It is with sadness that the University acknowledges the deaths of the following alumni and friends:
Dr Stewart Adams (1923-2019)
Pharmacologist responsible for the world-changing discovery of the painkiller ibuprofen
Most famously, Dr Adams first self-tested what would become a world-changing drug following a heavy night on the vodka in the former USSR. The next day he was due to be a speaking at a conference! Responsible for what is now a multi-billion dollar industry, Dr Adams was incredibly humble about his achievements, living in the same modest house in West Bridgford for over 60 years.
His childhood took him on a tour of English counties; from his birthplace in Northamptonshire, to Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire before his studies brought him to Nottingham. His long association with Boots saw the company fund his Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University, before embarking on a career spanning almost 40 years.
He and his colleagues had spent several years looking for what was originally intended to be a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis before it became apparent that the focus of their research was in fact a lower-risk version of aspirin. The discovery of ibuprofen meant patients finally had access to a drug which was both effective and had significantly fewer side-effects than the existing anti-inflammatory drugs available at the time.
In an interview he cited his honorary degree from the University in 2008 as his proudest scientific moment, and thanks to the generosity of his time generations of students and scientists were fortunate to benefit from his wisdom.
Michael Ierodiaconou (1926-2009)
Deputy headmaster and former head of the Mathematics Department at The English School, Nicosia, Cyprus
It’s not every day you hear about a degree spanning 12 years – Michael first entered the University as an undergraduate student in Maths/Physics combined in 1945. His student life proved episodic: he completed the three-year course, took the maths final exam, but collapsed during the physics final due to tuberculosis. He returned via slow boat to Cyprus and spent two years in a sanatorium, and upon recovery took up a position as assistant teacher at The English School Nicosia. In 1955 he returned to Nottingham on a two-year sabbatical and was able to complete his degree.
He was officially awarded a BSc in Physics in 1957, before returning to Cyprus. The University remained dear to his heart throughout his life. A keen sportsman as an undergraduate, he joined the University Air Squadron, and was also on the hockey first eleven and a rambler, activities of which he retained fond memories.
Paul Condon (1970-2019)
Much-loved TV expert and author
Paul’s passions were television and film. Not only did he get to work with what he loved at the BBC but he also had several books published on the subject and – even during his student years – ran some of the most successful television conventions in the UK. While at Nottingham he was president of the Sci-Fi Society and worked hard to include anyone with an interest in old television – with Paul in charge, no one was ever left out. The days following his death brought tributes from around the world, a shout-out from Graham Norton during Eurovision, testimonials in Doctor Who magazine (including from the show’s producer) and many, many online words from the people he’d met in life.
Pam White (1953-2018)
Tireless supporter and fundraiser for the Nottingham Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre
Setting up the Sam White Legacy Trust in memory of their son Sam, who died of a brain tumour at the age of 12 in 2013, Pam and her husband Mike dedicated their spare time to raising awareness and fundraising for the CBTRC, becoming hugely loved and respected across the University in the process. The charity has since raised over £100,000 to pay for equipment, research, and respite holidays to help other young cancer sufferers and their families.
Dr Roger Godfrey (1930-2019)
Former Council President and highly respected law professional
Dr Godfrey entered University College Nottingham as a student in 1947, just before it became the University of Nottingham. He was one of the first undergraduates in the newly established Department of Law and graduated with a first class honours degree in 1950.
He joined University Council in 1954, elected by Convocation, and represented fellow graduates for 26 years. He was appointed Deputy Treasurer in 1980 after being a long-standing member, and then Chair, of Finance Committee. He went on to become President of Council from 1983 to 1993 and Pro-Chancellor from 1 January 1994 to 31 December 1996. He served a total of 42 years on Council.