Dr Robin Fletcher, who was Warden of Rhodes House from 1980-89, sadly passed away on 15 January 2016. Since then, tributes from Rhodes Scholars around the world have been flooding in, remembering the kindness and warm hospitality showed by both Dr Fletcher and his wife, Mrs Jinny Fletcher. His funeral will be held at Aberdeen crematorium on 4 February at 2pm.
Ila Burdette (Georgia & Christ Church 1981) recalled: "Warden Fletcher was extraordinary. He quietly and professionally guided all of us through the bewildering mazes of Oxford academia, counselling and smoothing the way for us as students. I only realised much later what infinite tact and skill this required when I had a view of the enterprise from a Scholarship Committee member’s seat. The Warden’s patience, determination, and sense of humour kept us all on course. I also deeply appreciated the Warden’s care in assembling and leading an extraordinary team at Rhodes House. It seemed to me that every member of our class found a kindred soul among the staff there, someone who reached out to us offering support and tea just when we needed it. The Warden and Mrs Fletcher made sure we always had a welcoming home base. Again, at the time, although I could see the energy poured into the great pots of soup served up at our Scholar dinners, I didn’t realize the full extent of the Fletchers’ attention. Later as a Committee member, I read the Warden’s remarkably incisive reports on the individual Scholars we’d sent him – and understood what a deliberate devotion it had taken to know and shepherd each of us all along. I count myself very lucky to have been in Oxford during Warden Fletcher’s watch. Knowing him was one of the great gifts of the Scholarship, one that made all the others possible."