J.B DUTHIE (39-42)

John Duthie (39-42) died on 1st February 2013 aged 87. His wife predeceased him. He left two children and three grandchildren. His brother Revd. Malcolm Duthie (44-48) writes: “John did not distinguish himself academically at Pangbourne and was chiefly famous for looking after the allotments at Bowden Green where vegetables were grown to help out…

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T.G.S Ward (1942-46)

T.G.S. Ward (42-46) writes from Australia having received the latest issue of The OP Magazine: “One matter of interest to me was the death notice of “Hepworth G.A. (42-45)” Hepworth and I joined Pangbourne at the same time, autumn term 1942. I don’t think we were close friends, but we often ended up together. I…

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The 100%

A poem titled “Running” printed in The Log Spring Term 1930 and attributed to “A Sufferer”: The 100 per cent is a terrible thing; It makes you grow old and it makes you grow thin. It’s part of our sports, authorities say, To run the five miles on a cold winter’s day. The start of…

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Michael Umfreville (93-99)

I’m a chartered surveyor working in the City (of London) core specialising in acquiring office premises for City tenants. Post-Pangers, I went to Bangor University in north Wales and studied Leisure and Tourism Resource Management. After a gap year pondering on what I might be able to do with such a degree I became an…

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OP leaves legacy to the College

Michael J. Hayes (48-51) who died recently, has left about 100 paintings to the College. A retired school teacher, Michael was 74, unmarried and lived in Rustington, near Littlehampton, in Sussex. The collection includes more than 30 sea paintings. The most valuable are by the artist Colin Baxter who has agreed to place a value…

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Happy reunion in New Zealand

Ten OPs and four wives gathered at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland on February 19th for the third consecutive annual luncheon at the venue, reports Robin Paine (55-58). There were five apologies for absence. Keith Mann (45-49) even flew up from Christchurch for the day. It was another happy occasion with excellent…

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Mike Borman (53-56)

According to an email from his friend Phil Hickling (53-56) Mike spends half his time in the UK and half in New Zealand. He had a difficult time at the NCP that scarred his memories of Pangbourne but he did return for a visit a few years ago with another contemporary Ted Daubeny (53-57).

OP to head British Gas

Chris Weston (77-82), a former Chief of the College, has been named the new Managing Director of British Gas. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange released February 15th, 2013, Centrica (owners of British Gas) said: “It is expected that a proposal that Chris Weston will succeed Phil Bentley as the director responsible for…

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