Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics

ANDREW SIMPSON (90-95) wins a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. For many OPs the events of 2008 were overshadowed by the magnificent achievement of ANDREW SIMPSON (90-95) in winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Sailing with his friend Iain Percy in the Blue Riband Star class off the…

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Peter A Pinkster

PETER A PINKSTER (44-48), Captain RN, died on August 28, 2008, aged 77. He gained his first command in an MTB and then a minesweeper. After promotion to Commander, he commanded Ariadne and later the aircraft carrier Eagle. In 1975 he was promoted Captain and served as Naval Adviser in Canberra, Australia. On retirement he…

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Charles Martin Hebbert

CHARLES MARTIN HEBBERT (52-56), a Major in the Royal Artillery, died on August 26, 2008, aged 70. At the NCP Martin was Chief of Hesperus and the first Captain of Rowing in 1955-56 after the sport had been established in the mid-1950s by Cdr. Hoyle. Martin did his national service in the Army from which…

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Charles Martin Hebbert

CHARLES MARTIN HEBBERT (52-56), a Major in the Royal Artillery, died on August 26, 2008, aged 70. At the NCP Martin was Chief of Hesperus and the first Captain of Rowing in 1955-56 after the sport had been established in the mid-1950s by Cdr. Hoyle. Martin did his national service in the Army from which…

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Richard B S Purdy

RICHARD B.S. PURDY (40-44) died on July 9, 2008 in Gloucester Hospital. Known as Dick, he was awarded the OBE for his work in the Colonial Service in East Africa. On leaving Pangbourne he served in the RNR for three years. After completing his Colonial Service career as the Trade Agent in Malawi, he returned…

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Ben C P De Putron

BEN C P DE PUTRON (84-89) died suddenly on July 2, 2008, in Sydney, Australia, after an asthma attack. Ben left Pangbourne as a keen artist with a special interest in music and photography. After a short spell studying Film Studies at Swansea University, he returned to Reading and Henley organising gigs and playing in…

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Peter V Hunter

PETER V HUNTER (50-53) died suddenly on May 30, 2008, aged 72 while skiing with his grandchildren. He was a Captain MN and a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. Peter loved music and jazz. He had a talent for playing and joined the College Band and started a jazz club in the…

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David F W Bradley

DAVID F.W. BRADLEY (65-70) died on May 14, 2008, aged 56, after a very short illness. He was Chairman of the OP Society 1984-86 and a Trustee of the Society for 12 years. David joined the NCP in 1965 and, after the Port Jackson stint, settled in to Macquarie. At the College he rowed with the…

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