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Deaths and obituaries 

With sadness, the University records the deaths of the following alumni.

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2010 - present


William Eyssautier, Infrastructure - 2017

Richard Garner, Philosophy - 11 June 2011

Stephen James Hamilton, Music - May 2012

Donald Hartley, Combined Studies - March 2017

Robin Augustin Lo, Music - 30 July 2012

Charles Anthony Sangster, Viking Studies - April 2013

Johanna Stapleton, French and Francophone Studies - August 2010


Emma Beal, Animal Science - 28 September 2017

Thomas Johnstone, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry - 20 August 2016

Sheila Omuri, Economics - 28 June 2011

Stuart Tyrer, Archaeology - 10 April 2012


Adeyanju Charles-Eigbe, Education - March 2012

Emma-Louise Fletcher, Psychology - 9 May 2012

Ariel Olson, Biology - 20 April 2012


Daniel Aslan, Manufacturing Engineering - 29 March 2017

Emma Cole, English - May 2017

Matthew Stansfield, Mathematics - 2015

Adam Stanfield, Sociology - 9 July 2012

Victor Tudorica, Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry - 24 February 2016


Prinka 'Pinky' Chumba, Mental Health Nursing - 8 September 2017


Hannah Browning, Modern Languages with Business - 11 May 2018

Michael Ridley, English - February 2019

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2000 - 2009


Dr (Deirdre) Diane Beale, Applied Psychology - 4 March 2016

Lucy Booth, Behavioural Science

Richard Dunham, Engineering - 2011

Donald Ebohon, Law - 22 June 2010

Natalie Flewitt, Art History - 2007

Christopher Gibson, Politics - March 2008

Former University student Christopher Gibson died March 2008 of a brain tumour, aged 29. Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham July 2000 with a BA Honours Degree in Politics. He went on to study at the University of Luton where he was admitted to the Degree of Master of Science with Distinction in Internet Technologies in 2005.  Chris worked as a Systems Analyst in Leeds until the summer of 2007.

Throughout his illness Chris remained positive and continued to pursue his passions of travel, green issues, cricket and real ale. During what was to be his final months Chris worked on the web site of Manorlands Hospice, where he attended as a day patient. The Mascot Gold Cup Charity Race held at Wetherby Race Course in April 2008 was dedicated to Chris' memory. Chris will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Obituary kindly supplied by Chris' parents Sue and Richard Gibson.

Louisa Hanson, Nursing

Daniel Haxell, Mathematics - 1 July 2006

Fatt Kwang Kew, Mechanical Engineering - 8 October 2011

Stephanie Kirby, Nursing - August 2011

Katherine MacKenzie, Urban Planning and Management - October 2015

Paul Richardson, Environmental Life Science - 2009

Donna Rix, Human Genetics - June 2018

Helen Snelders, Philosophy - August 2008

Tonko Viel, Continuing Professional Development and School Imp - March 2006


Mary Arthur, Archaeology - November 2008

Graeme Bell, Executive Version - 14 April 2011

Rosalia Carnero, Psychology

Anne Chambers, Local and Regional History

David Culpin, Continuing Education

Wendy Edmunds, British and Irish Art - 30 October 2007

Janet Faulkner, English Studies - 24 June 2010

Claire Hopkin, Occupational Psychology - August 2018

Anthony Howard, Hon LLD - 19 December 2010

Angus Hutchison-Brown, Computer Science - May 2008

Whilst living life to the full in Switzerland, has recently died due to a tragic accident.

Nicholas Platts, Economics

Alan Reffold, Civil Engineering - 2008

Christopher Thompson, Neuroscience - 4 September 2005


Judith Barlow, Problem-Centred Interventions - December 2011

Roger Cotter, Law - 16 May 2011

Jane Dawson, Business Administration - 13 June 2006

George Gretton, Law with Chinese Law - August 2018

Brian Jones, Local History - 1 September 2008

Dr Sally Pollard (Chappell, née Plummer), Clinical Laboratory Sciences - 16 June 2017

David Pool, Building Environment Engineering - 31 May 2018

Graham Shaw, Art History - May 2016


Natalia Bergier, Ancient History and Archaeology - 3 September 2013

Jamal Bidour, Business and Management - 6 July 2011

Rox Dixon, Russian - 6 December 2010

Tim Morris, Economics - 22 January 2012

Anya Peftibay, Management Studies - 2017

Mary Sheard, Education - 26 July 2014

Tribute and biography at the University of York.


Dr Mark Asquith, Biology - 7 June 2019

Cheryl Barnard, Education - March 2009

Anne-Gaelle Dupouy, Management - 16 September 2013

Jacqueline Emery, Medicine

Roger Hurt, Local History - 2013

Gareth Lockyer, Mechanical Engineering - February 2014

Danny Lynham, Chemistry - 30 August 2012

Frances Morris, Theological and Pastoral Studies - 2013

Lesley Nightingale (née Etches), Nursing - 26 November 2012

Dr Christopher Robinson, Archaeology - 29 April 2017

Sarah Stark, Nursing

Paul Winstone, Theological and Pastoral Studies - 2006


John Abnett, Civil Engineering - May 2008

Alexander Baker, German and History - 1 August 2015

Katherine Courts, French Studies - 10 March 2006

Michelle Denyer (née Rigley), Psychosocial Interventions - 2 October 2009

Dr Xiang Lin, Chemistry

Joseph Miller, Law - 1 December 2016

David Pearce, Adult Critical Care - 11 January 2010

Jacquelynne Peterson (née Hynd), Combination Studies - 7 November 2007

Mary Pratt (née Johnstone), Children's Health Care (Mental Health)

Richard Waddington, Electronic and Computer Engineering - 4 December 2009

Joanna Wright, Civil Engineering - 2006


John Bacon, Agriculture - May 2008

Valerie Coslett (née Dearmun), Nursing - January 2018

Sarah Gamble, Nursing - 23 July 2010

Charles Hurt, Local History

Graham Mclellan, Nursing

Chetan Patel, Chemistry - August 2010

Stephen Roberts, Nursing - 21 August 2017

It is with a heavy heart we have to inform the School of Nursing Students of 0309 Cohort (Adult Branch) the passing of a much loved personality. Stephen Roberts (19/6/56) passed away peacefully on the 21st August 2017 surrounded by his family. Obituary kindly supplied by classmate Robbie Simmons

The Reverend Alan Sell, Philosophy and Theology - February 2016

Jeremy Warren, Entrepreneurship - August 2012


Helen Applegarth, Combined Studies - 1st May 2010

Gillian Barton, Combined Studies - February 2011

Stephen Bradshaw, Counselling - 1 November 2009

William Bridges, Classics - May 2009

Abigail (Aby) Cairns (née Holmes), Midwifery - 14 June 2018

Rory Fraser, Oncology

Joanna Ingram, Pastoral and Theological Studies - 2015

Kathryn Phipps, Physiotherapy - 30 March 2008

Simon Rowley, Counselling - 15 June 2009


Michael Bristow, Education - 17 March 2008

James Bullock, Human Genetics - 20 March 2012

Victoria Johnson, Law - 5 January 2009

Alan Lyons, Institute of Work Health and Organisations - 2010

Michael Pedder, Chemistry - 2 January 2012

Christopher Puddifoot, Film Studies - 10 November 2009

Nicola Sherrington, Medicine - 13 September 2011

Sean Zeelie, Clinical Psychiatry - 13 September 2010


Abdalla Elzaidabi, Architecture - 11 October 2010

Michael Grundy, Finance, Accounting and Management - 8 September 2013

Adam Jephson, International Business - 11 August 2016

William Lovell, Music PhD - 30 March 2014 

Philip Saravanamuttu, Industrial Economics - 2012

Patricia Thornton-Houser, Education - 2010

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1990 - 1999


Michael Cane, Architecture

Peter Douglas, Education - 30 April 2010

Allan James, Geography

Alan SC Linney

Mark McCartney, Medicine - 2010

Thomas Peltier, Electrical Engineering - 2003

W Gordon Smedsrud, Occasional Student - 20 January 2004

Helen Suzman, Honorary Degree

Derwyn Thomas, Pharmacology - 15 January 2014

Peter Tyrrel - 30 September 2011

Kathleen Walker, (née Duggan), Education - 22 May 2006

Fiona Williams (née Woolfenden), Sociology - 25 September 2009

Pamela Zasada, Education


Stephen Andrews, Local and Regional History - 14 April 2006

Chooi-Leng Ang, Information Technology

Nichola Gorton, English - November 2011

Anthony Hall, Russian - 24 February 2011

Karen Knowles, Production Engineering

Sir Charles Mackerras, Honorary Degree - 14 July 2010

For a full obituary please see The Guardian

Raymond Port, Education - 23 April 2009

Deborah Rogers (née Stainer), Agriculture and Food Sciences - 1 September 2010

Richard Sewter, Social Administration - 26 February 2008

Mark Smith, Biochemistry - 19 December 2010

Patrick Smith, Philosophy - December 2009

David Walker, Theology

Janet Whitlock - 2016


Robert Alvey, Archaeology - 2018

Paul Condon, English - 10 May 2019

For a full obituary, please see Dr Who News

Stephen Cox, Education - September 2015

Frank Cunnane, Computer Science

Peter Edwards, Education - January 2013

Simon Mockett, Education - 17 September 2007

Leslie Sammons, Education - 30 November 2011

Alastair Senior, Mechanical Engineering - 2011

Olive Stephenson, Social Studies - 30 September 2013

Leslie Weeks, Counselling Studies

Ian White, Manufacturing and Operations Management - April 2008

Francisca Wong, Education - 27 May 2012

The Reverend David Wilde, Philosophy - 2017


Simon Beckett, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences - 24 December 2008

Margaret Foster (née Thompson), Primary Health Care

Simon Johnson, Theology - 31 August 2018

Elizabeth McCartney, Education - May 2010

Dr Angela Kershaw Snape, French - 6 June 2018

For a full obituary, please see news item published by the University of Birmingham

Alan Trevor Roberts, Construction Management - 2012

Ann Roberts (née Stirling), Education - February 2018

David Sharp, Mechanical Engineering - May 2006

Sheila Travis, American Studies

Jonathan Whitehouse, Civil Engineering

Anne Worrall, Primary Healthcare - 2011


Michael Aikman

Dr Fidelis Akagbosu, Assisted Reproduction Technology - 26 July 2019

Fertility specialist Dr Fidelis Akagbosu passed away on July 26th, 2019 at the age of 64. Fidelis was a Nigerian who was passionate about helping people with infertility to conceive. He helped to establish the first IVF clinic (the Premier Medical Specialist Hospital) in Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, in 1996. The birth of the first IVF baby in this area of Nigeria followed in 1998. The Premier Medical Specialist Hospital went on to become the first clinic in Nigeria to introduce more advanced fertility techniques such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to treat male infertility and embryo cryopreservation, leading to countless healthy babies being born.

Fidelis was born on April 24th, 1955 in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. He received his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University (University of Ife) in 1979. While in residency at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Fidelis married Dr Lilian Akagbosu (née Acholonu) in 1987. In 1990, they relocated to the UK and Fidelis passed his MRCOG exams in 1992.

To further his knowledge of infertility, Fidelis attained a Master’s degree in Assisted Reproduction Technology from the University of Nottingham in 1994. As an IVF expert, Fidelis then worked at the fertility clinic in the Fazakerley District General Hospital in Merseyside before moving to work with the team that pioneered IVF, at the Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridgeshire. It was during his time at Bourn Hall that he made plans to establish an IVF clinic in his homeland.

The setting up of IVF in Nigeria presented numerous challenges. However, working alongside Dr Ibrahim Wada and Dr Bryan Woodward, Fidelis performed the first IVF run of patients in June 1997, with three of the nine patients becoming pregnant, and the first IVF baby, Hannutu, being born on 11th February 1998.

Fidelis went on to help fellow fertility specialists to set up IVF clinics in Nigeria, most notably the Roding Medical Centre and George’s Memorial Medical Centre in Lagos State. He finally relocated to the USA where he worked in New York and Philadelphia. His last position was as an Attending Physician and Sub-Chief at the Kaiser Center for Reproductive Health in Fremont, California.

Fidelis was a prominent member of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in the USA, the RCOG in the UK and the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) in Nigeria. A tribute was held for Fidelis at this year’s annual conference of the AFRH, where the president acknowledged “Fidelis selflessly provided support for the establishment of a number of IVF centres in Nigeria and was a leading member of the team that recorded our early success. The history of IVF would not be complete without him”

Fidelis was a devoted father to his two children, and is survived by his daughter Dr Cynthia Akagbosu, his son Mr. Emmanuel Akagbosu, and his son-in-law Mr. Nathan Swire. Fidelis was the eleventh child of thirteen, of which he is survived by five: Sir Casimir Akagbosu, Mr. Anthony Akagbosu, Chief Engineer Stephen Akagbosu, Mrs. Maria Igbinedion, and Mr. John Akagbosu. He is pre-deceased by Dr. Lilian Akagbosu, his parents, and his siblings: Mr. Joseph Akagbosu, Mr. Thomas Akagbosu, Miss Cecelia Akagbosu, Mr. Peter Akagbosu, Mr. Paul Akagbosu, Mrs. Christiana Iruobe, and Miss Josephine Akagbosu. Obituary kindly supplied by Dr Bryan Woodward.

Neil Atkins, Chemistry - 29 December 2013

Edward Bailey, Social Policy and Administration - 1 April 2011

Sheila M Bannister, Combined Studies

Norma Brook, Healthcare Policy and Organisation - 31 December 2008

Helen Challener (née Coles), Education - 31 July 2006

Simon Dew, Civil Engineering - 2008

Cedric Langton, Health Services - 1 December 2011

Michael Henderson, History - 3 October 2015

Michael attended King Edward VIth Grammar School in Louth, Lincolnshire before studying history at Nottingham University, graduating in 1994. For the first 2 years of the course, he was accommodated in Derby Hall when Rev. Douglas Davies was warden, and served as Vice President of the JCR in 1993-4 under Carlos Lopez. Here, he met his future wife, Anna Roberts, a medical undergraduate. They married in July 1996.

Michael completed a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University and went on to have a career of 19 years in primary school education, working in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. During his career, he became Head Teacher of 3 schools: Edna G Olds Primary and Nursery School in Lenton Nottingham, Waltham on the Wolds CE Primary School in Leicestershire, and Grasby All Saints CE Primary School in Lincolnshire.

Michael and Anna enjoyed attending the Celebratory Dinner for the 50th Anniversary of Derby Hall in September 2013 and were delighted to meet Douglas Davies again on that occasion. Michael also recalled how, as Head Teacher at Edna G Olds Primary school in Lenton he was completely dismayed one morning to find the road outside the school covered in litter and broken glass, following a student society ball. Bearing in mind the risks posed to the schoolchildren, Michael made it his business to find out who the society president was, gather all the rubbish in black plastic sacks and dump it inside his hall bedroom!

His teaching and leadership skills were widely appreciated by colleagues, parents and pupils and he was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle, wonderful father and loyal friend. He was diagnosed with advanced and aggressive bowel cancer in August 2014, just a few months after moving back to his childhood home of Louth in Lincolnshire and taking up a new head teacher post at Grasby CE school. He leaves his wife, and son and daughter. Obituary kindly supplied by Michael's wife, Anna.

Shaun Mosley, Mathematics

Craig Pentlow, Chemical Processing and Materials Engineering - 19 March 2016

Liam Shephard, Mathematics

Scott Wagland, Law - 2012

Joanne Wakeling, Geography


Elizabeth Bailes, Genetics - 2002

Royston Bailey, Criminology - 5 February 2009

Luke Barrett, Philosophy/Psychology - 25 June 2014

Concepcion Beardall, Combined Studies - 14 March 2017

Alfred Brookes, Combined Studies - 2008

Keith Buckley, Combined Studies - January 2012

Dennis Clamp, Combined Studies - Feburary 2011

Eileen Cooper, Combined Studies - 9 April 2002

James Culling, Geography - November 2012

Rosemary Fasey, Russian/Spanish

Kate Fielding, Combined Studies - 1 January 2009

Joyce Foreman, Combined Studies - 12 October 2018

Susan Gregg, Combined Studies - 2003

Robert Jones, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Psychology - December 2012

Richard Littlewood, Mathematics

Tony Nutting, History - 22 April 2009

Derek Oliver, Highway Engineering

Kathleen Maude Shaw, Combined Studies - 17 January 2013

Peter Slaney, Combined Studies

Geoffrey Stansfield, Combined Studies - 21 September 2011

Dr Richard Stevens, History - 11 October 2019

University of Nottingham postgraduate alumnus Richard Stevens passed last month at the age of 59 after several periods of illness. A graduate of the Department of History initially at BA and then Masters level, he was awarded a PhD here in 1995 for his thesis: Trades Councils in the East Midlands, 1929-1951: Politics and Trade Unionism in a ‘Traditionally Moderate Area’. His project made a contribution to the fields of local history, oral history and labour history. The research involved no fewer than 170 structured interviews with labour activists and communists in the Midlands and survives for the researcher in transcript form. Richard published eleven articles and chapters between 1993 and 2000 on the labour movement and trades unions. Chapters include, ‘Organised Labour in Nottingham’, in John V. Beckett (ed.), A Centenary History of Nottingham (Manchester University Press, 1997) and ‘Cold War Politics: Communism and Anti-Communism in the Trades Unions, in A. Campbell et al. (eds.), British Trades Unions and Industrial Politics, 1940-79, Volume 1: The Post-War Compromise, 1945-64 (Ashgate, 1999). Articles include five including ‘Containing Radicalism: The Trades Union Congress Organisation Department and Trades Councils, 1928-1953’, Labour History Review 62: 1 (1997) and ‘Trades Councils and the Organisation of the Unemployed: the East Midlands in the 1930s’, Journal of Regional and Local Studies, 14: 1 (1994).

As well as teaching on several courses at the University of Nottingham around 1994 to 1996, he went on to teach courses of his own at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, North Derbyshire Tertiary College, University of Birmingham, Manchester Metropolitan University and Leeds University School of Continuing Education. He taught also for the Open University, of which he was a keen advocate, and was research fellow for the Communist Party Oral History Project at the University of Manchester. He also spoke on many occasions to the Nottingham Branch of the Historical Association.

Richard was a social and labour activist, member of the Anarchist Federation and of the Industrial Workers of the World union, music lover, Norwich City F.C. supporter, valued member of the team at Oxfam, West Bridgford. He is survived by family including daughter Saffron, and is missed by his very many friends in the City of Nottingham. Obituary kindly supplied by Dr Claire Taylor, History

Dr Christine Tinkler (née Carver), Business Administration (Education) - June 2016

Thomas Philip Neil Wilson, Arts - January 2013

Choon Woong, Physics - 1998


Helena Bandoo (née Wragg), Law - 13 March 2018

Justin Beard, Agricultural and Food Sciences - 8 May 2010

Barri Bishop, Russian - June 2015

Patricia Butler, Education - 2008

Zahirul Chowdhury, Law - August 2013

Wendy Cronin, Education - October 2007

Luciana Grant, Art History - 2012

Sandra Hallam, Combined Studies - 25 June 2009

Alan Johnston, Mineral Resources Engineering - 21 September 2012

Victoria Jones, PGCE - 1996

Norman Kaye, Philosophy - 23 June 2008

Christopher O'Brien, Urban Planning and Management - 2012

Rowan Preston, Zoology - 8 June 2008

Pat McLean, Combined Studies

Salvatore Milazzo, French - April 2012

Jennifer Sellwood, Combined Studies

Colin Smith, Combined Studies

Ginger Tomlin, Law - 9 October 2011

Wendy Jane Trehy, Law - 23 April 2018

Edward Wakefield, Combined Studies - 19 December 2009

Eric Wilmhurst, Combined Studies - 2000

Eric Woolsey, Combined Studies


Valerie Birch, Combined Studies - 1997

David Freeman, Combined Studies - June 2011

Christine Frost (née Middlehurst), Education - 12 March 2009

John Gannon, Combined Studies - 20 January 2009

Penny Heugh, Combined Studies

Noneen Jacques, Combined Studies - 2013

Sheila Mack, Combined Studies - 2008

Gillian Martin (née Le Mottée), Public Health - 20 July 2012

Roy Paulson, Local and Regional History

Alec Raynard, Counselling Studies - 11 March 2013

Christopher Renyard, Electrical & Electronic Engineering with German - October 2007

Jennifer Seago, Economics and Econometrics - 9 February 2004


Katherine Beckett, Human Genetics - 10 June 2013

Ennis Bosworth, Public Health - December 2009

John Cameron, Environmental Life Science - September 2004

Philip Matthew Charlesworth, Psychology

Joan Gould, Combined Studies - 8 December 2006

Jane Halliday, Biochemistry and Biomedical Physics

Shauna McGibbon, Sports Medicine - October 2008

Dr Giorgio Pellicciari, Combined Studies - 2017

Paul Spackman, Physics - 1998

Jane Ubhi


Kathryn Culling, Agriculture and Food Sciences - 21 March 2011

Edric Gideon, Manufacturing Systems - 2007

Ian Hoggarth, Computer Science - 4 October 2012

Marguerite Howard, Local and Regional History

Paul McKinley, Information Technology - 14 September 2006

Arthur (Terry) Ward, Philosophy - 22 January 2016

Daniel Williams, Education - 2 November 2011

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1980 - 1989


Paul Chidgey, Economic and Social History

Zena Jane Cumberpatch, Industrial Economics

John Divall, Education - 2012

Honora Hunter, Law - 1 June 1993

Harry Husband, Education - March 2010

Iris Husband, Education - 20 September 2013

Phillip Jackson, Geography - April 2016

John Jones, Electrical Engineering - 26 June 2009

Catherine Moores, English Studies - 11 March 2010

David Morris, History - 19 April 2010

Patricia Wells (née Clarke), Biology - 2008

Jacob Chi-Kwok Wong, Civil Engineering - 28 November 2010

Philip Zornoza, Production Engineering


Simon Barlow, Medicine

James Kirk Blackburn, Geology

Dr Gary Bryan, Medicine - 14 July 2016

Peter Cook, Agriculture/Horticulture - 5 March 2010

Phillipa Cowdrey, Industrial Economics - September 2009

Patrick Davies, Mathematics

Maurice Delaney, Politics - 19 January 2009

Freda Dryhurst, Education

Euan Haig, Geography - 7 December 2010

Nigel Jordan, Medicine - 12 June 2011

Sapphire Naylor (née Ashcroft), Social Work - 2009

Brian Frank Orzel, Physics

Dr Stefan Popper, Medicine - 16 March 2016

Peter Rawlins, Electrical Engineering - March 2017

Elsie Reddish, Education

John Robinson, Medieval & Modern History - 13 September 2013

Ann Shaw (née Holmes), Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - September 2012

Anita Stockwell, Pharmacy - April 2006

Sivagurunathan Thayaparasivan, Chemical Engineering - 21 September 2009

Vaughan Williams, Education - 21 June 2009


Sharon Bubbers (née White), History

Lyndon Casey, Electrical and Electronic Engineering - 19 September 2019

Frederick Clarke, Theology - 22 November 2012

Dr Robert Dow, Mining Engineering - August 2012

Christopher Fenton, Medicine - 2012

Bernard Haynes, Education - 1 March 2005

Nora Haynes, Education - 2017

Graham Hollows, Psychology - November 2009

John Martin, Economics/Agricultural Economics - 12 September 2005

Alan Maydon, Education - October 2010

Godfrey (William) McGowan, Education - 25 November 2007

Raymond Edgar Milner, Education - January 2013

Thomas (Tom) Smith, Slavonic Studies - 2018

Tina Smithson, Law - 10 March 2007

Richard Stagg, Chemistry - 21 July 2017


Anne Barnsdall, Education - 10 March 2008

Dr Raymond Burnish, Theology - August 2017

David Limb, Production Engineering - 13 July 2016

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that my husband, David Limb, died on 13 July at the age of 56. David was an engineering graduate and left Nottingham after graduating in 1983. Although we were both at Nottingham, our paths didn't cross for a further 15 years when we met travelling to and from Philadelphia on business, and married in 1996. David had suffered from Crohn's disease since his time at Nottingham and very recently developed end stage kidney failure, and had been on dialysis for the last 14 months of his life. Information kindly supplied by David's wife, Cathy Limb (née Woodbine).

Dr Keith Lumsdon, Mining Engineering - 11 June 2017

Ann Ogden (née Kellett), Education - 27 July 2008

John Ratcliffe, Civil Engineering - March 2016

Christine Reid, Psychology - 16 May 1988

Ernest Summers, Modern Electronics - October 2010

Julie Wheeler, Education - 12 May 2011

Penelope Yensen, Education - 28 September 2005


Gilbert R N Bigabwa, Environmental Planning for Developing Countries - 9 June 1992

Sari Conway (née Wright), Education - July 2006

Malcolm Gander, Education - 5 September 2011

Robert Heard, Genetics and Biochemistry - 7 February 2012

Ann Leeding (née Fielding), Physics and Applied Physics with Electronics

Edward Mann, English - January 2011

Jeffrey Moore, Education - 21 November 2011

Margaret Patrick, Social Work - 4 March 2006

Elizabeth Radforth, Politics - 1 July 2008

Michael Ward, Education - 21 December 2008


Dawn Chance, Medicine - 28 March 2002

Geoffrey Dumbill, Zoology/Biochemistry - 3 May 2014

Tracy Evans (née Welton), Social Administration - March 2013

John Falkingham, Education - February 2019

Elizabeth Filmer, French and German - December 2007

Wendy Gilley, Mathematics - 14 May 2009

Eric Howarth, Linguistics/English Language - November 2010

Duncan Lennard, Mechanical Engineering - 1 April 2015

Brian Lord, Mining Engineering - June 2013

Richard Madeley, Medicine - 13 February 2012

Unny Menon, Production Engineering - 3 November 2011

Susan Nicholls, Zoology - 30 May 2011

David Parry, Education - 18 January 2004

Colin Pendleton, Archaeology - 1 June 2014

Ian Simmons, Physics

Graham Townsend, Social Administration - 1998

Graham Turner, Chemistry - 16 April 2012

Benjamin Whiteley, Geology - 1 June 2005

Dr Stephen Wallwork, Local and Regional History - 22 February 2019

Please see the "Staff And Friends" section below for written obituary


Judith Carini (née Gourley), Sociology - 20 May 2011

Geoffrey Hadfield, Classical Civilisations - 20 June 2011

Michael Lavelle, Education

Robert Read, Mechanical Engineering - September 2012

Kenneth Rigby, Modern Electronics - 16 February 2013

Julie Tyler, Education - 21 April 2007

James Wilkie, Spanish/Hispanic Studies - 22 February 2009


Jane Campbell (née Hunter), English - March 2007

Peter Coward, Education - 2012

Karen Everett (née Prince), Geography - 3 August 2016

William Forrest, Mining Engineering - 13 December 2012

Andrew Fox, Education - 2001

John Franks, Education - October 2018

Jonathan Hesp, Zoology - 12 August 2013

Dr Vivian M Leveaux, Local and Regional History - 3 January 2016

Donald McCubbing, Zoology - 11 September 2015

Eric Moxham, Education - 3 September 2018

Eric Page, Child Psychology - 1 March 2013

Gary Philpott, Physics and Astronomy - 2011

Julian Pringle, Manufacturing Systems - 24 February 2006

Andrew Trott, Education - August 2013

Susan Watson, Medicine - 29 November 2011


Jacqueline Evans, Education - April 2011

Philip Gold, Mechanical Engineering - April 2019

Lesley Jackson, Fine Art/Art History - 2005

Dr Hamid Khendek, Information Technology

Jayne Lee, Chemistry - 6 December 2008

Andrew Moody, Metallurgy and Material Science

Christopher Moor, Law and Politics - 7 November 2018

Graeme Scott, Mechanical Engineering - April 2013

Agnes Shie (née Lee), Chemical Engineering - 2010

Gwilym Thomas, Education - 1988

Michael Varnam, Community Medicine/Epidem - 2006


Kathleen Cove, Social Administration - 3 August 2015

Jill Cutting, Education - 2007

Robert Frazier, History - 5 June 2011

Keith Hutcheon, Mechanical Engineering - 16 February 2018

My father, Keith Finer Hutcheon, died on 16 February 2018 at the age of 89 following his admission to hospital with pneumonia. He was a member of staff in the Mechanical Engineering Department for some time during the period 1980 to 1989. During his time in the department he assisted in lectures and carried out research which was supervised by Professor M J Owen and Dr. V Middleton. He also received a Master of Philosophy on 16 September 1989. Obituary kindly supplied by Keith's son, Paul.

Colin Johnson, Agricultural Sciences - October 2009

Alison Nix, Education - 4 December 2011

Professor Kevin Shingfield, Animal Science - September 2016

Respected scientist, academic and enthusiastic member of Sutton Bonington’s Old Kingstonian association, Professor Kevin Shingfield has died aged 48. Professor Kevin Shingfield (Animal Science 1989) was Professor of Nutritional Physiology at Aberystwyth University. He was a passionate member of the British Society of Animal Science, being both a council member and a section editor of its journal: Animal.

He received his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 1996 and thereafter began a distinguished career in scientific research at the Agrifood Research Centre of Finland. His primary area of research was milk composition, in particular, fatty acids. Over time he became one of the world's most distinguished researchers on ruminant fat metabolism.

After working as a research fellow at the University of Reading from 2001-2003, he returned to Finland. In 2009 he was appointed Research Professor where his research expanded to consider greenhouse gas emissions and the energy metabolism of dairy cows. He returned to the UK in 2013 as Professor of Nutritional Physiology at Aberystwyth University, where he continued his international research alongside undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

His scientific achievements were significant, especially in light of his age. In 2011 he was recognised by Thomson Reuters for the highest per cent increase in citations in the field of agricultural sciences. Aside from his scientific legacy, he will be remembered for his sense of humour, selflessness and passion for science and learning. He is already deeply missed by his family, friends and former colleagues.

The British Society of Animal Science has created a memorial award for postgraduate excellence in Kevin’s memory. To donate please go to:
Obituary kindly supplied by Kevin's brother, Steve.

Brian Towers, Education - 23 January 2009

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1970 - 1979


Kathryn (Kate) Ames (née Greaves), Psychology - 26 April 2018

Carline Antram (née Sargent), Physics - 18 March 2019

Roger Appleton, Chemistry

Derek Bagnall, Mathematics - 25 February 2016

Robin (Chris) Butler, Production Engineering - July 2009

Denis Cooper, Law

Julian Davies, Construction Management - 27 December 2013

Jean Ellis, Geography - July 2012

David Grove, Industrial Economics - 12 November 2011

Obituary at The Telegraph

Michael Anthony Harrison, Fine Art/Art History - 25 April 2013

Stewart Jones, Physics - 2007

Roger Marks, Politics - 23 February 2011

Elizabeth O'Brien (née Blainey), Sociology - 17 January 2012

Rebecca Park, Zoology - 26 May 2007

Phillip Russell, Politics and International Relations - 2002

Jane Rutherford (née Oldfield), Economics - 31 October 2012

David Raymond Short, Civil Engineering - 21 October 2014

Peter Staples, Theology - 10 December 2012

Clare Stride, Fine Art/Art History - 19 April 2006

Andrew Roderick Taylor, Zoology - 2012

John Wilkinson, Electrical Engineering - 2 October 2008


Geoffrey Bagley, Zoology - 18 August 2018

Colin Budd, Botany - July 2018

Iris Bell, Education - 24 January 2011

Peggy Blunden (nee Evans), Maths/Psychology - December 2010

Paul Bradshaw, Mathematics - January 2017

Sheila Bradshaw (née Broodbank), Mathematics/Philosophy - 3 March 2019

Jack Cook, Economics - August 2018

Susan Cooper (née Byars), Social Administration - 6 June 2017

Richard Crossley, Civil Engineering

Ronald Gardner, English - 14 July 2015

Richard Grafham, Mathematics - 18 May 2005

David Kelly, Industrial Economics - 27 July 2019

Michael Leeson, Chemistry - January 2018

Hugh Little, Politics - 2013

Peter May, Chemical Engineering - November 2013

Linda Spiteri (née Newcomb), Botany/Zoology

George Tootell, Civil Engineering - 2017

Stephen Wall, Politics - 3 May 2015


Neil Adam, Applied Biochemstry with Nutrition - January 2012

Tim Bond, Mechanical Engineering - 16 April 2011

Prof Colin Bayliss, Electrical & Electronic Engineering - 6 September 2014

Andrew Brinkman, Electrical Engineering - 7 July 2011

Roger Burnley, Mechanical Engineering - 15 July 2009

John Carrington, French - December 2009

Christopher Cooper, English/American Studies - 2010

Simeon Fayomi, Overseas Planning - 26 October 2017

Kenneth Herbert, Architecture - 16 April 2010

Dr (Martin) Geoff Holmes, Plant Biology - 25 December 2014

Duraid Mahrus, Mechanical Engineering - January 2010

Hilary McArdle, Food Science - September 2007

Rev. David J Mellor, Theology - 20 September 2017

James Olford, Economics/Agricultural Economics - 2 April 2017

James Pattison, Electrical Engineering

Rev Dr Gerald Rimmington, Education - 10 October 2019

Gerald passed away peacefully in Leicester on 10th October 2019. His life long passion was education. Gerald graduated from the Universities of Leicester (M.A), London (B.Sc(Econ), Ph.D) and Nottingham (M.Ed, Ph.D). He taught at various schools across Leicestershire in 1950’s. District of Education Officers Sierra Leone 1959-61, District Education Officer Nyasaland(Malawi) 1961-63. Assistant professor Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada 1963-67; Professor of Education and Dean, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada 1967-73; Professor of Education and Deputy Head, Mount Allison University, Canada 1973-81. Rector of Paston 1981-86, Vicar of Cosby 1986-90, Rector of Barwell 1990-95. Member of Rotary, Honorary Visiting Fellow, Centre for the History of Religion and Political Pluralism University of Leicester 2000-2019. Throughout his life he contributed an impressive body of academic work. Obituary kindly supplied by Jacqueline Rimmington. Please also see notice published by The Chronicle Herald.

James Rushforth, Zoology - 11 April 2014

Geoffrey Scaplehorn, French

Linda Shine (née Reynolds), English - March 2011

Janet Snape (née Wood), Geography - November 2010

John Stephenson, Physics - 31 March 2013 

Trevor Tansley, Electrical and Electronic Engineering - 26 June 2011

Douglas Turner, Physics

Joan van Hamel, Education


Nigel Bunting, Agriculture/Food Science - March 2009

The Reverend Canon Lloyd Caddick, Theology - 23 March 2019

Peter Carrington, French - December 2009

Jonathan Everitt, Chemistry

Joseph Fawcett, Education - March 2007

Kevan Fogg, Mathematics - December 2006

Paul Gilman, English Studies - 17 December 2009

Sir George Godber, Honorary Degree - February 2009

John Hall, Mathematics - November 2006

Craig Hanson, Philosophy - 15 July 2011

David Hooton, Education - 20 June 2012

Stephen Hudson, Pharmacy - 28 November 2010

The Rt Reverend Richard Inwood, Theology - 14 April 2019

Penelope Matthews, English

Gerard McConville, Education - 10 April 2008

Keith McLagen, Education

Graham Page, Physics - February 2006

Michael Read, Chemical Engineering - November 2009

David Samways, Pharmacy

Susan Stone (née Easterby), Social Administration

Susan Todd (née Maude), Geography - 2009

Cathy Urwin, Child Psychology - 2 June 2012

David Walker, Medicine


Keith Ayling, Psychology - 30 March 2010

David Beardsley, Education - January 2015

Michael Bushell, Mining Engineering

Joan Doreen Dobson (née Atkinson), Education - 26 February 2013

Stephen Murray Downton, Physics - 19 January 2014

Robert Dossetter, Education - 10 July 2011

Katherine Gaydon, Chemistry - 3 March 2005

John Hollinshead, Psychology - 2017

Margaret Hopkin (née Hallam), Education - 22 May 2011

Nicholas Mabelle, Civil Engineering - 31 August 2010

Heather Malloch (née Backhouse), Theology - July 2010

Edward Pate, Education - 28 October 2011

Simon Pettitt, Theology - 18 December 2009

David Rees, Education - 23 December 2015

Rodney (Rod) Taylor MBE, Electrical Engineering - 28 January 2018

Carol Wilson (née James), Education

Gillian Wilson (née Robinson), Geography - 2014

Brian Woods, Pharmacy


Anthony Bunch, Law

Kenneth Bloomer, Education - 1975

Richard Anthony Charles, Law - 21 July 2013

Roberto Chizzolini, Food Sciences - 8 April 2004

David Cooke, Industrial Economics

Colin Darling, Civil Engineering

Ian Gray, Mechanical Engineering - 1 August 2011

Sheila Howard (née McShane), Education - 17 October 2017

Sheila Howard gained a B.Ed in 1975. She went on to pursue a successful teaching career, establishing herself first at Charnwood Secondary School in Clifton and then Harry Carlton, East Leake, as a well-respected English, History and Sociology teacher. She will be missed by her family as well as her ex-teaching colleagues who remained good friends. Obituary kindly supplied by Sheila's daughter, Isabel.

Graham Johnston, German and Russian

Graham was a Military Interpreter in the Royal Air Force before studying. After graduating he became Head of German at the Royal Air Force School for Interpreters in 1975 and Head of Russian at the Royal Air Force School for Interpreters in 1990. In 1997 he was Head of Slavonic Languages at the Defence Special Signals School before resigning from Ministry of Defence in 2001 to become a full time free lance translator to business of legal, financial and technical papers. Obituary kindly supplied by Graham's son-in-law, Andreas.

Ian Kettle, Economics - 31 October 2010

Jane Lion (née Greenwood), French - 20 March 2009

Angela Lowrie (née Preece), Medicine - 1 January 2010

Graeme Macmillan, Mining Engineering

Michael McKenna, Civil Engineering - 24 November 2011

Michael Newman, Chemistry

Dr Norman Paskin, Biochemistry - 27 March 2016

Dr Norman Paskin sadly passed away on Easter Sunday 2016. After taking his degree in Biochemistry at Nottingham in 1975, he obtained his PhD in 1978. After a brief spell at Blackwell he joined Elsevier science publishers, holding a number of editorial, management and technology roles. From 1994 – 1998 he was director of information technology development for Elsevier. He worked on information identifier issues for the scientific, technical and medical publishing community, and has published key papers on the topic. In 1998 he became the first director of the International DOI (Digital Object Identifier), concerned with overcoming the problems of ‘cataloguing the internet’. This eventually saw the DOI system accepted as an official ISO standard, and the use of the system expanded both internationally and to other communities such as the movie industry.

In later years Norman also had his own company, Tertius Ltd. As he put it, ‘providing consultancy services in the digital management of information, and related issues concerning management of products of the human mind’. The company name was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, a great favourite of Norman’s:

‘This is the fictional Orbis Tertius (third world) described in Borges' story, Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. It is conjectured that this world is the work of astronomers, biologists, engineers, metaphysicians, poets, chemists, algebraists, moralists, painters, geometers... The plan is so vast that the contribution of each writer is infinitesimal.’

Norman’s later work on the philosophy behind metadata led him also to the work of Kuhn and Karl Popper.

Elsevier published this last word on Norman:

‘Norm was both cerebral and visionary, playing a leading role in early online publishing experiments at Elsevier and quickly realizing the importance that standards and identifiers would play in underpinning the interoperable world of digital scholarly communications that we know today. Norman’s friends and family can justly be proud of his legacy and lasting contribution, and we extend our deepest condolences.’ Obituary kindly supplied by Estel Eforgan, Norman's partner and friend for 30 years. Estel would like to hear from others who knew Dr Paskin, and can be contacted on

Steve Patrick, Physics - 2013

Barbara Sheldon (née Watson), Chemistry

Maurice Waite, Education - April 2006


Mohd Adnan, Production Engineering - February 2011

Allan Ashworth, Chemistry - 17 March 2013

Horace Bennett, Education - September 2012

Margaret Bushell (née Jones), Economic and Social History

Andrew Clifton, English and American Studies - 27 February 2014

Celia Coldham (née Evans), Education - 2005

Glynis Davies, Education

Anne Ellis (née Mitchell), German - March 2018

John Harrison, Law - 9 January 2009

Nicholas (Nick) Harrison, Law - 14 February 2018

Andrew Hirst, Music - 26 March 2006

Andrea Marden, Psychology - 2017

Jane Mason, Mathematics - 4 April 2012

Dr Derek Pearson, Physics - December 2017

David Pym, Education - March 2019

Robin Sisson, English - 24 June 2008

Shirley Anne Stockwell, French Literature - 21 November 2011

After a long illness I am sorry to announce that Dr Shirley Anne Stockwell (French Literature 1976) died on 21st November 2011. Shirley fought her battle with tremendous dignity, strength and courage. Shirley will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was an intelligent, kind and caring woman and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. Obituary kindly supplied by Shirley's husband Alan.

Paul Webb, Agriculture - 20 January 2012

Stephen Windos, Music - 1 November 2010


Iain Beastall, Education

Dorothy Bell (née Gray), Education

John Bescoby-Chambers, History - 15 December 2012

Dr Malcolm Black, Chemistry - March 2018

Sara Brookes (née Isaac), Geography - September 2013

Sara was born and grew up in Boston, Lincolnshire. After graduation Sara pursued a career in accountancy and was able to obtain a position with Coopers & Lybrand in Northampton; she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980.

She met John (Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1976) in 1974. They married in 1981 and have lived in Brixworth, Northamptonshire since 1984.  At Coopers and Lybrand (later to become Price Waterhouse Coopers) she rose to the position of Senior Manager before leaving to start a family in 1988. Sons Michael, Andrew and Oliver were born over the following 5 years.

Sara loved the outdoors, walking, gardening and several sports (squash, tennis, cycling and a bit of rowing). She also enjoyed cooking and went to great lengths to make sure healthy food, cooked at home, was the order of the day. She packed the early lives of her sons with numerous activities and experiences, the after school schedule was a master class in logistics.  Once all the boys were established at school she started to work part time in accountancy again – for the British Red Cross, and Osh Kosh B’Gosh.

In 2000 Sara joined Blue Skies Limited, as Financial Controller, a position she held until her untimely death. At the time she joined, the business was run from a family home, but went on to become a multi-million pound turnover business based at offices in Pitsford, Northamptonshire. Blue Skies (Queen’s Awards Winners) prepare fresh fruit mainly in the countries where they grow, ready to be in the UK and other European supermarkets only days later. Sara regularly visited the factories in Ghana, South Africa, Egypt and Brazil. The training centre in Brazil has been named in her memory.

Sara has taken part in the London to Brighton cycle ride raising money for the British Heart Foundation, taken part in the Moon Walk in London in aid of the Breast Cancer charity, and several times taken part in the local cycle ride to raise money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Sara was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, and throughout the treatments to fight the disease, she continued working. She lost the final battle in September 2013.

There is a spinney in Boston Woods recently dedicated to Sara. Obituary kindly supplied by Sara's husband John.

Lynn Cunningham (née Litherland), Law - 15 December 2010

Diana Draisey (née Kemp), Music - 31 January 2011

Geoffrey Danson, Agriculture/Horticulture - 2 October 2017

Raymond Allan Farnell, Mechanical Engineering - 28 February 2013

Geoffrey Halstead, Physics - 2012

Michael Hardy, Education - 23 August 2012

Ann Hutchinson (née Burchett), Physics - 23 August 2014

Dr Kenneth Lawson, Philosophy - 7 April 2017

The death has occurred of Dr. Kenneth Lawson of the Department of Adult Education at the University of Nottingham, aged 89, on 7th April 2017. There was no one more committed to the cause of adult education than Kenneth. I use the word cause deliberately because for Kenneth it was a cause, almost a crusade, and it was one in which he spent the bulk of his working life. He was himself in fact a beneficiary of that cause, since in 1950 he began to study at Fircroft Working Men’s College in Selly Oak. After that, in 1951 he went to the famous Ruskin College in Oxford, and after gaining a Diploma in Politics and Economics he went from there to St. John’s College in Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and gained his BA in two years – quite an extraordinary achievement. Just how extraordinary can be gauged from the fact that here was a man who left school at 14 to become an apprentice aircraft rigger: manual worker to standing alongside those who had had a conventional and often extremely privileged education.

In 1958, he came to the University of Nottingham, where he was Warden at the Shakespeare Street Centre, and as well taught economics to miners on day release courses. In the days when we had a mining industry such courses not only informed miners about national and global topics, but acted as a conduit for those aspiring to high office in the Union, and those wishing to follow the same educational route as Kenneth himself had done. Later he became Assistant Director of the Department.

He soon began work on the topic which brought him international recognition producing much respected literature on what came to be called the philosophy of Adult Education. His papers and books, Philosophical Concepts and Values in Adult Education (1975, second revised edition 1979) and Analysis and Ideology: Conceptual Essays on the Education of Adults (1982) were influential.

He was a political activist too, and after the descent in Britain of the Thatcher pestilence of the 1980s, led a national campaign to ‘Save Adult Education’. As well as his literary output, this is his memorial, as well as affectionate memories of a convivial and respected colleague. Obituary kindly supplied by Professor Emeritus J.E. (Teddy) Thomas.

Roy Lucas, Education - 13 February 2007

Gregg Maxson

Michael McCabe, American Studies - 11 April 2008

John Moorfoot, Education - 20 February 2006

Linda Pym, Law - 18 April 2014

Sheila Ransom (née Fairclough), Zoology - September 2013

Timothy Shaw, Chemical Engineering

Sarah Simkin (née Coulthurst), Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences - 20 August 2010

Robert Stephenson, Chemistry - 22 November 2012

John Sumner, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences - 4 September 1996

Milton Tan, Architecture - 2010

Alan Turner, Agriculture/Horticulture - 31 January 2010

Philip Vernon, History - 27 October 2010

Stephen Young, Mathematics - 31 January 2011


Kenneth Atkin, Mathematics - February 2011

Rosemary Buxton (née England), Psychology - 5 November 2006

Alan Clark, Education - 26 July 2017

Rosemary Arrowsmith Clews, Social Work - April 2013

Antony Cooksey, Education

John Crowther, Music - March 2008

Keith Dadds, Education - February 2003

Vanessa Franklin, Psychology - 3 March 2009

Alan Heywood Kenny, English

Anita Higgie, English and Linguistics - November 2010

Katrina Honeyman, Economic and Social History - 23 October 2011

Ingrid Lyon (née Selby), Education

Alan McIntyre, American Studies

Anne Milner, Agriculture/Horticulture - 24 December 2012

Dr Kevin Ocraft, Biology & Chemistry - 23 May 2014

Richard Page, Medicine - February 2008

John Palshis, Chemistry

Olive Senior, Applied Social Science

Mark Whitehead, Law - 2018


The Reverend Dr Gerald Barlow, Theology - March 2018

Jill Benner, Chemistry - April 2011

Carolyn Boag (née Pocock), English - 7 July 2010

Barbara Brown, French/Spanish - 25 January 2011

Stephen Church, Chemistry - May 2011

Andrew Charles Cochran, Civil Engineering

M Christopher Coupland, English - 14 August 2005

Martin Ellison, Electrical Engineering

John Evans, Education

Philip Glithero, Medicine - 20 November 2012

Colin Hancock, Education - 9 January 2009

James (Jim) Hill, Education - 26 September 2009

James Herron, Physics & Applied Physics with Electronics - 2015

Karen Hobbay, Education - October 2015

Kenneth Hyde, Education - 2012

Paul Kelly, Chemistry

Marian Knott, Education - 2 May 2012

Ngi Law, Production Engineering

Robert Megarry, Honourary Graduate - 11 October 2006

Christopher Skinner, Law - 14 February 2017

Fiona Wakefield (née Nathan), Industrial Economics - 27 April 2008

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Keith Atherton, Mining Engineering - 10 July 2009

Hugh Langley Barlow, Geography - 27 August 2015

Richard Bough, Pharmacy - 1 July 2006

Janet Davies (née Andrews), Applied Social Science - October 2016

Tristram Eastwood, Russian Studies

Robert Goodge, Russian

William Griffin, Pharmacy - 4 June 2007

Jack Hobman, Chemistry - 25 August 2017

Christopher Kiernan, Psychology - 23 April 2011

Roger Kohn, History - September 2015

Mary Langford, Music - 27 December 2010

Sheila Leach, French/Spanish

Michael Light, Mechanical Engineering - 17 June 2008

Pamela Marsh (née Fox), Pharmacy - 17 January 2007

David Marston, Agriculture/Horticulture

William Martin, Chemistry - 24 February 2012

Jasmine Matthison, English - December 2011

Roger McCallister, Geology/Geography

Gillian Mowat (née Garside), Dairying - 22 January 2013

David Newland, Mechanical Engineering - 2 April 2011

Barbara Przedborska, Salvonic/French Studies - 24 February 2011

Noel Richards, Social Administration - 7 July 1998

Dr Charles K Rowley, Industrial Economics - 2013

Sheila Savill, English - 28 October 2017

Dr David Saul, Education - 15 May 2017

Michael Shenton, Civil Engineering - 9 February 2010

Brian Storey, Physics - 2 March 2010

The Reverend Richard Strevens, Theology - 13 January 2018

Derek Taylor, Law - 10 October 2006

Dr Ian Taylor, Civil Engineering - 2018

Ian Wagstaff, Chemistry - 2006

Keith Whitehead, Economics - 5 December 2017

Alan Wood, History - April 2016


Brian Abell, Theology - 31 October 2015

Donald Bain, Geology - July 2009

Michael Barker, Physics - 10 December 2006

Anthony Beaty, Civil Engineering

Roger Berkeley, Botany - September 2010

John Bisson, Chemistry - 2 February 2011

Martyn Bittleston, English

Peter Bosworth, Civil Engineering

Michael Brooke, Civil Engineering - 14 January 2011

The Reverend Dr Colin Brown, Theology - 4 May 2019

Roger Brown, Law - 2014

Richard Butterfield, Chemistry - 21 November 2008

Rabindra Chakravorty, Mining Engineering - 22 July 2006

John Clarke, Geography - November 2011

Richard Cootes, History - 7 December 2017

Peter Davies, Pharmacy - January 2008

Ronald Davies, Zoology - 12 February 2009

Brian Dear, German - 30 April 2015

Neil de Voil, Law - 22 April 2019

Eric Nolan Doe, Electrical Engineering

David Dowse, French - November 2008

Michael (Robin) Ellwood, Electrical Engineering - 13 July 2019

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, Michael Robin Ellwood, loving husband and father of two children, passed away peacefully at age 80 following a six-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. His wife, Jenifer, was at his side when he passed at their residence in Poway (San Diego), California. Robin was born in Leicester, England, to Samuel and Molly Ellwood, who both preceded him in death. He married Jenifer, the love of his life, in 1973, who survives him. He is also survived by his son Christopher and daughter Holly, his granddaughter Amelia, and his brothers Bruce and Barry and sister Susan.

Robin earned a Bachelor of Science degree (w/1st class honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 1961 and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1962. He worked for 50 years as an Electrical and Software Engineer for British Thomson-Houston (Associated Electrical Industries), Philco-Ford and Teledyne and held a patent for one of his many innovative designs. He later worked as an independent consultant for Danford, Global, and GHI Systems

Robin resided with his family in Porter Ranch (Northridge), California for 44 years and became a United States citizen in 1981. He had previously lived in Canoga Park and Woodland Hills, as well as Clear Lake (Houston), Texas. In addition to being a brilliant engineer, Robin was a proficient musician, most notably on the drums and trumpet, but also piano, saxophone, violin, and flute. He enjoyed riding his bicycle daily and was an avid photographer and astronomer. He was an active member of his church, St. Martin in-the-fields, in Winnetka, California.

Obituary kindly supplied by Robin's son, Christopher. Further details available via The Michael J Fox Foundation

Jo Faccenda, Geography - August 2009

Keith Foster, Industrial Economics - 1 June 2010

Mary Gould, English

Jeffrey Hindley, History - 3 May 2018

Jack Hogbin, Theology - 17 December 2017

Trevor Hold, Music - 28 January 2004

Keith Howarth, Law

Kathleen Juhasz, German

Elizabeth Law (née Turk), Social Administration - 16 July 2009

Janet Lloyd (née Honey), Mathematics - 26 April 2018

Graham Milner, Theology

John Moore, French - June 2012

Hugh Morris, Zoology/Chemistry - January 2011

Roger Mottram, Psychology

Richard J Osborn, Physics/Mathematics - 2008

Colin Oxlee, Metallurgy - July 2001

Sarah Paget, Economic History - 2008

Derek Penna, Mathematics - 26 March 2015

Christopher Pronger, Economics - 2016

Keith Sargent, Electrical Engineering - 9 July 2007

Marguerite Stephenson (née Lindsay), History - 3 May 2015

John Spratling, History - 22 October 2011

Dr Michael Smith, French/Spanish - 30 October 2018

Richard Walter Tann, Industrial Economics - 3 October 2013

Gareth Thomas, Chemistry - 22 August 2013


Robert Ayres, Mechanical Engineering - July 2011

Richard Beacham OBE, Law - 18 June 2008

Keith Bird, Law - 18 January 2018

Alastair Bissett-Johnson, Law - 9 July 2008

Philip Brooks, Pharmacy - 10 June 2018

Philip Richard Bowman Brooks, died suddenly at home in Wylam, Northumberland on 10th June 2018, aged 78. He studied Pharmacy at Nottingham University from 1959-1962, and became a relief manager with Boots the Chemist in branches around Suffolk. In 1964 he retrained at Leeds University in Town Planning and worked for a time in many mining villages of the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1969 he moved to Northumberland, working for the County Council there until his retirement in 1998. He lived in Wylam from 1970, where he became a Parish and District Councillor- starting the village newsletter, setting up the Village Railway Museum- birthplace of George Stephenson- and latterly working with a small group investigating the lives of people listed on the village war memorial. In recent years he enjoyed visiting his daughter, now living in Nottingham. He actively supported the University, latterly through the Nottingham Alumini campaign for student scholarships. He leaves a widow Barbara, daughter Rebecca and son Matthew. Obituary kindly supplied by the Brooks family.

Michael Capes, Physics - June 2018

Robert Carter, Economics - 16 September 2012

John Cayton, Law - 14 September 2011

Howard Fisher, Law - October 2012

Valerie Gillespie (née O'Reilly), English - December 2007

Maureen Gowers, History - 7 December 2006

The Reverend Canon Bruce Grainger, Theology - 2 September 2019

Michael Greaves, Agriculture/Microbiology - October 2010

Dr Timothy Hall, Botany - 23 February 2016

Joanna Hughes, Russian Studies - 24 December 2013

Kenneth Jones, Chemistry - 2008

Roger Land, Agriculture/Horticulture/Physiology

Ian Longson, Mining Engineering - 10 September 2018

Derek May, Psychology - 7 January 2018

Malcolm McPherson, Mining Engineering - 12 November 2008

Kenneth David Miller, Pharmacy - 20 June 2019

David Nalson, History

John Newsome, Electrical Engineering

Diane Oldfield, Chemistry - 31 December 1999

Michael Owen, Mechanical Engineering - 11 May 2012

David Parker, English - 2 February 2013

Anne Ridings, History - December 2007 

Warwick Silber, Physics - 31 August 2015

Janusz Smoczkiewicz, Law - 1972

Dr Edward (David) Steel, Zoology - 17 October 2018

Ann Tollervey, Mathematics - December 1962 

Christopher Wigzell, Philosophy - 10 May 2012

Geoffrey Woodruff, Pharmacy - 1 June 2007


John Abdy, Theology - 27 November 2011

Carol Bain (née Henderson), Pharmacy - 15 May 2009

Charles Berkeley, French and Spanish - 4 March 2013

Stanley Clements, Electrical Engineering - 6 September 2009

Stanley worked as an engineer for 41 years, 37 of those in the Ontario Nuclear industry. He was instrumental in the development of the SLAR tool, now widely used in the CANDU nuclear generating stations. His speciality became fuel handling, and he was part of an international team that bought the first Romanian nuclear plant into production at Cernavoda in 1996.

Stan was a swim coach for many years, getting as far as Olympic trials with one of his swimmers in 1984, and he also enjoyed sailing and bird watching.

Stan was married to Jacqueline for 44 years and had 3 children (James, William and Elizabeth) and 6 grandchildren.  Obituary kindly supplied by Stanley's wife Jacqueline.

Jennifer (Jenny) Christophers (née Brown), Mathematics - 2018

Pauline Crombie, Classics - February 2012

Renee De Wit, Pharmacy - 13 September 2010

Roland Fairbrother, Economics - 10 September 2009

Alan Frost, Mathematics - 21 February 2019

Roger Hall, Agricultural Sciences - 30 August 2017

Shirley Hardy (née Price), Economic & Social History - August 2008

Donald Jones, Industrial Economics

Sir Henry Lee, Hon DLitt - 8 December 1993

Philip Naughton QC, Law - July 2016

Michael Sargent, Botany - 22 April 2013

Vivien Stchedroff (née Philip), Music - 10 September 2001

Dr Henry Swan, Animal Production - 11 August 2018

Michael Turner, Economic & Social History - 24 October 2017

Anne Watson (née Gatrell), French - 2016

Richard (Dick) Watson, Civil Engineering - 24 July 2017


William (Russ) Barber, Classics - October 2014

Dr Stephanie Barnes, Pharmacy

Bruce Boyce, Agriculture/Horticulture - 1 January 1990

Michael Coleman, Industrial Economics - 17 September 2011

Ann Comber, History - 20 January 2018

Baron Leslie Davis, Social Administration - 2009

George Darby, English - 1 February 2013

Carol Downer (née Blight) - 6 January 2011

Brian Dudley, Mechanical Engineering - 2007

Sheila Glover, History - 19 December 2011

Pamela Hall (née Cockburn), Pharmacy - 23 August 2015

John Holroyd, Civil Engineering - 27 November 2018

Dr David Hornby, Plant Pathology

Ann Marsden (née Wheeldon), Pharmacy - 6 August 2002

Vivien Newing, Classics - 4 September 2006

Dr Richard Pape, Chemistry - 31 December 2017

Dr Douglas Payne, Mathematics/Economics - 2017

Jennifer Payne (née Turner), Geography - 2015

Derek Pye, Pharmacy - 23 January 2016

Alison Smith (née Hughes), English - 15 November 2017

This vastly elegant and humorous woman died saying she had achieved all she wanted. This included voluntary service overseas in Nigeria, a teaching career in a secondary school in Shropshire, a happy marriage and two daughters, retirement in Bristol and of course an honours degree in Nottingham. She was a buddy to many in Alcoholics Anonymous. Obituary kindly supplied by Valia Cochrane, English 1964

Barry Smith, Pharmacy - 8 August 2015

George Stewart, Metallurgy - December 2015

Brian Tipper, Agriculture/Horticulture - 30 April 2010

Barbara Walker (née Utting), Pharmacy - 2 April 2003

Peter Widdowson, English - 3 June 2009


Graham Askew, German - December 2016

Robert Batey, Geology - 25 March 2012

David Beagarie, Chemistry - 30 December 2015

His Honour Judge Richard Benson, Politics, - 25 August 2017

Ian Briggs, Pharmacy - 20 February 2009

Richard Brignell, Economic & Social History - 8 August 1995

Michael Burgess, Chemical Engineering - 24 June 2018

Graham Butler, Electrical Engineering - August 2009

Richard Corkery, Civil Engineering - 23 March 1995

Sally Crooks, Chemistry - August 1990

Elizabeth Davies, Mathematics

John Fiddy, Chemistry - 24 December 2017

Graham Fidler, Chemistry

Dr Howard Flack, Chemistry - 2 February 2017

John Gillett, Mechanical Engineering - April 2014

Graham Howells, Spanish - 2012

Richard Johnson, Pharmacy - 4 February 2018

David Jones, Law - 2012

Robert Kelcher, Metallurgy

John Lewthaite, Metallurgy - 2016

Christopher L Martin, Law

Michael Mayo, Botany - 31 December 2008

Robert Murray, Industrial Economics

Malcolm Palmer, French and German - 18 September 2007

David Pargeter, Industrial Economics - April 2010

Dr Michael Sanders, Chemistry - 12 March 2016

Geoffrey Scholefield, History - 1991

Margaret Scott MBE, Horticulture - March 2011

Eveline Seddon, Chemistry

Sir John Alan Thomas, Mechanical Engineering - 2017

Sheila Tippett, Chemistry - May 2009

Obituary from the Guardian

William (Bill) Tippett, Chemistry - 25 September 2014

Online obituaries at the Guardian and at Ketso

Alastair Wiles, Mechanical Engineering - August 2011

Duncan Willoughby, Economics - 2009

Rosamond Anne Wilson (née Garton), Zoology - December 2012

Malcolm Woodbine (Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Microbiology) Court Member


Colin Bayley, Economics/Economic History - 23 May 2016

Robert Boucher, Mechanical Engineering - 25 March 2009

Michael Brett, Mathematics - January 2016

Douglas Brooks, Botany - 9 July 2009

Robert Bull, Physics

Dr Michael Carr, Agriculture/Horticulture

Carol Downer (néee Blight) - 6 January 2011

John Fereday, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - 14 March 2011

Derek Fish, Mathematics - April 2006

Christopher Nicholas Gilroy, Physics - 29 September 2013

Susan Hainsworth, Agriculture/Horticulture - February 2013

Jean Hooson, Zoology - 16 August 2013

Geoffrey Lowe, Physics - 9 June 2008

Iris Pape, Pharmacy - 19 August 1995

Dr Michael Ryan, Geology - 25 October 2018

Michael Ryan (1941-2018) Died 25th October 2018 age 77 Graduated 1966 with PhD in Geology. Became a lecturer at Portsmouth Polytechnic retiring in 2002. As well as teaching his research areas were in Norway and Greenland working for the Geological Survey of Greenland. Obituary kindly supplied by Michael's wife, Diana

Sheila Rogers, (née Follett), French - 30 May 2019

Peter Seago OBE LLM JP, Law - 18 May 2017

After graduating, Peter took a Masters degree and became a Lecturer in Law at Leicester University. He moved to the Leeds University School of Law in 1973 and eventually became Head of Department there, before retiring in 2003.

Peter wrote and co-wrote various publications on Criminal Law and on the Magistracy. He served for many years as a stipendiary Magistrate, and in 1998, he was awarded an OBE for services to the administration of justice. Obituary kindly supplied by Lawrence C. Samuels LLB (Law 1966)

Philip Smith, Chemistry - 9 March 2007

Geoffrey Tonge, Civil Engineering - October 2004

Patrick Washington, Mathematics/Economics - September 2016


Roger Brooks, Pharmacy - August 2011

Rodney Lester Casey, Chemical Engineering - 25 August 2013

Andrew Coleman, Physics

Michael Coles, Chemistry - 4 November 2007

Terence Copley, Theology - 17 January 2011

Terence Cowham, Geography

Kenneth Doughty, Production Engineering - May 2012

Richard Fogg, Civil Engineering - 31 March 2019

Michael Hallam, Chemical Engineering - 10 February 2011

Elizabeth Henwood (née Harding), Chemistry - March 2016

Arthur Holden, Chemical Engineering - 2 November 2011

Vaneeta Kilby (née Butler), Classics - 22 November 2018

It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death of Vaneeta Kilby née Butler who graduated in 1967 in Classics at Nottingham. We met in 1963 in Florence Nightingale Hall (now FN) and along with several other first year undergraduates. In FN we became good friends and have kept in contact ever since, regularly meeting up and attending Reunions at the University over the years. Sadly, our numbers are declining.

Vaneeta entered teaching on graduation and after having children did a variety of jobs including tuition in a prison. Her main contribution to University life was Scorer for the Cricket Club. She loved the game and even accompanied them on their tours. Many FN residents will recall her organising theatre trips to Nottingham Playhouse under John Neville. Dress rehearsal night allowed students to obtain concessionary tickets as well as a group concession. She remained a keen theatre goer and loved Gilbert and Sullivan, becoming a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan International Society and joining them on holidays around the world. In fact, it was on one of these in The Netherlands that she passed away on 22nd November 2018.

Vaneeta never wasted an opportunity to be creative. She always carried knitting or sewing, wrote articles for Parish magazines, played the organ in several churches including Bawtry Parish church for the past 30 years and taught many piano pupils. Always a willing volunteer to assist wherever and whenever she could she could drive vast distances in a day. As a pet lover she even had a spell breeding Cavies.

She leaves two sisters ,four children, two step daughters and seven grandchildren. She kept a close and loving family with annual holidays house-sharing in Whitby and was a stalwart supporter of all of them. Obituary kindly supplied by Alison Cusick (née Green) BSc 1966

Joan Long (née Sweeting), German - July 2007 

Geoffrey Marsh, Russian - December 2003

Derek Stanley Macauley, Chemical Engineering - 21 May 2013

Roger Martin, Education - 2006

Roger Minards, Law - 2018

David Morriss, French - 2015

Roger Peart, Geology

Graham Quinton, Industrial Economics with Psychology - 21 May 2011

Philip Robinson OBE, Industrial Economics - 2011

Angela Speight (née Spooner), Law - 2010

Anna St Leger-Lucas (née Whitehead), French

David Stepto, Metallurgy, 

Amanda Stockley (née Baker), Mathematics - 10 October 2019

Peter John Tooley, Food Sciences - 2012

Reverend Paul Watts, Theology - 11 August 2019

Paul was born on 14th May 1943, and arrived at the University in 1963 to read Economics. He changed course to Theology in 1965 and graduated in 1967. Virtually all his working life was in Nottingham as an Anglican cleric, the director of Nottingham Council of Voluntary Service, and latterly as a senior manager in the City of Nottingham Education department. He married Ruth (Gent - Geography 1963-66) in 1968. They had two sons, Richard and Simon, and four grandsons. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2001 and became chair of the Nottingham Parkinson's group until ill health made that role impossible. Obituary kindly supplied by Ruth Watts (née Gent), Geography 1966

Peter Winstanley, Geography

Jonathan Young, Mechanical Engineering - 1 January 2007


Keeling Anthony, Electrical Engineering - May 2006

Roger Barker, Economics - 2004

Geoffrey Beevers, History - August 2015

Professor Christine (Chris) Bellamy (née Turner), Politics - May 2017

Please see obituary published by The Academy of Social Sciences

John Bishop, Chemistry/Psychiatry - 2008

Michael Blanks, Pharmacy - January 2017

Derek Bowler, Chemistry - 21 November 2012

Michael J Burton, Physics - May 2014

Charnchai Charuvastr, Electrical Engineering - 11 February 2011

Ronald Clowes, Economics

Malcolm Cowen, Mathematics

Rosemary Davies (née Greenwood), English - 3 January 2010

Richard Edwards, Philosophy - 26 December 2018

Gillian Gates (née Alexander), Theology - March 2008

Timothy Gilbert, Psychology

John Francis Glazier, Environmental Physics - 23 October 2012

Frank Golightly, Metallurgy - 2010

Gillian Green (née Waller), Agriculture/Horticulture - 23 July 2019

John Green, Chemistry - 15 October 2014

Allan Hall, Mining Engineering - 14 November 2010

Margaret Hayter (née Swallow), Chemistry - 22 January 2010

Roy Jessop, Politics - September 2008

Patrick Keilthy, Economic and Social History - February 2017

Roger Lintonbon, Chemistry - July 2011

David Mallison, Mining Engineering - 27 August 2010

Hugh Martin, Mechanical Engineering - 2010

David McWilliam, Mechanical Engineering - 7 November 2015

Diana Stagg (née Adkins), Chemistry - 9 June 2006

Mary Vick (née Corben), Botany - 30 March 2005

Elaine Ward (née Cliffe), Theology - March 2018


Rodney Banks, Mechanical Engineering - August 2018

Christine Bergan (née Walker), Classics - 26 November 2010

Ruth Ford (née Clark), Theology - 2008

Peter William Freeman, Chemistry - 13 May 2010

Peter has a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD and since 1974 has lived in Australia where he leaves a widow and two sons. The above obituary was kindly supplied by Peter's sister.

Nicholas B Forrest, Chemistry - January 2014

John Hollick Frisby, Education - 2013

Stephen Gentry, Chemistry - 10 March 2006

Janet Holmes (née Bowler), French

Margaret Johns (née Perry), English and American Studies - 6 December 2018

Margaret passed away on 6th December 2018 after a short illness. During her first year at Nottingham, Margaret was resident in 'The Oaks' which was then an annexe of Florence Boot Hall. Following graduation Margaret gained a PGCE and had a career as a teacher. Margaret kept in touch throughout her life with two other residents of Oaks, at the time, Lynn Boothman, Sociology 1969 and Tanya Robins (née Richings), Politics 1969. Obituary kindly supplied by Tanya Robins

Carole Johnson, Politics - November 2011

Kevin Jones, Slavonic Studies

Brian Kerry, Agriculture/Horticulture - 2013

Adrian Lee, Industrial Economics - January 2011

Graham Littler, Mathematics Education - 1 January 2009

John Lodge, Electrical Engineering - 15 April 2011

Dr Pantelija Nikolić, Physics - 17 July 2018

Martin Openshaw, Metallurgy - 20 October 2010

Elizabeth Palmer, Education - March 2007

Martin Plant, Sociology - 16 March 2010

Andrew Pyle, Electrical Engineering - 21 June 2012

Elizabeth Rorison, Music - 24 June 2011

Jeremy Scudamore, Geography - 29 August 2011

Hilary Smith (née Bluck), Pharmacy - 25 November 2011

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1950 - 1959


Frederick Ashley, Mining Engineering

Roy Ashton, Law - May 2007

Geoffrey Baguley, History - 12 December 2018

James Baker, Chemistry - 3 May 2010

George Braisby, Mathematics/Physics - 9 February 2008

Michael Brodie, Chemistry - 1 April 2011

Roger Burton, Physics - 30 January 2013

Anthony Chapman, Electrical Engineering - 10 September 2009

James Chilton, Pharmacy - 2012

George Cooley, Chemistry - 23 April 2006

Peter Dodson, French - 13th December 2010

Kenneth Foster, English - 4 June 2010

Ronald Goodwin, Civil Engineering - May 2011

Hilary Granger (née Wiltshire), English - 1 October 2008

Roger Holt, Agriculture - 18 September 2009

Tamara Hughes (née Jones), Pharmacy - 30 December 2017

Desmond Howlett, Physics - 17 December 2009

Albert Kendrick, Physics - 10 May 2008

Mavis Kennedy (née McAlister), French - November 2016

Alistair Limpitlaw, Engineering - 10 December 2007

Beryl Jackson (née Jones), Pharmacy - 5 October 2019

Kenneth Oswald Samples, Pharmacy - May 2013

Norman Shelley, Mechanical Engineering

Gwyneth Shepherd, English - 13 February 2012

Alfred Simms, Mathematics - 30 November 2011

Dr Anthony (Tony) Simpson, Physics

I am writing to inform you that sadly my father who studied at the university in the 1950's has passed away. The father of one of his school friends made a lot of money by inventing two way stretch bras and as a consequence had a car (almost unheard of at the time). He gave dad a lift one evening and had to stop off en route at his lab. Dad was so impressed by the lab that he asked the man what dad had he to do to get there; the man said ‘get your school certificate’ so dad decided to take some interest ‘all this rubbish they (teachers) were chatting about’. Prior to this, dad’s father had spoken with the housemaster, who suggested ‘forestry, as there was plenty of fresh air and not much thought required’. When dad was 16 his father said ‘that there was as much chance of Tony passing the exam (School certificate) as the Labour party had of getting into power’ both succeeded in 1945.

As he had done so well in Chemistry, as a result of his passion for explosives, he was put down for a Chemistry course at Nottingham but persuaded his Professor (Bates) to let him to change his preferred choice of Physics. Whilst at University he made a television set at home, but as the only transmitter was in London, he needed to put an aerial on the roof - very nearly falling off in the process. The component parts were spread around the bedroom including a 2000 volt supply to the cathode ray tube. The first time it worked properly, the picture showed the Oxford Cambridge boat race with one boat nearly sinking. As it could only receive picture it had to be re-tuned to find out who nearly sank. He went on to complete a PhD at Nottingham in 1954 entitled ‘The thermal properties of magnetic materials’. He described it as a very esoteric with a slight self-reproach, reinforcing the fact that he has always thought of himself as a practical man.

After completing his PhD, it was either find a research post or join the army. He went to work as a research scientist for Plessy at Caswell in Towcester, Northamptonshire. Mum worked in the factory painting colour codes on components, while her sister worked on the switchboard. It was at Plessy where he famously saved time by liquidizing all the component parts of his breakfast before consuming them with inevitable outcome. He worked there for 13 years until overworking led to a detached retina. The surgeon, who spot-welded it back with a laser, advised getting a less stressful job.

Whilst in the Eye Hospital, Dad saw an advert in the New Scientist magazine for a job in the new Materials Science Department based at Sussex University. Dad always hated being referred to as an academic, indeed, at his office at Sussex University he used to keep a copy of the dictionary definition of academic - ‘Abstract Un-practical theoretical and cold’ - to remind people that he didn’t want to be seen as such. Obituary kindly supplied by Leigh Simpson

Peter Stevens, English - 14 May 2009

Leonard Sutton, Chemistry - 6 March 2009

William John Symes, Civil Engineering - 14 July 2013

Norman Thompson, Civil Engineering - 2012

Dr Raymond Thompson CBE, Chemistry - 23 March 2018

Geoffrey Walmsley, Electrical Engineering - February 2010

Derek Warsop, History - 2 August 2010

Rachel White (née Pumphrey), Botany and Zoology - 11 November 2012

Stuart Whitton, Agriculture/Horticulture - 2005

Alan Wilson, Botany - 19 November 2010

Peter Wingham, Engineering - 7 March 2011

Geoffrey Yarlott, Grouped Subjects - 25 November 2009


Betty Aitken (née Hooper), English 

Peter Arculus, Chemistry - 2015

Dick Basford, French - 1 April 2019

Philip Bell, Chemistry/Geology - 13 April 2002

Margaret Bloumfield, Chemistry - April 2014

Terence Blumfield, Chemistry - 9 May 2011

Peter Bostock, English - February 2016

David Montgomery Clifford, Industrial Administration - 15 April 2013

Gwendolen Dale (née Heselton), Physics/Mathematics - 26 January 2009

Ken Everett, Chemistry - 3 March 2014

Cedric Fermidge, Chemistry - 19 January 2007

Doreen (Alfreda) Ford (née Page), Latin - 1 October 2006

Dr (Raymond) Eric Ford, Chemistry - November 2016

Michael Garrety, English - 21 December 2009

Henry David Godson - February 2013

Dennis Guereca, Applied Social Science - 2 March 2007

John Hagyard, Social Administration - 18 June 2010

John Hawkins, Botany

Eric Henshaw, Electrical Engineering - 31 January 2011

George Hern, Agriculture/Horticulture - 15 December 2011

Michael Holmes, Chemistry

Alan Holvey, Grouped Subjects - 13 February 2019

E Ruth Humphrey (née Whiteley), Geography

It is with great sadness that Robin Humphrey has to let you all know that dear Mum, Ruth, passed away on Tuesday 9th October, 2018.

Mum is and always will be very sadly missed. She has not gone, she is not departed, she is merely “in the garden”, digging and weeding, pruning and clipping.

In recent years, Mum had moved from the family home in central Solihull we’d lived in since moving from Wallasey in 1968. She took up residence in a ‘sheltered living’ home and really enjoyed the company of many of the other residents. She adapted so well to her new life there. Mum had so many varied pursuits in life, from gardening and horticulture, to painting, to travel, to history … anything of interest in fact.

Mum has led a hugely varied life, from her birth in Stockport, Cheshire, to growing up in Derbyshire as a little girl, from Girl Guides (the first Queen’s Guide in the UK) to an equal to my father as principal of Egbado College in Illaro, Nigeria, from mother to 4 children, to teacher in Solihull in 3 different and varied schools, and from retiree enjoying pottering in her garden to running the Olton Station plant volunteers group, from traveller of the World (where had she not visited?) to simply Mum, listening to her favourite Radio 4 programmes or Classic FM, and nipping to her Wednesday St Helens lunch club – Mum will always be with us, always.

Mum’s time at Nottingham University was such a central part of her life. She met Colin, her husband to be and also John Hewes, who became my father’s best man in 1952 when Mum and Dad married. Uncle John as we called him then married Peggy in 1956 and all four of them remained such good friends throughout their lives. Ruth Humphrey also kept in touch with many other friends from her days at Nottingham where she studied geography. Obituary kindly supplied by Ruth's son, Robin

His Majesty Sultan Tuanku Ja'afar, Law - 27 December 2008

William Jackson, English/French - 13 November 2007

George Kelsey, Chemistry - 12 July 2013

William Kent, Agriculture/Horticulture - 13 November 2004

John Chrysostom Kiwanuka - 12 June 2010

Robert Ikin Leather, Botany - 28 November 2007 

During the war he served in the Royal Marines at the D-Day landings and in the Far East.  After graduation he worked in Her Majesty's Colonial Service and with the United Nations as a Plant Pathologist and Coconut Agronomist in Ghana, Jamaica, Hong King, Fiji, Trinidad and Western Samoa.  Robert leaves his wife, June, (Botany 1951), five adult children and fifteen grandchildren. Obituary kindly supplied by Robert's wife.

Beryl Moore (née Wheatman), Education - November 2014

Elizabeth Newsom (née Palmer), Psychology - 6 February 2014

Alan G Norman OBE, Civil Engineering - February 2014

My father Alan Norman was a student at Nottingham University 1948-1951. BSc Civil Engineering. He died last year aged 90. After serving with The Hampshire Regiment (he was in the first wave of landings on D-Day where he was wounded several times) he went to Nottingham University as a mature student, his career went from Stanton and Staverley, (Notts) to Redland Pipes (Surrey) from 1968, where he became Technical Director. After Lafarge took over Redland, he worked for The British Pre-cast Concrete Federation in Leicester. A life spent in concrete (mostly pipes and lighting columns). As my brother commented in his eulogy "at one time you were probably standing over or under something he had designed"!

He met my mother when he was in Derby Royal infirmary recovering after the D-Day landings, she is still alive and well, and the living room of her house is still dominated by the print of Nottingham University. Obituary kindly supplied by Alan’s son, Andrew.

Professor Peter Pell OBE, Civil Engineering - 13 December 2016

Peter Seward Pell, Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham died aged 93 on 13th December 2016. Peter Pell’s life was devoted to the University and his family, following military service during World War 2 in the Royal Engineers and a short period as a consulting engineer. He established an international reputation for his pioneering experimental research into the fatigue strength of bituminous materials for road construction, which started in 1954, and extended his interests into new design methods for roads.

Peter Pell was essentially a Nottingham man. He was born in the County, the son of Joseph and Philippa Pell on 27th November 1923. Although he went to Sutton Valence School in Kent he returned to Nottingham as an undergraduate in 1947 after his war service as a Major in the Royal Engineers. He was amongst the first tranche of graduates awarded Nottingham degrees in 1951, following granting of the University’s charter in 1948.

After graduation, Pell joined the consulting firm of Oscar Faber and Partners as a structural engineer before returning to the University in 1954 to begin research on the fatigue strength of bituminous materials, working on a contract awarded by Shell. He was appointed as a lecturer in 1956 and was successively promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1962, Reader in 1966 and to a Chair in 1970. In 1980, he was appointed to a four year term as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and, in 1982, also took on the task of leading his department following the retirement of Professor Rex Coates. Pell was appointed as Dean of Engineering in 1984 for a three year term and he retired in 1989 after 35 years’ service to the University. He was awarded an OBE in the 1990 New Year’s Honours list for services to higher education.

His marriage to Janet Huntley on 21st August 1948 was a long and happy one lasting 67 years. She predeceased him by just 10 months. They were very much a team and provided frequent, generous and enjoyable hospitality to colleagues and visitors alike at their home overlooking the Trent valley. He is succeeded by two sons, Robert and Charles, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Obituary kindly supplied by Professor Stephen Brown.

Pamela Pullen (née Gray), Grouped Subjects

Clere Richardson (née Baker), Zoology - October 2010

Alan Rodway, English - 30 May 2008

Ernest Salisbury, French - 16 January 2014

Dr Peter Salter, Agriculture/Horticulture

Alan H Shaw, French - 11 February 2008

Ronald Slater, History/Economics - 31 December 2009

Gracie Mary Stubbs (née Daniel), History - 2017

Sheelah Symes MBE (née Williams), Social Administration - April 2016

Alfred Tardif, Physics

Philip Vincent, Classics

Dr Roy Wade DSc, Chemistry - 10 May 2019

Roger Wallace, Agriculture/Horticulture - 14 June 2010

Gerald White, Agriculture/Horticulture - February 2006

Brian Wills, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Science


John Allen, Music/French - January 2016

Jean Anderson (née Brown), English - 2016

Kenneth Anderson, Economics/Economic History - 21 October 2017

Hazel Atkinson (née Gullis), Mathematics/Physics - 13 May 2017

John Avison, Agriculture/Horticulture - December 2015

Annie Bows (née Lloyd), Spanish/French

David J Bremner, Chemistry - October 2016

Anthony (Tony) Brooks, Agriculture/Horticulture - 24 July 2006

John Osborne Brown, Law - July 2013

Marilyn Carter (née Edwards), English

Dr Enis S. Catanach-Holmes (née Stokes), Botany - 3 June 2018

Brian Clark, Social Administration - 30 January 2010

(Olive) Ruth Clark (née Douglas), English - 25 June 2012

Rosalind Clarkson (née Addison), English - May 2017

Roger Davy, Geography - 27 January 2016

Graham Day, Civil Engineering - 23 September 2018

Margaret Deeble (née Jones), Agriculture/Horticulture - 2 December 2005

Donald Fellows, Classics - 21 January 2012

Dr Brian Fletcher, Geology/Geography - 12 March 2018

John Gay, Botany - August 2012

John Glasby, Chemistry - 5 June 2011

Phillip Goddard, Agriculture and Horticulture - 2012

Eric Hall, Physics/Mathematics

James Haythornthwaite, Agriculture - 4 April 2011

Robert Hoh, Law - 24 December 2007

Peter Holland, Agriculture/Horticulture - August 2009

John Housley, Chemistry - 14 April 2006

Arthur Hull, Grouped Subjects - 28 February 2008

Colin Hutchinson, Agriculture/Horticulture - 16 February 2018

Margaret Jackson, Mathematics - 23 October 2012

Peter Johnson, Mathematics - 12 July 2011

(Arthur) Neville Jones, Zoology/Botany - 30 December 2014

Kenneth Lane, History and Theology - 20 July 2011

Alan Law, Mining Engineering - 2006

Tryphosa Lee (née Dawes) Zoology - 10 November 2004

Joyce Lloyd (née Hawkes), Mycology - April 2009

Geoff Longlands, Civil Engineering

Ninian McInnes, Mining Engineering

Gordon Mingay, History - 3 January 2005

Byron Newton, Mathematics

Anthony James Moore, Maths - 9 June 2013

Keith Neill, Chemistry - 30 May 2010

John Pearson, Geography - 2 December 2008

Pauline Pocock, English

John Polkinghorn, Economics and Econometrics - 19 October 2017

Charles Eric Richardson, Physics (Grouped Subjects)

David Robinson OBE, Geography - 2017

Michael Robinson, Electrical Engineering - 12 January 2008

Donald Reap, Industrial Economics - 25 March 2013

Jean Milly Sawyerr (née Brown), Geography

Basil John Silver, Agriculture - 5 July 2018

Edwin Smith, Mathematics - 4 July 2010

Ernest Smith, Physics and Astronomy - 17 December 2011

Peter Thornhill, Mechanical Engineering - 16 May 2010

John Walsh, Civil Engineering - December 2014

Clive Woodcock, Grouped Subjects - 8 January 2018

Peter Woodhead, Mining Engineering - 14 March 2012

Brian Woods, Law - 22 September 2013

Dennis York, History and Psychology - 14 September 2011


Margaret Anderson (née Hay), Botany - 3 July 2017

David G Barker, Grouped Subjects - 8 January 2014

Ross Barron, Civil Engineering - 21 December 2012

June Chilton, Geography - 4 June 2013

Elizabeth Davison (née Evenden), English - December 2016

Laurence Draper, Physics - 17 June 2010

John Elliott, Geography - August 2015

William Foster-Thornton, Agriculture/Horticulture

David Gale, Politics and Economics - 2012

Dr Raymond (Ray) Grout, Pharmacy - 3 August 2017

For a full obituary please see the School of Pharmacy

David Hare, Law - 6 January 2009

Peter Hall, Medieval and Modern History - 8 September 2012

Mary Hallam (née Lyden), Geology - 21 April 2013

Ian Harper, Spanish/Hispanic Studies - May 2011

Charles Guy Hawthorne, Agriculture - 23 November 2015

Roger Jackson, Physics - 8 January 2009

William Jackson, Medieval & Modern History - 15 July 2007

Dr David Kerridge, Chemistry - January 2016

David completed his BSc in 1953, followed by a PhD in 1956 and a DSc in 1980. In his career he taught at the University of Ghana as well as a Professor at the University of Southampton in Organic Chemistry. Obituary information kindly supplied by David's wife, Patricia.

Richard Kitching, Law - 26 August 2013

Donald Lambley, Mathematics - 6 October 2010

Dr Philip Lawley, Chemistry - 18 December 2011

For a full obituary please see The Guardian

Peter Longhurst, Economic and Social History - 21 November 2009

Malcolm McDougall, Mining Engineering - 20 March 2019

William Millington, Mining Engineering - 1 October 2013

Harry Milton, Chemistry - 18 November 2010

Geoffrey Moreton, Electrical Engineering - 3 April 2015

David Moulam, Geography - 2 June 2009

Gerard Pink, Politics - 20 April 2006

Frederick Riddell, Politics - 8 September 2011

Sultan Azlan Shah, Law - 28th May 2014

Dr John Sheldon, Chemistry

Doreen Shotton (née Grunwell), Mathematics - 14 September 2016

Doreen Shotton, former Mathematics student at the University of Nottingham, passed away on 14th September 2016, at a hospice close to her home in Runcorn, Cheshire. Doreen was 85 years young, and a had a full and varied life; she often spoke about her time at Nottingham, where she became known as the ‘girl in the green dress’ - funny how our University experiences follow us around in life? She is hoping that one of her grandchildren will follow her footsteps to the east Midlands. Doreen developed cervical cancer, which eventually got the better of her after a short illness. She leaves four children, 12 grandchildren and a host of fond memories. Obituary kindly supplied by Doreen's son, Mark.

Ella Skene (née Basker), Agriculture/Horticulture - January 2013

Ann Smith (née Rowlands), Theology - 30 August 2018

David Sneesby, Industrial Economics - 24 April 2013

Robert Spiller, Physics

Kenneth Sumner, Electrical Engineering - November 2010

Alastair Taylor, Agriculture/Horticulture

Dr John Thynne CB, Chemistry - 23 October 2018

John Towle, Mechanical Engineering - 2 August 2011

Edith Audrey Turner (née Williams), Mathematics

Audrey Turner, aged 82 years, passed away suddenly at her home in West Malvern on 4thFebruary 2015. She is survived by her three children: Alison, Lindsay and Meddon and by her five grandchildren. Born in Tredegar, South Wales, she was brought up in Leicester. She began her study for a degree in Mathematics at Nottingham University at the age of 17 years - young for the time. In 1953, Audrey was the only one of her cohort at that University to receive a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics.

After completing her teaching diploma a year later, she taught Mathematics in a variety of schools and became a Lecturer at Worcester Training College. She maintained her keen interest in teaching through tutoring whilst her children were young. The family moved to West Yorkshire when her husband, Ellis, gained the Headship of Normanton Grammar School. Audrey then worked as a Teacher of Mathematics and Further Mathematics at Wakefield Girls’ High School from 1975-1986 where she also fulfilled the role of a sixth form mistress. During her time at the school she acted as an adviser to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge with regard to their Common Entrance Examination papers, in particular Mathematics. In 1985, following the retirement of her husband, the couple moved to West Malvern where they quickly became involved in the local community. Both became members of St James’ Church West Malvern, where for a time Audrey worked as Treasurer for the Friends of the Parish Church. They developed a keen interest in bowls and bridge at which they were very proficient. Audrey worked part-time at the local St James’ and the Abbey Girls’ School until her retirement.

Following the death of her husband in July 1995, after 38 years or marriage, Audrey organised and ran extensive bridge groups at her house through the University of the Third Age. This brought her much pleasure and purpose in later life. Always wanting to keep her mind active and challenged, Audrey was never to be found far away from a crossword or puzzle book of some description. Her other enjoyments included reading books (especially crime novels), visiting the theatre and watching detective programmes. During her close companionship with Dr Roger Morgan until his death in 2004, she became adept at tapestry work and researched her family tree back to 1746. Whatever Audrey put her hand to she did with excellence and dedication and these were the hallmarks of her well-lived life. She was devoted to her family and proud of all their achievements, as they were of her. To all who knew her, Audrey was interesting, clever, resourceful, selfless, reliable and caring. The legacy and the memories she leaves behind will all be greatly treasured. She will be sorely missed.  Obituary supplied by her children Dr Alison Irvine, Dr Lindsay Turner and Mr Meddon Turner all of whom bear ‘Williams’ as their middle name.

Robert Truswell, Civil Engineering

Edward (Ted) Ward, Chemistry - 12 October 2011

Dr David Gordon Wilson, Mechanical Engineering - 2nd May 2019

For a full obituary please see MIT News

Robert Wroughton, Pharmacy - 17 January 2011


Francis "Frank" Barcroft, Chemistry - 29 July 2018

Gordon Bowley, Law - 31 December 2017

Gordon was always very proud of being among the first law undergraduates at Nottingham and was very grateful for the opportunities it gave him. He was the first of his family to attend university and I was delighted to follow him there, if only for the one year PGCE! He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret, their son, John, and grandchildren, Rebecca and Daniel. Obituary kindly supplied by Gordon's son, John.

Sheila Brown (née Baird-Parker), Pharmacy - February 2017

Vernon Brown, Pharmacy - 2017

Sheila Cooper (née Walker), Law - 1960

Peter Crampton, Geography - 12 July 2011

Jirair Danielian, Mining Engineering - 31 October 2008

Dr Norman Elmore, Chemistry

James Exley, Geology - 12 June 2017

Harry (known as Tony) Field, Geology/Geography - 30 October 2018

John Gregory, Mathematics - February 2013

Peter Godwin-Wolf, French/Spanish - 27 March 2010

Doreen Gordon (née Collis), Social Studies - 2016

Charles Guy Hawthorne, Agriculture - 23 November 2015

Guy was born on 30 October 1931, at Arnold, Nottingham. The family moved to Cropwell Butler shortly afterwards where some of the family remains today.

He was educated at Ashby Grammar School. In 1954, Guy achieved a degree in agriculture at Nottingham University School of Agriculture, Sutton Bonnington. While at university he became farm manager for Major Spalding of Flawborough Hall, daily commuting to the University. Following Major Spalding's death in 1955, Guy inherited the farm.

The same year he married Ann Hayday from East Bridgford. They had three children, John, William and Sarah. Over the following years the family flourished and the farm prospered. Tragically, in September, 1969, Ann was involved in a motor accident. She was in a coma for many weeks and needed full-time care at home for the rest of her life. She died in 1982.

During the years from 1955, the farm was modernised and developed. Guy was a well-respected and progressive farmer. He not only managed his own farm, but was employed by other landowners to develop farms both locally and further away. He was known for being meticulous in detail, enterprising and eager to use improved underdrainage, modern techniques and equipment. In the early 1980s, Guy’s brother Roger joined him in a successful intensive pig breeding and rearing project.

When he was 37, Guy became a member and subsequently chairman of Newark Internal Drainage Board. In 1968 he was appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to Trent River Authority to represent Land Drainage interests. Eventually he joined the new Severn Trent Water Authority and following the inception of the National Rivers Authority in 1989 he became chairman of the National Rivers Authority Flood Defence Committee Severn Trent Region. In the summer of 1989 he suffered a serious illness and underwent amputation of his left leg which caused him constant discomfort for the rest of his life. Despite this he remained dedicated to all his commitments and was hugely respected by all his colleagues.

He had a thorough knowledge of flood defence and land drainage. During his time in office he was involved in the promotion of major urban protection schemes resulting in many thousands of properties being protected from flooding. When privatisation of the water industry was being planned he successfully opposed the inclusion of land drainage and flood defence.

Guy was an enthusiastic supporter of the water industry’s charity Wateraid which is dedicated to providing clean water in Africa and other countries and in 1987, with his wife Mary, visited a Wateraid project in Ghana.

Guy was churchwarden and treasurer for Flawborough Church for thirty-five years. He was efficient and scrupulous in all aspects of maintenance and financial matters. Due to chronic settlement problems resulting in extensive and regular fractures in the church fabric, many thousands of pounds had to be found and he proved to be an excellent fundraiser.

Guy will be missed by colleagues in the water industry where he was much respected for his knowledge and commitment. Friends and family will remember and miss a kind man always interested in what others had to say with a great sense of humour. A much loved husband, father and ‘Grandpa’ he leaves his wife, three children and six grandchildren. Obituary kindly supplied by Guy's wife, Mary.

David Hills, Economics - 3 December 2009

Sheila Joel (née Benson), Mathematics

John M Jowett, Civil Engineering - 12 January 2017

John Jowett passed away peacefully 12 January 2017, aged 83, at Chevington House, Bourne. John studied at the University of Nottingham from 1951-1954 and graduated in Civil Engineering with the qualifications C.Eng, BSc (Hons), later becoming a F.I.C.E and F.I.H.E. Following his graduation and a brief spell in the UK, he spent the next 30+ years working abroad as a resident civil engineer. The majority of those years were in West Africa. Semi retiring in New Zealand, he then returned to the UK in 2005.

Much loved husband of Joyce, father of Karen, Joanne and Jeremy and grandfather to Liam, Jack, Erik, Ashleigh, Lily and Hooper. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for his sense of humour and generosity, by all his family, friends and those that knew him.
Obituary kindly supplied by John's son, Jeremy.

Noel King, Theology - 1 February 2009

David Knights, Chemistry and Physics

David Lee, Physics - 31 December 2018

John Lister, Physics/Mathematics - February 2009

Douglas Lochhead, French and History - 14 February 2019

David Corbet Lovibond, French - 13 March 2013

Mary Eunice Lovibond (née Ranson), Pharmacy - April 2019

Arthur Loughton, Agriculture/Horticulture

Peter Martin, Physics - January 2016

Dr Henry McCallion, Mechanical Engineering

Ann Melly, Social Administration - 30 December 2010

Anna Hepburn Merz, Politics/Law - 4 April 2013

Dr Geoffrey Morris, History - 13 May 2017

Vivian John Montague, Agriculture/Horticulture - 23 December 2017

John Montague met Prince Charles in 2017, and was the longest serving member of the Soil Association, of which Prince Charles is a patron. Obituary kindly supplied by the Montague family.

Martin Naunton, Chemistry - 13 July 2011

Richard Nisbet, Civil Engineering - 11 March 2010

Geoffrey Nobbs, English - March 2016

Audrey O'Leary, French

Desmond O'Leary, Spanish/Hispanic Studies

Geoffrey Pugh, Botany - February 2006

Margaret Richards (née Case), English - 24 May 2015

David Reddish, Mining Engineering - 25 February 2011

Gywn Rose, Industrial Economics - 17 September 2018

Christine Sansom (née Williams), Physics/Mathematics - 13 November 2013

Robert Sparrow, Civil Engineering - 23 June 2008

Beryl Straw (née Goodwin), Politics - 7 September 2010

Charles Sutton, Agriculture - 21 January 2011

John Underwood, Physics - 16 February 2016

Albert Taylor, Electrical Engineering

William Gordon Keith Taylor, Chemistry - May 2013

John Turner, Mathematics

Mary Ward (née Turner), Social Administration - 2015

Brian Whittingham, Slavonic Studies - 11 August 2009

Victor Willins, Economics

David Wright, Civil Engineering - February 2016


Celia Archer (née Mortimer), Economic and Social History - 20 January 2010

Joan Bethell (née Austin), Chemistry - 17 March 2010

Anthony Bowers, Law

Sally Bullock (née Richards), Dairying - 11 April 2010

Roger Burton, French/Spanish - 30 July 2018

Donald Casson, Chemistry - 7 March 2016

David Dalton, Mining Engineering - 14 April 2008

Arah Danielian, Physics - 19 January 2013

David Daniels, Chemistry

David Driver, Social Administration

Dennis Drysdale, French - July 2010

Norman Eatough, Economics - 31 August 2010

George Farrimond, Civil Engineering - 27 July 2010

Chris Garnett, Chemistry - 13 May 2014

Maureen Gilmour, Pharmacy - 5 March 2017

Clive Granger, Mathematics - 27 May 2009

David Green, Chemistry - 12 July 2008

Kenneth Gregory, Law - 10 September 2010

Peter Griffiths, Physics

William Hammond, Mining Engineering - 14 November 2008

Derek Hanson, Chemistry - 21 March 2018

After graduating from Nottingham (where he met my Mother, Pamela Hanson, French, 1954) he went on to study engineering at the University of Cambridge. After graduating from the University of Cambridge as a chemical engineer, Derek joined ICI on Teesside. He worked there for 14 years in research, production management, and design engineering. Derek subsequently joined what was then John Brown PLC, and spent 26 years in engineering design and construction of plants for the chemical, pharmaceutical and pulp and paper industries. Most of that time was in the role of Chief Executive of various businesses within John Brown. Being a Nottingham graduate myself, we attended a Nottingham event at the Houses of Parliament together last May. Obituary kindly supplied by Derek's daughter, Adèle Hanson (French, 1987)

Godfrey Hare, Geography - 31 March 2010

Donald Harrison, Civil Engineering - October 2013 

John (Barrie) Heath, Law - March 2013

Graville Hutchinson, Mathematics - July 2007

Dr Barrie Machin, Agriculture/Horticulture - 22 January 2016

Dr Kenneth G Mason, Chemistry

John Stuart Morley Hutchinson, Zoology - 5 August 2010

Morley was Hons Zoology, 1955, one year before myself. He was a popular figure in Hugh Stuart and around the University and also during the 2 years he spent at Sutton Bonington before he moved with his PhD. supervisor, Dr Hamish Robertson, to Aberdeen. Obituary kindly supplied by friend of John, Dr Peter J. O'Connor.

Anne De Courcy Ireland (née Fontaine), Sociology - 14 January 2017

Lionel Lambourne, English and Philosophy - 12 February 2010

John Laws, Agriculture/Horticulture - 19 January 2011

Rev. Jim Leverton, Classics - February 2014

Malcolm Liddle, Geography - July 2007

Walter James, English - 25 December 2010

Nigel Hill Margerison, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences - May 2013

Maureen Modlen (née Griffin), Economic and Social History - 16 June 2012

David Paisley, Electrical Engineering - 9 February 2017

John Quinton, Physics - 11 October 2016

C. Alan Soons, Education - 29 December 2011

David Robert Spray, Industrial Economics

Dr Alastair Strang, Mechanical Engineering - 4 July 2016

Brian Trueman, History - 2013

Edwin Truman, Law - 4 March 2013

Marian Wallace (née Pringle), French - 9 February 2016

James "Jim" Waterworth MBE, Horticulture - May 2018

Brian Winterbottom, Civil Engineering - November 2013


Professor Gary Acres OBE, Chemistry - 26 March 2019

The eminent fuel cell and catalyst researcher, Gary Acres, attended Burton Grammar School 1946-53 and was captain of Drake House. He read Chemistry at Nottingham University, getting his BSc in 1956 before working on isotope research at AERE Harwell. He then returned to Nottingham and got his MSc in 1961, and PhD in 1963. He joined the newly formed catalyst research group of Johnson Matthey in 1963, becoming Director responsible for research and development operations from 1974 to 1985, and then Director, Corporate Development until 1994 when he retired from full time employment. Since then he has held a number of advisory roles and was currently a Consultant to Johnson Matthey on fuel cell and related activities. He was Chairman of the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium and the first Chairman of the European Fuel Cell Group. Since 2000, he has been a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor on Sustainable Development at the University of Birmingham. His awards include the Queen's Award for Technology and the MacRobert Award for the development of automobile emission control catalyst systems. Gary’s widow, Ann, writes: Gary never really retired and just kept working on his main interest at the time, Fuel Cells, until dementia slowed him down. He enjoyed sports, particularly rugger, cricket and tennis and we both enjoyed boating on the Thames when we moved to the Thames Valley. He was secretary of the local River Thames Society for 20 years, taking part in campaigns to protect the river. Gary’s other main interest was our two holiday homes in Somerset that I inherited, and he enjoyed spending time there, gardening, painting and decorating them, rather than sitting on a beach abroad which he found boring. Until he was 70 he enjoyed excellent health and energy and lived life to the full. Only at the end did he slow down. Our children, Jonathan and Caroline, living in Abingdon and Southampton respectively, neither married at present. Jonathan, an engineer, has followed Gary’s example of being a workaholic although as a teenager he declared he would never be like his father. Obituary kindly supplied by Bill Wain and Ann Acres (Social Administration, 1956)

Peggie Andrews, History

Kenneth Cazabon, Mechanical Engineering - 8 January 2006

Jim Chapman, Geography - 1 January 2009

The Reverend Brian Coombes, Geography

Colin Cresswell, Botany - 6 December 2011

John Davidson, Agriculture/Horticulture - 2012

Alyn Davies, Chemistry - 17 January 2012

Eric Dove, Russian

Heinrich Fessler, Mechanical Engineering - 22 June 2011

Neil Field, Geography - January 2007

Dennis Fox, Zoology - 2019

Derek Hedge, Chemistry - 29 July 2011

Peter Henderson, Psychology

Francis Hughes, Theology - October 2008

Dr Michael Jaycock, Chemistry - 27 February 2017

John Johnson, Physics - 13 June 2009

Helen Jones (née Lord), French - 17 October 2017

Geoffrey Kirk, Electrical Engineering - 3 July 2018

Muriel Laptain (née Parsonage), Dairying - 23 April 2019

Reginald Littlefair, Geology - May 2010

Dr Norman Logan DSc, Chemistry - 3 August 2018

Dr Edward Markham, Chemistry - January 2014

James Mack, Physics - 1960s

Gilbert Manley, Zoology - 3 May 2008

Donald McKay, Civil Engineering - 24 August 2011

Dr Allan Mills, Chemistry - 2017

Peter Morris, Botany - 13 April 2015

Dr Roger Morton, Geology - 9 February 2019

The death occurred on 9th February, 2019 of Roger David Morton, aged 83 years. Roger was a native of Nottingham and attended the Bluecoat School, before being offered a place in 1952 by the Department of Geology at the University of Nottingham, aged only 16. Roger excelled, and graduated in 1956 with a First Class Honours degree in Geology. He then proceeded to do a PhD thesis on the geology of the Teign Valley in Devon which culminated, in 1959, with the award of his doctorate. Leaving Nottingham, Roger gained experience as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Geological/Mineralogical Museum in Oslo, Norway where he stayed for two years before being appointed as a lecturer in geology at Nottingham University. Eventually, in 1967, Roger took his family to Canada to take up a position as Professor of Economic Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Alberta. Roger specialized in, and studied, ore deposits in the course of which he visited very many countries throughout the world. His experience resulted in him participating in International Aid projects through the Canadian International Development Agency and the Canadian Executive Service Overseas. He acted as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hamburg and the University of Nancy. Gems and jewels were to figure among his many interests and he was a certified gemologist and was at one time President of Polar Star Diamonds Ltd and President of Diamori Ltd (specializing in fine jewels). Although Roger retired in 1995 (becoming Professor Emeritus) his commitment to travel and mineralogical studies never wavered. Obituary kindly supplied by Brian Playle (Geology, 1958; 1960), with information from the Edmonton Journal and the University of Alberta

Dennis Parkinson, Botany

Beryl Paterson (née Fletcher), English - November 2017

Reverend Gillian Pocock (née Woodward), Geography - 8 September 2019

Clive Priestley, History - 24 January 2012

Prof Gerald Randell, Psychology - December 2015

Maurice Robbins, Physics - 14 December 2015

Ronald John Roberts, Civil Engineering - 2017

Maureen Ryan, English

Anthony Semper, Geography - 7 February 2016

Harold Shukman, Slavonic Studies with Philosophy - 11 July 2012

Mark Stacey, Spanish/Hispanic Studies - 2017

George Sutton, Economic and Social History - 2012

James Turnbull, Education - 23 Oct 2016

James Turnbull died on 23rd October in Stuttgart, where he had worked for many years. Jim was a notable cricketer for the University and, although batting was his speciality, he clean bowled Reg Simpson (the Notts CC and England opening batsman) in a charity match at Wollaton. Joy for Jim, but the spectators were not best pleased; we were all there to see Reg hammer a quick 50 runs before giving up his wicket - the tradition then in charity matches. Obituary kindly supplied by friend of James, Ream Plant.

Malcolm Warwick, Russian and Slavonic Studies - 29 January 2010

Peter Whitehead, Law - January 2013

William Whittington, Agriculture/Botany

Jeffrey Wyatt, Mining Engineering - May 2010


Karl Abraham, English - 13 November 2006

My father, Karl Edwin Abraham, passed away 13 November 2006. I recall that he was, at that time, the oldest alumnus from Mauritius. He married my mother, who is also Mauritian, in the UK in 1956 just after his studies at Nottingham where he had done a BA Honours in English. He became an English teacher in Nigeria - where my eldest sister was born - before coming back to Mauritius where he was successively an English teacher and a trainer at the teacher's training college before becoming an Education Officer at the Ministry of Education in Mauritius. He then decided to change career to become a diplomat. He studied diplomacy at LSE, and was appointed First Secretary at the Mauritian High Commission in London. When Mauritius gained independence on 12 March 1968, he read the lesson at Westminster Abbey for the ceremony organised for the occasion. After his posting in London he was sent to the Mauritian High Commission in New Delhi for a couple of years, before spending about a year in New York at the United Nations. We came back to Mauritius in 1973, and in 1976 he took 2-years' leave without pay to study Law and was called at the bar at middle temple to become a barrister. He returned to his employment at the Ministry of Foreign affairs for about a year before taking an early retirement at the age of 50 to start a new career as lawyer. He joined a new political party in 1980 and took part in the general elections in Mauritius of 1982 but was not elected. He then became a district court magistrate at 55 for about 10 years before going back to the bar. In the meantime he bought a language lab and started offering lessons in English pronunciation. He retired at the age of 75 and died about a year after of pancreatic cancer, luckily for him this lasted only 15 days. To end on a more positive note, I must say that during his studies at Nottingham University he used to sing in pubs to get some pocket money. He enjoyed performing in amateur operas, concerts and musical shows, and playing in theatres in Mauritius. He also formed part of a choir which used to sing Christmas Carols and perform in concerts. Obituary kindly supplied by Karl's son, Bertrand

Dennis Atherton, Chemistry/Geology - 2012

Walter Beasley, Theology - 1 June 2012

John Beswick, School of Biology - 26 December 2016

Alan Bird, Economics & Agricultural Economics

Patricia Bond (née Greenhough), Mathematics - 24 February 2016

Keith Horace Bonser, Russian & Slavonic Studies - 3 January 2015

Derek Black, Mathematics - 13 December 2017

John (Trevor) Bradley, Law - 9 March 2012

David Brunt, Civil Engineering - May 2018

Lionel Cliffe, Economics - November 2013

Harry Daniels, Geography - 18 April 2018

Barry Driscoll, Industrial Economics - 24 May 2012

David Edwards, Law - December 2006

Martin Entwistle, Chemistry - April 2007

Howard Erskine-Hill, English Studies and Philosophy - 26 February 2014 

Robert Fleetwood, English - 5 March 2017

Margaret Green (née McGough), Zoology - 2009

Alan Greenwell, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences - 9 September 2010

Margaret Hafner (née Child), French - July 2016

Anthony (Tony) Hall, Civil Engineering - 21 June 2018

John Harness, Physics - 2 July 2011

Marjorie Harness (née Radcliffe), Music - 2 February 2017

Jackson Heyes, Law - 24 August 2019

David Helliwell, Industrial Economics - 6 July 2012

Anne Jessica Hills MBE (née Blackden), English - December 2007

Gerald Hooper, Mechanical Engineering - 19 February 2013

Elizabeth Howells, Politics - 13 May 2004

Barry Hutton, Geography - 2019

For a full obituary please see The Guardian

Michael Ierodiaconou, Physics - 2009

John Inglis, Zoology - 5 March 2011

Barrington Isted, Economics & Social History - 27 October 2013

Ian Campbell Jeffrey, Mining Engineering - 25 May 2013

Timothy Kidd, Theology - 12 June 2011

Joan Mary Kivi, Pharmacy - 3 April 2013

Terence Lemon, Civil Engineering - 19 August 2018

Patricia Moore, Social Administration - 13 October 2011

Kenneth Morris, Chemistry

Anthony Norminton, Agriculture/Horticulture - 24 June 2011

Ralph Petty, Spanish

Anne (Margaret) Phillips (née Jones), Botany - October 2007

Philip Priestley, Chemistry - 9 March 2018

Eric Pringle, English - 2017

Online obituary can be found at The Writer's Guild of Great Britain

Maxwell Rouse, Mechanical Engineering - November 1990

James Saunt, Agriculture/Horitculture - November 2010

Barry Smith, Chemistry - November 2009

Brian Stubbs, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences - 19 September 2013

Dr Malcolm Thorneycroft, Electrical Engineering - 2 December 2018

John Bryan Todd, French - 17 November 2010

Roger Tomlinson, Geography - 7 February 2014

Tony Tolhurst, Law - November 2013

William Tromans, Politics - November 2005

Hugh Walker, Electrical Engineering - 20 June 2013

Michael Widdas, Mining Engineering - 7 June 2009

Martin Willis, Chemistry - 30 October 2006

Rev Derek Robert Wooldridge, Economic & Social History


Peter Ala Adjetey, Law - 15 July 2008

Marita Allwood (née Lawler-Wilson), English - 26 July 2006

Ram Azad, Mining Engineering - 15 July 2009

Mary (Jill) Ball (née Massey), French - 23 August 2017

John Baumber, Zoology - December 2009

Premanand Bhatt, Electrical Engineering - 18 June 2008

John Clasper, Pharmacy - 7 December 2011

John Dinnage, Electrical Engineering - 2012

James Douglas, Mechanical Engineering - July 2009

Mary Gathercole, French and English - 2012 

Professor Barry Garner, Geography/Economics - 17 June 2018

Frederick Gillott, Mechanical Engineering - 12 May 2010

Professor Timothy Gray, Botany - 21 March 2018

Barbara Harding, French - 3 September 2011

Peter Harris, Agriculture and Microbiology - 2012

Christine Harrison (née Stone), Social Administration - 29 December 2018

Simon Hill, Botany - 29 December 2008

Elizabeth (Liz / Bet) Fearnley (née Lloyd), Mathematics - 12 January 2019

I'm saddened to tell you that on Sunday 12 January 2019 my beloved Wife died. She was Bet to me, but Liz to many who knew her during her university days. Besides studying Maths, she was a member of the Union Exec for her entire time at Nottingham and a correspondingly prominent member of the Debating Society). We had 5 children (Robert, our middle son studied maths at Nottingham in the early 1980s) and they kindly produced 14 grandchildren for us (four boys and ten girls, three of whom read some rather lovely poems at the service). Obituary information kindly supplied by Bill (aka "Fuzz") Fearnley - Mathematics , 1956

Andrew Gerard Foster, Law - 3 February 2013

Alan Foulkes, English Studies and Philosophy - 29 November 2012

Colin Freshney, Sociology

Dr Hiroo Inokuchi, Chemistry - 20 March 2014

David A Jeffrey, Law - 2 April 2008

Richard Langdale-Smith, Chemistry - 27 February 2012

Robert Lawford, Law

Harold Leach, Law

Dr John Anthony Manning, Chemistry – 19 November 2018

Colin McCarthy, Industrial Economics - 2011 

John Morgan, Metallurgy - 2011

Peter Morris, Chemistry - 2 February 2011

Emeritus Professor Owen Morgan, French - 1 September 2010

Frank Musgrove, Education - 29 August 2011

Patricia Elizabeth Norton, Agriculture/Horticulture 

Gwyneth Osborn (née Johnson), English - 7 February 2018

Dr W. N. (Bill) Pitkethly, Pharmacy - 29 July 2017

Born in Newcastle, Bill Pitkethly appeared in the 1955 intake of the School of Pharmacy as the prototype Geordie. Bluff, reliable, always cheerful, he was a popular member of the year, particularly prominent in the annual Lake Battle against the Engineers, and the Beer Race around the University campus. Following graduation he returned to the North East where he taught chemistry before moving to a career post in academia at Sunderland, where he completed his PhD, later moving into the NHS, to build a Quality Control function. He completed his working life with a spell in Community Pharmacy combined with undertaking inspection and consultancy work, eventually retiring to spend time with the family and grandchildren he loved. He passed away on July 29th 2017. Obituary kindly supplied by Bill's classmates, John Bell and Professor Bob Parfitt

Arthur Ridings, Physics - 3 May 2017

Catherine Shonubi (née Senkatuka), Geography - 1970

Christopher Smith, Law

Susanne Stoessl, Economics - October 2013 

Online obituaries at The Guardian and Find Your Feet

Anthony Wright, Geology - 29 July 2011

The death occurred on 29 July 2011 of Professor Anthony David Wright. He was aged 77. Tony, as he was known to many, graduated from Nottingham University in 1958 with a First Class Honours degree in Geology.Thereafter, his distinguished academic career was spent at Queen's University, Belfast. He began as Research Assistant and then through the ranks of Lecturer and Reader, became Head of the Geology Department (1974-1990) and Professor (1974-1998) He enjoyed a worldwide reputation as an expert in the study of fossil brachiopods and it was his contribution to brachiopod research which the University of Nottingham recognised in July this year by conferring on him the degree of Doctor of Science. Sadly, Tony was unable to receive the degree in person because of ill health. Obituary kindly supplied by a friend of Tony's, Brian Playle.

John Westley, Chemistry - 2011

Dr. John William Westley 75, died December 12, 2011, at his home in Petaluma, California, after a brave and lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Westley was born on February 5, 1936, in the village of Sawston, seven miles south of Cambridge, England. He was the youngest child of Harold Sydney Westley and Daisy Victoria Sorrell. At the time of his birth, his brother Ivan Sydney was 11 years old and his sister Elma was 9. As a young man, he was an excellent student and cricket player. He attended, on scholarships, the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys and the University of Nottingham. He received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry with First Class Honors and the Jesse Boot Prize in 1958, and his Ph.D. degree in 1961, all from the University of Nottingham.

In July 1961, Dr. Westley, his wife, Angela, and one-year-old son, Nicholas John, moved from Nottingham to Palo Alto, California. There he worked in the Chemistry Department at Stanford University with Professor Carl Djerassi. After a brief collaboration with J.C. Craig at UCSF, he returned to Stanford to work on a NASA-funded project under the direction of Nobel Laureate, Joshua Lederberg, of the Genetics Department, to look for ways of detecting extraterrestrial life. In 1964, Dr. Westley and his wife had a second son, Peter Miles. In 1968, Dr. Westley and his family moved to New Jersey, where he took a job as Associate Director of the Microbiology Department of the pharmaceutical firm, Hoffman-LaRoche. At Roche he and his department identified, solved the structures of, and biosynthesized antibiotics. In 1972, Chao-min Liu, a microbiologist from Taiwan and the University of Wisconsin, joined Dr. Westley at Roche.

In their retirement years, John and Chao-min agreed that their work on Polyether Antibiotics, summarized in two volumes by the publisher Marcel Decker (1976-7), were the most successful collaborations of their scientific careers. In 1985, Dr. Westley left Roche to join SKB, now known as Glaxo SmithKline, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. There he directed a natural products group of four senior chemists and their support teams, dedicated to the isolation of compounds with potential pharmacological activity from terrestrial plants and marine organisms. Dr. Westley had 110 publications and was awarded 32 patents during the course of his career. Some of the compounds patented improve cardiovascular function and one has potential as an anti-obesity agent.

During a summer tennis clinic at Glaxo in 1992, Dr. Westley met a charming young lady, Camille Dixon. He had always intended to retire to California, where both his sons lived. In 1996, John persuaded Camille to move with him to Northern California. They were married in the town of Sonoma on July 27, 2003. Dr. Westley is survived by his wife, brother, two sons, their wives, Monica and Lisa, and four grandchildren, Aidan, Allison, Sydney, and Alexandra. John's love of life, work, family, and friends will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Tuesday, December 20th at Adobe Creek Funeral Home 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma, CA 94952. 707-789-9000. Online condolences may be made at

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on December 18, 2011


David Allen, Animal Physiology - 2007

Robert Banham, Theology

Margaret Bennett (née Scott), French & Spanish

Mary Burdes, Geography - 1997

Jacqueline Cameron, Pharmacy - February 2012

Philip Carr, Mathematics

David Cheetham, Physics

Kenneth Coates, Sociology and Politics - 27 June 2010

For a full obituary please see The Guardian

Brian Cracknell, Chemistry

David Croft, Law - 21 January 2009

James Trevor Crosby, History - 23 January 1996

Philip Simon Doughty, Geology - 14 January 2013

John Fisher, English - 26 February 2014

Peter Fey, French

John Game, Social Administration - 18 July 2008

John Golby, History - 21 February 2009

David Harris, English - 27 November 2010

Fred Hepburn, Physics

Peter Hiscock, Physics - 13 November 2015

Graham Hockley, Economics - 22 March 2017

John Holden, Chemistry/Zoology - 28 June 2010

William Holden, Pharmacy

Michael Hudson, Chemistry - 28 July 2003

Paul Hunt, Mathematics - 11 November 2012

George Hurd, Electrical Engineering - February 2013

Dr Thomas Hyde, Civil Engineering - 22 December 2016

Robert Kirkpatrick, Education - 17 December 2005

Brian Lace, History

Robert Leslie, Chemistry - 1 January 2014

John Lloyd, Mechanical Engineering - 10 June 2015

Pamela Lloyd (née Hudson), French and Spanish - January 2016

Pamela graduated in 1959 in French and Spanish and taught both, together with Latin, ending up in Bablake School in Coventry. She was also deeply involved in the running of the school’s French annex in Southern Brittany.

We had two children, Anna, who graduated in French and Italian, and Jonathan, a mathematician and now senior financial officer for an Irish company. Anna taught for twenty years and is now in hotel events management. We kept in touch with about 20 Nottingham graduates, meeting assorted members twice a year at various hotels in Britain, and had close contact with 10.

At her funeral over 100 colleagues, friends and ex-graduates came from many parts of the country. We had many contacts with France, she arranged school exchanges and family ones, many such groups are still in contact. She was well regarded by many people and I have had several hundred letters from friends and ex-pupils, many expressing gratitude for the care she took in her work. Many said they have become linguists because of her influence.
Obituary kindly supplied by Pamela’s husband, Melvyn Lloyd (Chemistry 1959)

Howard Loughlin, Chemistry/Metallurgy - 2009

Brian Moss OBE, Mechanical Engineering - 2016

Robin Mundy, Geography - 5 May 2018

Alfred Nash, Theology - 1991

Alfred Victor John Nash died 1991. He became an ordained minister in the Congregational Church and worked until a few days before his death. Much missed. Obituary kindly supplied by Alfred's daughter, Chris.

Janet Norbury (née Searle), Economic and Social History

Raymond Page, English - 10 March 2012

Roger Partridge, Agriculture/Horticulture - 2012

Cecil Parnell, Physics - 6 February 2009

Roger Parkes, Mechanical Engineering - 20 October 2012

Anthony Rawlinson, Industrial Economics - August 2010 

Jean Reeve (née Alexander), Education - August 2015

Alan Rice, Mechanical Engineering - 27 November 2018

Alan Rice passed away on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at home with his family by his side. A loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all his loving family and friends. Alan Rice graduated in 1959 in Mechanical Engineering and worked for many years as a management consultant at PA Consulting. He was later Director of his own company specialising in the design and production of generators and alternators and also worked closely with the University of Leicester on various engineering projects. Alan married Maria Rice, who was also at Nottingham University graduating in 1959 in Biology. They had three children, Anielka, who graduated in Botany, mother to three granddaughters, Eliza, Ellen and Alice; James, who graduated in Electrical Engineering, a hedge fund manager and father to grandson William and granddaughter Georgia; and Halina, who graduated in Philosophy and Theology, a director of ecommerce. In the last two decades Alan looked after Maria, stoically and unstintingly – with wit and good humour. Alan and Maria kept in touch with a group of friends formed at Nottingham University - in more recent years meeting annually in the Lake District, sharing fond memories of their time at Nottingham. Alan was a traditionalist in many regards and forthright with his opinions; he would more than frequently offer his viewpoint on an issue whether it contradicted those around him or not. He always stood for what he believed in. He loved to shock, amuse, and he often saw things differently, unconventionally. He cherished seeing the world through his own very unique perspective. And that also meant you could rely on him for a distinctive and independent viewpoint. He was buried at Kirk Hallam and the service was attended by many friends from all aspects of his life. He was well respected and a guiding figure to many of those he met. Alan Rice : Loyal and Stoic, Capable and intelligent, Loving, And always funny. Obituary kindly supplied by Alan's daughter, Halina

Elizabeth (Betty) Roberts (née Coe), Law - 20 June 2019

Peter Roberts, Politics - 26 May 2015

Alan Rothwell, German - February 2018

David John Thirkall, Agriculture/Horticulture - 25 August 2009

Marian Tyacke (née Philip), English - 8 January 2009

Sandra Wilson (née Proud), Pharmacy - 2011

Michael Witcomb, Geography/Economic Social History - 18 December 2010

Richard Radley, Agriculture/Horticulture - 12 October 2011

Joy Utting, Theology - 12 December 2011

Dr Alan Walker, Chemistry - 14 October 2019

Michael Ward, Pharmacy - 19 July 2019

Vera Theresa Wass, Pharmacy - 28 June 2014

Dr Edwin Willis, Chemistry - 21 December 2016

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1940 - 1949


Eric Dalgleish, Engineering - October 2008

John Dawes, Physics - 22 August 2007

Mary Fryer (née Cottrell), German - 2013

Arthur Heggs, English

Stanley Middleton, English - 25 July 2009

Jack Vennart, Physics - 14 May 2010


Norman Labrum, Physics - 17 June 2011

Donald Moss, Chemistry - 23 February 2017

Harry Smith, Chemistry - 10 December 2011

Dr Norman Todd, Pharmacy - 30 January 2019

For a full obituary, please see The Nottingham Post


Donald Ager, Geography - 28 July 2006

George Baines, Agriculture/Horticulture - 6 January 2014

Thomas (Henry) Barton, Agriculture

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of my father who was a student at the Midland Agricultural College at Sutton Bonnington 1941-43. Henry Was 93 and died peacefully at his home in West Leake, just a couple of miles from Sutton Bonnington. He loved his time at Sutton Bonnington, during the war, and it is amazing to think that he started there at the age of 16 and achieved his Diploma in Agriculture when he was 18. His family had a farm on the edge of Nottingham where they had a herd of Pedigree Ayrshire Dairy cattle. After college father ran the family farm before starting a bus tour company and then in 1948 a vehicle repair business. The vehicle business grew to now employ 650 people. He was Chairman of his family bus business which was one of the biggest in Europe before it was sold in the mid 1980s. At West Leake, where he lived since the early 1960s, he had a herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle on his 70 acres of land. Latterly, the farm has mainly kept sheep and ponies. He did a lot to keep the character of the village by planting hundreds of trees and resisting development. Obituary kindly supplied by Henry's son, Tom

Mary Brogan (née Halliday), Geography - 23 January 2012

Bernard Crossland, Mechanical Engineering - January 2011

Clifford Marsland, Pharmacy


Lilian Brabben - 22 August 2012

Frank Cooper, Chemistry - 1997

Marion Davie (née Smith), Medieval and Modern History - 28 February 2013

Hilda Garrett, English

William Kenyon, Pharmacy - 22 September 2011

Andrew Marris, Physics - 7 September 2005

Kenneth Marsh, Chemistry

John Prentice, Geology - January 2006

Ivor Richmond, Physics


Dr Stewart Adams OBE, Pharmacy - 30 January 2019

For a full obituary, please see School of Pharmacy

Raymond Adlington, Physics

Patricia Lawton (née Randall), Geography - 14 November 2013

Alan MacDonald, Engineering - 2 October 2008

Ian Merry, Electrical Engineering/Engineering/C T - 18 April 2007

Ian William Merry was born at Ilkeston in 1926, the younger son of Scots parents, and he died at St Affrique, France, on 18 April 2007, just short of his 81st birthday.

Ian received his secondary education at Nottingham High School, and came up to University College, Nottingham in 1943. He specialised in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, graduating with the London external B.Sc.(Engineering) degree in 1945. But while at College, he also found time for 'cultural' activities, acting in Dram. Soc. productions and editing the Gong magazine. Another keen interest of his was music, as a violinist during his school years, and as a singer throughout his life.

After UCN Ian joined the Royal Navy where he served for two years as a commissioned offiicer. His next post was with the BBC Research Department, working on the magnetic recording of television signals, a technique then in its infancy. After four years there, he joined the London laboratory of Ferranti Ltd, taking part in the development of the Pegasus computer, one of the most innovative and successful computers of its day. One model is still exhibited and in working order at London's Science Museum. Ian's part in this work was mainly in the development of the magnetic drum store, the forerunner of today's 'hard discs'.

Later, he worked for several well-known companies, including IBM, Solartron, English Electric and ICL, and during the latter part of his career, was concerned with developing computer systems for foreign governments.

In 1947 Ian married his College friend, Rosemary Calder, and they had one daughter who is now a retired GP. They lived in Hampshire for much of their married life, but on Ian's retirement they moved to Suffolk to be nearer to other members of Rosemary's family.

Rosemary died in June 2004, and following her death, and despite looming health problems, Ian decided to go and live in the Aveyron region of France, an area that he and Rosemary had found especially attractive. He found a house there in the village of Montlaur, near St Affrique, completely renovated it, and moved in late in 2005. He settled well there, making good friends, and went a long way towards recapturing the intellectual lifestyle of his younger days. It is sad that he was not able to enjoy it for longer.

Old friends remember Ian as 'clever, kind and good company'. In his own words, he had 'a wonderful life'.

Obituary kindly supplied by Dr M Taub (Engineering 1945) and Ian's daughter.

James Parsons, Medicine - 2011

Joy Rolinson, Zoology - 15 October 2015

Eileen Savage (née Marsden), Geography - 14 November 2013

David William Petchey, Physics - 10 June 2013

Ida Sutton, History

Norman West, Pharmacy


Robert Anderson, Agriculture - 1 October 2007

Patricia Brown (née Hollingworth), Physics - 13 May 2019

Sheila Carson, Social Studies - 2009

George Clayton, Physics - 31 September 2013

Peter Coates, Agriculture - 27 March 2017

Helen Frost, French

Peter Lambert, Agriculture/Horticulture - July 2013

John Pepper, Agriculture


Sidney Brown, Physics - 23 March 2010

Edith Crompton (née Ackroyd), Pharmacy - 28 December 2005

Kenneth Fellowes, Chemistry - 18 June 2011

Maurice Goldhill, Pharmacy

Thomas Heyes, Chemistry - 14 October 2009

George Irons, Physics - 17 May 2009

Kathleen (Joyce) Kent (née Tahnay), English - 17 February 2006

Patricia Kimmons, English - November 2008

Thomas Martin, General Practice - 5 April 2008

Dr George Rolinson, Botany - 8 December 2016

John Shaw, Chemistry - December 2012

Geoffrey Tibbs, Chemistry - January 2012


Corinne Brant, Agriculture/Horticulture

David Bell, Chemistry - 8 June 2018

Herbert Eisner, Physics - 28 June 2011

Joseph Flower, Engineering

Shirley Hoskins, French - 31 December 2010

Anthony Charles Krarup, Civil Engineering - 25 December 2012

Donald Litherland, Chemistry - 17 July 2009

James Parkinson, Pharmacy - 6 September 2007

Peggy Rumbol (née McConville), English - 30 May 2006

Moran Shaw (Ratcliffe), French - 19 March 2016

Maurice Standeven, French - 24 September 2008

Isobel Trueman, French - 20 February 2007

Frances (Peggy) Turner (née Roberts), Social Science - 2010

Peter Whitaker, Physics - 17 December 2009


Maurice Adams, Agriculture - 9 September 2019

Allan Alsbury, Chemistry - 11 May 2015

Arthur Burdett, Civil Engineering - 16 March 2006

Raymond Clarke, Applied Social Science - 4 March 2010

Raymond Collard, Pharmacy - 8 November 2013

Constance Cooke (née Barratt)

Cyril Davies, Mining Engineering - 8 February 2013

Desmond Dean, Pharmacy - 24 July 2010

Josephine Egerton (née Buffy), History - June 2012

Joseph Gould

Pamela Harborow (née Richardson), Geography - 2015

Frank Harris, Combined Studies - 13 December 2010

Margaret Hodgson (née White), French

Deryck Ingall, English

Yat Sun Lau, Civil Engineering - 3 November 2011

John Mainwood, Botany - 28 September 2016

Former botany graduate and respected company director has passed away after a short illness aged 88. A former captain of the debating team, John gained a BSc in botany in 1949 and spent a further two years as a research scholar. As part of his involvement with the debating society, John fondly recalls an overnight stay at the family home of Richard and David Attenborough whose father was principal at University College, Leicester. After his five years at Nottingham, he spent the next three years in national service as Flying Officer at RAF Middle Wallop and later as camp commander at RAF Trimley Heath. In January 1953 he was called into action at the devastating floods and storms in Felixstowe. On leaving the RAF he went on to work for Fisons, becoming a director for the overseas subsidiary at the age of 38. In the early 1970s he moved to Guinness brewing worldwide. As a company director, John enjoyed a career filled with meeting many interesting people and experiencing different cultures all over the world. He will be fondly remembered by many for a life full of achievement. Obituary kindly supplied by John's son, Julian.

J Marshall, Economics - July 2008

Bridget Ogden, Economics - February 2011

Francis Harry Panton, Chemistry - 8 April 2013

Timothy Potts, Engineering - March 2009

Joe Prest, French - August 2010

Charles Sharp, Law

Michael Solomon, Geology - 27 May 2009

Mike Solomon played a leading role in the development of economic geology, both in Australia and internationally. He had numerous achievements during a highly distinguished career, which included his pioneering work with volcanic-associated deposits, which put the Mount Read volcanic arc in the lexicon of geologists around the world. Mike had a desire to test the limits in his academic life, which often lead to new ways of thinking and advances in science. In addition to his many and varied academic achievements, Mike will be remembered for his ability to bring geology alive and make it fun, often joining his students at social events. Many of his students have gone on to become leading economic geologists in their own right, and they, like many others will remember him as a character, a leader, a mentor and a friend. Obituary supplied by Mike's wife Marjorie and is an abridged version of the obituary by Ross Large that appeared in the SEG newsletter.

Alan Studd, Physics - 16 May 2016

Anthony Whitehead, Education - 25 November 2012

Dr Gerald (Wilf) Wilford, Geology - 27 January 2019

Alan Wilson, Chemistry - December 2011

Kenneth Wilson, Pharmacy - May 2013

William Woodruff, Economic History - 23 September 2008

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Barbara Bloor (née Chamberlain), Geography - 29 July 2006

Leslie Norfolk, Mechanical Engineering - 25 August 2006


Philip Shaw, Chemistry - 6 April 2013


Leonard Story, Chemistry - August 2008 

Charles Warr, Pharmacy


Ronald Downing Baker, English


Ronald Gollin, Chemistry

John Tearle, Physics - June 2009


Harold Dibben, Chemistry - 1 November 2015

Frank Chettle, Mathematics - 1 December 2010

During the war, Frank was a meteorological officer in the RAF and then became a maths teacher. He was a headteacher at Tapton House in Chesterfield, Derbyshire from 1959 until 1965 when he became headteacher at the County High School in Redditch, Worcestershire until retirement. After retirement, he had various part time jobs all linked to education. Obituary kindly supplied by Frank's daughter, Helen.

William Gregory, Chemistry - 2010

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Samual Rutherford, Geography

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Staff and Friends of the University

Dr Stewart Adams OBE, Pharmacy - 30 January 2019

For a full obituary, please see School of Pharmacy

Robert Alvey, Archaeology - 2018

Professor Barry Azzopardi, Chemical Engineering - 22 May 2017

Professor Ronald (Ron) Carter, English - 12 September 2018

For a full obituary please see the School of English

Dr James (Jim) Charles, Archaeometallurgy - 13 November 2017

For a full obituary please see news item via St John's, Cambridge

The Rt Hon Baroness Brenda Dean, Council Member / Honorary Graduate - 13 March 2018

For a full obituary please see University press release, March 2018

R D S Fielden, Adult Education - 8 December 2017

Dr Brian Elliot, Geology - 22 April 2017

Dr Raymond (Ray) Grout, Pharmacy - 3 August 2017

For a full obituary please see the School of Pharmacy

Professor John (Tim) Hawthorne, Medicine - 17 July 2019

Professor Wilfred (Wilf) B Heginbotham, Production Engineering - October 2017

Wilfred Heginbotham entered academic life after serving an apprenticeship as a pattern maker. He never lost the practical approach to problems which his apprenticeship had given him. Before applying for the post at The University of Nottingham he won a scholarship to study at UMIST (now part of the University of Manchester) where he obtained a BSc, an MSc and a PhD. His future wife, Marjorie, typed his PhD thesis and he insisted on completing the PhD before they married. The thesis, on metal-cutting, was very short, about 40 pages, by later standards and was a model of conciseness.

The new department at Nottingham and its undergraduate degree course required a new combination of subjects to be studied and that combination was put together by him, not without some opposition from others who thought that the course should only have technological content. The result was that the degree course also included industrial relations, business economics, accountancy, organization analysis and design, investment studies, and operational research. Although, at that time, there were post graduate courses in production engineering, the undergraduate course at Nottingham was the first in the UK. Later this was recognised by the department adopting the new name, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management, so allowing the operations management discipline to develop into fabrics, pharmaceuticals, tobacco and other non-engineering products, where the manufacture did not necessarily involve engineering products but involved the engineering management of manufacture.

Wilfred Heginbotham later diversified his research interests away from metal manufacture to automatic assembly and robotics, heading up a research, development and applications unit, which produced both hardware and published papers of internationally recognised standard. His total research output, earned him a DSc awarded by the University of Nottingham.

He took an active interest in flying and model aircraft and he held a private pilot’s licence. Although unable to join the RAF, because his eyesight was not good enough, he had an ongoing, social relationship with the East Midlands Air Squadron until a few months before his death. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, daughters Janet and Judith and six grandchildren. Obituary kindly supplied by Dr Phillip Willey

Keith Hutcheon, Mechanical Engineering - 16 February 2018

My father, Keith Finer Hutcheon, died on 16 February 2018 at the age of 89 following his admission to hospital with pneumonia. He was a member of staff in the Mechanical Engineering Department for some time during the period 1980 to 1989. During his time in the department he assisted in lectures and carried out research which was supervised by Professor M J Owen and Dr. V Middleton. He also received a Master of Philosophy on 16 September 1989. Obituary kindly supplied by Keith's son, Paul.

Professor Christopher Johnson, French and Francophone Studies - 17 May 2017

For a full obituary please see The Guardian

Ian Longson, Engineering - 10 September 2018

Professor Sir Peter Mansfield FRS, Physics / Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre - 8 February 2017

For a full obituary please see University press release, February 2017

Dr Frank Molyneux, Geography - 4 August 2017

Professor Richard H Osborne, Geography - 22 July 2018

Dr George Parfitt, English - 17 August 2018

For a full obituary please see the School of English

Professor Robert Pascall, Music - 9 June 2018

For a full obituary please see The Guardian

Thomas F Roylance, Mechanical Engineering – 28 July 2017

Professor Frederick "Fred" Sheard, Physics - 17 March 2018

Frederick William Sheard, who died on 17th March 2018, was a theoretical physicist who did distinguished work on the electronic and thermal properties of solids at the University of Nottingham. He was highly regarded as a dedicated lecturer and tutor whose meticulous approach and dry humour were greatly appreciated by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Known universally as “Fred”, he was born on 17th June 1935 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was educated at Heaton Grammar School, Newcastle and then at the University of Durham’s Newcastle campus (now the University of Newcastle), taking a first in Physics in 1956. This was followed by postgraduate studies under the supervision of John Ziman at the University of Cambridge, where he gained his PhD in 1960 for work on the lattice conductivity of solids. He was a member of St John’s College, Cambridge, for which he had great affection.

He was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Physics at Nottingham in 1960 and, in the following year, was given sabbatical leave to do research with Charles Kittel at the University of California, Berkeley, returning to Nottingham and promotion to Lecturer. In later years he took sabbaticals in the laboratories of the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique Grenoble (1970) and at the National Standards Laboratory, Sydney (1972-73). He became Senior Lecturer (1972), Reader (1979), and Professor (1995).

The research during the first half of his career investigated the transport of heat in solids and at the interface between liquid helium and solids (the Kapitza resistance problem). In the mid-1980s, his research took a new direction when the Condensed Matter Physics group at Nottingham initiated a major new research project, funded by the UK Science and Engineering Research Council, to investigate the electronic and phononic properties of multilayer semiconductor materials grown in-house by a state-of-the-art Molecular Beam Epitaxial system. Fred’s inspiring theoretical work played a major role in the success of this project, which gained an international reputation through a series of highly-cited publications. Of particular note were Fred’s contributions to the quantum Hall effect, electron resonant tunnelling, the dynamics of electrons in semiconductor superlattices and the interaction of electrons with phonons, which are the quanta of the atomic vibrations of the crystalline lattice. He was also fascinated by, and contributed to, work done at Nottingham on the chaotic dynamics of electron motion at the classical-quantum interface.

Fred, who greatly enjoyed travelling, gave many invited and contributed talks at international research conferences. He retired in 2000 and, as Emeritus Professor, visited the School of Physics and Astronomy regularly for discussions with colleagues.

As a young man, Fred eschewed traditional sports such as cricket and soccer, but was a dedicated cyclist and toured widely in the UK and Western Europe. At Cambridge, he also took up ballroom dancing, where he met his wife Doreen, whom he married in 1960. Fred died at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham following a year-long illness, borne with patience and courage. His memorial service was held at St Michael’s Church, Bramcote; he was buried at Beeston Cemetery. He is survived by Doreen and their three children, Hayley, Melda and Adrian.

Obituary kindly supplied by Professor Lawrence Eaves CBE FRS

Dr Richard Stevens, History - 11 October 2019

please see 1995 for obituary notice

Professor Sir Peter Swinnterton-Dyer, Honorary Graduate - 26 December 2018

For a full obituary, please see notices published by The Times, or Trinity College, Cambridge

Dr Stephen Wallwork, Chemistry - 22 February 2019

Distinguished Chemist, Historian of the Nottinghamshire community of Beeston, and respected member of staff at Nottingham University since 1949, has died aged 93 years.

Stephen Wallwork was born in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1925, to a bank inspector father who instilled the importance of hard work, and a mother who brought him up to be apprehensive and to expect not to succeed. He described himself as “not very bright” but nevertheless gained entrance to Manchester Grammar School. Although he enjoyed science, teaching his younger sister his scientific learning under the kitchen table during wartime air-raids, he initially specialised in languages, winning school prizes for French and German. It was not until the sixth form that he moved to the sciences, when he had to cover four years’ work in two years. Despite this, in 1943 he gained a scholarship in chemistry to Brasenose College, Oxford.

The Second World War was underway whilst Stephen was at Oxford, but he was not conscripted as the study of science was a ’reserved occupation’. He did though take part in weekly training as part of the college’s fire-fighting team and was on duty whenever a siren sounded.

From his fourth year at Oxford, Stephen chose crystallography as his research topic which set the direction of the next 40 years of his career. He worked alongside Dorothy Hodgkin, who became the first female (and to date only) Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, and her tutee Margaret Roberts who went on to be the first British woman Prime Minister.

After graduating with a first degree and a DPhil, Stephen moved to Nottingham University where he joined the Department of Chemistry in 1949. He began as Assistant Lecturer and later went on to become Senior Lecturer and then Reader, with a year as Acting Head of the Physical Chemistry Department. There being no X-Ray Crystallography research at Nottingham University, Stephen set up the X-Ray Crystallography department, starting with a budget of £1000, in a 3m2lab which also served as his office.

In the late 1940s, without computers, solving a crystal structure was a labour of love, often taking many months to obtain just a single result. Stephen’s determination of the Alpha-Quinol structure, which he began in Oxford in 1946 under the supervision of ‘Tiny’ Powell, was successfully completed, through patience, perseverance and meticulously accurate calculations, in 1978.

Stephen was one of the first supporters of computers, sitting on the working party that introduced computer facilities to the university in the 1960s. When one was finally installed during his time at Nottingham, it took up the whole of a large room and had the storage capacity of a tiny fraction of a mobile phone today. Yet it vastly sped up the process of determining crystal structures.

During his time at Nottingham, Stephen published nearly 100 papers on his crystallographic research and in 1956 a book ‘Physical Chemistry for Students of Pharmacy and Biology’. This was translated into Spanish and Japanese, with 2nd and 3rd editions published in 1960 and 1977. Ever keen to support colleagues and young researchers in the development of their careers, Stephen wrote the book as no publication at the time presented physical chemistry in a sufficiently understandable way for non-physical scientists.

Not only was Stephen an outstanding crystallographer but he also cared deeply about the growing crystallographic community at both national and European level. Stephen became secretary of the Crystallographic Group of the Institute of Physics, and the Chemical Crystallography Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He also played a pivotal role in setting up the British Crystallographic Association in 1982, from two committees he had helped form, the European Crystallography Committee (1970) and the United Kingdom Crystallographic Committee (1969).

His crystallographic career (both paid and voluntary) spanned five decades and his contribution to the development of modern crystallography has been enormous. Structures from crystallographers like Stephen have underpinned much of the cutting-edge chemistry that has been carried out over the past 60 years, including the identification of the structure of DNA.

In 1983, having taken early retirement, Stephen enrolled on a new post-graduate course in Local and Regional History. Bringing his scientific mind-set and his talent for painstaking research, his dissertation involved a careful reconstruction of the sixteenth century outbreak of plague in Beeston. He graduated in 1985, aged 60, with his second Master’s degree. This despite struggling to obtain a pass in the subject at school and having his first university assignment returned, with the request to rewrite it as a history essay rather than a scientific paper!

Stephen brought to local history his scientific mind-set and his considerable talent for painstaking research. His M.A. dissertation involved a careful reconstruction of the late sixteenth century outbreak of plague in Beeston. Demographic analysis of this type was still quite new – as indeed were computers – in historical research in the mid-1980s.

Between 1985 and 1990, Stephen worked as Statistical Assistant in the Department of History at Nottingham University. The post involved research, helping colleagues with numerical work and teaching mathematical statistics to history students. After his second retirement aged 65 years, this time from the history department, he continued to help voluntarily with numerical history for several years.

Having become very knowledgeable on every aspect of the local history of Beeston, Stephen was one of the authors of the two historical trails published by the Beeston Civic Society. He continued to research and write up the local history of Beeston in retirement and became involved in the Blue Plaques scheme in the area, helping to award several plaques for places of historical interest and compiling a leaflet with information on them all. He was also much in demand as a popular lecturer on the history of Beeston, taught a WEA class on that subject and led the research efforts when that class became a research group.

Stephen’s love of walking and cycling was hindered by his peripheral neuropathy, which he put down to exposure to hazardous chemicals in his early career. With the decrease in physical activities, he took up watercolour painting in his 50s. He continued to paint and pursue research (particularly local history), publishing his last historical article in late 2018 and producing his last painting for his beloved wife of nearly 65 years, Marion, just days before he died.

Stephen had a thirst for new, intellectual and technological experiences, a breadth of interests, a desire to extend his skills and to be as helpful as possible to others, and an interest in problem-solving. He is survived by his wife, their four children and six grandchildren.

Obituary kindly supplied by Stephen’s daughter, Elizabeth

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