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DAVE FROHNMAYER (Oregon & Wadham 196) (9 July 1940 - 9 March 2015)
Mr Frohnmayer was an Oregon Republican who served three terms as attorney general in the 1980s and spent 15 years as president of the University of Oregon. He served in the state legislature before he was elected attorney general in 1980 and ran for governor in 1990 but lost in a three-way race to Democrat Barbara Roberts. During his time as president of the University of Oregon he fought to restore dwindling state funding, enlisted the university in efforts to battle climate change, supported American Indian students building a longhouse on campus and adopted the “O” logo made famous by the football team for the entire university.
JOHN EVANS (Ontario & University 1953) (1 October 1929 - 13 February 2015)
An innovator in medicine, education and business, Dr Evans pioneered a new model of medical education as the founding Dean of McMaster University Medical School in 1965 and served as President of the University of Toronto from 1972 - 1978. Dr Evans was the first Director of the World Bank's Population, Health and Nutrition Division and also the CEO of Allelix, Canada's first biotechnology company. Other prominent positions during his career included Chair of TorStar, the first Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Chair of the Rockefeller Foundation and most recently, the founding Chair of MaRS. For a eulogy given by Ilse Treurnicht (South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 1979), please click here.
KENNETH NORTH (New Zealand & Magdalen 1954) (19 August 1930 - 22 January 2015)
Worked as a medic in the UK for many years, including as a tutor, consultant physician and medical Director before returning to New Zealand.
RAMSAY GUNTON (Ontario & University 1946) (30 July 1922 - 22 January 2015)
A distinguished medical scientist, professor of medicine and academic administrator. He was one of the first Canadian cardiologists to develop cardiac catheterization technique in Canada. Highlights of his career include being Head of the Department of Therapeutics at the Toronto General Hospital and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UWO. Dr Gunton was president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, board member and fellow of numerous Canadian and international medical associations. At UWO he was a member of the Board of Governors and one of the central figures in establishing University Hospital and Robarts Heart and Brain Institute in London, Ontario. He was the recipient of numerous honours and awards for his commitment to medicine and research, some of which include the Order of Canada and Professor Emeritus and Honourary LLD, UWO. Dr Gunton has a research chair in Cardiology at Western named in his honour, as well as the Annual Gunton Symposium in Cardiology at Robarts Research Institute.
LAWRENCE HOGBEN (New Zealand & New College 1938) (14 April 1916 - 20 January 2015)
After reading for his degree in Mathematics whilst at Oxford, Dr Hogben joined the navy at the outbreak of the Second World War. His most crucial role during the war was as one of the meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather which would allow the Allies to launch D-Day. “It took courage for us to say ‘No’ on June 5; and it took courage to forecast ‘Yes’ for June 6. I was scared, I think we all were, of getting it wrong . . . we knew we were making history,” said Dr Hogben when looking back on events. After the war, he worked for the Rank Organisation as a meteorologist and two years later joined ICI, taking responsibility for public affairs across Europe. He was awarded the DSC and the American Bronze Star.
HARRY MACDONALD (British Columbia & Queen's 1948) (5 December 1922 - 2 January 2015)
Returned to Canada after his PPE degree in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and embarked on a career starting in Port Mellon as mill Supervisor and leading to President of Pulp and Paper sales for CANFOR in Vancouver BC. After retirement, Mr MacDonald stayed connected to the industry in a variety of capacities, including managing Prince Albert Pulp and Paper for the government of Saskatchewan. He had been awarded a Military Cross for bravery in the Second World War.
JAMES HESTER (California & Pembroke 1947) (19 April 1924 – 31 December 2014)
After his Rhodes Scholarship, Dr Hester served with the Marines during the Korean War, and returned to Oxford to complete a DPhil. He became Dean of both the undergraduate and graduate schools of arts and sciences at New York University, and in January 1962 was named President. He played a strong role in strengthening the University, and acted as a spokesman for urban, private higher education. Following his tenure there, Dr Hester served as Rector of The United Nations University in Tokyo from 1975-- 1980, President of the New York Botanical Garden from 1980--1989, and President of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation from 1989-- 2004. He also became a portrait painter with numerous exhibitions. Dr Hester held honorary degrees from many leading universities and colleges, and was a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. In 1981, H.M. Emperor Showa of Japan conferred upon Hester the Order of the Sacred Treasure, First Class.
(HENRY) JIM NEWDIGATE (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & University 1949) (13 January 1928 - 22 November 2014)
SIDNEY LEEMAN (Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch & St Edmund Hall 1962) (1 November 1941 - November 2014)
After reading for a DPhil in Physics as a Rhodes Scholar, he worked as a residential Fellow at the University of Birmingham before moving to Israel where he worked at the University of Tel-Aviv and subsequently at Bar-Ilan University. He later returned to the UK.
ALISTAIR STEPHEN (South African College School, Newlands & University 1941) (23 February 1922 - 8 November 2014)
Distinguished career in Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town. Professor Stephen started there in 1951, became Senior Lecturer in 1958 and rose through the ranks to become Professor Emeritus. He was also a Resident Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Minnesota - St Paul, Harvard Medical School and the University of British Columbia. He received the Gold Medal from the South African Chemistry Institute in 1985.
JAMES GREENE (Newfoundland & Merton 1949) (15 June 1928 - 4 November 2014)
After earning degrees in English at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Mr Greene was elected the Rhodes Scholar for Newfoundland in 1949 and studied law at Merton College, Oxford. He practiced law over a 47-year career, for many years in partnership with the late Hon. Fabian O’Dea, Q.C. and the late Edward A. Neary, Q.C. and retired in April 2000. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation, Fisheries Products International Ltd. and other corporations. He served as the MHA for St. John’s East and was Leader of the Opposition for the Progressive Conservative Party (1959-1966). Mr Greene was active in community affairs and held positions with various organizations including the Catholic Education Committee, the Catholic Education Council, the Memorial University Board of Regents, the Red Cross Blood Procurement Committee, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada, the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Kiwanis Club of St. John’s and the Newfoundland Board of Trade.
THE HON. JOHN SEARS (Massachusetts & Balliol 1955) (18 December 1930 - 4 November 2014)
Mr Sears was an American lawyer, historian and politician. After Oxford, he attended Harvard Law School, and served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1965–1968 and as Sheriff of Suffolk County, Massachusetts from 1968-1969. After this Mr Sears was Metropolitan District Commissioner from 1970–1975 and Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party from 1975-1976. He subsequently ran for municipal office and served as a Boston City Councilor from 1980-198 and was a candidate for Mayor of Boston in 1967. Mr Sears was the Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1982.
JOSEPH BORG COSTANZI (Malta & Balliol 1951) (22 December 1926 - 2 November 2014)
Mr Borg Costanzi has worked for both the Water and Electricity Department of Malta, and as a UN Fellow, studying petroleum engineering in Canada.
IAN STEWART (Ontario & Trinity 1954) (6 August 1931 - 24 October 2014)
Dr Stewart studied economics at Queen’s University Canada, and went from there to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Following Oxford he received a PhD from Cornell University and came to the public service in Ottawa later on serving as Economic Advisor to the Privy Council Office and subsequently as Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Deputy Minister of Finance. In retirement he chaired the boards of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
THE HON. DAVID MALCOLM AC (Western Australia & Wadham 1960) (6 May 1938 - 20 October 2014)
Mr Malcolm was the Chief Justice of Western Australia from May 1988 until his retirement from the bench in February 2006. He was also an expatriate justice of the Supreme Court of Fiji. Before serving as Chief Justice, Malcolm was a deputy counsel for the Asian Development Bank and one of Western Australia's most prominent Queen's Counsel. After his retirement from the bench Mr Malcolm later became Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle.
JOHN WALSH (Vermont & Lincoln 1951) (26 October 1926 - 27 September 2014)
After Oxford, Mr Walsh learned his trade as a reporter on the Louisville Times. He moved to Washington in 1961 to work as administrative assistant to his Oxford friend, U.S. Rep. John Brademas and returned to journalism in 1963, joining Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he became the second journalist on the staff. He was as fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto in 1979-80. In the 1980s, he developed a keen interest in the Africa’s Green Revolution and in the challenges of technology transfer and cross-cultural interaction in sub-Saharan Africa. His 2001 book, Wide Crossing: The West African Rice Development Association in Transition, 1985-2000 described how farmers, scientists and development workers recovered from initial failure to dramatically improve rice cultivation in West Africa.
RICHARD CANTWELL (Delaware & New College 1953) (5 February 1932 - 7 September 2014)
From 1956 until 1959 Mr Cantwell served in United States Army Counter-Intelligence in Germany. After his military service, he entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, first in the field of history, his undergraduate specialty, and after 1960 in the field of German. He received an M.A. in German in 1960 and a Ph.D. in that field in l967. In 1965, he joined the Modern Languages department of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. There he was chairman of Modern Languages from 1974 until 1978 and later of the Department of German and Russian. Mr Cantwell was for many years Chairman of the Carleton Fellowships Committee, and was on the Minnesota Rhodes Committee, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Selection Committee, and the Fullbright Fellowship Selection Committee. He was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities stipend in the summer of 1970, and was a Visiting Fellow of the Association of American Colleges in Washington, D.C. in 1979. He appeared frequently in musicals, dramatic productions, and opera workshops from 1968 to 1997, being best known as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Fagin in Oliver! and Scrooge in various productions of Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He had a deep interest in music, particularly chamber music, symphonies, vocal music, opera and German Lieder.
ROBERT NORTON (Natal & Lincoln 1959) (1 February 1939 - 1 September 2014)
Lecturer in political science at the University of Natal and President of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
DAVID HARLEY (New Brunswick & University 1953) (1 May 1931 - 1 September 2014)
After five years practising law in Saint John, David joined Toronto law firm Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais) in 1962, where he specialised in corporate law until his retirement in 2000. He was instrumental in creating the legal framework and new legislation required to establish the Central Depository for Securities and the paperless securities system in Canada. He was a keen sportsman, captaining the Oxford hockey team as a Rhodes Scholar, and he enjoyed tennis and cross-country skiing.
PETER LYNN SENAI (India & Christ Church 1954) (14 June 1933 - August 2014)
Mr Senai served in the Indian Foreign Service and was the Indian Ambassador to a number of countries.
GEORGE MUNROE (Illinois & Christ Church 1949) (5 January 1922 - 19 August 2014)
Mr Munroe led the copper mining and manufacturing company Phelps Dodge Corporation from 1969 to 1987, leading it through a difficult period for the domestic copper mining industry, as it struggled to meet growing competition from abroad and new environmental requirements at home. He continued to increase the company's production as a new hydro-metallurgical process was developed to reduce the need for smelting in the production process. Before joining Phelps Dodge, Munroe practiced law in New York as an associate with Cravath, Swain and Moore and Debevoise, Plimpton and McLean and worked in the Office of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany in the early 1950's, serving first in Bonn as a lawyer and later in Nuremberg as a justice of the U.S Court of Restitution Appeals of the Allied High Commission. Munroe was a trustee of Dartmouth College and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
HART CLARK (Manitoba & Merton 1937) (30 July 1914- 17 August 2014)
Mr Clark was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship from the University of Manitoba and studied Mathematics at Merton from 1937 to 1940. During the war years he served with the Royal Navy, before returning to Canada and joining the federal public service within the Department of Finance. He became an expert on pensions and social payments, and was responsible for guidance to the Government on the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, and pension plans for Parliamentarians, the Public Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted police ,and the Armed Forces. He was a keen curler, golfer and rower. Mr Clark died shortly after his 100th birthday.
DALE JOHNSON (Nebraska & Worcester 1957) (13 March 1936 - 10 August 2014)
Dr Johnson pursued a career in academia, becoming Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Church History, emeritus at Vanderbilt University. His teaching in the area of church history spanned the period from the 16th to the 19th centuries in Europe and America. His research focused on the history of Christianity and Christian thought, the Reformation and modern European Christianity, 19th-century English religion, women in religion, and religion in America. Dr Johnson’s publications included Women and Religion in Britain and Ireland: An Annotated Bibliography from the Reformation to 1993 (1995, Scarecrow Press) and The Changing Shape of English Nonconformity, 1825–1925 (1998, Oxford University Press), which was awarded the 1996 Albert C. Outler Prize in Ecumenical Church History. In 2003, Dr Johnson was elected to serve as president of the American Society of Church History.
J. CLAUDE BERTRAND (Québec & University 1940) (27 March 1917 - 7 August 2014)
Professor Bertrand was a Research Fellow at McGill University, from where he went into the Armed Forces. In 1946, he worked with Dr. Robert Malmo on the localization of functions within the parietal lobe in the minor hemisphere of the brain.At the end of his stay at Oxford University, in 1947, he published his research on diffusion and absorption of fluids within the brain, the results of which were later confirmed by others with the use of isotopes. He was, with Doctor Jean-Louis Léger, neuroradiologist, the proponent of the use of arteriography in acute head injuries. With Doctor Harold Elliot, he initiated the Committee for road accidents in Canada.In 1950, his interest in pain problems led him to review the spinal and brain pathways of ascending pain fibers, together with Doctor Louis Poirier of the Department of Anatomy of Université de Montréal.This was the beginning of a productive collaboration, when, in 1954, the work on stereotactic surgery of involuntary movements was undertaken. This led to the finding of a safer and more selective method of suppression of involuntary movements. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.He was elected President of the Research Committee and was life Member Emeritus of the Assemblée des Chercheurs de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame; he was also President of the Executive of the Medical Board, and a member of the Board of Notre-Dame Hospital.
ANTONY THOMPSON (Paul Roos & Worcester 1984) (6 March 1961 - August 2014)
Read for an BA in Jurisprudence and an MSt in Philosophy whilst in Oxford. Practised at the Johannesburg Bar since July 1988, and took silk in April 2002.
BERNARD ADELL (Alberta & Wadham 1961) (26 August 1939 - 23 July 2014)
Joined the Queens University Faculty of Law in 1964 and rose to become Dean of the Law School, with key influence in the field of Canadian labour law. He was also an arbitrator and writer, amongst other accomplishments he was Editor in Chief of the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Faculty Advisor to the Queens Law Journal, lead editor of the Labour Law Casebook Group, and inaugural Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development LLM programme in labour and employment law.
B. GALE DICK (Oregon & Wadham 1950) (12 June 1926 - 18 July 2014)
Professor of physics at the University of Utah and co-founder of Save Our Canyons. During his tenure at the University he also served as Department Chair and Dean of the Graduate School. After his retirement, he acted as President of Save Our Canyons until earlier in 2014. He received the Pfeifferhorn Conservation Leadership Award, the Norma Matheson Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, the League of Women Voters of Salt Lake Community Service Award, and many others. Gale was also an avid outdoorsman and accomplished violinist.
former Dean of Queens Law School, passed away this week while visiting his daughter in Japan.
So many great labour lawyers of today and years past have been taught and influenced by Bernie, it’s hard to overplay his influence on Canadian labour law. In addition to being Dean of the law school, Bernie will be remembered as an arbitrator, a great writer and man of ideas, and without a doubt the most meticulous law journal editor Canada has ever seen. Until the end, Bernie was Editor in Chief of the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Faculty Advisor to the Queens Law Journal, and lead editor and ringleader of the Labour Law Casebook Group, which was no doubt like herding cats. I took over from Bernie as director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development LLM program in labour and employment law in 2009, after Bernie had put all of the pieces in place as the inaugural director from 2005-2009.- See more at: http://lawofwork.ca/?p=7594#sthash.c6SLTwhO.dpuf
WOLFRAM SCHMITT (Germany & Jesus 2002) (25 August 1976 - July 2014)
DPhil thesis whilst at Oxford was on the neurobiology of learning and memory, and he also later undertook an MBA at the Said Business School. He worked within behavioural neuroscience, as a consultant and within project management. Most recently he had been project manager for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
KEITH HENDRICK (Ontario & Brasenose 1947) (20 May 1926 - 24 June 2014)
Completed an MSc in Engineering and an MA in PPE as a Rhodes Scholar before commencing a lifelong career at Noranda. He retired in 1992 as President of Noranda Minerals. In 1990 he was
named Copper Man of the Year. He served on many corporate boards including Franklin Templeton, Labatt's Breweries and Northgate Minerals. An active volunteer, Mr Hendrick was a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and served as President of the Art Gallery of Ontario. He was an avid skier, golfer, tennis player, swimmer and windsurfer.
DARRYL GLESS (Nebraska & Lincoln 1968) (4 December 1945 - 10 June 2014)
After his time as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, Professor Gless received his doctorate from Princeton University with expertise in Renaissance literature. Having taught for a time at the University of Virginia he moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he would spend the rest of a distinguished career that culminated with his receipt of the Roy C. Moose Distinguished Professor of Renaissance Studies in 2009. His published work included books on William Shakespeare and the epic poet Edmund Spenser and his teaching was recognized with a University Tanner Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1983 and the Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. President Clinton appointed him to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1994.
A. WALTON LITZ (Arkansas & Merton 1951) (31 October 1921 - 4 June 2014)
Professor Litz was an expert on modern American and English literature, with a focus on T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. Professor Litz's publications include James Joyce (1966); the 63-volume Joyce Archive (1977-80), for which he served as associate editor; Introspective Voyager: The Poetic Development of Wallace Stevens (1972); and Wallace Stevens: The Poetry of Earth (1981). He appeared in the Stevens segment of the 1988 PBS series Voices and Visions,a 13-part biographical and critical study of modern American poets. His career was spent at Princeton, as Professor of English and also serving in a number of administrative capacities, including Chair of the English department from 1974 to 1981, and he was also graduate director of the English department; Chair of the Council of the Humanities; and director of the Program in Creative Writing. A member of the editorial board of Princeton University Press for four years, he served as Chair in 1972.
BROCK BROWER (New Hampshire & Merton 1954) (27 November 1931 - 16 April 2014)
After his time as a Rhodes Scholar, Mr Brower was a magazine journalist, novelist and TV writer. He was particularly known for his profiles of American Presidents and those running for office in the 1960s and 1970s, and wrote mainly about politics and the arts throughout his career. Mr Brower was a regular contributor to Esquire, Life, Harper's, the New York Times magazine, New York magazine and Smithsonian. He was also a speechwriter for the U.S. attorney general and taught journalism at Dartmouth College. His best known novel was The Late Great Creature published in 1972.
LEON KNOLL (South African College School, Newlands & St Edmund Hall 1946) (26 August 1923 - April 2014)
After Oxford, Dr Knoll at a number of firms, both in South Africa and abroad. Amongst others, he worked at SAFIM as General Manager, at Massey Ferguson SA Ltd as Managing Director and Fedmech Holdings Ltd as Executive Deputy Chairman.
ELIANA HECHTER (Washington & St John's 2006) (9 July 1987 - 16 April 2014)
Read for a DPhil in Statistics whilst a Rhodes Scholar, with the dissertation topic "On genetic variants underlying common disease". Ms Hechter was subsequently studying on a joint Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) programme, working towards an M.D. degree from Harvard. She had also worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California Berkeley and at the lab of Eric Lander (New York & Wolfson 1978) at the Broad Institute.
ROBERTO GUALTIERI (Québec & Queen's 1957) (5 December 1936 - 5 April 2014)
Studied PPE and joined the Canadian government including in Department of External Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Treasury Board, Assistant Secretary for Social and Native Affairs and numerous other positions. He was a Visiting Professor of Public Administration and also President of the Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars.
NICHOLAS SPAETH (North Dakota & New College 1972) (27 January 1950 - 16 March 2014)
After Oxford Mr Spaeth attended law school and served as a law clerk for Judge Myron Bright of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1978-79, and for Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1979 to 1984. He became North Dakota attorney general from 1985 to 1992, when he was the Democratic candidate for governor, a race he lost to Republican Ed Schafer. After leaving politics in 1992, Spaeth resumed the private practice of law and subsequently served as general counsel for two Fortune 500 firms, H&R Block and Intuit, as well as general counsel of General Electric’s conglomerate of insurance companies.
RICHARD ULLMAN (Texas & New College 1955) (12 December 1933 - 11 March 2014)
After Professor Ullman's Rhodes Scholarship, his thesis on British-Soviet relations from 1917 to 1921 was published as a trilogy. He was a staff member of the National Security Council in 1967, a member of the policy planning staff of the Office of the Secretary for Defence from 1967 to 1968 and the director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1973 to 1976. He also was a member of the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State from 1999 to 2000. Professor Ullman was on Princeton University's faculty from 1965 until 2001 and became an emeritus professor in 2002, for his influence as a progressive commentator on U.S. foreign policy and world affairs. Throughout his career, Ullman published hundreds of academic papers on foreign policy and became well known for helping to broaden the scope and concept of security. Ullman was among those who helped to compile the Pentagon Papers and served in many governmental and academic positions, as well being on the New York Times editorial board from 1977 to 1978 and was editor of Foreign Policy from 1978 to 1980.
RICHARD HORNER (Missouri & Queen's 1936) (1 February 1915 - 19 February 2014)
Worked as a reporter and then for a number of companies including Shell, the Mississippi River Fuel Corporation, and as President of the Mississippi River Transmission Corporation.
STUART HALL (Jamaica & Merton 1951) (3 February 1932 - 10 February 2014)
Professor Hall became the first research fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University in 1964, and later became its director. He was the founding editor of the New Left Review, and in 1979 he became professor of sociology at the Open University. Professor Hall served from 1997 to 2000 on the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, and has been described as the 'Godfather of multiculturalism'. In 2005 he was made a fellow of the British Academy, and his later years also saw a strong involvement with contemporary art and photography.
RANJIT BHATIA (India & Jesus 1957) (27 May 1937 - 9 February 2014)
Professor Bhatia was a famous long and middle distance runner, sports journalist and educationist. In the 1960 Rome Olympics he represented India in the 5000 meters, and participated in the marathon race. Professor Bhatia was honored with an Order of British Empire award for his role focusing on the connection between sport in India and in the United Kingdom. He was the National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for India from 1962 and worked ceaselessly to support the Scholarships.
MICHAEL DENBOROUGH (Rhodesia & Exeter 1953) (11 July 1929 - 8 February 2014)
After finishing his DPhil he worked at the National Heart Hospital in London, before emigrating to Australia and working at The Royal Melbourne Hospital for 14 years. Here he discovered the mechanism underlying malignant hyperthermia which he first described in a letter to the Lancet in 1960. At the time MH was the most common cause of anaesthetic deaths. His subsequent research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra from 1974 led to the discovery of an antidote now found in operating theatres all over the world. Apart from his medical research Michael was a passionate anti-nuclear campaigner. He was absolute in his opposition to war and the development and sale of weapons. He founded the Nuclear Disarmament Party in 1984 which elected two Senators to Parliament and, at the age of 74, he maintained a solo vigil for 52 days outside Parliament House in Canberra campaigning to stop the war in Iraq. For a moving eulogy written by his son, please click here.
JAMES E. PRICE JR (Mississippi & St John's 1950) (10 March 1926 - 1 February 2014)
Mr Price served his country during the Second World War in the U.S. Army, and he subsequently had a distinguished career in law, as well as being very involved with his local community. He was a lifetime member of the Corinth YMCA Board of Directors, coached 21 years for the YMCA baseball program, and served as past President at Hillandale Country Club, Corinth Welfare Association, and Corinth-Alcorn County United Way. He was former Director of Corinth – Alcorn County Chamber of Commerce, a member and past President of Corinth School Board, a member of the State Board of Education. He was bestowed with the Corinth Rotary Service Award, Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, Corinth's Outstanding Citizen of 2001, Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, and The Mississippi Bar 2011 Lawyer Citizenship Award. He was also a member of the Alcorn County Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
JOEL SHIN (Alabama & St John's 1990) (13 January 1969 - 21 January 2014)
After his time in Oxford, Mr Shin worked as a lawyer, including as an associate in the corporate department of Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan, a New York law firm. He served on the policy staff of the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, providing counsel to Bush and his senior staff on foreign and defense policies. He was also a member of Bush’s 2000 transition team and worked as a foreign policy adviser on former senator Robert J. Dole’s (R-Kan.) unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1996. Mr Shin was a principal at the Scowcroft Group, a District-based international investment advisory firm, for 11 years before joining Evenflow Macro, a consulting firm in Washington, as a partner in 2013. He was a senior fellow at the Forum for International Policy.
WILLIAM FEINDEL OC (Nova Scotia & Merton 1939) (12 July 1918 - 12 January 2014)
Read for a DPhil in Clinical Medicine, with a focus on neuroanatomy, and was a keen ice hockey player during his time as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr Feindel was a respected figure within Canadian medicine in the fields of neuroscience, surgery, research and administrative policy. In 1959 he founded the William Cone Laboratory for Neurosurgical research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University. Dr Feindel would later serve there as Director from 1972 to 1984, during which time the team acquired the first CAT and combined MRI/S units in Canada as well as developing the world's first PET system. His research breakthroughs included discovering the role of the amygdala in patients with temporal lobe epileptic seizures. Dr Feindel also had a strong interest in medical history, particularly the work of Thomas Willis, who coined the term 'neurology'. Between 1991 and 1996 he was Chancellor of Acadia University and he was an Officer of the Order of Canada.
GEORGE GOODMAN (Missouri & Brasenose 1952) (10 August 1930 - 3 January 2014)
After his time at Oxford, he was involved in the start of Institutional Investor magazine in the 1960s and later was executive editor of Esquire in the 1970s. He wrote novels, nonfiction books and a popular children’s book and in addition gained widespread acclaim as the host of “Adam Smith’s Money World,” seen on . His first book as Adam Smith, The Money Game, was published in the spring of 1968 and became a best seller. Four further books about economics followed, including Supermoney (1972) and Paper Money (1981).
CHARLES MERDINGER (Wisconsin and Brasenose 1947) (20 April 20 1918 - 13 December 2013)
After his DPhil in Philosophy at Oxford, Dr Merdinger served in the Navy from the Second World War and through the Vietnam War before pursuing an academic and business career. He served as President of Washington College, Vice-President of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, Deputy Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and as a Director of AVCO Corporation, a multinational conglomerate. In addition to community service boards he was active on boards devoted to higher education including the Ocean Research Foundation, DRI Research Foundation, University of Nevada Reno Foundation, and Sierra Nevada College (Chairman of the Board Emeritus). After serving as Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships in Nevada, he became a commissioner (public member from Nevada) on the NW Association Commission on Colleges, the accrediting body for the seven northwestern states.
RICHARD PEARMAN (Bermuda & Merton 1954) (20 September 1934 - 8 December 2013)
Mr Pearman was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in London after his time in Oxford. He and his brother James were partners at the law firm Conyers, Dill & Pearman, which was founded in 1928 by his father with Sir Reginald Conyers and Sir Bayard Dill. Mr Pearman was posted to Hong Kong in the 1980s to assist with opening CD&P’s first office in Asia. In the 1990s, he opened an office in London. He retired in 2000. Mr Pearman was president of the Bermuda International Business Association and a member of the Young Presidents Association International and the related organization CEO. He also served on charities in Bermuda, including the Masterworks Foundation and the Bermuda Civic Ballet.He had notable clients, including Elizabeth Taylor, whose diamonds he helped to insure; and Charlie Chaplin. A sportsman, he was a member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland, and a member of the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. He represented Bermuda several times in the Eisenhower Cup, the world amateur golf championship. In his 30s, he took up croquet and became a U.S. singles champion twice. He was admitted to the Croquet Hall of Fame in 1984.As a long-time member of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, he was on the crew of the record-breaking sailboat Nirvana when it was first across the line in the 1982 Newport-Bermuda Race.
PENN KIMBALL (Connecticut & Balliol 1937) (12 October 1915 - 8 November 2013)
Read PPE at Oxford and before joining the Marines after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he worked as a reporter for PM, a leftist newspaper in New York. During the war he served in the Pacific and rose to captain. He was later an aide to two Democratic governors, Chester Bowles of Connecticut in the late 1940s and W. Averell Harriman of New York in the late 1950s. He worked as a journalist at the Washington Post, US News, Time magazine, and the New York Times. His publications include The File, 'Keep Hope Alive!’: Super Tuesday and Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Campaign for the Presidency and Downsizing the News: Network Cutbacks in the Nation’s Capital.
PAUL M. MBAEYI (Nigeria & St John's 1962) (d. 3 November 2013)
First Nigerian Rhodes Scholar, served as a Lecturer in History and subsequently as Head of college History departments before working as part of the Nigerian Antiquities Comission and in Broadcast Services.
MARVIN DURNING (Louisiana and Balliol 1950) (21 June 1929 - 16 October 2013)
In the mid-1950s, he served the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer in the Korean War and as an intelligence officer in Germany. At Yale Law School, Mr Durning settled in Seattle and focused on conservation and public service. He practiced law, taught university classes, and served on boards and commissions. In 1965, President Johnson named him Conservationist of the Year for leading a citizens' drive for land conservation and in 1977, President Carter appointed him chief of enforcement at EPA. Returning to Seattle in 1981, Mr Durning advised companies on environmental clean-ups worldwide and he also organized conservation efforts in Puerto Rico.
COLIN GARDNER (Natal & Wadham 1956) (26 June 1933 - 10 October 2013)
Appointed as Professor of English in 1972 and eventually as Dean of Arts at Natal University. He was appointed Natal University Orator in 1981, and he was an active member of the Liberal Party of South Africa. Professor Gardner was also a member of the Christian Institute and the Justice and Peace Commission in the Catholic Church, where he worked closely with Archbishop Denis Hurley. In 1989, he was a member of a delegation of South African academics who met with the African National Congress (ANC) in Lusaka, Zambia. A year later he joined the ANC and became a member of its Policy Studies Committee and met, again, with the ANC in Lusaka. Professor Gardner was an ANC member and Speaker of the Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) Council. He was also chairman of PACSA (Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness).
DONALD J. R. BRUCKNER (Nebraska & Merton 1955) (26 November 1933 - 20 September 2013)
Read English Literature whilst a Rhodes Scholar and went on to become a reporter on The Chicago Sun-Times in the early 1960s, covering labour. He joined The Los Angeles Times in the mid 1960s, serving as its Chicago bureau chief before becoming a syndicated columnist for the paper. After this, he served as a Vice President for public affairs at the University of Chicago. At The New York Times, where he was on staff from 1981 to 2005, Mr. Bruckner’s was an editor at the Book Review, but he also wrote widely for the paper. He was also a published author of many works, including “Frederic Goudy” (1990), about the type designer.
BILLE C. CARLSON (Massachusetts and New College 1947) (27 June 1924 - 16 August 2013)
Served in the U.S. Navy after the onset of World War II and worked on the island of Guam with radar technology. After the War, he returned to Harvard and completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics and mathematics. He then went to Oxford and completed a doctoral degree in physics. After four years in the Physics Department at Princeton, he came to the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University in 1954, where he was a Professor in the Physics and Mathematics Departments, ultimately as a Professor Emeritus. He is known for having developed in Carlson elliptic integrals, some of which he described in his 1977 book, Special Functions of Applied Mathematics, and in the National Institute of Standards Handbook of Mathematical Functions (2010).
THEO (LODEWYK THEODORUS) LOMBARD (Orange Free State & St Edmund Hall 1956) (21 October 1932 - 15 August 2013)
Read Geology at Oxford and subsequently worked as a mining engineer for a number of international companies. He worked as a consultant and as Managing Director for Impistamp, which manufactured and distributed marking systems and products. Also Chairman and CEO for a number of companies in South Africa during the 1970s.
WILLIAM PRENTICE (Virginia and University College 1937) (4 August 1915 - 28 July 2013)
After his time as a Rhodes Scholar, Mr Prentice gained his MA and PhD in Psychology from Harvard University. Following war-time service, he held a range of early teaching posts and in 1947 started at Swarthmore College, serving as full professor, department chairman, and dean prior to service as president of Wheaton College, in Norton, MA from 1962-75. He was president and co-chair, of Bryant & Stratton Business Institutes from 1974-84. He was awarded honorary degrees from Swarthmore, Stonehill, Wheaton, and Hartwick colleges, and Southeastern Massachusetts University. He served on the Board Of Managers of Swarthmore College 1978-82 and was a Trustee at Hartwick College 1980-89; Citizens Scholarship Foundation of America 1979-83, and the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) 1970-74, and chairman 1972-74. He was a science advisor to Research to Prevent Blindness, contributing editor to the American Journal of Psychology, Guggenheim Fellow; Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the author of numerous academic and scientific papers.
A. CHARLES COPEMAN AM (Queensland & Balliol 1953) (11 January 1930 - 27 June 2013)
Read PPE as a Rhodes Scholar, and rowed in the the Balliol Eight three times. Mr Copeman worked in the mining industry in Australia, before being seconded to London and subsequently studying at Harvard. In 1967 he was appointed to manage RTZ's operations in Iran. Upon his return to Australia, Mr Copeman was recruited by Consolidated Gold Fields, with responsibility for a number of coal mines which he fought to keep open. In the 1970s, he was appointed to the Council of the Australian National University in Canberra, and in 1982 he became CEO of Peko Wallsend, a diversified Australian mining and manufacturing group. After retirement from this company, he went on to serve as Chairman for a number of ventures, as well as having an active involvment in the Liberal party. In 1999, he was awarded an AM for his business and political work.
HUGH SPENCER-PALMER (East Africa & Hertford 1939) (28 May 1921 - 18 June 2013)
Stayed in the UK after his Rhodes Scholarship and worked on the British Atomic Energy Project. Mr Spencer-Palmer subsequently worked for ICI Ltd, as a chemist in the Alkali division, and then within Plastics. He also served as Development Manager, Marketing Manager and Polyolefines Planning Manager.
VINCENT HAM (New Zealand & Pembroke 1974) (21 August 1950 - 18 June 2013)
Read for a DPhil in Modern History as a Rhodes Scholar, gaining a half-blue in Athletics. Returned to New Zealand, and worked as a History teacher, and subsequently also lectured in computer education. Dr Ham spent 16 years in teacher education and research at Christchurch College of Education punctuated by fellowship and sabbatical years at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and back at Oxford. He was a foundation staff member at CORE Education, a not for profit education consultancy, professional learning and research agency. Dr Ham had particular research interests in educational research methods, especially action research, and the use of ICTs for teaching and learning. He was a member of numerous policy advisory groups for the New Zealand Ministry of Education, notably in the areas of general research strategy, professional learning for teachers, and the national strategies on e-learning.
ALAN MURRAY (Transvaal & Balliol 1966) (12 July 1942 - )
After reading PPE at Oxford, worked for the Anglo-American Corporation and later Scaw Metals Ltd. in Johannesburg.
DAVID STOUT (New South Wales & Magdalen 1954) (27 January 1932 - 10 May 2013)
Worked as Professor of Economics at a number of Universities, Head Economist for Unilever Plc and adviser to a number of international finance ministries, including Syria, New Hebrides, Australia and Canada. Served as the Director of the Centre for Business Strategy at the London Business School 1992-97 and author of various papers in books and journals on taxation, growth, inflation and industrial policy.
JEREMY BLANCHET (New Hampshire & New College 1948) (28 March 1922 - 30 April 2013)
Returned to the United States after his Rhodes Scholarship, where he worked for the State Department on issues of disarmament, serving on the US delegation for the Geneva Convention of 1960 and fact-finding missions to France and Libya. He later joined what was then known as HEW, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. While there, he was instrumental in drafting much of the Johnson era legislation that promoted the growth of community colleges and working for desegregation in southern US colleges during the civil rights era. He left government service in 1969 to be the assistant to John Toll, the President of Stony Brook University of New York. After retiring from Stony Brook, he did independent historical consulting and looked into the effects of the US atomic bomb tests on observers.
EMILE WILSON (Washington & Queen's 1975) (1 January 1951 - 27 April 2013)
A student of Seattle University in the late 1960s and 1970s, Dr Wilson made a mark in both his studies and his efforts to advance the civil rights movement.
ALBERT ARCUS (Western Australia & Keble 1946) (12 November 1922 - 5 April 2013)
Worked as an engineer, for the Australian government, and as a management consultant.
ARTHUR SILER (Massachusetts & Magdalen 1956) (8 April 1935 - 28 April 2013)
Keen athlete at Harvard, read for Jurisprudence as a Rhodes Scholar. Became partner at Ropes and Gray where he practiced corporate law.
WILLEM HEFER (Orange Free State & University College 1948) (16 December 1925 - 18 April 2013)
After his time at Oxford, joined the South African diplomatic service, and subsequently the Anglo-American Corporation in South Africa, becoming Chairman of the Food and Agricultural division. Mr Hefer subsequently worked as a consultant, and became Mayor of Sandton Town Council, before serving as Chairman for a number of health-related organisations.
IAN WILSON AM (South Australia & Magdalen 1955) (2 May 1932 - 2 April 2013)
Called to the Bar after reading for his BCL as a Rhodes Scholar. Returned to Australia and in 1966 was elected to the House of Representatives, for the Adelaide seat of Sturt. He lost the 1969 election but regained the seat in the 1972, and then held it for over twenty years. In 1981, he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment, and in 1982 was made Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
TED POCOCK AM (South Australia & Balliol 1956) (14 March 1934 - 29 March 2013)
Studied at the University of Adelaide before taking up his place at Balliol. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton and served in the Department of External Affairs in Australia. Former High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador to France and Morocco, the Soviet Union, Korea and the European Union. For a moving eulogy written by his son, please click here.
FREDERIC ARSENAULT (New Brunswick & Keble 1963) (10 June 1943 - 14 March 2013)
Mr Arsenault started his careers as secretary of the Maritime Union Study Commission, before becoming principal secretary to the new-elected Premier, Richard Hatfield in 1970. After his return from studies in France in 1974, he became a senior administrator of the Regional Economic Development Corporation and later Deputy Minister of Governmental Reform and of Supply and Services. Later Mr Arsenault became a Commissioner of the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) in Ottawa and then postings with ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Heritage Canada in Moncton, before working as an independent consultant in the field of regional economic development and the communications sector.
JOHN WILSON (Michigan & Exeter 1953) (17 August 1931 - 2 March 2013)
In 1955, Mr Wilson earned an MA in English literature from Exeter College, and he served from 1956 to 1958 in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer with the Strategic Air Command. Mr Wilson was subsequently the assistant to the vice president of academic affairs at Michigan State for a year before spending four years, 1959 to 1963, as assistant to the president at the State University of New York. In 1968, Mr Wilson became president of Wells College, and in 1975 Virginia Tech appointed him as their first provost and executive vice president. Seven years later, Washington and Lee University elected him as president.
LISA SMIRL (Prairies & Balliol 1997) (19 March 1975 - 21 February 2013)
Read for a BA(2 years) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar, and gained a PhD at the Centre for International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where her research was examining the impact of the built environment on post-crisis reconstruction. Dr Smirl worked for the UN Development Programme in South Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa, with her areas of specialisation including conflict prevention, crisis management, and alignment of aid. She was a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London, between 2005 - 2009. Dr Smirl then joined the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in International Relations and her research interests focused on the spatial practices and culture of global governance.
RONALD DWORKIN (Rhode Island & Magdalen 1953) (11 December 1931 - 14 February 2013)
After graduating from Harvard, he attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and obtained law degrees from both places. Professor Dworkin Mr. Dworkin joined a prominent New York law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell, where he worked as an associate from 1958 to 1962, specialising in international transactions. After this, he started an academic career at Yale Law School, before returning to Oxford. Subsequently, he worked at New York University as the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy and at University College, London, as Emeritus Professor of Jurisprudence. He had a strong impact on both sides of the Atlantic and received the 2007 Holberg International Memorial Prize in the Humanities for 'his pioneering scholarly work'. According to a survey in The Journal of Legal Studies, Dworkin was the second most-cited American legal scholar of the twentieth century.
EDWARD TAYLOR (California and Merton 1956) (4 September 1936 - 12 February 2013)
Screenwriter and consultant.
HANNES UNBERATH (Germany & Worcester 1997) (23 June 1973 - 28 January 2013)
Professor Dr Unberath had served as the National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for Germany since 1 January 2011. He read for the MJur and then the DPhil in Law as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, during which time he won several academic prizes. Following his studies, Professor Dr Unberath became a research assistant at the Institute of International Law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich before becoming a Visiting Fellow at University College, London. After this, he became Professor of Civil Law at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and since September 2009, he was Professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law at the University of Bayreuth. Professor Dr Unberath authored over fifty publications, including three books, mainly in the area of legal philosophy, transnational civil procedure and comparative law. For the news story following this sad news, click here.
STEVEN MULLER (California & University 1949) (22 November 1927 - 19 January 2013)
A refugee from Nazi Germany and a child actor in Hollywood before reading Politics as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr Muller taught government at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Cornell University before moving into administration. At Cornell, he became director of a centre for international studies and vice president of public affairs. He joined John Hopkins University as provost in 1971 and became president the following year. During the first decade of his tenure, he also served as president of John Hopkins Hospital. As president of the University, he oversaw two major development drives and he also expanded the physics, astronomy, engineering and nursing programmes.
GORDON ROBERTSON (Saskatchewan & Exeter 1938) (19 May 1917 - 15 January 2013)
Appointed clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to the federal cabinet by Prime Minister Lester Pearson on 1 July 1963, Mr Robertson was the most senior Canadian public servant for almost 12 years. When Pearson retired in 1968, successor Pierre Elliott Trudeau opted to keep him in the post until January, 1975. His autobiography was entitled Memoirs of a Very Civil Servant: Mackenzie King to Pierre Trudeau. In 1980, he began a ten year tenure as chancellor of Carleton University, at the same time serving as the Institute for Research on Public Policy's president. In 1990, he became president of the Network on the Constitution. He received several honours, becoming a companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, a post usually reserved for cabinet ministers.
DIOGENES ALLEN (Kentucky & St John's 1955) (17 October 1932 - 13 January 2013)
A renowned contributor in the field of philosophy and religion. The Revd Dr Allen was the Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a an expert in the philosophy of Leibniz and Simone Weil and wrote books both in the academic field and to inspire practising Christians and church leaders. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, he was a pastor of Windham church from 1958 to 1961 and preached throughout his life. The Revd Dr Allen also served on the advisory board of the Transatlantic Perspective at the University of Bonn, Germany and sat on the editorial board of the journal Theology Today.
WILLIAM REECE SMITH, Jr. (Florida & Christ Church 1949) (19 September 1925 - 10 January 2013)
After reading for a DPhil in Law as a Rhodes Scholar, Mr Smith entered the legal profession, arguing cases at all levels of the American judicial system, including before the U.S Supreme Court. Served at county, state and international bar associations, as well as the American Bar Association. After Mr Smith became American Bar Association president in 1980, he rallied against a proposal by President Ronald Reagan to cut funding for a federal program that provided legal services to the poor. He served as Tampa city attorney and as interim president of the University of South Florida.
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