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(Illinois & Balliol 1950) (23 April 1929 - 3 February 2020)
George Steiner, a literary polymath and man of letters whose voluminous criticism often dealt with the paradox of literature’s moral power and its impotence in the face of an event like the Holocaust, died at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 90.
After receiving his master’s degree from Harvard in 1950, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. He received his doctorate in English literature in 1955.
That same year he married Zara Alice Shakow, who became a historian of international relations. In addition to his son, his wife survives him along with a daughter, Deborah Tarn, who is a philologist, and two grandchildren.
In 1952, Mr. Steiner joined the editorial staff of The Economist, where he remained until 1956. After obtaining his doctorate, he became a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, then was appointed Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton from 1959 to 1960. From Princeton he went to Cambridge University, where he remained for the rest of his life, first as a fellow of Churchill College (1961-1969), then as an Extraordinary Fellow. He was an honorary fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
At various times he also taught or lectured at the University of Geneva, New York University and Harvard, where he was appointed the Charles Eliot Norton professor of poetry for 2001-2002.
(Maryland & New College 1975) (25 September 1953 - 29 January 2020)
Andrew Savitz (Maryland & New College 1975) passed away on 29 January 2020. Andrew studied PPE as a Rhodes Scholar in 1975 and went on to Georgetown Law School. Andrew will be remembered for many things, not least of all his strength, wisdom, good humour, and ability to bring joy to those who knew him.
CLAYTON M. CHRISTENSEN
(Utah & Queen's 1975) (6 April 1952 - 23 January 2020)
Clayton M. Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School whose groundbreaking 1997 book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” outlined his theories about the impact of what he called “disruptive innovation”, died on Thursday at a hospital in Boston. He was 67.
Clayton studied Applied Econometrics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1975, graduated from Harvard Business School, and joined the Harvard Business School’s faculty in 1992. For many years he taught a course called “Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise.” He focused his theories on a wide range of industries, from education to health care. A former basketball star (he stood 6-foot-8) as well as an affable academic, he focused as much on a life well lived as he did on his management theories.
ROBIN A. PLUMBRIDGE
(St Andrew's College, Grahamstown & Trinity 1954) (6 April 1935 - 2019)
Robin Plumbridge was born in 1935 in Cape Town. Educated at St. Andrews College, he then went onto study at the University of Cape Town. He came to Oxford as a Rhodes School in 1954 to study Maths.
CHRISTOPHER D. SUITS
(Washington & University 1981) (30 October 1959 - 2 August 2019)
Christopher Suits studied Modern Languages (Russian) at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1984.
DAVID S. STAIGER
(Wisconsin & New College 1951) (2 February 1928 - 10 December 2019)
David Stanley Staiger, aged 91, died peacefully on December 10, 2019, at Glacier Hills Senior Living Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he lived with his beloved wife, Ann. Dave left Port Huron for a year of college at Michigan State before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he was a three-year varsity letter winner on the football and track teams. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, in his senior year Dave was awarded both the 1951 Big 10 Medal of Honor and a Rhodes Scholarship. That was the year he also met Ann Seibold, whom he married on August 20, 1954. After two years at New College, Oxford, England and two years in the Army in Georgia, Dave spent three years working toward his Ph.D. in economics at MIT under the guidance of Paul Samuelson. He and his family moved to Washington DC in the summer of 1959 to take a job at the Federal Reserve Board, where Dave helped to install and operationalize the first-ever computer at the Board of Governors.
GEORGE A. REBH
(Michigan & Magdalen 1947) (14 September 1921 - 28 March 2019)
Major General George Anthony Rebh was born on September 14, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan. George attended West Point from 1939 to 1943. He secured a Rhodes scholarship and earned a BA and MA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford from 1947 to 1950. He organised the university's first basketball team serving as player, captain and coach to play goodwill games on the Continent (splitting an eight game series with the Czech Olympic team). General Rebh's military career spanned 33 years. He received national recognition for managing major public construction yet he felt he did his best work on military projects few knew about.
RAYMOND L. NICHOLS
(Kansas & Trinity 1960) (5 July 1938 - 27 September 2019)
Ray Nichols – a Rhodes scholar, professor and head of the department of politics at Monash University, and a lively contributor to public affairs – has died aged 81.
Ray took his BA (honours) at KU, with a double major in politics and history. He spent three years as a Rhodes scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, being deeply influenced by Wittgenstein, and earning his master’s under the supervision of Isaiah Berlin. From Oxford, he went to Princeton on Woodrow Wilson and Danforth fellowships, and earned his PhD in record time; he won a Danforth post-doctoral fellowship, and, in 1965, he became of the founding fathers of the new University of California campus at Santa Cruz, as a fellow of Cowell College.
(Colorado & Brasenose 1965) (24 August 1943 - 27 August 2019)
Richard D. Nehring passed away on August 27, 2019, at age 76 in Colorado Springs. Richard earned a B.A in History at Valparaiso University (1965) and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1965. He went on to become a Danforth Fellow at Stanford University, where he pursued his doctorate in Political Science (1967-72). During that time he also worked at the office of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Interior before joining the Rand Corp., where he spent a decade as a project director of fossil fuel supply issues in their Energy Policy Program.
RICHARD N. GARDNER
(New York & Balliol 1951) (9 July 1927 - 16 February 2019)
Richard Newton Gardner served as the United States Ambassador to Spain and the United States Ambassador to Italy. He was a professor emeritus of law at Columbia Law School. Gardner graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in Economics, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and as a Rhodes Scholar, he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from Oxford University
WALTER S. FRANK
(Maryland & Wadham 1949) (31 January 1924 - 24 April 2019)
Walter Frank was a veteran of WWII, a Harvard graduate (Class of '49), and a Rhodes Scholar. Walter is survived by his nieces, Isabelle and Claudine, and their children, Sophie Lilla and Henrik Elster, as well as many loving friends and colleagues.
HOWARD J. BURNETT
(Massachusetts & Queen's 1952) (14 October 1929 - 16 June 2019)
Howard J. Burnett, 89, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2019, at his home in Mt. Lebanon. As a Rhodes Scholar, he studied at Queen's College, Oxford University (1954), completing B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Dr. Burnett received his doctorate in Government and International Relations from New York University (1965). Dr. Burnett served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958, for which he was honoured as a Distinguished Alumni of the Navy Supply Corps School in 2010. After serving in the Navy, he worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton, A. L. Ransohoff & Company and Texaco.
On July 1, 1970, Dr. Burnett became the 10th president of Washington & Jefferson College, leading the college until his retirement in 1998.
ROBERT K. MASSIE
(Tennessee & Oriel 1950) (5 January 1929 - 2 December 2019)
Robert K. Massie, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who wrote respected biographies of Russian royals, including “Nicholas and Alexandra,” which became a movie. He died on Monday at his home in Irvington, N.Y, at 90 years old.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies at Yale and another degree in Modern History at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar before serving in the Navy.
(California & Brasenose 1961) (3 July 1939 - December 2019)
Bill Sterling attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 1961 and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
PROFESSOR JAMES GRIFFIN
(Connecticut & Corpus Christi 1955) (8 July 1933 - 21 November 2019)
James Patrick Griffin passed away in Oxford on 21 November 2019.
Having obtained a BA from Yale University in 1955, Jim came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar at Corpus Christi College (1955–58). He was then a Senior Scholar at St Antony’s College (1958–60), obtaining his doctorate in 1960. He lectured at Christ Church from 1960 to 1966, and was then appointed a Fellow in Philosophy at Keble in 1966, a position he held for 30 years. He was then appointed White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, becoming a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Keble in 1996, and was also an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi.
Husband of the late Catherine and father of Nicholas and Jessica. Beloved Grandpa of Isabel, George and Kate.
From Keble News.
(Arkansas & New College 1971) (1 April 1949 - November 2019)
At a picnic one spring day in 1977, John Churchill told a Yale faculty member that he had gotten a job at Hendrix College and was moving back to Arkansas, where his infant son would grow up without an accent. “The joke blew right past him, clear and clean,” Churchill later told a crowd at Hendrix.
By 1977, Churchill had been a Rhodes Scholar, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford and was finishing up his dissertation for a Ph.D. from Yale University. He spent the next 24 years at Hendrix, where he twice served as interim president, and his pickled okra won a blue ribbon at the Faulkner County Fair. Then for 15 years he was the chief executive officer of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, in Washington, D.C.
Churchill, 70, died peacefully in his sleep at a hospital in Nashville, 42 miles east of his home in Dickson, where he moved after retiring in 2016. He had been battling a septic infection, according to the family.
Born April 1, 1949, John Hugh Churchill spent the first few years of his life in Hector, where his father, Olen R. Churchill, was superintendent of schools.
The family moved to Little Rock, where John Churchill took an interest in the girl next door, Jean Hill. They began dating at the age of 16, later married, had three kids and remained together the rest of his life.
Some of their fondest memories were living in a cottage in Kirtlington, about 12 miles north of Oxford, while John was studying in England.
Years later, John Churchill would occasionally torment his children with exotic dishes like pickled herring.
Churchill graduated from Little Rock’s Hall High School before attending Southwestern (now Rhodes College) at Memphis, where he was captain of the football team, conference champion at throwing the discus, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
For 17 of those 24 years at Hendrix, Churchill served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. He had also been dean of students at Hendrix and taught philosophy throughout his time there.
Ann Die Hasselmo, who was president of Hendrix for nine years, said Churchill was “a prince of a man,” brilliant, ethical and humane.
“There aren’t many people about whom I can say this, there is nothing laudatory or flattering that you can say about John Churchill that would not be true,” Hasselmo said. “He was a remarkable, an amazing human being. Those of us who knew John and Jean mourn with the family and count ourselves fortunate to have walked a bit down the path with him.”
(Ceylon & Wadham 1965) (28 October 1942 - 10 October 2019)
Kit was born in Matara, Sri Lanka on 28 of October 1942 and passed away peacefully on 10 of October at Mercy Hospice, Auckland after a long battle with cancer. Kit studied sociology at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Sorely missed by his family and friends. At his request, Kit was farewelled in a private ceremony.
RICHARD E. STEWART
(West Virginia & Queen's 1955) (4 November 1933 - 13 October 2019)
Richard E. Stewart died at age 85 on October 13. Mr. Stewart graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University where his father was president of the University, after which he earned Congratulatory First-Class Honors in Roman Law at Queen's College Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Following Oxford, he served in the U.S. Army providing legal assistance to soldiers of the U.S. Army 43rd brigade of Hawaii which had been distinguished for its bravery during WWII. He then earned his jurisprudence degree with honors from Harvard Law School in 1959.
He was the Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department from 1967 to 1971, and became a leader in insurance in the United States and recognised internationally.
He initiated legislation that transformed insurance regulation in New York State and nationwide. Among his innovations were an exploration of the potential of no fault auto insurance, establishing an insurance pool to make essential fire insurance available to residents of urban ghettos, a program to make auto insurance more widely available, to protect consumers against insurance cancellation and against loss due to insurer insolvency and changed property liability insurance rate regulation to an open competitive and antitrust basis. Governor Nelson Rockefeller described Stewart as "the best Superintendent of Insurance in the history of the State."
He went on to be Senior Vice President and General Counsel of First National City Bank, now Citibank and Citigroup. In 1973, he became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chubb & Son. In 1981 left to start his own firm, Stewart Economics, Inc., a consulting firm that specialised in insurance and insurance regulation. His major work became consulting for legal teams involved in major controversies such as water pollution and the national breast implant cases.
He was a member of the Special Panel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Presidential Campaign Practices (1974) and the United Nations Panel of Experts on Transnational Bank Failure.
He was a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Associates, The Century Association in New York City and the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.
In 2006, when he reduced his work load, Mr. Stewart began a new life in San Francisco where he became involved with the effort to protect the city's waterfront from over-development. He played a major role in a pair of ballot measure campaigns in 2013 and 2014 known as the "No Wall on the Waterfront" where voters overwhelmingly rejected excessive waterfront height increases and approved permanent waterfront preservation rules. He now leaves a beautiful and protected waterfront for all to use and enjoy.
Besides his varied and consequential achievements, positions and accomplishments were his extraordinary memory of past events and people, keen, sharp intellect, wide-ranging, broad comprehension of current issues and ability to place them into historical and even philosophical context, and despite his increasing health problems, remain upbeat, acknowledging his frailties but never complaining about them or letting them interfere with his life, remaining and continuing to have a very positive outlook on life and a confidence in the people around him including his doctors and their medical interventions. He was always willing and interested in trying new things and embracing the newest technological innovations with an almost child-like fascination and pleasure in so doing.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his two cats, Kitzmiller named after his childhood cat, and Lionel, and his wife and scuba diving companion Barbara Dickson Stewart.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle.
CHARLES ROBIN ASHWIN
(South Australia & New College 1952) (27 September 1930 - 14 September 2019)
Charles Robin Ashwin (1952) was born in Adelaide, South Australia on September 27, 1930 and grew up in a house that his parents had built by the River Torrens. He preferred the name ‘Robin’ to the name ‘Charles’, and was known as ‘Zug’ to his friends. Robin died peacefully in his own bed, surrounded by his family on September 14, 2019. After attending Pulteney Grammar, St Peters College and the University of Adelaide where he excelled in both academics and sport, he came to New College as a Rhodes scholar in 1952. Robin’s interest in international affairs was kindled at a young age and his Rhodes Scholarship application essay was on the topic of forms of international governance. After graduating at Oxford he was offered a cadetship at the Australian Department of External Affairs. His first posting was to the Australian Delegation to the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNCURK) in Seoul. Robin’s job involved observing and reporting on development of democracy in a South Korea that was still very much suffering from the effects of the Korean War. While he was there he met and fell in love with a young Korean woman, Okche Chon, who would become his wife and life partner. They were married in Sydney in May 1959, and later had a son, Kim and a daughter, Mulan.
Various postings followed, including London, Bonn, Bangkok and New York. Robin was posted as Ambassador to Egypt in 1975. He took a keen interest in the Middle East peace process, and was an early supporter of the Palestinian cause. He was posted as Australian Ambassador to Bonn and then to Moscow in 1982, and 1987 respectively. From those two vantage points he witnessed and advised the Australian Government on the events leading up to and including the end of the Cold War. Robin had great faith in people, and those who worked with him considered him a wonderful boss and appreciated his management style. He believed in offering opportunities to young officers and mentored a new generation of Australian diplomats who have served, or are currently serving, at the highest levels of the Australian foreign service. He was, in particular, supportive of the careers of women officers in the Department, who in the early days had many obstacles to overcome to achieve equality with their male colleagues. After retiring from the diplomatic service in 1990 Robin accepted the position of Master of St Marks College in Adelaide, where he helped South Australian students to make the most of their university years during the 1990s. Robin was very involved in the academic and social life of the college and was much loved by his students. He retired as Master in 1999.
Robin was irreverent, occasionally iconoclastic. He saw through the nonsense and was happy to puncture pomposity. He was always laughing when he was telling a story or seeing the humour in a situation. He had a great love of mountains and mountain climbing. He ascended the Dom in Switzerland as a young man and much later scrambled up Mont Blanc with his daughter.
From his early days in Adelaide, Robin Ashwin innately understood that people had to find better ways to communicate and cooperate internationally, and he worked hard to better the world through diplomatic means. He understood that the challenges we face are increasingly global in nature, and that national interest, narrowly defined, often stands in the way of solutions. Many of his views seem prescient now, as we come to understand the vulnerability of democracy and civil society, and the importance of working across borders to solve the world’s pressing problems.
DESMOND DILLON PAUL MORTON
(Ontario & Keble 1959) (10 September 1937 - 4 September 2019)
Desmond Dillon Paul Morton was born on September 10, 1937 in Calgary, Alberta. He died peacefully at home on September 4, 2019 in Montreal Quebec at 81 years of age. Beloved husband of Gael Eakin; father of David and Marion; granddad to Ava. Remembered fondly by Gael's children, Fay Plant (Tom), Lorna St. Louis (Paul), Brenda Plant, Margo Plant (Sevak); and grandchildren, Christian and Charles St. Louis, and Aiden and Gregory Burgess. Desmond was a graduate of the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean/Royal Military College of Canada, as well as University of Oxford (a Rhodes Scholar) and the London School of Economics (LSE) at University of London. He was a respected professor of Canadian and military history for over 2 decades at both University of Toronto and McGill University. Desmond was also Principal of Erindale College (now UTM) in Mississauga and Founding Director of McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) in Montreal. Desmond was known for his intelligence, wry sense of humour and his talent as an orator and as a writer authoring over forty books. In his free time, he enjoyed spending hours in his workshop making handcrafted wooden models of military vehicles, vessels and personnel. A diligent correspondent, he faithfully wrote weekly letters to family members and close friends about current topics. Desmond will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held for him at the Faculty Club of McGill University on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. Donations in lieu of flowers to Canadian War Museum or McGill University (for MISC or Friends of the Library).
(North Carolina & New College 1958) (3 March 1934 - 19 September 2019)
McManus, a 1956 graduate of Davidson College, became a Rhodes Scholar in 1958 after receiving a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University. From 1987 until 1995, Jason D. McManus was the Editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., a multi-platform branded media company with more than 90 publications in the United States and United Kingdom, including TIME, People, Cooking Light, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Real Simple, and Sports Illustrated. As Editor-in-chief, Mr. McManus was the overseer of all of the company’s magazines.
From 1985 until 1987, Mr. McManus was the managing Editor of TIME magazine. He served as the magazine’s corporate Editor from 1983 until 1985, Executive Editor from 1979 until 1983, and Assistant Managing Editor of the magazine from 1975 until 1978. Mr. McManus served as Senior Editor of TIME from 1968 until 1975 and directed the magazine’s coverage of the Watergate scandal and resignation of President Nixon.
From 1964 until 1968, Mr. McManus was the Associate Editor of TIME and common market bureau chief in Paris from 1962 until 1964. Prior to this, he worked at the magazine as a full-time writer in TIME’s World section from 1959 until 1962. Mr. McManus joined Time, Inc. in 1957 as a summer intern at Sports Illustrated.
(Virginia & Merton) (October 1939 - October 2019)
Merton College Charitable Corporation has lost its leader. A loyal supporter of Merton College, Fordham University and an important part of the Rhodes Scholar community, John was an outstanding role model. In the legal profession he was a masterful exemplar of the profession’s dual private and public roles - fighting the world’s good fights in pursuit of justice, liberty and opportunity. His family and friends, especially his soul mate Susan, lost one of a kind who is irreplaceable in our lives and will not be forgotten.
(India & St Catherine's 1975) (14 April 1951 - 23 August 2018 )
After 1978, Dev left Oxford and returned to India and worked with the Oxford University Press for a few years. Subsequently, he went into school education and that's where he found his passion! He started as a teacher in Doon School, and went onto become the head of quite a few prestigious schools, such as Lawrence School, Ootacamund in the South of India and Welham Boys School, in Dehra Dun, near New Delhi. After retirement, in 2012, he was invited to work at a private school in Utah, USA, Wasatch Academy, as Head of International Programming.
Dev authored two books: one, his Memoir 'With a Little Help From My Friends' and the other about the state of school education in India namely, 'The Great Indian School Bazaar'.
Dev has inspired several thousands of students in a career spanning over 40 years. As a mark of affection and respect for their beloved Headmaster, Dev's students of the batch of 1978 from the Lawrence School, have dedicated a Fitness Centre in his memory.
GRAHAM LEIGHTON HUTCHINSON
(Victoria & Magdalen 1971) (25 March 1948 - 5 September 2019)
Professor Graham Leighton Hutchinson (Victoria & Magdalen 1971) served as Australia’s National Secretary for almost 20 years, between 1997 and 2015. Prior to that, Graham was the ARSA State Secretary for Victoria between 1990 and 2006. As these long periods of service demonstrate, Graham was dedicated to advancing the Rhodes Scholarships both internationally and locally. According to his successor, National Secretary Marnie Hughes-Warrington (Tasmania & Merton 1992), “Graham’s passion for Rhodes, as well as for engineering, reflected a deep gratitude for the opportunities he was given as a student. His work reflected a belief in the never-ending potential of the Scholarship to transform lives”.
Despite Graham’s ill health, he and his wife Penny were able to attend the last RSA National Dinner back in March. The evening was a special opportunity for Scholars to reconnect and reminisce with Graham, and to thank him for his decades of service, most memorably during a short ceremony in which he was awarded life membership of ARSA.
The Rhodes community will miss Graham greatly. His predecessor, former National Secretary John Poynter (Victoria & Magdalen 1951), remarked recently, Graham’s ‘too-early passing leaves us all with so much to remember, and admire.’
(Illinois & New College 1971) (22 March 1949 - 4 September 2019)
James Atlas was a leading figure in New York literary circles as an Editor, Publisher, and as a writer. His books included well-regarded biographies of Saul Bellow and the poet Delmore Schwartz. He died on Wednesday 4 September in Manhattan. He was 70.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS ELMER SPRAGUE
(Nebraska & St Edmund Hall 1948) (14 August 1924 - 19 April 2019)
Elmer Sprague die on April 19, 2019 at the age of 94. He was a member of the Brooklyn College Philosophy Department for more than four decades, until his retirement in 1997.
In 1941 Elmer entered the University of Nebraska, where he studied under O.K. Bousma and received a B.A. degree. After three years of military service during World War II he received a Rhodes scholarship in 1947, entered Oxford University the following year and received his D. Phil. degree in 1952. Although Elmer acknowledged that he came, if only temporarily, under the influence of logical positivism at Oxford, his interest in the philosophy of his teacher Gilbert Ryle and the ideas of the “later” Wittgenstein began during his Oxford years and continued for the rest of his life.
From 'In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Elmer Sprague (1924 - 2019)' by Professor Emeriti Eric Steinberg and Abigail L. Rosenthal.
MARK EDWIN TURCOT
(Québec & Wadham 1975) (1 December 1950 - 12 March 2018)
Mark Edwin Turcot passed away in Montreal, on March 12, 2018, at the age of 67. As a Rhodes Scholar, Mark studied Law at the University of Oxford.
(Nova Scotia & Magdalen 1957) (5 January 1937 - June 2016)
Contrary to common perception, some critics never lose their enthusiasm or desire for discovery. David Murray, who has died aged 79, was a music critic for the Financial Times for 27 years and the epitome of the ever-questing intellect. No boundaries seemed to exist in his embrace of music past and present. No work was too obscure or too small to rouse his interest. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Murray spent his Canadian childhood with an omnivorous appetite for the arts. By his teens he was already excelling in multiple fields. As a pianist, he performed with success in piano competitions, his technique enabling him to master Ravel’s Piano Concerto In G, among others. As a composer, he wrote incidental music for radio plays. As a director, he worked in the theatre. As an actor, he performed in a Canadian radio series that was seen as a forerunner of the popular British radio series The Archers. In a lighter vein he was also an expert conjuror in his youth.It cannot have come as a surprise when, at 19, he arrived as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. A postgraduate year in Paris followed, and he was never to forget hearing Messiaen practise as organist at the Église de la Sainte-Trinité. Although he returned briefly to Canada to work in Edmonton, Alberta, it was a move to London that was to decide the future path of his career. This would be divided between two areas of expertise: philosophy and music.
From 'David Murray, FT music critic and academic, 1937-2016', by Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 20 June 2016.
DAVID BRAMWELL HORSLEY
(New Zealand & Brasenose 1953) (15 July 1929 - 28 November 2015)
David was born in Wanganui, on the north island of New Zealand and immigrated to Canada in 1958. David had extraordinary accomplishments in his sporting pursuits (a New Zealand University Blue), his academic life (Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University), and his professional career as a lawyer (Queens Counsel). He remained with the firm of Fraser Beatty for thirty years, practising corporate and taxation law. After retirement, he served as Chairman of the Board of Allianz Insurance Company of Canada.
(South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 1977) (7 October 1953 - 13 June 2017)
Ken was born on 7 October 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Civil Engineering, Ken won a Rhodes Scholarship to study for a DPhil, at the University of Oxford, which he was awarded in 1980. After Oxford, he joined Golder Associates where he spent his entire 36 year career – initially working in Calgary before moving to Celle, Nottingham, Houston and then Halifax. His work included pipelines, sand and gravel islands, hybrid structures and spray ice islands. Ken's ability to work with others to integrate fundamental research and practical engineering made significant inroads into engineering ‘difficult ground’ around the world, with Ken becoming a globally recognised expert in geotechnical engineering involving reclaimed land and soft soils, in particular, for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other onshore facilities for the oil and gas industry in North America, Africa and South America. His colleagues and co-authors regarded him as a true friend – gifted, humble, wise and a great mentor. ‘Retiring’ in 2015, Ken moved to Vancouver Island and, despite poor health, continued as a senior consultant until his death.
From Géotechnique, Volume 68 Issue 5, May, 2018, pp. 463-466.
(Queensland & Balliol 1958) (28 April 1935 - 2019)
Tom Baxter (Queensland & Balliol 1958) was born and raised in Brisbane and educated at Brisbane Grammar School. He played club rugby for the University of Queensland from where he was selected to make his senior representative debut for Queensland against the Springboks in 1956. Baxter received two Blues for Oxford in 1958 and again in 1959. During his time in England, Baxter also played club rugby for Blackheath. Tom was a Rhodes Scholar, a Wallaby and a successful engineer.
(Québec & Balliol 1953) (21 July 1931 – 23 December 2018)
Roy passed away on December 23, 2018 in his 88th year. A graduate of McGill University and a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford (M.A.), Roy worked first as a Consulting Engineer and then as Assistant to the President of Dupont before joining five other professors to set up McGill University’s first Graduate School of Business in 1962. Roy served on the Board of Governors of McGill University, the boards of Inotech Aviation and Peacock Inc. in Montreal, of Kingston General Hospital in Kingston and of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. Roy was known for his business acumen, his cheerful disposition and sense of humour.
PROFESSOR WILLIAM RUSSELL HARDIN
(Texas & Jesus 1962) (11 December 1940 – 2017)
Professor William Russell Hardin, studied mathematics and physics at the University of Texas. In 1964, he studied mathematics at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and in 1971 he received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hardin was well known for his ground breaking work in political science, moral and social theory, and public policy, as his interdisciplinary perspective allowed him to integrate insights from diverse fields to shed light on the limitations of morality, politics, and knowledge. He spent two decades at New York University, where he came in 1993 to rebuild the department of politics, followed a nearly fifteen year career at the University of Chicago, where he played the key role in establishing and heading the School of Public Policy. At Chicago, he also served as Editor of Ethics, guiding the Journal with a passionate commitment to rigorous interdisciplinary work and his cultivation of free debate among diverse views.
The prolific scholar and author, admired teacher, beloved husband and father, died peacefully in hospice at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, February 24, 2017. Contributions can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union.
(St Andrew's College, Grahamstown & Hertford 1962) (31 January 1939 - 29 May 2018)
The Rhodes Scholar studied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics at the University of Oxford and was the Managing Director of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited in Johannesburg, South Africa.
(Florida & Merton 1960) (18 June 1938 – May 2019)
A Rhodes Scholar who received his first of two law degrees while at Oxford, Chuck Lister joined the law firm Covington & Burling in 1970 after clerking for Justice Harlan and teaching at Yale Law School. In 1988, he moved from Washington to the London office and served as Managing Partner there for several years. Widely regarded as one of the firm's most brilliant lawyers and gifted writers, he handled a broad range of litigation and arbitration matters, ranging from antitrust trial work in the States to appellate matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.
(Orange Free State & Keble 1968) (28 May 1945 – January 2019)
Michael Bloom graduated from the University of Natal in 1967, obtained a Rhodes Scholarship in 1968 and read law at the University of Oxford from 1968 to 1970. Michael joined Fluxman’s Attorneys in 1974 and was appointed Fluxmans Director in 1977. His areas of expertise were commercial law, property law and estate planning.
(India & Magdalen 1960) (19 May 1938 – 10 June 2019)
Girish Karnad graduated with a BA in Maths and Statistics from Karnatak University, then went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar to study for an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was elected president of the Oxford Union in 1962. He worked at Oxford University Press in Madras (now Chennai) until 1970. In 1989 he and his family settled in Bengaluru (the capital of Karnataka, formerly Bangalore). India’s foremost playwright, as well as a successful film director and popular actor, Girish Karnad also wrote plays in the Indian language of Kannada. Many of his plays were translated into English by Oxford University Press as well as into several other Indian languages. Karnad served as director of the Film and Television Institute of India (1974-75), and chair of Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Performing Arts (1988-93). From 2000 to 2003, he was director of the Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the high commission of India, in London. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India.
For four decades Karnad composed plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues, and his writings marked the coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada.
(Cape Province & Worcester 1948) (9 December 1925 – 17 May 2018)
Murray Hofmeyr was a South African sportsman who played international rugby union for England. Hofmeyr moved to England in 1948 as a Rhodes Scholar at Worcester College. He represented Oxford University in both cricket and rugby union. From 1949 to 1951, Hofmeyr made thirty five first-class appearances for Oxford University and scored 2495 runs. He had his most prolific year in 1950 when he scored 1063 runs at 55.94. Hofmeyr appeared in three of England's four Tests in the 1950 Five Nations Championship, against Wales, France and Scotland. He played his club rugby for Harlequins and also represented the Barbarians. He captained the Oxford University Cricket Club in the 1951 season and then returned to South Africa.
(British Columbia & Queen's 1941) (8 May 1919 – April 2018)
Professor Jim Brown, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Physics, died in April 2018. Professor Brown was appointed to the Readership in Experimental Physics from 1 September 1965 and appointed Professor of Experimental Physics from 1 April 1971. He was appointed Director of the Physics Laboratory in 1976 and he remained Director until 1982. He was appointed Emeritus Professor in 1985 following his retirement. After 1985, he continued to be closely associated with the University, acting as internal examiner in 1991, and still teaching for many years.
As he often reminded students in his lectures on magnetism, during World War II Professor Brown worked with the Royal Canadian Navy on degaussing ships and on underwater sound, including the trials of the new hydrophone array on the captured U885. The Rhodes Scholar was demobilized in Scotland as Electrical Lieutenant RCNVR in October, 1945 just in time to begin his doctorate in Low Temperature Physics at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford. Then, wanting adventure and to explore, he went to Lingnan University in Canton, China. He used to happily regale colleagues with stories of his time in China, of which he clearly had many fond memories. As with all his stories, there was often a deep respect for others.
He then spent two years on liquid helium research at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. From Ontario he returned to British Columbia, publishing work on liquid helium and superconducting thin films. He was proud of this time in British Columbia, and enjoyed receiving updates from there.
Arriving in Kent with the first undergraduates in 1965, he established the Low Temperature Laboratory here. With colleagues, the first application of the quartz microbalance to measure thickness of the helium film was effected and measurement made of the Bernoulli effect in the flowing electronic fluid of a superconductor, as well as other work to elucidate the contact potential of metals under stress. An NERC investigation of acoustic imaging to explore its feasibility for use in coal mines was carried out on large scale in the air. More recently, Professor Brown has been a member of the Applied Optics Group and still attended meetings on campus in his 90s.
Professor Brown used to visit the campus regularly until earlier this year. He was popular with students, with some of the "First 500" holding him in high regard and still in touch with him all these years later.
Obituary taken from Kent University’s website, by Professor Mark Burchell.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS HERBERT GILLES
Malta & Magdalen 1943 (10 September 1921 - 4 November 2015)
Dean and Professor in Tropical Medicine at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. He retired in 1986 but continued to teach in Ireland, Italy and Malta and helped postgraduates who were seeking further training overseas. He gained many recognitions, including being appointed Companion of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant by the King of Thailand for his work at the University of Bangkok. Herbert published over 150 journals and an array of books.
WARDEN ROBIN FLETCHER
(30 May 1922 - 15 January 2016)
Dr Robin Fletcher (Warden of Rhodes House, 1980-89) was a University of Oxford Lecturer in Modern Greek, Domestic Bursar of Trinity College, and Olympic medallist for hockey before taking up the Wardenship at Rhodes House. During his time as Warden, the very successful 80th anniversary celebrations of the Rhodes Scholarships were held in 1983, and new Rhodes Scholarships were offered in a number of countries. He is fondly remembered by many Scholars, particularly for the warm hospitality which he and Mrs Jinny Fletcher offered. His funeral will be held at Aberdeen crematorium on 4 February at 2pm. For a full obituary, please click here .
Botswana & Oriel 2010 (23 February 1986 - 12 February 2016)
Ms Bagwasi tragically died far too young and is greatly missed by classmates and Rhodes House staff alike. She read for the BCL and for an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice whilst a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford. She taught Public International Law in the Law Department at the University of Botswana where she was also the Legal Clinic Coordinator at the university. From 2009 to 2010, she was a practicing attorney at Monthe Marumo & Company. Following this she was based at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon at The Hague, where she worked in the Appeals Chamber, working closely with judges and assisting them in the research of fair judgments and the writings of their decisions. She expressed a hope "to be part of the people who were in the solution for maintaining world peace". Warden Don Markwell recalled that she: "was the embodiment of warm and irrepressible enthusiasm, with so much to offer. Of all the delightful Rhodes Scholars of my time as Warden of Rhodes House, she was truly one of the most delightful - her radiant smile and an encouraging word always at the ready. It is so hard to believe, and even harder to accept, that she is gone." If anyone would like to send condolences to her husband and family, please email: email@example.com.
Ontario & New College 1959 (21 October 1937 - 28 February 2016)
After Oxford Professor Clarkson moved to Paris to earn his doctorate at the Sorbonne. He returned to Toronto and was appointed to the political science department at the University of Toronto in 1964. Professor Clarkson was an extraordinary political researcher and a prolific and multiple-award-winning author of books about trade and politics. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, commented: "Teacher, scholar and political scientist – Canada has lost a great mind". In recent years Professor Clarkson focused on the diffusion of foreign-investment-protection norms and investor-state dispute settlement institutions between Europe, North America and Latin America as well as the impact of globalisation on the Canadian state with particular interest in NAFTA and the WTO. His contributions were recognised and he received many awards and honours over the course of his distinguished career. In 2010, he was appointed to the Order of Canada. In 2004, he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was a recipient of a Killam Senior Research Fellowship, a Canada-US Fulbright Scholarship, the John Dafoe Prize for Distinguished Writing, and a Governor General Award for Non-Fiction, as well as many research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. External Link <http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/stephen-clarkson-author-teacher-was-a-giant-of-canadian-political-science/article29037226/>
Kansas & New College 1973 (9 November 1951 - 6 March 2016)
With a PhD in Physics, Dr Williams was tempted to academia but ultimately pursued a career in business, rising to the top of Royal Dutch Shell, a company he remained with throughout his career. In retirement he became Chairman of Hess Oil Company.
New Mexico & Magdalen 1971 (23 December 1948 - 3 April 2016)
Following his time as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, he began medical school at Stanford University, and after completing both medical and surgical residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to Stanford to complete his training in cardiothoracic surgery under the tutelage of Dr Norman Shumway. His career ultimately led him to Yale University, where he served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and performed the first successful heart-lung transplant on the East Coast, then to Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery. In accordance with his life-long dedication to academics, he became Dean of Dartmouth Medical School, President of the Immune Disease Institute at Harvard, and finally returned to his native Texas when he was appointed President of the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech University. Over the course of his career, Dr Baldwin published hundreds of scientific papers, delivered national and international presentations, and was honored with professional recognition and awards. He was a passionate advocate for universal access to healthcare and human rights within the United States and abroad, and unwaveringly championed his convictions through national publications, governmental hearings, and friendly personal debate. In recognition of these efforts, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Defense Health Board – a federal advisory committee responsible for overseeing military healthcare. Dr Baldwin passed away following a tragic swimming accident along the Pacific coastline in San Diego, California.
WILLIAM FARLEY (1)
Pennsylvania & St Catherine's 1972 (20 February 1950 - 22 April 2016)
Read PPP as a Rhodes Scholar before attending Yale Law School from 1974-4. He had a long and successful legal career in Chicago, with a particular focus on social change. He worked for the City of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority and as Chief operating officer at Applied Business Strategies, before becoming partner of Burris, Wright, Slaughter & Tom and subsequently of Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan.
JAMES (JIM) HURLOCK
Ohio & Magdalen 1955 (7 August 1933 - 27 April 2016)
Mr Hurlock led a distinguished forty-one-year career at the law firm of White & Case, where for twenty years he served as Managing Partner overseeing the firm's global expansion. He was a Director and Chairman of Orient Express Hotels, Deputy Chairman of Acergy, and Interim CEO of Stolt-Nielson Transportation Group. He was a founding board member of the International Development Law Organization and served as Chairman from 2001-2004. He was a Trustee of the Corporation of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia University, where he served as Chairman. In 2010 the New York State Bar Association bestowed on him its Root/Stimson Award for exemplary commitment to community service. Mr Hurlock loved fishing, hunting and sailing with his family, and completed a transatlantic race and seven Bermuda races, the first in 1962. External Link <http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179830206>
Kansas & Magdalen 1957 (6 August 1936 – 10 July 2016)
The Rev Dr Richard Pfaff gained a DPhil in Theology from the University of Oxford and went on to become a Priest (1966), and a history professor in ecclesiastical, cultural, and political history of medieval England at the University of North Carolina. During his academic career he was Secretary of the Faulty, Chairman of the Library Boards and member of the Chancellor’s Executive Advisory Committee. Outside of his Scholarly work, he was a Priest Associate at the Chapel of the Cross from 1968 until his death.
Canadian Forces Overseas & Balliol 1946 (13 February 1925 – 24 June 2016)
After leaving Vitoria College, University of Toronto, Ken served in the Canadian Forces Intelligence Corps, 1944-46. He studied at Balliol College and graduated from Oxford with a PPE degree in 1948. His 40 year career in Foreign Service started in the Department of External Affairs. He worked in the Havana, Washington, attended UN conferences and he was also Canadian Ambassador to Cuba, Haiti and Sweden.
Indiana & Brasenose 1950 (2 March 1927 – 11 July 2016)
Dr John Brademas, born in Mishawaka, graduated Oxford with a DPhil in Politics. He went on to be a Democrat Congressman for 22 years, championing education and increased government funding for the arts. 1981 to 1992 he became New York University’s 13th president and created its global reputation today. He was a skilled politician and fundraiser which led to great achievements: he raised $8000 million for NYU, almost doubled its endowment, recruited top Scholars, created new fields of study, grew the campus and established NYU study programs in Cyprus, Egypt, France, Israel and Japan. In 2005, NYU setup the John Brademas Centre for the Study of Congress, a research and teaching facility. Throughout his life he received a plethora of honorary degrees and awards, including the Distinguished Friend of Oxford. External link <https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/nyregion/john-brademas-indiana-congressman-and-nyu-president-dies-at-89.html?_r=1>
Natal & Queen's 1958 (30 September 1934 – 9 July 2016)
The Hon Mr Justice Keith McCall was a South African judge who made an immense contribution to the development of labour law in its early stages. He studied Law at Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1962. Keith was appointed as a judge in 1992 and continued to be a judge long after retirement.
Ontario & Jesus 1971 (20 May 1951 – 2 August 2016)
Professor Jonathan (Jon) Borwein read Msc and DPhil Maths as a Rhodes Scholar and was Laureate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Jon was a leading Scholar in experimental mathematics but he also had a breadth of knowledge across pure mathematics, optimisation theory, computer science and mathematical finance. He was also passionate about reaching out to a broader audience through mediums such as The Conversation and The Huffington post. Jon contributed two articles to the Rhodes Scholar Blog this year on the Indian mathematician Ramanujan (link to this rhodes blog post> and he shared his long-running interest in Pi . Jon also served on many committees and organisational boards, including Governor at large of the Mathematical Association of America (2004-07) and President of the Canadian Mathematical Society (2000-02).
REV HENRY EARL FITZGERALD THAMES
Jamaica & New College 1959 (27 August 1936)
Earl read PPE at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and became ordained in 1964. He was a straight-talking minister of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI). Earl served as many roles in the church and was key to the union of the Presbyterian and the Congregational Churches in 1965 to form the United Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman, and in 1992 the merger with the Disciples of Christ to form what is now the UCJCI. Thames has several publications to his credit, the latest being The Book of Revelation: A commentary for Lay Persons, published in 2015.
Orange Free State & Trinity 1964 (6 December 1942 - 19 August 2016)
Anthony was one of South Africa’s leading agri-businessmen and respected board member. He read PPE at Trinity College as a Rhodes Scholar and went on to do an MBA at Harvard Business School. In 1968 he joined his father as an assistant chief executive of the Rhys Evans Group agri-business and took over the leadership in 1972. Anthony was a pioneer in the farming business, leading the company through the turbulent 1990s and introducing new farming techniques. In 1983 he won the ‘Farmer of the Year Award’. The Rhys Evans Group was awarded the Grain South Africa’s Grain Producer of the Year Award. Throughout his life he received many recognitions and sat on many boards such as the Rhodes Scholarships for South Africa Committee.
PROFESSOR JOHN DEREK KINGSLEY NORTH
New Zealand & Magdalen 1950 (4 June 1927)
In 1949 he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship to study a DPhil in nutritional deficiency and peripheral neuropathy at Magdalen College. After completing his clinical training at the Radcliffe Infirmary and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital, he returned to his hometown Auckland in 1956 as a Medical Tutor. In 1959, he was appointed the first head of the Auckland Medical Unit at the University of Otago. During his prestigious medical career, he was known for standard setting, teaching, patient car which helped mould today’s leaders in research and clinical medicine.
PROFESSOR ROBERT CRANFORD PRATT
Québec & Balliol 1950 (8 October 1926 – 4 September 2016)
As a Rhodes Scholar, Robert gained a DPhil in Politics which led to a long term career in academia. He worked at McGill, Makerere University (Uganda) and he was a Professor of political science at the University of Toronto for over four decades. . In 1960, at the age of 34 Robert was appointed as the first Principal of the newly founded University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (then Tanganyika) and for four years he oversaw both the construction of the campus as well as the appointment of the new faculty. Other achievements were his appointment as Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada and being named an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for his powerful advocacy for social justice.
PROFESSOR LESTER C. THUROW
Montana & Balliol 1960 (7 May 1938 – March 2016)
Lester achieved a first class degree in PPE at Balliol College and went on to become an economist who was known for his prescient warnings about the growing income gap between rich and poor Americans. He gained a PhD at Harvard and was as a Professor of Economics at MIT. He was the dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1987 to 1993 and a founder of the Economic Policy Institute, an influential progressive research group. His main work was on the income gap and globalisation.
New Jersey & Balliol 1956 (27 February 1933 – 14 July 2016)
Born in Jersey City, Reginald was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 1956 and graduated in PPE. He then attended New York University as a Root-Tilden Scholar to study law. Afterwards he served as an Infantry Lieutenant in the US Army and Reserves. Reginald’s legal career started in Morristown and he was raised to the bench of the Superior Court of New Jersey in 1975. In 1985, Reginald became the Assignment Judge of Morris and Sussex Counties until he retired at 70. He was active in many spheres, including being a member of the US Rhodes Scholarship Committee and, president of the Morris County Bar Association and The Morristown Club to name a few. Reginald also received recognition, most notably honorary degrees from St. Peter's College and Seton Hall University.
Arizona & St Peter's 1948 (6 November 1923 - 1 March 2016)
For over 40 years Professor Gerald McNiece worked in the English department of the University of Arizona. His publications include books on the poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He gained a BLitt in English as a Rhodes Scholars and received his PhD from Harvard in 1966.
PROFESSOR J. WILLIAM BARBER
Kansas & Balliol 1949 (13 January 1925 – 26 October 2016)
William Barber came up to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1949, pursuing PPE before reading for a DPhil in Economics. He went on to be an infantry soldier during the Second World War and later joined Wesleyan University where he spent 37 years teaching. William was actively engaged in the Wesleyan leadership from being a founding member of the College of Social studies, to Acting President for three months in 1988 until President Chase assumed office. Moreover, his numerous publications include A History of Economic Thought, 11 other books as author or editor, and hundreds of articles on economic trends and developments in the United States, Africa, Britain, Europe, India and other areas of Asia. He remained extremely committed to the Rhodes Trust throughout his life. Professor Barber was the American Secretary from 1970 to 1980 and he greatly assisted in the process of opening up the Rhodes Scholarship to women. He was appointed an honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the Rhodes Trust. He received many other honours and awards including the Ford Foundation Foreign Area Fellowship for study in Africa from 1955-57, Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society in 2002 at Wesleyan University and he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Wesleyan.
East Africa & Brasenose 1950 (29 April 1930 – 9 March 2016)
Mike read Jurisprudence as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and practised law throughout his life. He was also former master of the Oxford and Cambridge Society Kenya.
PROFESSOR DAVIS TAYLOR
Connecticut & Pembroke 1964 (13 October 1942 – 8 September 2016)
BA English and achieved a PhD in English Language and Literature from Yale University in 1970. Davis was a lifelong spiritual seeker and was a student of many spiritual communities. Davis was a professor of English Literature and received and MA in Counseling Psychology from the College of St. Thomas. He particularly loved writing poetry for his wife.
PROFESSOR HUGH GASTON HALL
Mississippi & St John's 1953 (7 November 1931 – 29 November 2016)
Modern Languages (French & Italian) Then was Lewis-Farmington Fellow in French at Yale University. Hugh had a career in languages and humanities at the University of Glasgow and Warwick, UK.
W. FARNSWORTH FOWLE
Vermont & Exeter 1937 (8 December 1915 – 3 December 2016)
Wilson was a retired reporter for the New York Times and a correspondent for CBS radio. He came up to Oxford in 1937 and gained a master’s degree in PPE. Wilson’s career was conducted all over the globe and did some occasional writing assignments for Rockefeller Foundation in USA, Mexico, Turkey, Philippines 1968-80.
Pennsylvania & St Catherine's 1972 (20 February 1950 - 22 April 2016)
William studied PPP at Oxford and then went to Harvard Law School. His law career spanned 31 years.
Hillman (Massachusetts & Balliol 1966) (1 September 1943 - 2 February 2017)
Gerald was a retired entrepreneur and consultant.
(Alabama & St Edmund Hall, 1949) (28 June 1924 – 14 May 2017)
In 1941 Hugh entered Auburn University, where he studied physics and joined the Theta Chi social fraternity. In 1942 Hugh enlisted in the Naval Reserve as an Apprentice Seaman in the V-12 Program. Initially ordered to active duty in the Naval College Training Program at Georgia Tech, Hugh studied Electrical Engineering and participated in intramural sports and campus politics. The U.S. Navy then ordered Hugh to Midshipman's school, Columbia University, commissioned him Ensign, USNR, and designated him Instructor of Electrical Engineering. The Navy then assigned Hugh to the Service Force, for duty in the Atlantic Fleet camera party. As Officer in Charge of the Detachment on the USS Wyoming, Hugh directed photographic observations of experiments designed to thwart enemy aircraft. After World War II, Hugh returned to Auburn, receiving a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Physics. Hugh was elected to several scholastic honour societies as an undergraduate and masters' student; conducted scientific research on pulse x-ray tubes in his graduate studies; and presented his work to esteemed science societies at Yale University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Alabama. In 1948, The University of Oxford accepted Hugh as Auburn's first Rhodes Scholar, a distinguished honour, of which Hugh was always extremely proud. The original obit is here.
(California & Brasenose 1953) (31 March 1930 - 11 June 2017)
At Oxford, Vince studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and took up the game of rugby. He played in the Varsity Match vs. Cambridge, and later as a team captain he toured Australia competing with the American All-Star team. During his time in England, he piloted a small plane on many adventures with classmates. When he returned to the states, Vince attended Stanford Law School where he earned his law degree in 1957. After earning his law degree, Vince joined the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison. Several years later, he was recruited to work as General Counsel for Hilp & Rhodes, a commercial builder in San Francisco. In 1964, Vince joined the western region of Sears, Roebuck, and Co. and returned to southern California. He eventually moved to Chicago to work as General Counsel for the Sears subsidiary, Coldwell Banker. The original obit is here.
(North Carolina & Merton 1965) (24 January 1943 – 3 December 2018)
Robert was a trial lawyer who led the legal fight to breathe life into the North Carolina Constitution's guarantee of a sound basic education for all public school students. Full obituary here.
CARMEN KEITH CONNERS
(Utah & Queen's 1953) (20 March 1933 – 5 July 2017)
Keith Conners, whose work with hyperactive children established the first standards for diagnosing and treating what is now known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D.
(Arizona & Magdalen 1952) (22 July 1930 - 2 October 2017)
A distinguished sociologist and higher education leader who navigated the swells of student uprisings during the exhilarating and tumultuous 1960s. Neil was a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and UC Berkeley professor emeritus of sociology and wore numerous academic and administrative hats during his 36 years at UC Berkeley, as well as his 23 years as a professor emeritus.
(Utah & Christ Church 1959) (20 May 1937 - 26 October 2017)
He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 1959 and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
(Iowa & Exeter 1947) (16 April 1919 – 7 November 2017)
James was an American diplomat, a career Foreign Service Officer who served as US ambassador to Benin. Full obituary here.
(Mississippi & Balliol 1949) (5 April 1927 – May 2017)
DR ROBERT VOSS OBE
(Natal & Queen's 1950) (23 April 1928 – 2017)
THOMAS WILLIAM HARPUR
Ontario & Oriel 1951 (14 April 1929 – 2 January 2017)
Thomas was born in Toronto, Canada in 1929 to an evangelical family. He was an author, broadcaster, columnist and theologian, and graduated from Oxford in 1954. Afterwards he studied theology and was a tutor in Greek at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. Thomas also became a priest at St Margaret in-the-Pines Anglican Church in Scarborough, 1957, for seven years and then left to teach Theology at Toronto University. In 1971, he became the religion editor at the Toronto Star and undertook extensive travelling to 20 countries. During this time he met prominent religious figures Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. He was also the first journalist to do a 161km trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem despite the risks of floods and guerrilla terrorists. He is known for advocating the Christ myth theory – the idea that Jesus did not historically exist but is an allegorical character to help people live better lives. Thomas authored a number of books including For Christ’s Sake (1993) and The Pagan Christ (2004). Furthermore, he had his own radio show, Harpur’s Heaven and Hell and wrote articles for the Postmedia network and a column for the Sun Media.
PROFESSOR ANTHONY KING
Ontario & Magdalen 1956 (17 November 1934 - 12 January 2017)
Political scientist, author and professor of government at Essex University who became a popular television commentator on UK election nights. He published many articles and books such as A Self-portrait (1974) and Who Governs Britain? (2015).
Nevada & Balliol 1983 (22 May 1961 – 20 February 2017)
Senior business correspondent and host of Fox News channel Bulls and Bears and frequent contributor to Your World with Neil Cavuto. Prior to this Brenda was a CNBC Washington correspondent and hosted the network’s The Money Club. She has won many awards, including the Cable Ace award for best business programming (1996), and a National Clarion award (1990). She also published finance articles in The New York Times.
S. BOBO DEAN
Florida & Christ Church 1954 (23 June 1932 – 16 February 2017)
Bobo studied Modern History as a Rhodes Scholar and then gained a Law degree from Harvard. Since 1965, he practised law in Washington DC and he mainly worked in the representation of Indian tribal governments. Bobo represented Native American tribes including the Miccosukee, Seminoles, Navajo, Mohicans, Oglala Sioux and Mississippi Band of Choctaw as well as various tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska including the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and the Norton Sound Health Corporation.
North Carolina & Merton 1971 (17 September 1949 – 23 February 2017)
Thomas read Modern History whilst at Merton college and then studied Law at Yale; however, he did not complete his study. Instead he spent 34 years teaching adult refugees and immigrants English as a second language. He eventually became a Roman Catholic deacon and served in the Arlington Diocese. Thomas also served as National Minister for all North American Secular Franciscans for 6 years.
RICHARD S. THOMPSON
Washington & University 1955 (1 October 1933 - 7 March 2017)
Richard was born in Spokane, WA, and he graduated from Washington State University in 1955 and went onto read PPE as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. From 1958 to 1960, he spent two years in the U.S army followed by being Foreign Service Officer in the State Department. The highlight of Richard’s career were his three tours in Saigon, Vietnam, in which his final tour ended when he was evacuated by helicopter from the U.S Embassy roof to escape the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. Furthermore, he participated in the Vietnam peace talks in Paris, 1972 to 1973, and he supported the negotiations for the release of American hostages in Iran when working at the Embassy in Algiers, 1980 to 1982. Afterwards, Richard worked for 12 years at the American Foreign Service Association. He also gained a Master’s degree in Government from Georgetown University in 1978.
(Iowa & Oriel 1958) (16 February 1936 – 9 May 2017)
Laurence was a successful antitrust and apellate lawyer and former chairman of the Heller Ehrman law firm in San Francisco. He studied Jurisprudence whilst a Rhodes Scholar and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1962. He served on several boards including the Board of the Jewish Home for the Aged and as an adjunct professor of antitrust at Golden Gate University School Law School.
THOMAS S. WILLIAMSON, JR
Massachusetts & Balliol 1968 (14 July 1946 – 24 February 2017)
A Rhodes Scholar who was labour and employment lawyer and who served as solicitor for the Labour Department. His work included whistleblower and job discrimination cases and negotiating agreements with the Labour Department. Thomas’ career also varied as he undertook pro bono work. He also brought in the ‘Rooney Rule’ which encouraged greater diversity in in hiring football coaches.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS FREDERICK L. BEATY
Texas & Worcester 1948 (22 October 1926 – 16 March 2017)
Born in 1926 in Texas, Frederick came up to Oxford in 1948. Afterwards, he gained an MA and Phd in English Literature at Harvard University. Before starting his teaching career in 1953 at Cornell University, he served in the US Army working in counterintelligence. In 1955 to 1991, he was professor of English at Indiana University of Bloomington, He specialised in 19th century British romantic literature and authored several books.
St Andrew's College, Grahamstown & Trinity 1951 (30 May 1930 – 27 January 2017)
In 1955, Paul undertook a DPhil in Engineering Science whilst at the University of Oxford. Paul went on to have a career as a civil engineer and a professor of engineering design.
California & Balliol 1947 (10 July 1920 - 22 June 2017)
He was an American golfer who won the 1942 NCAA individual championship while at Stanford university. He served as president of the United States Golf Association and on the Executive Committee.
Texas & Worcester 1948 (22 October 1926 – 16 March 2017)
Frederick was a professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington until his retirement in 1991. He was a specialist in 19th century British romantic literature and published many books on the subject including the literature or Lord Byron and Evelyn Waugh. He read for a BA in English and went onto complete and MA and Phd at Harvard University.
Michigan & Pembroke 1972 (1 May 1951 – 26 July 2017)
Alan was an attorney and partner at Eilbacher Fletcher and volunteered to counsel those who have been taken advantage of by their employers. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He read a MLitt in English whilst a Rhodes Scholar.
ARTHUR WESLEY CRAGG
Alberta & Oriel 1964 (18 January 1941 – 26 August 2017)
After gaining a DPhil in Philosophy at Oxford in 1967, Arthur had a long career in academia. He first worked as Professor of Philosophy at Larentian University and then Professor of Business Ethics at the Schulich School of Business at York University. During these roles he shaped the Canadian philosophical discussion on ethics and brought ethics into business. In 2006, he founded the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network which promoted business ethics initiative across all work sectors.
Rhode Island & New College 1963 (17 May 1941 – 14 September 2017)
Russell was a lawyer and Senior Counsel at Covington and Burling LLP. He practised in international human rights with a special interest in Russian issues. He received many recognitions including the International Human Rights Law Group Pro Bono Service Award 1989.
CHRISTOPHER (KIP) HALL
New Jersey & Exeter 1976 (23 January 1954 - 23 October 2017)
Christopher was a lawyer and partner at DLA Piper LLP. In 1978 Kip gained a BA in Law from Oxford and went on to attend the University of Chicago Law School.
PROFESSOR DEREK HART
New Zealand & Brasenose 1976 (25 May 1952 - 13 December 2017)
Derek was a passionate and brilliant biomedical scientist and clinician. He made many important discoveries upon which he built a compelling vision for immune therapies based on dendritic cells as novel therapeutics for solid and liquid cancers, immunosuppression, and for controlling graft vs host disease. He worked in Christchurch, Brisbane and Sydney and established the Dendritic Cell Research group which became a support for many scientists at Concord, Westmead and RPA hospitals.
Idaho & Worcester 1968 (23 February 1946 - 12 December 2017)
Tom worked at the College of Idaho and inspired many young students to apply for the Rhodes Scholarships. He graduate from Oxford in 1970 with an MLitt in Philosophy. Read more here.
British Columbia & Exeter 1951 (27 September 1929 – 1 March 2017)
Jim studied PPE as a Rhodes Scholar and afterwards started his career as the Trade Commissioner Service of the Canadian Government. Following this he spent 10 years working abroad in places such as Guatemala, India and Chile. His career developed through many roles including being Senior Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet during the dynamic and often raucous Pierre Trudeau years. Later on he became the Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
MICHAEL B. WALKER
Québec & Merton 1961 (1 June 1939 19 November 2017)
Michael had a distinguished career in teaching university Physics and his research area was in theoretical solid-state physics. In 1977, he won the Herzberg Medal for outstanding research by a Canadian physicist under 40.
Rondebosch & University 1952 (9 May 1931 – 30 September 2017)
John was a keen sportsmen and took up a career in marketing where he served on the Senior Management and Boars level as Fellow and President of the Institute of Marketing Management 1970-72. A highlight for John and his wife Marian was attending the Rhodes Scholars Reunions in Oxford in 1983 and 2003 as well as the South African celebrations in Cape Town in 2003. Rhodes Cottage was a popular landmark to visit amongst Rhodes Scholars.
(Newfoundland & Merton 1952) (26 July 1931 - 10 July 2018)
Cyril was a devoted collector of works by Wyndham Lewis and a news reporter by profession.
Illinois & Exeter 1947 (1 Dec 1923 - 18 January 2018)
Stansfield was a Navy admiral and Rhodes Scholar who was Director of Central Intelligence under President Jimmy Carter. He graduated from Oxford in 1949 with a PPE degree.
Read more at here.
CLIVE VAN RYNEVELD
Diocesan College, Rondebosch & University 1947 (19 March 1928 – 2018)
One of South Africa’s greatest all-round sportsmen who represented and captained South Africa at cricket and remembered equally for the role he played in trying to create a just society for all in South Africa. He was also a top-order batsman, leg-spin bowler and brilliant fielder, he was one of several young players to be capped on the tour to England in 1951 and in all he played in 19 Test matches against England, New Zealand and Australia being captain in four matches each against England and Australia in the 1956/57 and 1957/58 seasons. In the late 1950s, he built up his own legal practice and in addition became one of the founding members of the Progressive Party under the inspired leadership of the legendary Helen Suzman and also served a term in Parliament, representing one of the East London constituencies. As a lawyer he assisted Basil d’Oliveira and other similarly disadvantaged sportsmen with their contracts that enabled them to fulfil the professional careers as sportsmen they had been denied in South Africa. Please also read his obituary in The Telegraph.
EWELL E. ‘PAT’ MURPHY
Texas & St Edmund Hall 1948 (21 February 1928 – 21 January 2018)
Pat was born in 1928 and came up as a Rhodes Scholar in 1948 to read a DPhil in International Law and Legal Studies. After Oxford, he volunteered in the U.S Air Force and spent two years on active duty, chiefly in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, as a legal officer in the United States Mission to Saudi Arabia. After his service, he joined the law firm now known as Baker Botts LLP. When he retired he taught transnational business law as a Visiting Professor at UT Law (1993–1997) and as a Distinguished Lecturer (1996–2006) and an Adjunct Professor (2007–2015) at the University of Houston Law Center.
Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch & Brasenose 1958 (12 November 1933 – 4 February 2018)
Fanie was one of South Africa’s top commercial lawyers for decades and he was the most senior silk at the Johannesburg Bar‚ having earned silk status in June 1976. His areas of expertise were commercial law, competition law, intellectual property and patent law. Read more here.
Cape Province & St John’s 1971 (13 August 1946 - Wednesday 7th February 2018)
Paul was a Clinical Forensic Pathologist.
Pennsylvania & Lincoln 1947 (24 April 1926 - 17 February 2018)
Peter graduated from Oxford with a doctorate in nuclear physics and, he was the son of Clarence Gates Myers and Isabel Briggs Myers. Isabel and her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs, created the MBTI instrument as a practical application of the personality type theory of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, beginning their work in the 1940s. After Isabel died, Peter was instrumental in turning the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment into the worldwide success that it is today. Read more.
Maine & Magdalen 1960 (8 February 1939 - 10 April 2018)
An esteemed professor at the Boston University School of Law for more than 30 years. He wrote numerous books and articles and was a distinguished trial attorney and trial advocacy expert.
(31 January 1948 – 2 July 2018) Administrative secretary to the South African National Secretary
Annette was the administrative secretary to the South African National Secretary for 36 years. Many of us have very fond memories of her, be it her pep talks before or her reassuring words after the interviews, and not to mention the precision and efficiency with which she organised the selections. She truly was the Mother Hen and we are grateful to have passed through her hands during the time that she served the Southern African Rhodes Scholar community and the Rhodes Trust.
We sorely miss her. May she rest in peace.
Ndumiso Luthuli (National Secretary for Southern Africa)
(Tasmania & Keble 1946) (8 January 1923 - 26 April 2018)
Emeritus Professor in economics and vice-chancellor of the University of New England. Ronald was also a senior economics adviser at the United Nations.
(Queensland & Balliol 1961) (6 May 1937 - 17 August 2018)
Graham was a professional gymnast and competed at three Olympic games.
HERSCHEL POST MBE
California & New College 1961) (9 October 1939 – 25 August 2018)
Herschel and his wife Peggy were instrumental in developing the charity Earthwatch Institute based in Oxford which brought together those with a passion for science, conservation and education. He was also the former CEO of Coutts & Co.
(Indiana & Exeter 1956) (11 February 1935 – 18 September 2018)
Donald was professor emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame where he spent the entirety of his career. He also for many years served as assistant dean for the College of Arts and Letters. A specialist in 19th-century Victorian poetry and African literature, he received numerous University accolades, including the Thomas Madden and Charles Sheedy Awards for Teaching.
(New Jersey & Balliol 1950) (1 June 1929 - 20 November 2018)
James H. Billington, an eminent American scholar of Russian culture, reigned for three decades as librarian of Congress, propelling the expansion of the world’s largest library.
THADDEUS G. HOLT
(Alabama & Christ Church 1952) (26 November 1929 -29 December 2018)
(Queensland & Balliol 1978) (13 July 1956 – 11 September 2018)
Peter was an Investment Executive at the Helen MacPherson Smith Trust 2013-2018 having had a32 year career in stockbroking and funds management previously. Peter spent the bulk of his stockbroking career with Australian firm McIntosh Securities in both London and Melbourne. Peter was managing director of Wallara Asset Management, the boutique funds management firm he founded in 1995. He was a director of the listed investment company, Australian United Investment Co., and the charity Royal District Nursing Service (now known as Bolton Clarke). He was also a councillor of Graduate House at the University of Melbourne and a member of the investment committees of the Geelong Grammar Foundation and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
(Tasmania & Balliol 1973) (15 January 1950 – 4 September 2018)
An academic, editor and literary critic, Peter held a BA with Honours from the University of Tasmania and an MLitt from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He was Professor of Australian Literature at James Cook University from 1996 to 2006. He also worked at Monash University. His research interests included nineteenth-century and contemporary Australian literature and literary history, and war literature.
(Idaho & Brasenose 1947) (11 February 1922 - 7 June 2018)
Brigadier General Amos provided leadership and expertise in the early years of the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University. He worked in government, military and academia. He read PPE at the University of Oxford.
(Iowa & Balliol 1953) (24 July 1932 – 7 May 2018)
A Rhodes Scholar who gained a first class in Mathematics at the University of Oxford.
(Oklahoma & Magdalen 1962) (14 September 1938 - 9 February 2018)
Nicholas studied anthropology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, then volunteered for the army and served a tour in Vietnam before moving to Aspen in the early 1970s. Nicholas was a noted mountaineer. He climbed Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and a number of other Himalayan peaks, as well as Mount McKinley and Aconcagua. His climbing in the United States included the north face of the Grand Teton, the Ames Ice Hose, and many routes on peaks in the Elk Range.
(New Zealand & Christ Church 1946) (25 October 1919 – 18 February 2019)
George was Fellow and Praelector in Ancient History from 1949 to 1987 and thereafter an Emeritus Fellow at University College, Oxford. He held most of the offices of the College at some point in his lifelong association with Univ. To describe his life in such terms, however, does not do full justice to the respect and affection in which he was held throughout the College and by the students whom he taught, mentored and looked after over the course of more than forty years and with whom he stayed in close touch in his retirement.
Obit taken from University College’s website.
(Western Australia & Christ Church 1950) (18 November 1928 - Thursday 28 February)
Bruce was an Anglican priest and former Bishop of Willochra in South Australia. He obtained a first class degree in Theology at Christ Church, University of Oxford in 1953.
(New Zealand & University 2015) (1 October 1990 – 24 March 2019)
Finn, together with his wife Rebecca, were much loved members of the Rhodes Scholar community, 2015-2018. We remember Finn for living and loving generously, enriching the lives of all of us who knew him. He died at home in New Zealand on Sunday 24 March and our thoughts are with Rebecca, his family and all his friends. Finn was a lawyer who had captained the New Zealand waterpolo team. At Oxford he rowed, played football, gained an MSc in Latin American Studies and fully engaged in the experience. He will be remembered for his warm smile, his skill at sport, his championing of mental illness awareness, his passionate caring for others and most loving partnership with his wife, all of which he generously shared with his fellow Scholars and Staff around Rhodes House. His life will be celebrated at 11am Saturday 30 March, St Joseph's Church, Takapuna (enter from 10 Dominion St). All welcome. Donations to the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation are welcome in lieu of flowers. His life will be celebrated simultaneously here at Rhodes House, from 9pm UK time, and also in the early days of Trinity Term (details to be confirmed).
(Indiana & Pembroke 1954) (4 April 1932 – 29 April 2019)
Richard was the longest-serving senator in Indiana, USA (1977 – 2013) and an authoritative voice on American foreign policy. During his Rhodes Scholarship he read for an MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 1956. Afterwards he joined the U.S Navy and was eventually assigned to the Pentagon as intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke, chief of naval operations. His political career in Indiana began when he was elected mayor of Indianapolis aged 35 in 1967, serving two terms before his became a Senator in 1977. Whilst in office, he championed efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, remove Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos and secure the former Soviet Union’s weapons of mass destruction. He twice chaired the Foreign Relations Committee (1986 – 1987; 2003-2007) and ran for president in 1996. After leaving the Senate, he established The Lugar Centre to create the Bipartisan Index – a ranking of members of Congress by how often the co-sponsor legislation with members of the other party. Moreover, the Centre is a leading platform for an informed debate on global issues. Richard was a widely respected politician and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. He passed away at a Medical Centre IN Falls Church, VA. He was 87.
(Western Australia & University 1953) (9 December 1929 - 16 May 2019)
Bob Hawke was Australia’s longest-serving Labour Prime Minister, and a charismatic and dearly-loved political leader. He was highly respected on all sides of government, as the recent tide of tributes demonstrates. Bob was an economic and social reformer whose consensus-focused leadership paved the way for economic modernisation, environmental protection, alliances with Asia and improved relations with Indigenous Australians.
In addition to his successful time as Prime Minister, he was a great supporter of the Rhodes community in Australia. He was an active participant in RSA National, especially in the organisation’s early years. He was the keynote speaker at the 2015 RSA dinner in Melbourne, he attended the 2014 dinner at which Prime Minister Tony Abbott (New South Wales & Queen’s 1981) spoke, and the 2016 dinner Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (New South Wales & Brasenose 1978) addressed. Bob was always interested in meeting the Scholars-Elect at these annual gatherings, and visiting with Scholar friends from all generations.
Bob’s tireless efforts, drive and ambition to change Australia for the better were life-long pursuits. He certainly saw himself as ‘fighting the world’s fight’ - and few would disagree he did just that. The Rhodes community will miss Bob greatly.
HERMAN HARDY HAMILTON JR
(Alabama & Exeter 1950) (4 February 1928 -30 April 2019)
Herman was a lawyer who practiced more than 40 years as partner at Capell Howard Knabe and Cobbs, PA. He was active in the early civil rights cases involving the City of Montgomery, including the Rosa Parks and Tuskegee Syphilis Cases. In addition to his corporate law work, he helped establish the Alabama Medicaid Agency which extended healthcare to the elderly and disabled; there he served as General Counsel and played a pivotal role in landmark cases involving Medicaid entitlement and reimbursement.
PEGGY D. CETTI
(3 May 2019)
Peggy was an Accountant at Rhodes House during Warden Robin Fletcher’s time, 1981-9. In recent years, Peggy shared the following with us: “We were always very busy. Approximately 170 Scholars were on stipend each year and since I had an office to myself they soon found I was a confidante to all comers. As to the extent of my experience at Rhodes House, I can only say I have never worked so hard, laughed so much and enjoyed any job more.”
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.
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.
Washington & Queen's 1962 (14 May 1940 - 17 April 2015)
Professor in the Slavic Languages Department at the University of Washington for over 35 years, with a focus on medieval Russian literature and folklore whilst also teaching 19th century Russian literature and Russian language. He served as the department Chair twice and as Director of the University's Honors Program. He was also active in the Rhodes Scholar selection process. In 2001, he was named a Supernumerary Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford in recognition of his contributions to scholarship. He was prolific in retirement, devoting his academic pursuits to translation and commentary on the Russian folktale. His acclaimed seven-volume The Complete Russian Folktale was finished in 2006, followed by his translation of several notable works including the Long, Long Tales From The Russian North.
South Africa at Large & Wadham 2006 (25 June - 17 April 2015)
Read for an MSt in European Literature and his DPhil whilst at Oxford and subsequently worked as a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Cape Town, and as the convenor for postgraduate studies in the Department. His research interests centered on the novel form – his doctorate work was concerned with George Eliot, Joseph Conrad and Olive Schreiner – and the historical development of novelistic fiction in South Africa. He tragically lost his long battle with cancer. An obituary written by Jacobus Cilliers (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & Balliol 2008) can be read here.
New Zealand & Brasenose 1951 (6 August 1927 - 28 March 2015)
President of the Australian Academy of Science 1978-82, Dr Evans was a highly distinguished plant scientist whose research has focused on the physiology of flowering. After completing a DPhil at Oxford, he worked at the California Institute of Technology before becoming a research scientist at the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry. During his time there he was the biologist in charge of the establishment of CERES, the controlled environment research facility known as the phytotron. He was Chief of the Division from 1971 to 1978. Elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1971, he served as its president from 1978 to 1982. He was the author of numerous published papers and reviews, mainly in the field of plant physiology, and wrote several books, several of which became standard textbooks.
Texas & Queen's 1959 (23 August 1937 - 14 March 2015)
Mr Dunn grew up El Paso, Texas and attended Princeton University. While at Oxford, he was elected Chairman of the Junior Members Council of the University. This Council included the Junior Council Presidents of each of the 30 colleges at Oxford. David was the first American student at Oxford student at Oxford to be elected to this position.Following graduation from Oxford, Mr Dunn entered the United States Army, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. David was honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of Captain on June 15, 1965.He then returned to Princeton University, where he studied at the Woodrow Wilson School for two years, and he was awarded a Masters Degree. In 1967, Mr Dunn began working at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and during his distinguished World Bank career he contributed significantly to the Bank’s developmental efforts in a large number of countries in Asia and Africa, including India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Kenya, and Somalia. He served in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s as Chief of the Bangladesh Division within The World Bank.
Oregon & Wadham 1962 (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.
Rhodesia & Trinity 1957 (18 January 1933 - 26 Feb 2015)
After his Rhodes Scholarship, Professor Whitehead pursued a long and successful career in academia. He focused on zoology, biochemistry and veterinary medicine and spent time in research foundations in Africa. Professor Whitehead served as Director of the Oxford Group Ltd (diagnostic equipment) and also published books and articles.
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 .
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.
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.
WILLIAM (BILL) BECKER
Missouri & Wadham 1948 (23 May 1927 - 12 September 2015)
Mr Becker was a theatre critic and financier who acquired Janus Films with a partner in 1965, expanding its catalogue of art-house and Hollywood classics and eventually broadening their distribution to university audiences and home viewers on DVD. Founded in the mid-1950s by two former Harvard students, Janus originally prospered by exposing American filmgoers to the avant-garde work of ground-breaking but largely unfamiliar post-World War II European and Japanese directors, including Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, François Truffaut, Luis Buñuel, Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, Robert Bresson and Kenji Mizoguchi. After acquiring the company, Mr. Becker and Saul J. Turell, a documentary producer and television pioneer, secured the rights to a vast trove of international films, including Jean Renoir’s “Grand Illusion” and Sergei Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin,” as well as vanguard American works like Orson Welles’s “Citizen Kane” and the original “King Kong.”
Newfoundland & Wadham 1967 (4 December 1945 - 15 August 2015)
Justice Mercer spent one year at Queen’s University Law school before winning the Rhodes Scholarship, and then completed his law degree at Oxford, where he took a B.A. in Jurisprudence in 1969 followed by the graduate BCL degree in 1970. Upon his call to the Newfoundland Bar in 1971, he practiced law with the firm Mercer, Spracklin and Mercer for three years. In 1974 he joined the Department of Justice and quickly rose to the rank of Assistant Deputy Minister and then Associate Deputy Minister. In 1992, he was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, Trial Division.
Missouri & Wadham 1947 (22 April 1918 - 18 August 2015)
From 1968 to 1970 Mr Smith served as the consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, as the poet laureate’s post was then known. He was the author of many volumes of poems throughout his life, as well as criticism, memoirs, translations of poetry from a spate of European languages and children’s verse. At his death he was an Emeritus Professor of English at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Mr Smith’s poems for adults were praised for their diction and thematic variety. They ranged over the natural world, love, the experience of war, his Choctaw ancestry and many other subjects.
Malta & Worcester 1947 (19 December 1925 - 5 August 2015)
Practiced law before joining ESSO, where he worked in the marketing department before becoming Managing Director and working in Africa, Geneva and London.
Victoria & Balliol 1946 (15 July 1924 - 18 July 2015)
One of Australia's leading public intellectuals, Professor Stretton was a social reformer. After his Rhodes Scholarship he was appointed as a tutor in modern history at Balliol College before joining the University of Adelaide to become professor of history. He was 30, the youngest professor in an Australian university. His 1974 Boyer Lectures, Housing and Government, argued the virtues of a mixed private and public housing system. Capitalism, Socialism and the Environment (1976) analysed the possibilities for democratic socialist reform in capitalist democracies. Urban Planning in Rich and Poor Countries (1978) considered urban planning worldwide. As deputy chairman of the South Australian Housing Trust, Professor Stretton saw many of his ideas put into practice.
Arkansas & Jesus 1960 (3 September 1933 - 15 July 2015)
After graduating from Hendrix College, Mr Warren studied philosophy at Columbia University in New York and was then awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. On completion of his Masters degree at Oxford University, he did doctoral work at the University of Nuremburg and then began a long and career as a writer and adventurer, travelling extensively throughout the world. He had a strong scholarly interest in philosophy and history.
South African College School, Newlands & Queens 1962 (2 March 1940 - 1 June 2015)
Oxford Rugby and Boxing blue, and also played rugby for Wales. Later worked in commercial development and web marketing.
Washington & University 1947 (8 June 1922 - 27 April 2015)
Spent his professional life as a Professor of chemistry, exploring and perfecting the delivery of scientific education to college students in a career that spanned the globe. Born in Seattle, he spent his early years on Bainbridge Island and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1939 before attending Stanford University as an undergraduate. Professor Haight worked on the Manhattan Project during the war as part of his PhD research. His avowed interest in chemistry originated in order to avoid becoming a teacher, which he ironically dedicated his life to after discovering a knack for tutoring his fellow college students. His teaching and research assignments took him to Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Swarthmore, College Station, Cophenhagen, San Diego, Canberra, Australia, and Kaula Lumpur.
California & Magdalen 1951 (13 March 1930 - 23 April 2015)
Earned a BA from UC Berkeley and after his Rhodes Scholarship Professor Richards returned there for his graduate studies, earning a PhD in 1955. He was a professor of organic chemistry and biochemistry at Caltech whose research was focused on gaining a molecular understanding of the mechanisms of protein function. Professor Richards used altered proteins obtained from the deliberate mutation of DNA—a process called site-directed mutagenesis—in combination with recombinant and cloning techniques, to study the mechanisms by which proteins act as catalysts to perform the chemical reactions necessary to life.
JOSEPH WEBB McKNIGHT
Texas & Magdalen 1947 (17 February 1925 – 30 November 2015)
After serving in the navy during WW2, Joseph was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1947 and graduated from Oxford with a BA in Jurisprudence, Civil Law and a Master of Arts. Joseph practised law for a short period and then joined the faculty of SMU Dedman School of Law in 1955, where he taught for the following 59 years through May 2014. He held important positions in legal and historical organisations, notably he directed the Texas Family Code project, and was a principal drafter of several important Texas laws addressing matrimonial property matters.
LINDA L. FLETCHER
Tennesee & St John's 1980 (8 December - 13 August 2015)
Dr Linda Fletcher graduated with a BA from Vanderbilt University, Nashville and was awarded an Msc Physiology at Oxford whilst a Rhodes Scholar. Subsequently, she received a medical degree specialising in radiology at Harvard Medical School. Linda worked as a radiologist at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
CHRIS PIETER VAN ZYL
Orange Free State & Exeter 1953 (23 October 1928 - 11 December 2015)
Dr van Zyl graduated with a BSc from the Orange Free State University in 1951 and gained his MSc in 1953 before being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Following his time at Oxford, he lectured at the University of London and then at the Physics Department of Birmingham University, 1960-88, becoming director of the second year undergraduate course. He also instructed Sport Science undergraduates in sailing, swimming, gymnastics and trampolining.
RANJIT ROY CHAUDHURY
India & Lincoln 1955 (4 November 1930 - 27 October 2015)
Dr Roy Chaudhury went to the Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna. In 1955, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship (the first doctor from India to be selected) and spent three years at Oxford, returning to India in 1960 to take up a faculty position at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Following brief stints at the Canadian FDA and at the CIBA research laboratories in Goregaon, he joined the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 1964 and over the next 17 years would hold a variety of positions there including Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Dean. A second part of Dr Roy Chaudhury’s career was with the World Health Organization, where he spent 16 years; in Geneva, Bangkok, Colombo, Alexandria and Yangon, producing over this period of time some seminal research and process of care deliverables in the fields of essential drugs and reproductive biology. After retiring, he continued to provided leadership to a wide variety of national and international organisations that included the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Immunology, Apollo Hospitals, the Delhi Society for the Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs, the Delhi Medical Council, the Medical Council of India, the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Population Foundation of India, the Voluntary Health Association of India, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), the Brahmo Smaj and Akshardham.
St Andrews & Trinity 1952 (05 August 1932 - 3 October 2015)
David attended St Andrew’s College from 1946 to 1949 and graduated from Rhodes University with distinction in History and Economics. He was a Rhodes Scholar in 1952 and, whilst at Oxford University, he achieved a Boxing Blue. David was a member of the St Andrew’s College staff from 1957 to 1993, a total of 36 years. During his time at College, David held a number of leadership roles including as Head of Biology, Head of Agricultural Science, Head of Economics, Master-in-Charge of Boxing, Hockey, Tennis and Squash and Second Master (1992).
Ontario & Oriel 1952 (10 March 1929 - 2 October 2015)
Served as Principal of Queen’s University, Canada, from 1974 to 1984 and was also one of Canada’s leading experts on federalism. Professor Watts arrived at Queen’s University in 1955 as a lecturer in philosophy, but moved to the Department of Political and Economic Science in 1961. He was appointed Dean of Arts and Science in 1969 before becoming principal five years later. Professor Watts’ main academic interest was the comparative study of federal political systems. After retiring as principal, he served as director of Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, senior adviser to the federal government on constitutional affairs, and consultant to governments all over the world, including Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. He also published a number of books, including New Federations: Experiments in the Commonwealth, Multi-Cultural Societies and Federalism, Administration in Federal Systems, and Comparing Federal Systems. Professor Watts received five honorary degrees and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979 and a Companion in 2000.
New Zealand & Exeter 1957 (22 April 1935 - 1 October 2015)
Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering. Professor Bilger's career started with post-doctoral research in the US and UK, before joining the department of Mechanical Engineering at Sydney University in 1965 as a senior lecturer. He became a professor in 1976 and also served as the head of the Engineering Department on several occasions.
British Columbia & Christ Church 1956 (7 May 1936 - 29 September 2015)
Rev. Sandys-Wunsch studied theology at Christ Church College during his time as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford. As well as having an accomplished professional academic career as a professor of religious studies at Queen's College and Memorial University of Newfoundland and later as Provost of Thorneloe University in Ontario, he was an ordained minister in the Anglican Church. Prior to his academic career, he ministered to several congregations on the west coast including Tofino and Courtney with one year spent at St. John the Divine in Victoria. After his retirement he continued to be involved in the church as well as having an active interest in scholarly research in theology.
PROFESSOR RICHARD PUGH
New Hampshire & Queen's 1951 (28 April 1929 - 4 December 2015)
Richard graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and became a leading international tax law scholar. He served in the US Navy and had a distinguished career as a lawyer and law professor in New York and San Diego.