R.T.D. Tryon (54-57)

R.T.D. Tryon (54-57) died in July, 2013, aged 73. He had been living near Marciac in the Gers region of SW France for the last 24 years. His daughter Nico writes: “Dickie was born on 16th February 1940. As a result he did not see his father, who had been taken prisoner of war, until…

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Bettina Vetter (1970-2013)

                                            Die Farberkonigin “Bettina Vetter was not the first Housemistress at Pangbourne – that distinction belongs to Sam Harrod – but in many ways she was the definitive Housemistress of St. George, presiding over girls’ boarding in the formative, critical decade when the whole enterprise of taking girls, boarders especially, across all ages was central…

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P.C.W. Hoblyn (40-44)

Peter Hoblyn (40-44) died on 19th May, 2013, aged 86. He was a former Master Mariner and a well-known stockbroker in the City of London. He left three children and seven grand-children and a sister, Wendy. His son Richard writes: “At the age of eight Peter entered Ripley Court preparatory school in Surrey. By all…

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Graham Thomas (43-45)

Graham Thomas (43-45) died in May, 2013, aged 85. His son-in-law gave the Address at his funeral on which this obituary is based. In part, he said: “Graham was born in 1929, the middle son of three brothers.  Perhaps because he was the second son it was presumed that he would follow a career in…

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W.G. MORRISON (56-61)

Sir Garth Morrison (56-61) KT, CBE, DL died on May 24th, 2013, at home in West Fenton, East Lothian, aged 70. He was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus late in 2012, had undergone chemotherapy and a major operation in February and seemed to be making a good recovery. He leaves a widow Gill, three…

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MICHAEL J. BYRD (43-46)

Michael Byrd (43-46) died on St. George’s Day April 23rd, 2013, aged 83, after many years spent valiantly combating poor health. His funeral was held on May 15th at St. George’s Church, Beckenham. Michael arrived at Pangbourne in 1943 from a boarding school in Wales. In three years at the College he achieved a great…

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M.L. STARKEY (45-49)

Michael Law Starkey (45-49)  died in Sydney, Australia, on April 19th 2013, aged 83. He leaves his wife, Maureen, a son and daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Kevin Brown (46-49), a contemporary of Michael’s at the NCP, represented the College at his funeral service. At the Nautical College Michael was in Hesperus Division and…

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ANDREW SIMPSON MBE (90-95)

Andrew Simpson (90-95), the British Olympic and world championship gold medal-winning sailor, drowned in San Francisco Bay on May 9th, 2013, while training for the 34th America’s Cup races later this year on the Swedish-backed catamaran Artemis. He was 36 and is survived by his wife Leah and their two young sons. Andrew, known to…

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MICHAEL ATKINS (1926-2013)

Michael Atkins died peacefully in Grove Court Nursing Home, Woodbridge, Suffolk, on March 28, 2013, aged 87. Following the death of his wife Jill on January 3rd, 2013, his health deteriorated rapidly but he remained upbeat and independent to the end. Michael joined the academic staff at the Nautical College in 1957 as master in…

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H.S. WOOD (29-31)

Harry S. Wood (29-31) died on March 2, 2013, aged 99. He remained active to the end of his life and was well enough in December, 2012, to celebrate his 100th Christmas. He was awarded the CB in 1967 following his retirement after a 30-year career in the Army.  Born in 1913, Wood arrived at…

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