R.H. Atkinson (45-47)

Captain Raymond Atkinson (45-47) died on 28th January, 2014 aged 83, as reported by his daughter Lydia Walton.After the NCP Raymond Atkinson was apprenticed with Royal Mail Lines. He stayed with Royal Mail until he attained his Master’s ticket. He left the sea in the early 1960s as his family expanded. Eventually he had six…

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Commander David Isard RN

Cdr. David Isard, RN, Bursar at the College from 1972-80 and an Honorary OP, died in peace on November 29th, 2013. He retained his humour to the end after a long illness. His funeral was held in Dorset on December 12th. Peter Points gave the Reading Psalm 107 verses 23-32.Lionel Stephens writes: “David had a difficult inheritance because…

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Ian Duncan Currie (52-55)

Ian Currie died in Melbourne, Australia, on 12th July 2013. He was 75. He was once amiably described by Lionel Stephens during a visit to Australia some years ago as “one of the most extraordinary OPs I have ever met.” Ian’s friend Richard Strachan (58-62) writes: “Any meaningful effort to describe ‘Currie’ is a job for a professional biographer…

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V.R.B. Vivian (54-57)

The Hon. V.R.B. Vivian (54-57) is reported to have died according to David Boehm.David Boehm writes: “After the Merchant Navy Victor worked in Qatar and Dubai and Nigeria for Lancing Bagnall and Lancer Boss. After that he lived in Norway, London and for 25 years in France in various places as an estate agent and looking…

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N.H. Lampe (60-64)

Nick Lampe (60-64), the OP Society Representative in Sydney, Australia, died of pancreatic cancer on October 10th, 2013. He was 66. He leaves a wife Anne and two sons. The funeral service attended by 250 people was held at The Palm Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium in North Ryde, New South Wales. The OP Society was represented…

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C.R.K. Stone Pearn (51-54)

Rodney Stone-Pearn (51-54) died on July 8th, 2013 according to his widow Amberley. He was 75 and lived in Fetcham, near Leatherhead, in Surrey.   Rodney Stone-Pearn spent three years at the NCP, leaving with a handful of ‘O’ levels which allowed him to start his seagoing career with BP Tanker Company as a Deck Apprentice.…

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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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