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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arkansas & Brasenose 1993 (7 November 1970 – 15 December 2016)
John was a freelance writer and previously a senior writer at the Time Magazine in NYC. He wrote numerous articles and won several awards, including the National Press Club prize in 2005 for political journalism and a GLAAD award for his story "The New Face of Gay Power." After his time in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he attended Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Hi first job was with the Washington City Paper in Washington D.C.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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>
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.
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.
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>
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.
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.
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.
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/>
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.