editor of the Daily Express, but moved into management, first at IPC (which included the Mirror group) then at the Sydney Morning Herald. From there he was poached by Rupert Murdoch to work in the US, first as editor of the weekly Star, then from 1977 to 1986 as editor of the New York Post. He more than doubled the circulation of the tabloid, which became known for its headlines, such as ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’. After stepping down from the New York Post he was for several years editorial director of News America, the US arm of News Corporation. He was survived by his wife Pat, a son, and two stepdaughters.
14 July 1916 – 1 November 2012
Mary Applebey CBE, civil servant and charity administrator, died on 1 November 2012, aged 96. The daughter of a scientist, she was educated at Oxford High School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she read French. After graduating in 1938 she worked in the War Office, then, after a spell in the Allied Control Commission in Berlin, the German section of the Foreign Office. In 1951 she resigned in order to become director of the National Association of Mental Health, which she led until 1974, during a period of profound change in social attitudes and legal frameworks. She presided over the launch in 1971 of the charity’s ‘Mind’ campaign, leading after her own tenure to the charity’s re-naming as Mind. She also served as a magistrate in the Inner London Juvenile Court and was a member of many government committees and inquiries. For many years she shared a home with her St Anne’s contemporary Edith (Ad) Leathart, who predeceased her.
29 October 1918 – 29 October 2012
The publisher and author Michael Geare died on 29 October 2012, his 94th birthday. Born in Exeter, the son of a solicitor, he was educated at St Peter’s School, Exmouth, and Allhallows School, Honiton. After working as a clerk he was called up in 1940 and served with an anti-tank unit in the retreat to Dunkirk. He subsequently served in India. After the war he took a war-shortened degree in Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in 1948, then worked for several years in the paper industry before finding his métier as a publisher, working first for Four Square Books then for J.M. Dent, and finally as deputy editor of The Bookseller. He wrote several humorous books, including Dracula’s Diary (1982) and Nothing So Became Them (1986), a spoof collection of obituaries written in collaboration with David Holloway. He was survived by his wife, the travel writer Carol Wright.
28 May 1944 – 27 October 2012
The musicologist Stephen Daw died on 27 October 2012, aged 68. Born in Caterham, Surrey, he was educated at Beauchamp Grammar School, New College, Oxford, where he studied under David Lumsden, and the Royal Academy of Music, where he was taught by Lennox Berkeley. He returned to New College then Worcester College, Oxford, where he undertook postgraduate studies. A brief spell schoolteaching was followed by more than twenty-five years at the Birmingham School of Music (during which time it became the Birmingham Conservatoire). He was a noted Bach scholar, but wrote more widely on the music of the Baroque, including for such publications as The Musical Times and Hi-Fi Review. His own compositions were few but admired, and included Ten Scottish Impressions for guitar (1975). He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1988. He was survived by his wife Gillian and their two sons.
27 May 1920 – 26 October 2012
The brewing magnate Michael Webster died on 26 October 2012, aged 92. He was educated at Stowe and Magdalen College, Oxford, but his education was interrupted by the Second World War, during which he served with the Grenadier Guards. A descendant on his mother’s side of Harvey Combe, the brewer who in the early 1800s bought the Woodyard Brewery in Covent Garden, he joined Watney Combe Reid & Co. in 1946, becoming chairman in 1963. Following mergers, he was chairman of Watney Mann Ltd. from 1970 to 1972, but was unable to prevent its takeover by Grand Metropolitan. He was later a director of the National Provident Institution and chairman of the Fitch Lovell food group. He was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1971 and Deputy Lieutenant from 1975 to 1990. He was survived by three daughters and two stepdaughters, his wife Isabel having predeceased him.
1 February 1939 – 23 October 2012
Owen Dryhurst Roberts, television executive, died on 23 October 2012, aged 73. Born in Anglesey, the son of a headmaster, his first language was Welsh. He was educated at Llangefni Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he read Modern History, graduating in 1961, and was an active member of the Dafydd ap Gwilym Society. On graduating he joined Television Wales and the West as a reporter and subsequently current affairs editor. In 1968, when HTV won the regional franchise, he transferred to it, as Head of News. In 1972 he moved to BBC Wales as Head of News and Current Affairs, and later Assistant Head of Ptrogrammes. His career was tragically cut short by the onset of multiple sclerosis. He was survived by his wife Ann Clwyd, the Labour MP.
28 April 1915 – 21 October 2012
The forester Frederick Cornelius (Fred) Hummel died on 21 October 2012, aged 97. He was born in Switzerland, the son of a forester in the Colonial Forest Service who was of German descent but a naturalised British subject. He completed his education in Augsburg, Germany, and in 1938 joined the Uganda Forest Service; from 1941 he also served in the King’s African Rifles. In 1946 he joined the Forestry Commission, meanwhile taking his Oxford BSc in 1951 and DPhil in 1953, at Wadham College. From 1961 to 1966 he was seconded to Mexico under a UN scheme, where he was co-director of the National Forest Inventory. From 1973 to 1980 he was head of the Forestry Division of the Commission of the European Communities. He published several books about forestry, and a volume of memoirs. He was survived by his wife Floriana, their three daughters, and a son from his first marriage; another son predeceased him.
30 May 1930 – 19 October 2012
John Latto Farquharson (Ian) Buist CB, civil servant and gay rights campaigner, died on 19 October 2012, aged 82. The son of a Scottish army doctor, he was educated at Dalhousie Castle School, Winchester College, and New College, Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores. Immediately after graduating in 1952 he joined the Colonial Office as an assistant principal. He served in Kenya in 1954-6 and in East Africa again from 1962 to 1969, and was viewed as an enlightened influence on British policies in the region both pre- and post-independence. From 1976 to 1990 he was an Under Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with responsibility for the Overseas Development Administration (the former Ministry for Overseas Development). He was a member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality from 1972 and, a lifelong member of the Church of Scotland, an active member of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. He was predeceased by his partner, Dennis Regensburg.
Sir John Moreton
28 December 1917 – 14 October 2012
Sir John Oscar Moreton KCMG, KCVO, MC, army officer and diplomat, died on 14 October 2012, aged 94. Born in Oakham, Rutland, the son of a vicar, he was educated at St Edward’s School, Oxford, and Trinity College, Oxford, where he took classical moderations in 1938, and won a Blue in athletics. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Artillery in France and Belgium, and then in Burma, where he won an MC in 1944 during the battle of Kohima. On demobilisation he joined the Colonial Office. He served in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion, and as private secretary to Alan Lennox-Boyd was involved in the independence negotiations of Ghana, Nigeria, and other countries. He was Ambassador to Vietnam, 1969-71, High Commissioner in Malta, 1972-4, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, 1974-5, and finally Minister at the Washington embassy, 1975-7. He was knighted (KCVO) in 1976. He was survived by his wife Peggy and their three daughters.
17 July 1910 – 12 October 2012
James Elliott Coyne OM, Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1955 to 1961, died on 12 October 2012, aged 102. Born in Winnipeg, the son of a judge, he was educated at Ridley College, Ontario, the University of Manitoba, and, as a Rhodes Scholar, the Queen’s College, Oxford, where he graduated in Jurisprudence in 1933 and took his BCL in 1934. He practised as a barrister and solicitor in Manitoba, and was briefly financial attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Washington before service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. On demobilisation he joined the Bank of Canada, becoming deputy governor in 1950 and governor in 1954. He was perhaps best known for the ‘Coyne affair’, when, having been an outspoken critic of the Diefenbaker government’s economic policies, he was removed from his job by the Progressive Conservative-dominated House of Commons on the pretext that he had excessively increased his own pension, only to be reinstated by the Liberal-controlled Senate. He nevertheless resigned from his position. He was then chairman of York Trust for a number of years, but fell out with its founder, and was ousted by the board of directors. He was survived by his wife Meribeth and their five children.
22 August 1921 – 11 October 2012
The cricketer, footballer, fly-fisherman and journalist Henry Anthony (Tony) Pawson OBE died on 11 October 2012, aged 91. The son of Guy Pawson, who played cricket for Oxford University from 1908 to 1911, he was educated at Winchester College and, after war service with the Rifle Brigade in North Africa and Italy, Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Modern History, graduating in 1948, and won Blues for both cricket and football. He played cricket for Kent and football for Charlton Athletic and the Pegasus team (consisting of Oxford and Cambridge graduates); he was a member of the Pegasus teams which won the FA Amateur Cup in 1951 and 1953. He then worked in industry as a personnel director and adviser, for Reed International, the Brewers’ Society, and the Paper Industry Federation, before becoming cricket and football correspondent for The Observer. He was also a keen fly-fisherman, and in 1984, in Spain, was the first Englishman to win the world fly-fishing title. He was survived by three children, his wife Hilaire having predeceased him.
29 January 1931 – 6 October 2012
Anthony Cooke, musician and schoolmaster, died on 6 October 2012, aged 81. The son of a Linotype operator on The Birmingham Post, he was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and Keble College, Oxford, where he was an organ scholar and read Music. Graduating in 1952, he taught at Highgate School in north London, before becoming director of music at King Edward’s Grammar School, Aston, then (from 1964) Leeds Grammar School. A talented organist, pianist and harpsichordist, he was closely involved in the affairs of the Incorporated Association of Organists among many other bodies, and enjoyed leading choir and society tours. He was unmarried.
J. J. C. Smart
16 September 1920 – 6 October 2012
The philosopher John Jamieson Carswell (Jack) Smart died on 6 October 2012, aged 92. Born in Cambridge, the son of the astronomer William Marshall Smart (and brother of the scholar of religion, Ninian Smart), he was educated at the Leys School, Cambridge, Glasgow University, and, after war service in India and Burma, the Queen’s College, Oxford, where he gained his BPhil in 1948. Moving to Australia, he was professor of philosophy at the University of Adelaide, 1950-72, La Trobe University, 1972-6, and the Australian National University, 1976-85. He was noted for his contributions to the philosophy of mind, and especially his arguments in favour of a materialist or ‘physicalist’ explanation of mental activities such as consciousness, thought, and sensation, and in favour of utilitarianism in ethical philosophy. He was an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College and the Queen’s College, Oxford. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth and the two children of his first marriage.
Dom Alberic Stacpoole
19 April 1931 – 30 September 2012
(Humphrey Adam) John Stacpoole MC, later Dom Alberic Stacpoole, soldier, monk and scholar, died on 30 September 2012, aged 81. Born in Belfast, the son of an army officer, he was educated at Ampleforth and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He served in the army from 1951 to 1960, winning an MC in Korea in 1953, and serving in Cyprus during the EOKA campaign. In 1960 he returned to Ampleforth to become a monk. He read Modern History at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, graduating in 1966, and returned to Ampleforth, where he taught, and was ordained priest in 1970. He was subsequently senior tutor and twice acting Master of St Benet’s Hall before finally returning to Ampleforth in 1990, where for some time he was parish priest of two neighbouring towns. He was for many years editor of the Ampleforth Journal; he also edited books on York (1972) and The Vatican Council by Those Who Were There (1988), but was perhaps more widely known for his expertise in military history, deployed in letters to the newspapers. He died at Ampleforth.
7 March 1937 – 29 September 2012
Foulath Hadid, accountant and author, died on 29 September 2012, aged 75. Born in Baghdad, the son of the politician Muhammad Hadid, he attended Victoria College, in Alexandria, Egypt, and Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he read Law, before qualifying as a chartered accountant. He later studied business at Harvard. He worked initially for Arthur Young (opening their office in Beirut) before becoming a partner in Peat, Marwick and Mitchell. In 2000 he was elected to a Senior Associate Membership at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he edited his father’s memoirs, and wrote a book, published posthumously, on Iraq’s democracy movement in the 1940s and 1950s. He became an honorary fellow of St Antony’s in 2004, and in 2010 was named a special adviser to the Warden. He was instrumental in raising funds for the college’s Middle East Centre, and for the college’s current building programme. His sister Zaha Hadid designed the new building for St Antony’s Middle East Centre. He was survived by his wife Lalla Kenza Alaoui, a member of the Moroccan royal family, and two children.
3 January 1946 – 28 September 2012
The journalist and environmental campaigner Crispin Aubrey died on 28 September 2012, aged 66. The son of an insurance broker, he was educated at Leighton Park School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read English. He worked as a reporter on the Hampshire Chronicle before joining Time Out, then a radical campaigning publication. He came to national prominence in 1978 in the so-called ‘ABC trial’, when he, John Berry, an ex-corporal from Signals Intelligence, and the journalist Duncan Campbell were tried at the Old Bailey for offences under the Official Secrets Act relating to an investigation into GCHQ. After a long trial, during which the most serious charges were dropped, the three were found guilty of lesser charges under section 2 of the Act. Aubrey and Campbell were given conditional discharges, and Berry a suspended sentence. After the trial he worked as a freelance journalist, and became an environmental campaigner, publishing a number of books on the nuclear industry, and in favour of wind farms. He was for some years a press officer for the Glastonbury Festival. He was survived by his wife Sue and three daughters.
11 November 1937 – 26 September 2012
Count Zygmunt Zamoyski, a Polish aristocrat, died on 26 September 2012, aged 74. Born in London, the son of Count Andrew Zamoyski, who suffered from manic depression and was unable to work, and his wife Priscilla Stucley, headmistress of Southover School for Girls in Sussex, he was educated at Stowe and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Modern History, graduating in 1961. He twice read for the Bar but on both occasions failed to complete his exams. At various points he worked as a trainee borstal officer, a caretaker, and a refuse collector. Following the fall of the Communist regime in Poland he returned there and taught English as a foreign language in Zamość and Warsaw, and achieved prominence through his campaign against students cheating in exams. He was survived by his American wife, Patricia.
Dame Louise Johnson
26 September 1940 – 25 September 2012
Dame Louise Napier Johnson DBE, FRS, David Phillips Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Professorial Fellow, Corpus Christi College, from 1990 to 2007, died on 25 September 2012, aged 71. She was educated at Wimbledon High School for Girls and University College, London, before pursuing research under Sir Lawrence Bragg at the Royal Institution, where she was awarded her PhD in 1965. After a short spell as a research assistant at Yale she joined the Department of Zoology at Oxford as a demonstrator in 1973. She became a lecturer in molecular biophysics in 1973, and an additional fellow of Somerville College the same year. In 2003 (while still David Phillips Professor at Oxford) she became Director of Life Sciences at the Diamond Light Source, Hartwell, a position she held until 2008. She was particularly noted for her work elucidating the structure and functions of enzymes, beginning with lysozomes, on which she worked with David Phillips, and moving on to glycogen phosphorylases and protein kinases. As well as numerous papers in scientific journals she was the co-author, with Tom Blundell, of the classic textbook, Protein Crystallography (1976). She was elected FRS in 1990 and appointed DBE in 2003. She was survived by her two children, her husband, Abdus Salam, the Nobel prize-winning physicist, having predeceased her in 2006.
23 July 1975 – 21 September 2012
Michael Edward Thomas Stanley, artist and director of Modern Art Oxford from 2009 to 2012, died on 21 September 2012, aged 37. Born in Widnes, Cheshire, he was educated at SS John Fisher and Thomas More High School in Colne and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, where his pieces for his BFA included a series of Super-8 film loops of a collapsing chair. He continued to work as an artist but was increasingly drawn to curating, organising his first exhibition in 1997. After curating a series of celebrated exhibitions at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, in 2004 he became director of Milton Keynes Gallery. As director of Modern Art Oxford he oversaw a radical series of exhibitions across the city (ranging from the Radcliffe Observatory to Rose Hill housing estate), as well as at the gallery’s central Oxford premises. He was survived by his wife, the painter and printmaker Carrina Robson, and their three children.
Sir John Wallace
9 September 1934 – 20 September 2012
Sir John Hamilton Wallace KNZM, a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand from 1982 to 1996, died on 20 September 2012, aged 78. He was educated at King’s College, Auckland, Auckland University, and Merton College, Oxford, where he read Jurisprudence, graduating in 1957. He was called to the English bar in 1958 and admitted to the New Zealand bar the following year. He built up a substantial practice in New Zealand, specialising in civil and commercial litigation. He was chairman of the Equal Opportunities Tribunal (1978-82), the Human Rights Commission (1984-9), and the Royal Commission on the Electoral System (1985-6), which led to the adoption of the mixed member proportional representation system for the New Zealand parliament. He was also president of the Electoral Commission (1994-6), and deputy president of the Law Commission (1991-6). He was knighted in 1997 and elected an honorary fellow of Merton College in 2006. He was survived by his wife Libby and their two children.
23 October 1930 – 19 September 2012
John Patrick Brasier-Creagh, known as Patrick Creagh, poet and translator, died on 19 September 2012, aged 81. The son of a naval officer, he was educated at Wellington College and, following national service with the RAF (from which he was prematurely discharged), Brasenose College, Oxford, where he read English. After graduating in 1955 he lived mainly in Italy. He produced several volumes of poems between 1962 and 1980, but was better known for his translations of Italian authors including Giacomo Leopardi, Italo Calvino, Gesualdo Bufalino, and Antonio Tabucchi. He was survived by his partner, Susan Rose, and by two children.
3 October 1928 – 13 September 2012
The psychiatrist (James) Griffith Edwards CBE died on 13 September 2012, aged 83. Born in India, the son of a veterinary bacteriologist, he was educated at home by his mother then Andover Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he switched from mathematics and physics to medicine, completing his training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, in 1955. He then trained as a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital in London (which became the National Addiction Centre in 1991), where he remained until his retirement in 1994 as successively a researcher, a lecturer, a senior lecturer, a reader and from 1979 Professor of Addiction Behaviour. He was principal investigator from 1967 to 1970 and then director from 1970 to 1994 of the Addiction Research Unit there, and from 1978 to 2005 he was editor of the British Journal of Addiction (renamed Addiction in 1993). He published around 40 books (including latterly many works on medical history) and almost 200 scientific papers, and was much involved in advisory work for the government and charitable work (inter alia he established the charity Action on Addiction). He was survived by his second wife, Susan, and two children of his first marriage (one daughter having predeceased him).
30 October 1933 – 11 September 2012
Maurice Hugh Keen OBE, FBA, fellow and tutor in medieval history at Balliol College from 1961 to 2000 (and thereafter emeritus fellow), died on 11 September 2012, aged 78. The son of Hugh Keen, Keeper of the University Chest at Oxford, he was educated at Winchester and, after national service in the Royal Ulster Rifles, Balliol College, Oxford, where he was taught by Richard Southern. After graduating in 1957 he spent four years as a junior research fellow at the Queen’s College before returning to Balliol, where he succeeded Southern as tutor in medieval history. Among his many notable books were The Outlaws of Medieval Legend (1961), The Laws of War in the Later Middle Ages (1965), A History of Medieval Europe (1968), Chivalry (1984), and Origins of the English Gentleman (2002). He was elected an FBA in 1990. He was survived by his wife Mary (sister of the military historian John Keegan) and their three daughters.
21 March 1929 – 5 September 2012
John Geoffrey Tristram Lawrence, second Baron Oaksey and fourth Baron Trevethin OBE, jockey and racing journalist, died on 5 September 2012, aged 83. The son of Geoffrey Lawrence, first Baron Oaksey, who officiated at the Nuremburg Trials and subsequently became a lord of appeal in ordinary, he was educated at Eton, New College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 1952, and Yale Law School. However, he gave up his initial ambition to follow his father into law in order to pursue his career as an amateur jockey under National Hunt rules. Between 1956 and 1975 he won over 200 races, was champion National Hunt amateur jockey in 1957-8 and 1970-1, and came second in the Grand National in 1963, but was always self-deprecating about his talent. He was more widely known as racing correspondent for the Daily Telegraph (1957-94), Horse and Hound (1959-88) and the Sunday Telegraph (1960-88), and as a racing commentator for ITV (1970-2002) and Channel 4 (1984-2002). He succeeded his father in 1971. He was survived by his second wife, Rachel, and the two children of his first marriage.
5 March 1916 – 4 September 2012
The composer Ian Parrott died on 4 September 2012, aged 96. Born in London, he was educated at Harrow School, the Royal College of Music, London, and New College, Oxford, where he was awarded a DMus in 1940. After a spell teaching at Malvern College and war service with the Royal Signals Corps in Egypt he taught at Birmingham University before taking up the Gregynog Chair of Music at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he remained from 1950 until 1983. His own compositions were much influenced by Welsh culture and history, by mysticism, and by his interest in psychical research; he achieved some notoriety for his orchestration of a symphony allegedly communicated by Beethoven to the medium Rosemary Brown. He also published widely, including studies of Elgar and Peter Warlock. He was survived by the two sons of his first marriage.
15 January 1953 – 29 August 2012
The historian Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke died on 29 August 2012, aged 59. Born in Lincoln, he was educated at Lancing College, the University of Bristol, where he read German, Politics and Philosophy, and Oxford, where he was awarded a DPhil in 1982 for a thesis on ‘The Ariosophists of Austria and Germany, 1890-1935’, examining the occult revival in German-speaking countries. His book The Occult Roots of Nazism (1985) went through several editions and was translated into 11 Languages. Though he later returned to this theme with studies of Savitri Devi and of neo-Nazism and the occult, his work also encompassed studies of Paracelsus, and of seventeenth-century Rosicrucianism, and a much-admired survey, Western Esoteric Traditions (2008). He was a research fellow at Lampeter from 2002 to 2005, and Professor of Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter from 2005. He was survived by his wife Clare.
2 April 1933 – 25 August 2012
The Scottish Liberal and Liberal Democrat MP and MSP Donald Cameron Easterbrook Gorrie OBE died on 25 August 2012, aged 79. Born in India, the son of a forestry officer, he returned to Scotland aged six then was educated at Oundle School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he took classical moderations but switched to Modern History, graduating in 1957. A talented athlete, he won an Oxford Blue three years running and in 1955 broke the Scottish 880 yards record. After graduating he taught at Gordonstoun School and Marlborough College before returning to Scotland as an adult lecturer in Scottish history. He was a full-time employee of the Scottish Liberal party from 1968 to 1975 but left to found his own company, Edinburgh Translations Ltd. Active in Edinburgh local government, where he was leader of the Liberal group on both the Lothian regional and City of Edinburgh councils, he was Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West from 1997 to 2001 but after 1999 concentrated on his work as MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007; as an MSP he was one of a minority of LibDem MSPs who refused to form a coalition with Labour in the Scottish Parliament. He was survived by his wife Astrid, from the Salvesen shipping company family, and their two sons.
30 July 1918 – 25 August 2012
The organist and conductor Thomas Newburgh (Tim) Tunnard died on 25 August 2012, aged 94. Born in Norfolk, he was educated at Bedford School, the Royal College of Music in London, and New College, Oxford, where he was the Margaret Bridges Music Scholar. He completed his Oxford education after war service in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He then taught at Summer Fields School, Warwick School (where he founded the annual Warwick Festival), and King Edward’s School, Birmingham (where he was also organist and choir master at the Cathedral Church of St Philip). The last ten years of his career were spent as a schools inspector. He worked with many amateur choirs and orchestras, and wrote a number of anthems, responses, chants and hymn tunes, often for special occasions. He was survived by his second wife, Margaret, and the four children of his first marriage.
Sir Richard Evans
15 April 1928 – 24 August 2012
The diplomat Sir Richard Mark Evans KCMG, KCVO, died on 24 August 2012, aged 84. He was educated at the Dragon School, Oxford, Repton School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Modern History, graduating in 1949. He joined the Foreign Service in 1952. His first posting to Beijing was in 1955-7; he returned in 1962-4 and in 1972-4 was head of the FCO’s Far Eastern Department. After posts dealing with the economic matters in Stockholm, Paris, and London (including as assistant then deputy under-secretary of state), he served as ambassador to China from 1984 to 1988, a time which included the conclusion of the negotiations for the return to China of Hong Kong, and a state visit by the Queen in 1986. In retirement he was from 1988 to 1995 a senior research fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford (and thereafter an emeritus fellow). In 1993 he published Deng Xiaoping and the Making of Modern China. He was survived by his second wife, Grania, and their two sons.
1 June 1940 – 24 August 2012
Stephen Alastair Lumley Panton, parliamentary clerk, died on 24 August 2012, aged 72. The son of an RAF pilot, he was educated at Bedford School and Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 1961. He took the Civil Service entrance exam in 1963 and opted for the clerks’ office of the House of Commons, where he was to remain until 1998, becoming a formidable expert on procedures in parliament and select committees (as well as on the novels of Anthony Trollope). He was also known as one of the most eccentric members of the office, immortalised as the Senior Vote-Writer in Philip Hensher’s Kitchen Venom (1996). He was survived by his four children, his wife Elizabeth having predeceased him.
19 January 1925 – 22 August 2012
The novelist Nina Mary Bawden CBE died on 22 August 2012, aged 87. Born Nina Mary Mabey in Ilford, Essex, the daughter of a naval engineer, she was educated at Ilford County High School and Somerville College, Oxford, where she switched from French to Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 1946, the year of her marriage to her first husband, Henry Bawden, an ex-RAF pilot and classicist at St John’s. They had two sons but divorced, and in 1954 she married the broadcaster Austen Kark. She published her first novel, Who Calls the Tune?, the previous year and in total published more than fifty novels which ranged from detective novels and domestic dramas to children’s fiction. She was perhaps best known for her novels Carrie’s War (1973) and Circles of Deceit (1987). She was severely injured in the Potters Bar rail crash in 2002, which claimed the life of her husband; she was survived by their daughter and one son from her first marriage.
6 August 1916 – 20 August 2012
Dominic (Dom) Mintoff, Prime Minister of Malta from 1955 to 1958 and 1971 to 1984, died on 20 August 2012, aged 96. Born in Cospicua, Malta, the son of a Royal Navy cook, he was educated at the Seminary and Lyceum in Valletta, the Royal University of Malta, where he studied engineering and architecture, and, as a Rhodes Scholar, Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Engineering Science, graduating in 1941. After working for the War Office he returned to Malta where he set up a thriving architectural practice and joined the Malta Labour Party, of which he became leader in 1949. In 1955 he swept to power on a manifesto which included integration with Britain, but negotiations foundered and in 1958 he resigned and threw his energies into the movement for independence, achieved in 1964. As prime minister from 1971 he pursued policies of nationalisation and non-alignment, introduced the republican constitution of 1974, and oversaw the final withdrawal of British forces in 1979. He retired as prime minister in 1984 (handing over to his successor as leader of the Malta Labour Party, Carmelo Bonnici) but remained a member of parliament until 1998. He was survived by two daughters, his wife Moyra having predeceased him.
Lord Morris of Manchester
23 March 1928 – 12 August 2012
Alfred (Alf) Morris AO, QSO, Baron Morris of Manchester, politician, died on 12 August 2012, aged 84. Born in the Ancoats area of Manchester, the son of a former soldier who had been gassed during the First World War, and who as a result suffered chronic disability ending with his early death (leaving the family without a pension), he was educated at Brook Dale Park School, Manchester. He left at fourteen to work for a brewery but furthered his education through evening classes. After national service in the Middle East he attended Ruskin College, Oxford, then studied Modern History as a member of St Catherine’s Society, graduating in 1953. He taught for two years in Manchester, and worked in industrial relations for eight years before becoming Labour and Co-operative MP for Manchester Wythenshawe from 1964 to 1997. He was most notable as a campaigner for the disabled, introducing the ground-breaking Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 as a private member’s bill, and being the first Minister for the Disabled from 1974 to 1979, in which position he compelled Distillers to make provision for thalidomide victims. He continued to campaign for the rights of the disabled until the end of his life. He was survived by his wife Irene and four children.
29 July 1917 – 9 August 2012
Stephen Lushington, schoolteacher and educationist, died on 9 August 2012, aged 95. The son of an army officer father and a novelist mother, he was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he read English. On graduating in 1939 he taught briefly at Eton before being called up for war service. On demobilisation he became an English master at Westminster, where he was also a housemaster much respected by his pupils, including the diarist and playwright Simon Gray. He resigned in 1964 in protest at the failure to discipline a senior master accused of impropriety. He then spent five years as a Nuffield and Schools’ Council fellow, working on a new teaching programme for linguistics and English, before returning to teaching at Dunford Approved School and Manchester Grammar School (where his pupils included Nicholas Hytner). From 1972 to 1983 he was headmaster of Brick Wall School for dyslexic boys, at Northiam, where he helped many to achieve their potential. He was survived by his third wife, Beatrice, and by two children from his earlier marriages.
3 November 1932 – 8 August 2012
David Byatt MBE, headmaster of Battisborough School, Devon, from 1961 to 1970 and Second Master (subsequently Warden) of Gordonstoun School from 1970 to 1993, died on 8 August 2012, aged 79. Born in Hertfordshire, the son of the colonial governor Sir Horace Byatt, he was educated at the Gordonstoun preparatory school in Wester Elchies, then Gordonstoun School itself, and, after national service in the Royal Navy, New College, Oxford, where he read Agriculture and graduated in 1956. He worked for Pfizer in Folkestone before becoming headmaster of Battisborough School, modelled on Gordonstoun. On returning to Gordonstoun as a master he taught biology, and was involved in organising many extra-curricular activities; he was later a leading figure in the Atlantic Challenge Maritime Training Trust, and in the Moray Society (of which he was president from 1997 to 2000). In retirement he acted as Gordonstoun’s archivist.
25 February 1922 – 2 August 2012
The agricultural scientist William Francis (Frank) Raymond CBE died on 2 August 2012, aged 90. Born in Weston-super-Mare, he was educated at Bristol Grammar School and the Queen’s College, Oxford, where he studied Chemistry. His education was interrupted after taking part one in 1943, when he was directed to work as a scientific officer at the Institute of Medical Research, studying airborne infections in closed environments, such as submarines. After the war he worked at the Grassland Improvement Station in Drayton and the Grassland Research Institute in Hurley before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), where he was deputy chief scientist from 1972 to 1980 and chief scientist from 1980 to 1982. In retirement he remained active as a researcher and writer, and in such organisations as the British Grassland Society, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and the Family Farmers’ Association. He was a keen and talented gardener. He was survived by his wife Betty and four children.
Sir John Keegan
15 May 1934 – 2 August 2012
The military historian Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan OBE died on 2 August 2012, aged 78. The son of a school inspector, he was educated at King’s College, Taunton, Wimbledon College, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in Modern History in 1957. He spent two years working for the US Embassy as a political analyst before joining the staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, where he remained until 1986, when he became defence correspondent of the Daily Telegraph (until 2009). He was the author of a number of influential works of military history, including The Face of Battle (1976), A History of Warfare (1993), which won the Duff Cooper prize, The First World War (1998), which received the Westminster Medal, and The American Civil War (2009). He was appointed OBE in 1991 for his coverage of the first Gulf war, and knighted in 2000. He was survived by his wife Susanne and their four children.
The Rev Christopher Evans
7 November 1909 – 30 July 2012
The Rev Christopher Francis Evans FBA, Professor of New Testament Studies, King’s College, London, from 1962 to 1977, died on 30 July 2012, aged 102. Born in Birmingham, he was educated at King Edward’s School there, and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. After Lincoln Theological College he spent four years as a curate in Southampton. Thereafter his career was spent in teaching and research, first at Lincoln Theological College, then at Lincoln Training College, London, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he was chaplain, fellow, and lecturer in Divinity from 1948 to 1958, and where he was remembered for his brilliant lectures on the gospels. He spent four years as Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham before moving to London. Among many outstanding works he was best known for his commentary on St Luke’s Gospel, eventually published as Saint Luke in 1990. His writings were underpinned by his belief that a critical approach to the scriptures could enhance rather than undermine faith. He was elected FBA in 1991. He was survived by a son, Jonathan, also an ordained priest of the Church of England.
19 April 1934 – 29 July 2012
Norman Francis Blake, scholar of medieval literature and language, died on 29 July 2012, aged 78. Born in Ceará, Brazil, the son of the manager of the Bank of London and South America, he was educated at Magdalen College School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read English and was tutored by C.S. Lewis. He graduated in 1956 and stayed on to take a BLitt in 1959 in Old Norse. His edition of the Saga of the Jomsvikings appeared in 1962. He taught at Liverpool and Toronto before becoming Professor of English Language at the University of Sheffield in 1973. His final academic post was as a research professor at De Montfort University. He published numerous books and articles on Caxton, Chaucer, and the history of the English language, including The English Language in Medieval Literature (1977) and the medieval volume of the Cambridge History of the English Language (1992). He and his wife Valerie adopted one daughter.
17 May 1943 – 29 July 2012
The American diplomat Lee Coldren died on 29 July 2012, aged 69. Born in California, he was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and, as a Rhodes Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1964. Abandoning a doctorate at Berkeley, he joined the US Foreign Service in 1970. His postings included Peru, Afghanistan (1974-7 and 1980-2), Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia (where he was consul-general in Surabaya), and Bangladesh (where he was deputy chief of mission). His last post was in Washington as director of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Affairs (1993-7). He was survived by his wife, Mary, and son, Daryl.
25 November 1930 – 27 July 2012
Laurence Paul Lyons Shurman, solicitor and ombudsman, died on 27 July 2012, aged 81. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Jurisprudence and graduated in 1954. After training as a solicitor he worked in Newcastle and London before setting up first Shurman and Bindman (with his old school friend Geoffrey Bindman) then his own firm, Shurman & Co. In 1967 he joined Kingsley Napley, of which he became managing partner in 1975, specialising in corporate and commercial work. In 1989 he was appointed the second Banking Ombudsman (the post having been created in 1985), remaining in that post until his retirement in 1996. He was instrumental in setting up the British Ombudsman Association, of which he was the first chair. He was also involved in numerous charitable organisations, particularly in the fields of education and the care of the elderly and disabled. He was the author of The Practical Skills of the Solicitor (1981 and subsequent editions). He was survived by his wife Mary and their three children.
6 June 1941 – 21 July 2012
The journalist Alexander Claud Cockburn died on 21 July 2012, aged 71. The son of the celebrated journalist Claud Cockburn, he was born in Scotland, raised in Ireland, and educated at Glenalmond School and Keble College, Oxford, where he read English and contributed to Cherwell. Graduating in 1963, he wrote for the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New Left Review, before moving in 1972 to New York. For ten years he was a columnist for the Village Voice; thereafter he was a columnist for The Nation, and co-founded the magazine Counter-Punch. In the United States he was known for his anti-Zionism and left-wing views, and the coruscating manner of their expression, though he was rather more of a libertarian than a socialist. He was twice married, first to the novelist Emma Tennant, and secondly to Katherine Kilgore, of New York. He was survived by his daughter, Daisy.
22 April 1923 – 21 July 2012
The glaciologist and polar explorer Geoffrey Francis Hattersley-Smith died on 21 July 2012, aged 89. Born into an army family, he was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford. His undergraduate career was interrupted by the Second World War, during which he served with the Royal Navy in the North Atlantic, off Normandy, and in the Indian Ocean, and was present at the relief of Singapore. He returned to Oxford to graduate in Geology in 1948. In 1956 he took a DPhil for a thesis on glaciology. Meanwhile he spent 18 months in the Antarctic with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, before joining the staff of the Canadian Defence Board. For more than twenty years he conducted an oceanographic survey of the Beaufort Sea, and he spent eighteen summers surveying Ellesmere Island’s ice cap (providing early evidence of global warming). On his return to Britain in the 1970s he worked for the Foreign Office, compiling a history of Antarctic place-names, published in two volumes in 1991. He also edited the diary of Tryggve Gran, the Norwegian explorer. He was survived by his wife Maria and their two daughters.
Sir Alastair Burnet
12 July 1928 – 20 July 2012
The broadcaster and journalist Sir James William Alexander (Alastair) Burnet died on 20 July 2012, aged 84. Born in Sheffield, he was educated at the Leys School (then evacuated from Cambridge to Pitlochry) and, after national service, Worcester College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. After graduating in 1950 he worked for the Glasgow Herald and then The Economist; as editor of the latter from 1965 to 1974 he almost doubled its circulation, but he was less successful as editor of the Daily Express from 1974 to 1976. Having worked as political editor of ITN in 1963-4 and having covered the 1964 and 1966 general elections for the company he returned in 1976 to be senior presenter of News at Ten, a position he held until 1991. He also wrote a number of books on royalty, and was knighted in 1984. In 1990 he had resigned from ITN’s board of directors in protest at the failure to make it independent of its parent broadcasting companies. He was survived by his wife Maureen.
22 January 1926 – 19 July 2012
Gerard L’Estrange Turner, historian of scientific instruments, died on 19 July 2012, aged 86. The son of an auctioneer, he was educated at Churcher’s College, Petersfield, and London University, where he took a degree in physics. He subsequently worked as a crystallographer for the General Electric Company and with Philco in Philadelphia. In 1963 he joined the staff of the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, where he remained for the next twenty-five years, producing a stream of authoritative papers and identifying the makers of many historical instruments. In 1988 he became a visiting professor at Imperial College, London. He was a president of the Royal Microscopical Society (whose instruments he catalogued and whose history he wrote) and of the British Society for the History of Science. He was awarded doctorates by the universities of London (1982) and Oxford (1996). He was survived by his two children, his wife Helen having predeceased him.
29 October 1923 – 16 July 2012
The journalist and newspaper executive (Frederick) John Holden Grant died on 16 July 2012, aged 88. Born in Lancashire, he was educated at Giggleswick School, Yorkshire, followed by Balliol College, Oxford. He took war-shortened classical moderations in 1942 then, after war service with the Royal Artillery in India, switched to English, graduating in 1949. After short spells with the Liverpool Post and Echo and the Manchester Guardian he joined the staff of The Times in 1955. He remained there, successively as defence correspondent, home news editor and (from 1970 to 1983) managing editor. In retirement he was editor of The Times crossword, until 1995, and continued thereafter to compile crosswords for the paper. He was survived by his wife Patricia and their three sons.
Sir David Fraser
30 December 1920 – 15 July 2012
General Sir David William Fraser GCB, OBE, army officer, died on 15 July 2012, aged 91. From a long line of soldiers, he was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, but left early to join the Grenadier Guards in 1941. After D-Day he served with the Guards Armoured Division in France and North-West Europe. His subsequent army career included service in Borneo during the ‘confrontation’ with Indonesia, and with the British Army of the Rhine. His final posts were as UK Military Representative to NATO, 1975-7, and Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies, 1978-80. He was knighted KCB in 1973 and advanced to GCB on retirement. He then turned to writing, and was the author of biographies of Rommel and Frederick the Great, and of ten historical novels. He was survived by his wife Julia, their four children, and the daughter of his first marriage.
18 December 1918 – 13 July 2012
The economist Ian Malcolm David Little CBE, FBA, died on 13 July 2012, aged 93. The son of an army officer, he was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His undergraduate career was interrupted by war service with the RAF, during which he was awarded the AFC for his work as a test pilot. Returning to Oxford, he completed his degree in 1947, in 1948 was elected a prize fellow of All Souls College, and in 1949 completed his DPhil. From 1950 to 1952 he was a fellow of Trinity College, then moved to Nuffield College, where he was to remain until 1976. From 1971 to 1976 he was Professor of the Economics of Underdeveloped Countries in Oxford, followed by two years as a special adviser to the World Bank. He was known especially for his work in development economics, and for his emphasis on trade liberalisation rather than protectionism as the key to growth. He was elected an FBA in 1973 and appointed CBE in 1997. He was survived by his wife Lydia, two stepchildren, and two children with his first wife (who died in 1984).
23 March 1931 – 11 July 2012
The historian and Russian scholar Harold (Harry) Shukman died on 11 July 2012, aged 81. Born in London, the son of a tailor who had fled the pogroms in Russia, he was educated at Hendon Technical College. National service gave him the opportunity to take the Russian course at Cambridge, and after completing his national service he took a degree in Russian and Serbo-Croat at Nottingham University. He went on to St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he was awarded a DPhil in 1961 for a thesis on the Jewish Labour Bund in pre-revolutionary Russia. For the rest of his career he was a university lecturer in Russian history and director of the Russian centre at St Antony’s College. Among his books were A History of World Communism (1975), written with Bill Deakin and H.T. Willetts, War or Revolution (2006), and numerous translations both of fiction and of non-fiction. He was survived by his second wife, Barbara, and the three children of his first marriage.
Sir Saxon Tate, bt
28 November 1931 – 11 July 2012
Sir (Henry) Saxon Tate CBE, fifth baronet, businessman, died on 11 July 2012, aged 80. Born in Park Lane, London, the son of the fourth baronet, he was educated at Eton and, after national service in the Life Guards, Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Modern History but left without taking a degree. He then joined the family firm, Tate & Lyle, sugar refiners, of which he became a director in 1956 and managing director in 1978. His attempts to diversify the business and introduce modern management methods were only partly successful, and in 1980 he moved aside to allow a Canadian, Neil Shaw, to take over as managing director, though he remained a director until 1999. (The firm was eventually acquired by American Sugar Refining Inc. in 2010.) From 1982 to 1985 he was chief executive of the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland, and from 1985 to 1991 he was chairman of the London Futures and Options Exchange (formerly the London Commodity Exchange). He spent his retirement in the Algarve. He was survived by his second wife, Ginny, and the four sons of his first marriage.
21 January 1929 – 6 July 2012
William (Bill) Norrie CM, OM, mayor of Winnipeg from 1979 to 1992, died on 6 July 2012, aged 83. Born in the St Boniface area of Winnipeg, he was educated at United College, Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba, where he took a law degree. A Rhodes scholar at the Queen’s College, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1953, he practised as a lawyer on his return to Winnipeg (being appointed a QC in 1977), and rapidly became involved in local government, initially as a trustee of the Winnipeg School Board. As mayor he spearheaded the Winnipeg Core Area Initiative, which saw $200 million invested in revitalising the most deprived areas of the city. In 1980 he was awarded an honorary LLD by the University of Manitoba in recognition of twenty-four years’ service to the University’s Board of Regents; he was later Chancellor of the University, from 2001 to 2009. He was survived by his wife Helen and one son, Fraser, two sons having predeceased him.
30 March 1960 – 1 July 2012
Squadron Leader Trevor Roche died on 1 July 2012, aged 52. Born in Tonbridge, Kent, he was educated at the Judd School and St John’s College, Oxford, where he read Engineering and trained as a pilot with the University Air Squadron. In 1981 he joined the RAF, winning five awards at the end of his pilot training. He was selected as a flying instructor and later was a formation leader with No 20 Squadron during the first Gulf War, flying 27 missions and being mentioned in despatches. He left the RAF in 1998 to join British Airways, flying Boeing 757s and 777s. He had a passion for vintage aircraft, and joined the Shuttleworth Trust in 1996, becoming the Trust’s chief pilot and flying 37 different types of vintage aircraft. He died when the engine of the 1923 de Havilland DH 53 Humming Bird he was piloting at Shuttleworth’s Old Warden Park cut out shortly after take-off. He was survived by his wife Katie and their two daughters.
Dr Alex May, who compiled these obituaries, is Research Editor at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.