It is with great sadness that the Rhodes Trust learnt of the death of Mr Mandela. We celebrate his life in pursuit of justice, as well as his partnership with the Rhodes Trust to create the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, closing, in his words, the circle of history. Read More
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PENN KIMBALL (Connecticut & Balliol 1937) (12 October 1915 - 8 November 2013)
Studied PPE at Oxford and before joining the Marines after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he worked as a reporter for PM, a leftist newspaper in New York. During the war he served in the Pacific and rose to captain. He was later an aide to two Democratic governors, Chester Bowles of Connecticut in the late 1940s and W. Averell Harriman of New York in the late 1950s. He worked as a journalist at the Washington Post, US News, Time magazine, and the New York Times. His publications include The File, 'Keep Hope Alive!’: Super Tuesday and Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Campaign for the Presidency and Downsizing the News: Network Cutbacks in the Nation’s Capital.
PAUL M. MBAEYI (Nigeria & St John's 1962) (d. 3 November 2013)
First Nigerian Rhodes Scholar, served as a Lecturer in History and subsequently as Head of college History departments before working as part of the Nigerian Antiquities Comission and in Broadcast Services.
DONALD J. R. BRUCKNER (Nebraska & Merton 1955) (26 November 1933 - 20 September 2013)
Read English Literature whilst a Rhodes Scholar and went on to become a reporter on The Chicago Sun-Times in the early 1960s, covering labour. He joined The Los Angeles Times in the mid 1960s, serving as its Chicago bureau chief before becoming a syndicated columnist for the paper. After this, he served as a Vice President for public affairs at the University of Chicago. At The New York Times, where he was on staff from 1981 to 2005, Mr. Bruckner’s was an editor at the Book Review, but he also wrote widely for the paper. He was also a published author of many works, including “Frederic Goudy” (1990), about the type designer.
BILLE C. CARLSON (Massachusetts and New College 1947) (27 June 1924 - 16 August 2013)
Served in the U.S. Navy after the onset of World War II and worked on the island of Guam with radar technology. After the War, he returned to Harvard and completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics and mathematics. He then went to Oxford and completed a doctoral degree in physics. After four years in the Physics Department at Princeton, he came to the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University in 1954, where he was a Professor in the Physics and Mathematics Departments, ultimately as a Professor Emeritus. He is known for having developed in Carlson elliptic integrals, some of which he described in his 1977 book, Special Functions of Applied Mathematics, and in the National Institute of Standards Handbook of Mathematical Functions (2010).
THEO (LODEWYK THEODORUS) LOMBARD (Orange Free State & St Edmund Hall 1956) (21 October 1932 - 15 August 2013)
Read Geology at Oxford and subsequently worked as a mining engineer for a number of international companies. He worked as a consultant and as Managing Director for Impistamp, which manufactured and distributed marking systems and products. Also Chairman and CEO for a number of companies in South Africa during the 1970s.
WILLIAM PRENTICE (Virginia and University College 1937) (4 August 1915 - 28 July 2013)
After his time as a Rhodes Scholar, Mr Prentice gained his MA and PhD in Psychology from Harvard University. Following war-time service, he held a range of early teaching posts and in 1947 started at Swarthmore College, serving as full professor, department chairman, and dean prior to service as president of Wheaton College, in Norton, MA from 1962-75. He was president and co-chair, of Bryant & Stratton Business Institutes from 1974-84. He was awarded honorary degrees from Swarthmore, Stonehill, Wheaton, and Hartwick colleges, and Southeastern Massachusetts University. He served on the Board Of Managers of Swarthmore College 1978-82 and was a Trustee at Hartwick College 1980-89; Citizens Scholarship Foundation of America 1979-83, and the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) 1970-74, and chairman 1972-74. He was a science advisor to Research to Prevent Blindness, contributing editor to the American Journal of Psychology, Guggenheim Fellow; Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the author of numerous academic and scientific papers.
A. CHARLES COPEMAN AM (Queensland & Balliol 1953) (11 January 1930 - 27 June 2013)
Read PPE as a Rhodes Scholar, and rowed in the the Balliol Eight three times. Mr Copeman worked in the mining industry in Australia, before being seconded to London and subsequently studying at Harvard. In 1967 he was appointed to manage RTZ's operations in Iran. Upon his return to Australia, Mr Copeman was recruited by Consolidated Gold Fields, with responsibility for a number of coal mines which he fought to keep open. In the 1970s, he was appointed to the Council of the Australian National University in Canberra, and in 1982 he became CEO of Peko Wallsend, a diversified Australian mining and manufacturing group. After retirement from this company, he went on to serve as Chairman for a number of ventures, as well as having an active involvment in the Liberal party. In 1999, he was awarded an AM for his business and political work.
HUGH SPENCER-PALMER (East Africa & Hertford 1939) (28 May 1921 - 18 June 2013)
Stayed in the UK after his Rhodes Scholarship and worked on the British Atomic Energy Project. Mr Spencer-Palmer subsequently worked for ICI Ltd, as a chemist in the Alkali division, and then within Plastics. He also served as Development Manager, Marketing Manager and Polyolefines Planning Manager.
VINCENT HAM (New Zealand & Pembroke 1974) (21 August 1950 - 18 June 2013)
Read for a DPhil in Modern History as a Rhodes Scholar, gaining a half-blue in Athletics. Returned to New Zealand, and worked as a History teacher, and subsequently also lectured in computer education. Dr Ham spent 16 years in teacher education and research at Christchurch College of Education punctuated by fellowship and sabbatical years at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and back at Oxford. He was a foundation staff member at CORE Education, a not for profit education consultancy, professional learning and research agency. Dr Ham had particular research interests in educational research methods, especially action research, and the use of ICTs for teaching and learning. He was a member of numerous policy advisory groups for the New Zealand Ministry of Education, notably in the areas of general research strategy, professional learning for teachers, and the national strategies on e-learning.
ALAN MURRAY (Transvaal & Balliol 1966) (12 July 1942 - )
After reading PPE at Oxford, worked for the Anglo-American Corporation and later Scaw Metals Ltd. in Johannesburg.
DAVID STOUT (New South Wales & Magdalen 1954) (27 January 1932 - 10 May 2013)
Worked as Professor of Economics at a number of Universities, Head Economist for Unilever Plc and adviser to a number of international finance ministries, including Syria, New Hebrides, Australia and Canada. Served as the Director of the Centre for Business Strategy at the London Business School 1992-97 and author of various papers in books and journals on taxation, growth, inflation and industrial policy.
JEREMY BLANCHET (New Hampshire & New College 1948) (28 March 1922 - 30 April 2013)
Returned to the United States after his Rhodes Scholarship, where he worked for the State Department on issues of disarmament, serving on the US delegation for the Geneva Convention of 1960 and fact-finding missions to France and Libya. He later joined what was then known as HEW, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. While there, he was instrumental in drafting much of the Johnson era legislation that promoted the growth of community colleges and working for desegregation in southern US colleges during the civil rights era. He left government service in 1969 to be the assistant to John Toll, the President of Stony Brook University of New York. After retiring from Stony Brook, he did independent historical consulting and looked into the effects of the US atomic bomb tests on observers.
Dr Albert Arcus (Western Australia & Keble 1946) (12 November 1922 - 5 April 2013)
Worked as an engineer, for the Australian government, and as a management consultant.
ARTHUR SILER (Massachusetts & Magdalen 1956) (8 April 1935 - 28 April 2013)
Keen athlete at Harvard, read for Jurisprudence as a Rhodes Scholar. Became partner at Ropes and Gray where he practiced corporate law.
WILLEM HEFER (Orange Free State & University College 1948) (16 December 1925 - 18 April 2013)
After his time at Oxford, joined the South African diplomatic service, and subsequently the Anglo-American Corporation in South Africa, becoming Chairman of the Food and Agricultural division. Mr Hefer subsequently worked as a consultant, and became Mayor of Sandton Town Council, before serving as Chairman for a number of health-related organisations.
IAN WILSON AM (South Australia & Magdalen 1955) (2 May 1932 - 2 April 2013)
Called to the Bar after reading for his BCL as a Rhodes Scholar. Returned to Australia and in 1966 was elected to the House of Representatives, for the Adelaide seat of Sturt. He lost the 1969 election but regained the seat in the 1972, and then held it for over twenty years. In 1981, he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment, and in 1982 was made Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
TED POCOCK AM (South Australia & Balliol 1956) (14 March 1934 - 29 March 2013)
Studied at the University of Adelaide before taking up his place at Balliol. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton and served in the Department of External Affairs in Australia. Former High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador to France and Morocco, the Soviet Union, Korea and the European Union. For a moving eulogy written by his son, please click here.
FREDERIC ARSENAULT (New Brunswick & Keble 1963) (10 June 1943 - 14 March 2013)
Mr Arsenault started his careers as secretary of the Maritime Union Study Commission, before becoming principal secretary to the new-elected Premier, Richard Hatfield in 1970. After his return from studies in France in 1974, he became a senior administrator of the Regional Economic Development Corporation and later Deputy Minister of Governmental Reform and of Supply and Services. Later Mr Arsenault became a Commissioner of the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) in Ottawa and then postings with ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Heritage Canada in Moncton, before working as an independent consultant in the field of regional economic development and the communications sector.
JOHN WILSON (Michigan & Exeter 1953) (17 August 1931 - 2 March 2013)
In 1955, Mr Wilson earned an MA in English literature from Exeter College, and he served from 1956 to 1958 in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer with the Strategic Air Command. Mr Wilson was subsequently the assistant to the vice president of academic affairs at Michigan State for a year before spending four years, 1959 to 1963, as assistant to the president at the State University of New York. In 1968, Mr Wilson became president of Wells College, and in 1975 Virginia Tech appointed him as their first provost and executive vice president. Seven years later, Washington and Lee University elected him as president.
LISA SMIRL (Prairies & Balliol 1997) (19 March 1975 - 21 February 2013)
Read for a BA(2 years) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar, and gained a PhD at the Centre for International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where her research was examining the impact of the built environment on post-crisis reconstruction. Dr Smirl worked for the UN Development Programme in South Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa, with her areas of specialisation including conflict prevention, crisis management, and alignment of aid. She was a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London, between 2005 - 2009. Dr Smirl then joined the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in International Relations and her research interests focused on the spatial practices and culture of global governance.
RONALD DWORKIN (Rhode Island & Magdalen 1953) (11 December 1931 - 14 February 2013)
After graduating from Harvard, he attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and obtained law degrees from both places. Professor Dworkin Mr. Dworkin joined a prominent New York law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell, where he worked as an associate from 1958 to 1962, specialising in international transactions. After this, he started an academic career at Yale Law School, before returning to Oxford. Subsequently, he worked at New York University as the Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy and at University College, London, as Emeritus Professor of Jurisprudence. He had a strong impact on both sides of the Atlantic and received the 2007 Holberg International Memorial Prize in the Humanities for 'his pioneering scholarly work'. According to a survey in The Journal of Legal Studies, Dworkin was the second most-cited American legal scholar of the twentieth century.
HANNES UNBERATH (Germany & Worcester 1997) (23 June 1973 - 28 January 2013)
Professor Dr Unberath had served as the National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for Germany since 1 January 2011. He read for the MJur and then the DPhil in Law as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, during which time he won several academic prizes. Following his studies, Professor Dr Unberath became a research assistant at the Institute of International Law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich before becoming a Visiting Fellow at University College, London. After this, he became Professor of Civil Law at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and since September 2009, he was Professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law at the University of Bayreuth. Professor Dr Unberath authored over fifty publications, including three books, mainly in the area of legal philosophy, transnational civil procedure and comparative law. For the news story following this sad news, click here.
STEVEN MULLER (California & University 1949) (22 November 1927 - 19 January 2013)
A refugee from Nazi Germany and a child actor in Hollywood before reading Politics as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr Muller taught government at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Cornell University before moving into administration. At Cornell, he became director of a centre for international studies and vice president of public affairs. He joined John Hopkins University as provost in 1971 and became president the following year. During the first decade of his tenure, he also served as president of John Hopkins Hospital. As president of the University, he oversaw two major development drives and he also expanded the physics, astronomy, engineering and nursing programmes.
GORDON ROBERTSON (Saskatchewan & Exeter 1938) (19 May 1917 - 15 January 2013)
Appointed clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to the federal cabinet by Prime Minister Lester Pearson on 1 July 1963, Mr Robertson was the most senior Canadian public servant for almost 12 years. When Pearson retired in 1968, successor Pierre Elliott Trudeau opted to keep him in the post until January, 1975. His autobiography was entitled Memoirs of a Very Civil Servant: Mackenzie King to Pierre Trudeau. In 1980, he began a ten year tenure as chancellor of Carleton University, at the same time serving as the Institute for Research on Public Policy's president. In 1990, he became president of the Network on the Constitution. He received several honours, becoming a companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, a post usually reserved for cabinet ministers.
DIOGENES ALLEN (Kentucky & St John's 1955) (17 October 1932 - 13 January 2013)
A renowned contributor in the field of philosophy and religion. The Revd Dr Allen was the Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a an expert in the philosophy of Leibniz and Simone Weil and wrote books both in the academic field and to inspire practising Christians and church leaders. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, he was a pastor of Windham church from 1958 to 1961 and preached throughout his life. The Revd Dr Allen also served on the advisory board of the Transatlantic Perspective at the University of Bonn, Germany and sat on the editorial board of the journal Theology Today.
WILLIAM REECE SMITH, Jr. (Florida & Christ Church 1949) (19 September 1925 - 10 January 2013)
After reading for a DPhil in Law as a Rhodes Scholar, Mr Smith entered the legal profession, arguing cases at all levels of the American judicial system, including before the U.S Supreme Court. Served at county, state and international bar associations, as well as the American Bar Association. After Mr Smith became American Bar Association president in 1980, he rallied against a proposal by President Ronald Reagan to cut funding for a federal program that provided legal services to the poor. He served as Tampa city attorney and as interim president of the University of South Florida.
OWEN DARRELL (Bermuda & Magdalen 1940) (16 March 1921 - 27 December 2012)
Joined the Royal Navy during the Second World War, and served on the navy convoy that supplied the Soviet allies with war materials through Murmansk. In recognition of his service, Mr Darrell was awarded a medal from Russia on the 60th anniversary of the war, in 2005. After his time at Oxford, Mr Darrell worked for two years in London, before returning to Bermuda where he worked for the American International Company (insurance) until 1971. After this, he became manager for Michelin Investment Holding Company until his retirement in 2002. He also enjoyed yacht racing and was president of both the Bermuda Historical Society and the Hamilton Rotary Club.
GARY CHRISTIANSEN (Utah & Balliol 1956) (30 November 1932 - 23 December 2012)
After reading Jurisprudence at Oxford, Mr. Christiansen returned to Harvard Law School where he received an LLM in 1961. He worked with the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco from 1961 to 1990, becoming a partner in 1970. From 1977 to 1982, on loan from the law firm, he worked in Brussels and London as Vice President, General Counsel of Chevron Oil Europe. In the years following his retirement from the law firm, he pursued his lifelong love of mountains and skiing, spending winters skiing at Alta/Snowbird in Utah, and summers hiking and glacier skiing in Europe.
FRANK KING (New Mexico & Exeter 1949) (11 January 1926 - 22 December 2012)
Entered the New Mexico Military Institute and subsequently the Officers Candidate School where he was commissioned in the Cavalry. He studied Economics at Stanford and read PPE at Oxford before embarking on a DPhil in Economics. Professor King became a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, and in 1956 he became an economist at the Centre of Chinese Studies at Harvard. After this, he joined the World Bank, taught at the University of Kansas, the University of Oxford and returned to the University of Hong Kong to develop its new Centre of Asian Studies. In 1993 he was made a Doctor of Letters at Oxford. He wrote The History of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (4 volumes, Cambridge University Press), a history which was commissioned by the Bank and which received much praise from those in the field.
H. BASIL ROBINSON (British Columbia & Oriel 1940) (3 March 1919 - 21 December 2012)
Served with the Canadian Army before reading PPE at Oxford. Earned a blue in cricket and was later in his life made an honorary fellow of Oriel College. After his time as a Rhodes Scholar, Mr Robinson served with distinction at the Canadian Department of External Affairs for three decades. In 1970 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and became Undersecretary of State for External Affairs in 1974. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990. Mr Robinson was the author of Diefenbaker's World, and a history of his family entitled This Family Robinson.
JAKES GERWEL (Chairman of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation) (18 January 1946 - 28 November 2012)
Advocated for the end of apartheid in South Africa and became a longtime friend and trusted aide to Mr Nelson Mandela. Professor Gerwel was Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape from 1987 to 1994, Director-General in President Mandela’s office and Secretary of the Cabinet of the Government of National Unity from 1994 to 1999. He held leading positions in a wide range of companies, and was Chancellor of Rhodes University. He held honorary professorships at UWC and at the University of Pretoria. Professor Gerwel was the founding Chairperson of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, a role he began in 2003. For a news story on the Rhodes House website which mentions further tributes, click here.
ROBERT SHEPHERD (Iowa & St John's 1951) (11 March 1927 - 7 November 2012)
In the mid-1950s worked at the U.S. European Command Headquarters in France before joining the Commerce Department in 1969 and directing the Office of Emergency Preparedness from 1973 to 1976. He briefly ran the Department’s office of textiles and apparel in the late 1970s. After this, served as counsellor at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, working both in Washington and also in Geneva, where he helped negotiate textile issues in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. In Florida, he was a member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College.
CHARLES PERLITZ III (Texas & Magdalen 1953) (13 May 1931- 31 October 2012)
Worked for the the Continental Oil Company and for Loomis, Sayles & Co.
ROBERT JOHNSTON (Minnesota and Lincoln 1949) (29 February 1924 - 31 October 2012)
Received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. During World War II, served for three years in the U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division (ski troops), 87th Regiment, and saw combat in Italy. His awards included the Bronze Star. Dr Johnston began his career in education as Assistant Professor of Government at Mills College in Oakland and visiting lecturer at San Francisco State, Stanford and UC Berkeley from 1953 – 1963. For the next fifteen years, he was based in London, England, where he served as Director of the Harkness Fellowships of The Commonwealth Fund of New York, an international exchange programme.
JAMES COYNE (Manitoba & Queen's 1931) (17 July 1910 - 12 October 2012)
Whilst a Rhodes Scholar read law and played on the Oxford Varsity hockey team. Mr Coyne practised law before moving into economic public policy during the Great Depression. He worked for the Foreign Exchange Control Board and served in the country's air force during the Second World War, before becoming Governor of the Bank of Canada. He held this role during the period January 1955 to July 1961, until disagreements escalated with Progressive Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker on monetary policy. The so-called Coyne Affair led to a policy review that improved coordination of the central bank, government and the financial system.
ROBIN HOPE (Transvaal & Corpus Christi 1946) (27 August 1923 - 4 October 2012)
Read PPE at Corpus Christi and had a long career in the mining industry. Mr Hope retired from Goldfields in 1981 and moved to the Plettenberg Bay area.
SALLY COLGAN (Rhodes House Accountant) (d. 1 October 2012)
Accountant at Rhodes House from August 1989 to February 2002. Since retiring from the Rhodes Trust, Sally spent time enjoying life with her partner and seeing more of her family, including her son and her two grandchildren. She continued to contribute to her community doing charity work. Many Scholars will remember Sally’s generous spirit, laughter, sense of humour and kindness. For a tribute to Sally, please click here.
CHARLES BARBER (Illinois & Balliol 1939) (26 February 1917 - 30 September 2012)
Graduated from Northwestern University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University. Served in the US Navy during the Second World War and subsequently worked as a lawyer before joining the staff of the Justice Department as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. Mr Barber's business career focused on the mining and metals industry, serving both as chairman of ASARCO and of the American Mining Congress and also more recently as public director for the New York Stock Exchange where he also chaired its Regulatory Advisory Committee.
JOHN BRINKLEY (Virginia & Trinity 1959) (09 August 1937 - 14 September 2012)
Classics professor and historian at Hampden-Sydney College.
EUGENE LUSCHEI (Nebraska and University 1951) (17 June 1928 - 4 September 2012)
Professor of Philosophy, having taught for many years at Brown University in Rhode Island. Keen supporter of the arts and particularly of classical music.
ANDY SUNDBERG (Massachusetts & New College 1963) (06 January 1941 - 30 August 2012)
After an international upbringing which included attending school in Japan and Germany, Mr Sundberg read for PPE at Oxford and then served on US combat ships during the Cuban quarantine and the Vietnam War. He became politically active after moving to Geneva in 1968, founding the American Children's Citizens Rights League in 1977, and serving as the worldwide chairman of Democrats Abroad from 1980 to 1985 and as a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1981 to 1988. He helped set up the local branches of both the US Democratic and Republican parties in Switzerland and fought hard for the rights of Americans living abroad and the transmission of their US citizenship to their children.
DOMINIC MINTOFF (Malta & Hertford 1939) (7 August 1916 - 20 August 2012)
After reading Engineering as a Rhodes Scholar, he worked as civil engineer in Britain and Malta before rising quickly to leadership positions within the Maltese Labour Party. He became the party leader in 1949, a post he kept for 35 years, and served as Prime Minister 1955 - 1958, when Malta had limited self-rule, and then again 1971 - 1984. During this second period, Malta declared itself a republic within the British Commonwealth and by the time he resigned in 1984 he was one of Europe's longest-serving heads of government. He worked to eliminate foreign military bases on Malta, signed pacts for economic co-operation with powers such as China and the USA and worked on a strong welfare state model and diversified industries within the country.
LEE COLDREN (California & Christ Church 1964) (17 May 1943 - 29 July 2012)
Joined the US Foreign Service in 1970 and during his first decade there worked in Peru, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and India. In 1980, he returned to the embassy in Afghanistan and covered the Russo-Afghan War before becoming deputy director of Korean Affairs and subsequently being based in Indonesia. As consul general in Surabaya, Mr Coldren focused on the politics of traditional and radical Islamic movements in eastern Indonesia. He spent three years as deputy chief of mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh before returning to Washington in 1993, where he was director of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Affairs.
For a moving tribute written by his niece, click here.
DAVID GOLDEN OC (Manitoba & Queen's 1941) (22 February 1920 - 20 July 2012)
Enlisted in the Canadian Army, spending three years in a prisoner-of-war camp before coming to Oxford to take up his Rhodes Scholarship. Mr Golden subsequently practiced law and taught at the University of Manitoba Law School. In 1951 he joined the legal branch of the federal Department of Defence Production, and in 1954 had become the youngest Deputy Minister in Ottawa. In July 1962 he became President of the Air Industries Association of Canada and later founding President of the Telesat Canada consortium. The firm launched its first Anik A1 satellite in November 1972 and Mr Golden received the first long-distance telephone call carried by satellite in Canada, from Resolute to Ottawa. In recognition of his service to Canada, he was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1977. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Manitoba (1986), Carleton University, and University of Winnipeg (2011). He was inducted into the Canadian Telecommunications Hall of Fame and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
GEOFFREY KENNEDY AO QC (Western Australia & Wadham 1955) (6 September 1931 - 16 July 2012)
Read for the BCL during his time in Oxford and subsequently entered the legal profession, being appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1977. He was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia 1981-2001 and served in 1991 and 1992 as Chairman of the Royal Commission into the commercial activities of the Western Australian government and in 2003 and 2004 as a Royal Commissioner looking into the subject of corruption within the Western Australian police force. He was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia from 1981-1990 and Chancellor from 1990-1998. The Order of Australia was received in 1994, for his contribution to law, to education and to the community. Other organisations with which he was involved include the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, the Western Australian Museum, Scotch College, the Medical Board of Western Australia and the National Council of Independent Schools.
WILLIAM NORRIE CM OM QC (Manitoba & Queen’s 1953) (21 January 1929 – 6 July 2012)
Served as the 39th mayor of Winnipeg, Canada from 1979 to 1992, the second-longest mayoral tenure in the city’s history, winning his 1983 election with the most votes ever cast for a Winnipeg politician. As mayor, he spearheaded the Winnipeg Core Area Initiative, a $200 million initiative to revitalise a deprived area of the city. Dr Norrie served for seven years as the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for Manitoba after leaving office and was the Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 2001 to 2009. He served on the boards of the Winnipeg Foundation, the Winnipeg Arts Advisory Council, United College, and the University of Winnipeg and was chairman of the St Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation from 2000 to 2007.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1977 and received an honorary LLD degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1980 and was a Member of the Order of Canada and of the Order of Manitoba. The Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun” in 2009.
ALAN HAMER (Victoria & Magdalen 1938) (27 November 1917 - 3 July 2012)
After studying Chemistry as a Rhodes Scholar, he had a long career with Imperial Chemical Industries upon his return to Australia. During the Second World War, Mr Hamer worked on the neutralisation of carbon monoxide and as a chemical engineer. Roles for the company later on included executive director, deputy chairman of ICIANZ and chairman of the group's companies in India.
Mr Hamer sat on the Australian federal government's science committee, a group which was partially responsible for the large radio telescope at Forbes which was part of Australia's effort for the moon landing. He also served as president of the Lincoln Institute of Health Science (1972 - 1980) and chairman of the Australian Industrial Development Association (1977 - 1979).
DAVID HODGSON (New South Wales & University College 1962) (10 August 1939 - 5 June 2012)
Completed a DPhil in Jurisprudence as a Rhodes Scholar, and was admitted to the New South Wales bar in 1965 (Queen's Counsel, 1979). Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1983. In 1997-2001, he was the Chief Judge in Equity, and was then appointed to the Court of Appeal. Assistant editor of the Australian Law Journal, 1969-76, he published on ethics, legal theory, and the philosophy of the mind, and also served as a Commissioner on the New South Wales Law Reform Commission.
For funeral details (13 June, North Ryde, Sydney), click here.
THEODORE LEWIS HOUK (Washington & Queen's 1957) (10 July 1935 - 16 May 2012)
Read Physics when at the University of Oxford and later studied for his PhD at Harvard University before embarking on a career of teaching and research. He worked at institutions including Lewis College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, as well as in private industries such as ADAC Labs and Boeing.
NICHOLAS KATZENBACH (New Jersey & Balliol 1947) (17 January 1922 - 8 May 2012)
After war-time service in the US Air Force (including as a prisoner of war, 1943-45), studied law at Yale and undertook postgraduate research in philosophy in Oxford, was in private practice of law, and then Professor of Law at Yale Law School and then University of Chicago Law School. Assistant Attorney-General of the United States, 1961-62; Deputy Attorney-General, 1962-65; Attorney-General, 1965-66. Under-Secretary of State, 1966-69. Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, IBM, 1969-86. Law practice, 1986-94. Publications included The Political Foundations of International Law (1961) and Some of It Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ (2008).
Amongst many tributes, see - for example - The New York Times and The Washington Post.
BRUCE BENNETT, AO (Western Australia & Pembroke 1964) (23 March 1941 – 14 April 2012)
Leading scholar and ambassador of Australian literature, he was born in Perth and came up to Oxford in 1964. Professor Bennett was the founding director of the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature (the Westerly Centre) at the University of Western Australia, and he co-edited the literary magazine Westerly from 1975 to 1992. In 1993 he moved to the Australia Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales, where he worked till his retirement as a professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
His publications include The Literature of Western Australia (1979); An Australian Compass: Essays on Place and Direction in Australian Literature (1991); Spirit in Exile: Peter Porter and His Poetry (1991), winner of the West Australian Premier’s nonfiction award; Australian Short Fiction: A History (2002); and Homing In: Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood (2006). He edited The Penguin New Literary History of Australia (1988) and The Oxford Literary History of Australia (1998). Despite a long illness, Professor Bennett continued working and writing on his latest book, The Spying Game: An Australian Angle, up until the day before he died. Another book, Australian Writers Abroad, will be published later this year. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 1993 for services to education and Australian literature, and served on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO from 1985-1990. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and of the Australian College of Education, he chaired the Modern Language Association of America’s Division 33 (Literatures in English Other Than British and American) and was Vice-Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. In 2004 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of New South Wales.
PETER LAMPORT-STOKES (Rhodesia & Worcester 1950) (17 August 1927 - 31 March 2012)
Attended the University of Cape Town before reading PPE as a Rhodes Scholar, during which time he also pursued his keen interest in hockey and tennis. After returning to Africa, he worked in a series of public service roles focusing on areas such as economic affairs, energy, and transport. He subsequently held the role of chairman for a number of companies and spent considerable time in the UK, most notably in Devon.
L. HARVEY POE (Virginia & Christ Church 1939) (29 January 1916 - 30 March 2012)
A lawyer and professor at St John’s College (Annapolis), Dr Poe completed a DPhil in politics at Christ Church, Oxford, after receiving a JD in 1941 from the University of Virginia, where he was editor of the law review. He served as a Lieutenant Commander in World War II for four years, receiving two personal citations, one unit citation, and eight battle stars. He taught at St John’s College, Annapolis, before becoming partner in the law firm of Howard, Poe & Bastian in Washington, DC in 1966. Dr Poe began a private practice in 1983, specializing in corporate law.
He served as the Chairman of the Citizen’s Committee for President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Committee (1960-1961) and was an active participant in Annapolis civic life, serving as the chairman of the Annapolis Zoning Board of Appeals (1966-1976) and as a member of the Governor’s Commission of the Capital City of Maryland (1970-1975).
EDSON SPENCER (Illinois & Balliol 1948) (4 June 1926 - 25 March 2012)
After being discharged in 1946 as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he graduated from Williams College and studied PPE as a Rhodes Scholar. He worked for Honeywell Inc, based in Tokyo from 1959 to 1964 and eventually became president and CEO of the company in 1974 until 1987, during which time Honeywell became an early challenger to IBM's dominance of the computer market and subsequently focused on automation and aerospace technology. Interested in U.S.-Japanese relations, he also served on the U.S.-Japan Business Council and the Trilateral Commission.
Click here for an obituary of Edson Spencer in The New York Times (March 31, 2012).
PETER SERRACINO INGLOTT (Malta & Campion Hall 1955) (26 April 1936 - 16 March 2012)
Educated at the University of Malta, the Institut Catholique de Paris and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore as well as at the University of Oxford, he was a Catholic priest and the head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Malta between 1971 and 1996. Rector of the University of Malta, 1987-88 and 1991-96. He was the National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for Malta and amongst other public roles, he acted as one of the Maltese representatives at the Convention on the Future of Europe and was an advisor to the then Prime Minister, Dr Eddie Fenech.
DAVID HATENDI (Rhodesia & University College 1977) (22 May 1953 - 12 March 2012)
Educated at the University of Rhodesia (now the University of Zimbabwe) before coming to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. His Oxford studies culminated in a DPhil in Politics, writing on the political impact of multinational corporations in Zimbabwe. He went on to work at the World Bank, as an Executive Director with NM Rothschild, and as Managing Director of the Merchant Bank of Central Africa from 1996 to 2004, when he became CEO of NMB Bank. In 2009, David Hatendi became the National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for Zimbabwe, responsible for the Rhodes Scholarship selection process for that constituency.
A Rhodes Trust memorial service for David was held in the Chapel of University College, Oxford, on Tuesday 22 May, followed by refreshments at Rhodes House. The Rhodes Trust is grateful to the Master, Chaplain, and Fellows of University College for their kind permission to hold the service in the College Chapel. For a report of the service, including tributes in the Chapel and at Rhodes House, and a recording of the service, click here.
For more about David's career and his valued contribution to the Rhodes Scholarships, please click here.
For an obituary of David Hatendi by his business partner, John Graham, please click here. An obituary by Jonathan Waters has appeared in the Zimbabwe Mail (click here) and the Financial Times (24 March 2012).
For other reports, click here, here, here, here, and here.
SHERRY PINNEY (d. 3 March 2012)
Assistant to the American Secretary to the Rhodes Trust (1981-98), Professor David Alexander. Sherry made an immeasurable contribution to the Rhodes Trust, was central to the running of the Scholarships over very many years, meant a great deal to generations of US Rhodes Scholars, and had a comprehensive knowledge of Rhodes history in the US. Her wisdom, generosity, and wit were deeply appreciated, and she will be sadly missed. Please click here for an obituary which appeared in the Claremont Courier.
STEVEN M. UMIN (New York & Magdalen 1959) (28 January 1939 – 19 February 2012)
Lawyer whose roles included Law Clerk to Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1965-66), attorney at Williams and Connolly (1966-2004), Deputy Counsel for the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on the Judiciary, and advisory committee member of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Served on the board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and was an avid New York Giants fan.
NATHANIEL BERNARD BLUMBERG (Colorado & Brasenose 1948) (8 April 1922 - 14 February 2012)
Enlisted in the army in 1942, before gaining a BA and MA at the University of Colorado. As a Rhodes Scholar he read for a DPhil in Modern History and after Oxford he held several academic posts. For twelve years he was dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Montana, during which time he founded the Montana Journalism Review which was the first journalism review in the U.S. In 1962 he was elected Vice President of the American Association of Schools and Departments of Journalism. He also served as a member of the Rhodes Scholarship state selection committee for 31 years, including seven years as state secretary.
HARRY WILLIAM STOPFORD KING (South African College School, Newlands & Queen's 1960) (21 February 1939 - 12 February 2012)
A member of the University of Oxford gymnastics team in 1962, who became a medical biochemist working for Imperial College London, Kings College London and the Institute of Cancer Research.
JOHN GASSON (Rhodesia & Pembroke 1953) (2 August 1931 - 7 February 2012)
He studied law at Pembroke College and was called to the Bar at Grays Inn in 1957, but soon decided to return to Bulawayo to practise Law. In 1959 he was appointed an Advocate of the High Court of Southern Rhodesia, before returning in London in 1964 to take up a role in the Lord Chancellor’s Department, where he was appointed head of the Policy and Legal Services Group. He was appointed Secretary of the Law Commission from 1982 to 1987, and was invested as a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Civil Division) in 1990.
FRANCIS PATRICK DONOVAN (Queensland & Magdalen 1946) (1 February 1922 – 3 February 2012)
After Oxford, studied as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago, before becoming a lawyer and then Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Melbourne (1953-61). At the invitation of Minister Sir John McEwen he joined the Foreign Trade Service, with roles which included Ambassador to the OECD (1977-80) and Ambassador, Special Trade Delegate Australian Mission to UN Geneva (1980-82). In 1994, he became Vice President of the International Court of Arbitration. Member of the Order of Australia, Knight Templar of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and Knight of the Legion of Honour in France.
DUDLEY JOSEPH THOMPSON (Jamaica & Merton 1947) (19 January 1917 - 20 January 2012)
Educated at Mico Training (now University) College, 1935-37, after war service as a pathfinder and bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force, read law at Merton (BA in Jurisprudence, then BCL) and served as President of the Ralegh Club in Oxford, and practised as a barrister in East Africa (including representing Jomo Kenyatta in his Mau Mau rebellion trial) and then Jamaica (QC, 1963). Served in the Jamaican Senate, 1964-78, including as Leader of the Opposition, 1965-74, and Leader of Government Business, 1975-78. Member of the House of Representatives (MP), 1978-80. Minister for Foreign Affairs, 1975-77; for Mining and Natural Resources, 1977-78, and for National Security, 1978-80. Chairman, People's National Party, 1979. High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Nigeria (accredited to Ghana, Sierra Leone, Namibia, and Cameroon), 1990-95. President of the World African Diaspora Union (click here). Various honours, including Order of Jamaica, and in 2011 being made a 'citizen of Africa' by the African Union.
For a further tribute on this website to Dudley Thompson's work for Jamaica and for Africa, click here.
For some of the many other reports or tributes, click here, here, and here (The Gleaner), here (Prime Minister of Jamaica), here (Jamaica Observer), here (The Miami Herald), here (The African Sun Times), and here (Final Call). See also a book discussing Dudley Thompson's pan-African work here.
DAVID HANNAY SAMPSON (St Andrew's College, Grahamstown & Trinity 1940) (24 May 1921 – 25 December 2011)
Commenced studies in Oxford in 1945 after World War II, where he served with the Royal Durban Light Infantry in Egypt and Libya, before being captured and spending three years as a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany. He wrote of his experience in After Tobruk – The Conducted Tour (1982). Lawyer and attorney whose dedication to the field also included roles as Deputy Chairman of Natal Town Planning Appeals Board, Trustee of Legal Resources Trust and Chairman of Lawyers for Human Rights in Durban.
THE REVEREND MICHAEL DE LISLE (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & Trinity 1946) (30 January 1921 - 9 December 2011)
Studied in Oxford after a remarkable war-time experience serving in the South African Artillery during World War II, where he was captured and escaped twice as a prisoner of war. Teacher of classics and later a headmaster in Johannesburg and Pretoria, he was ordained as a priest in 1981, where he served with the Anglican Church of South Africa. Keen mountaineer with the 'Monday Mountaineers', and knowledgeable botanist. He wrote warmly of his time as a Rhodes Scholar in his 1940s memoir ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’, and was actively engaged with the Rhodes Scholarships throughout his life.
For more on Michael, click here.
SIR ZELMAN COWEN (Victoria & New College 1941) (7 October 1919 - 8 December 2011)
Fellow & Tutor in Law, Oriel College, Oxford (1947-50); Dean of the University of Melbourne Law School (1951-66); Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England (1967-70); Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland (1970-77); Governor-General of Australia (1977-82); and Provost of Oriel College, Oxford (1982-90).
For a further tribute, including links to the tributes at the State Funeral for Sir Zelman in Melbourne on 13 December, and in speeches in the Australian Parliament on 7 February 2012, click here.
A memorial service for Sir Zelman was held in the Chapel at Oriel College, Oxford, on Sunday 22 April 2012. For a report and links to tributes, click here. The Warden of Rhodes House, Dr Donald Markwell, delivered the inaugural Zelman Cowen Oration at St John's College, University of Queensland, on 1 March 2012 - click here.
WILLIAM LEO ZELTONOGA (California & St Edmund Hall 1962) (13 May 1941 – 4 December 2011)
Serving with the U.S. Army Armor Corps in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Joint Staff Commendation Medal for his service. From 1971, practised as a lawyer in Los Angeles. Volunteer at the Union Rescue Mission, and Vice Chair of the Board of Heart Touch, a non-profit educational organisation.
For a tribute by Larry Pressler (South Dakota & St Edmund Hall 1964), click here.
PHILLIP WILLIAM HUGHES (Tasmania & Wadham 1947) (12 March 1926 - 12 October 2011)
A mathematician who became a mathematics educator, and a leader in teacher training, curriculum design, and educational studies. His many leadership positions included in the Tasmanian Department of Education and at the Canberra College of Advanced Education (now University of Canberra), where he established the School of Education while also serving as foundation Chair of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Schools Authority, as Professor of Teacher Education and Dean of the Centre for Education at the University of Tasmania (1980-90), where he also served as Acting Vice-Chancellor, and in recent years as an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Educational Development and Academic Methods at the Australian National University. His extensive publications relate to studying mathematics, curriculum design, teacher education, quality in education, and education in the Asia-Pacific region.
For more information about Phil's distinguished career, click here and here. A service of thanksgiving was held in Canberra on Wednesday 19 October.
MARTIN A. KRAMER (Oklahoma & Trinity 1954) (11 December 1932 – 13 September 2011)
After teaching philosophy at the University of Texas, worked for US agencies such as Bureau of Budget, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Department of Health, Education & Welfare, and then for the Carnegie Council on Higher Education. Author of several higher education reports, and in his retirement, author of mystery stories.
ERIC PRABHAKAR (previously Eric Philip) (India & Christ Church 1948) (23 February 1925 - 10 September 2011)
Graduate of Madras Christian College who represented India in the 100 metres at the 1948 Olympics in London, and represented Oxford against Cambridge in relays and athletics in 1948 and 1949, graduating from Oxford in 1950 with a BLitt in Economics supervised by Sir Hubert Henderson. After a business career with Burmah-Shell Oil and then Carborundum Universal Ltd in India, served on the professional staff of UNESCO in Paris from 1969 to 1985. Active as a sports administrator in India, and in development studies, he also wrote extensively; his books include a historical novel, Madeira at Sundown, and a training manual for track and field, The Way to Athletic Gold (1995), published in many Indian languages as well as English, with a foreword by Sir Roger Bannister.
For some of the tributes to Eric Prabhakar on his passing, click here and here.
For a speech in Bangalore in 2008 by Eric Prabhakar on his Rhodes, Oxford, and Olympic experience, click here.
For information on all Rhodes Scholar Olympians, click here.
ROBERT LAUREN TICHENOR (Montana & Oriel 1939) (1 September 1918 - 8 September 2011)
Elected a Rhodes Scholar for 1939 but unable to come up then because of the outbreak of World War II, came to Oxford after earning a PhD in Chemistry at Harvard and working as a research chemist, including for the Manhattan Project. Read Chemistry in Oxford in 1946-47, and subsequently pursued a career as a research chemist with TA Edison Inc and then EI du Pont de Nemours & Co Inc in Waynesboro, Va (1951-85). Held many patents. One of the founders of the DuPont Community Credit Union, of which he was a director for 27 years, and a leader in many other community organizations.
Details of Bob's funeral on Thursday, September 15, and for family receiving friends the previous evening, may be found here.
RICHARD FRANCIS SOMMER (West Virginia & Christ Church 1983) (18 June 1961 - 6 September 2011)
An undergraduate at Princeton, Richard earned an MPhil in International Relations as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, and later, after two years with McKinsey, a JD at Stanford. He served as the CEO or a senior executive of several companies, including De La Cruz Occupational Healthcare, Homestore International, ZipRealty, IndyMac Bank, Homegain.com, Realtor.com, LiveDeal Inc, and Rothman Healthcare Corporation. His community service activities included directorships ranging from the Mozart Society in Chicago to AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Richard, who lived in California, died unexpectedly of heart failure in London.
For tributes to Richard, click here and here.
ERIC ANTHONY ABRAHAMS (Jamaica & St Peter's 1962) (5 May 1940 - 7 August 2011)
Former President of the Oxford Union, who became the first black TV reporter for the BBC in 1965. On his return to Jamaica, he became the youngest person to be appointed as Director of Tourism in 1970, later serving as Minister of Tourism and Information from 1980-85. He was also Senator from 1977-78 and a Member of Parliament for Eastern Portland from 1980-89. He served as the founding Executive Director of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica from 1970-74.
For a tribute to Tony Abrahams by Peter Goldson (Jamaica & St John's 1985), Jamaica & Commonwealth Caribbean Secretary to the Rhodes Trust, click here.
ALAN TRELOAR (Victoria & New College 1940) (13 November 1919 - 22 July 2011)
Linguist and classicist proficient in an estimated 80 languages. He served as the first warden of Hytten Hall at the University of Tasmania (1959-60), and at the University of New England he was a reader in comparative philology (1966-84) and master of Wright College (1960–66). In 1992, the University of New England awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
PAUL-ANDRÉ CRÉPEAU (Québec & University 1950) (20 May 1926 - 6 July 2011)
Taught private Civil Law at the McGill University Law Faculty for many years, founded the Québec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law, and was in charge of the massive project of modernising the Québec Civil Code.
ARTHUR MOTYER (Bermuda & Christ Church 1945) (15 December 1925 – 23 June 2011)
Purvis Professor of English, Director of Drama, Dean of Arts and Vice-President Academic at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, he was the nephew of Rhodes Scholar Arthur Motyer (Bermuda & Christ Church 1905) who was killed in action in World War I. Founding chair of the Live Bait Theatre and author of The Staircase Letters: An Extraordinary Friendship at the End of a Life, and the semi-autobiographical novel What’s Remembered. In September 2011, he will be posthumously awarded the Bermuda Arts Council 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.
BASIL ROBERT BATER (Saskatchewan & Worcester 1950) (2 June 1928 - 22 June 2011)
An ordained minister in the United Church of Canada who taught New Testament at St Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan, and then at Queen’s Theological College, where he was Principal from 1974 to 1982. Served as Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee in Saskatchewan.
GERALD MARVIN MEIER (Oregon & University 1948) (9 February 1923 - 21 June 2011)
Development economist who (after wartime service in the USAAF and his studies at Reed College, Oxford, and Harvard) taught economics at Oxford, Williams College, Wesleyan, and Stanford, and was a prolific author on international development, trade, and monetary affairs, and World Bank consultant.
ROBERT ALEXANDER COKE (Manitoba & St Catherine's 1972) (15 June 1949 - 25 May 2011)
After working for the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development and the Department of Finance, he studied law at the University of Toronto, before joining the Ontario Ministry of Finance where he became a special advisor to the Deputy Minister. He went on to serve as Senior Vice President and CFO for the Ontario Workplace Safety Insurance Board and later, as a Vice Chair for its Appeals Tribunal. In 2003, Bob was seconded by the ministry to help launch the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, discovering a passion for teaching. He was also a keen fisherman and golfer.
DENIS BAIN SADDINGTON (Transvaal & Corpus Christi 1955) (9 December 1931 - 24 May 2011)
An expert on Latin language, literature and epigraphy, Roman military and provincial history, ancient education, and early Church history, who served as Professor of Classics at the University of Zimbabwe and then the University of the Witwatersrand, and as Honorary President of the Classical Association of South Africa.
NICHOLAS V. RIASANOVSKY (Oregon & St John's 1947) (21 December 1923 - 14 May 2011)
A Russian émigré who came to the United States at 14, he served in the US Army during World War II, participating in the Normandy landings in June 1944 and fighting at the Battle of the Bulge, for which he received a battlefield commission and the Bronze Star. He began his academic career at the State University of Iowa (1949-57), before joining the University of California, Berkeley, teaching for 40 years until his retirement in 1997 as an Emeritus Professor. He was considered one of the leading scholars of Russian history in the US, writing numerous books which focused on the monarchy, the emergence of state-sponsored nationalism and the alienation of Russia’s intellectual elite.
The 8th (co-authored) edition of Professor Riasanovsky's History of Russia was published earlier in 2011, and listed on the Rhodes House website here. A textbook for undergraduates, it remains the bestselling survey of Russian and Soviet history from the Kievan state to Vladimir Putin.
For a tribute from Berkeley, click here.
DAVID JOHN EADIE (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & St Edmund Hall 1997) (2 January 1975 - 7 May 2011)
After completing a Bachelor of Business Science (Actuarial Science) at the University of Cape Town, read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) in Oxford, and played for Oxford against Cambridge in hockey (captain) and cricket. Commenced his career as a management consultant with Bain & Co in Johannesburg, later returning to Cape Town, and most recently working with The Answer Series.
For the tragic story of Dave's sudden death, and to read many tributes to him, you may wish to view the Facebook page 'In loving memory of Dave Eadie'.
Dave's funeral took place in the Memorial Chapel at Bishops (Campground Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town) on Friday 13 May at 3pm.
Friends of Dave's also gathered in London, San Francisco and Johannesburg, and details are on the Facebook page (entries by Richard Arscott, Stu Lynn, and Stewart Nupen).
ROBERT PORTER (Delaware & Christ Church 1947) (10 September 1922 - 4 May 2011)
Professor Porter served as Dean of Davenport College at Yale University, and spent the last 25 years of his life in Tucson, serving as a docent for the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists organisation.
ROBERT WAYNE CLOWER (Washington & Brasenose 1949) (13 February 1926 - 2 May 2011)
Economist, best known for his work in developing stock-flow analysis, and in the microfoundations of monetary theory and macroeconomics. His teaching career was principally at Northwestern University, UCLA, and the University of South Carolina.
HENK ALTMANN (Eastern Province & New College 1965) (2 September 1941 - 21 April 2011)
After Oxford, where he gained a Blue in both athletics and cross-country, he became an engineering consultant, working for PVA Vakuum Anlagen Bau in Germany.
MIRYANA NESIC (Queensland & Magdalen 1993) (10 November 1968 - 17 April 2011)
A lawyer who began her career with Allen & Overy and Barclays, before joining the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice of Hammonds in London to manage international mediation projects. She then became involved in mediation training and education, working with judges and governments to introduce legal and court reforms embracing ADR, and assisting the Law Society of England & Wales to set up its Civil/Commercial Mediation Panel. She wrote a number of books and articles, often challenging dispute mechanisms between institution. Most recently, she co-authored Mediator Skills and Techniques: Triangle of Influence which won the CEDR Award for best publication in 2010. For tributes, click here and here.
ALLAN EMRYS BLAKENEY (Nova Scotia & Queen's 1947) (7 September 1925 - 16 April 2011)
Coming to Oxford after graduating BA and LLB from Dalhousie University, read PPE at Queen's, and played ice hockey and badminton for Oxford against Cambridge. Practised as a lawyer and served as a civil servant in Saskatchewan (QC 1961), and entered the Saskatchewan legislature in 1960 for the NDP, serving until 1988. Served as Minister for Education, Treasurer, and Minister for Public Health in the 1960s, and then as Premier of Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1982. Served as Leader of the Opposition, 1982-88, going then as Laskin Professor of Law and Public Policy to Osgoode Hall Law School, and then professor at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Publications included Political Management in Canada (co-author, 1992) and An Honourable Calling: Political Memoirs (2008). Served as President of the World Federalists of Canada.
For a tribute by Bob Rae (Ontario & Balliol 1969), please click here.
For a tribute by Jeeshan Chowdhury (Alberta & Hertford 2006), please click here.
For a tribute from the government of Saskatchewan, click here.
For some of the many other reports of Allan Blakeney's life and career of public service, click here, here, and here.
ALWYN 'NELLES' VINTCENT (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & Trinity 1948) (24 December 1925 - 13 April 2011)
Captain of the Oxford rugby team in 1949, before joining the South African Defence Force. He served as Managing Director and Chairman of Prince, Vintcent and Company from 1968-95, and was an active member of both the town council and local museum management committee in Mossel Bay.
PROFESSOR CHARLES HARCOURT MILLER (Tasmania & St John's 1946) (26 February 1921 - 8 April 2011)
Engineering graduate of University of Tasmania who served in the Australian army in World War II (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps, Australian Imperial Forces, 1942-46), and then completed a DPhil in Chemistry in Oxford. Engaged in research in Australia (AWA and then National Standards Laboratory, Sydney), 1950-61, before joining the University of New South Wales as a Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (1961-66). Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tasmania, 1966-86, serving as Chairman of the Professorial Board, 1984-85. Member of the Hydro-Electric Commission of Tasmania, 1984-92. Honorary Secretary of the Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia, 1976-80.
DENIS BAZELEY GORDON MCLEAN (New Zealand & University 1954) (18 August 1930 – 30 March 2011)
After Oxford, joined the Department of External Affairs in New Zealand, with postings in Washington DC, Paris, Kuala Lumpur and London. Deputy High Commissioner in London (1972-77), Secretary of Defence (1979-88) and Ambassador to the United States (1991-94). After his retirement from government service, served as the Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston, as well as Visiting Fellow at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He also served on the New Zealand Press Council. Author of several books including The Long Pathway: Te Ara Roa which was based on walking the North Island with his family, Peace Operations and Common Sense: Replacing Rhetoric with Realism, The Prickly Pair: Making Nationalism in Australia and New Zealand, and the biography Howard Kippenberger: Dauntless Spirit.
ALAN KENDALL (Québec & Merton 1949) (23 May 1923 - 22 March 2011)
Head of the Royal Victoria Blood Bank for many years and later in his career, he joined the staff of the Lakeshore General Hospital. He also worked at the University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya when he was chosen to participate in the joint McGill-CIDA project training medical students. Dr. Kendall joined the staff of Tawam Hospital in the United Arab Emirates for 3 years as a Hematologist/Oncologist. His medical career was fulfilling with his varied experiences, research into abnormal blood types and working in many different cultures.
ERIC MICHAEL HOWARTH (Ontario & Queen's 1949) (26 August 1918 - 7 March 2011)
After war service, studied at Queen's University and then in Oxford. Served as executive secretary of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (1955-60), Dean of Men, University College, University of Toronto (1965-74), and National Director of the Association of Canadian Clubs (1974-80). Actively engaged in the administration of the Rhodes Scholarships in Canada over many years (including as Assistant Secretary for the Rhodes Trust in Canada, 1957-63, and as Acting Secretary, 1963-65), the leadership of the Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars, and as a trustee of the Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation (including serving for 37 years as Secretary-Treasurer, 1957-93). Honoured as a Distinguished Friend of Oxford, 2007.
Donations in memory of Michael Howarth may be sent to the Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation (P.O. Box 4005, Station A, Toronto, ON M5W 2Z8) or the Canadian Cancer Society.
PROFESSOR MARK KINKEAD-WEEKES, FBA (Cape Province & Brasenose 1951) (26 April 1931 - 7 March 2011)
A scholar of English literature who taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Kent, becoming Professor of English and American Literature at Kent, where he also served as Pro Vice-Chancellor. His major publications included studies of William Golding, D. H. Lawrence (including Lawrence's The Rainbow), and Samuel Richardson. For a short biographical note, please click here.
DR MELVIN D. LEVINE (Rhode Island & Magdalen 1961) (20 January 1940 - 18 February 2011)
Pediatrician and a prominent voice in the field of learning disabilities. The author of 'A Mind at a Time' and other books on learning disabilities, Dr. Levine was chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, before moving to the University of North Carolina in 1985.
NORMAN GRANTHAM ('GRANT') HOSKING (South Australia & Christ Church 1947) (1 January 1925 - 22 January 2011)
Chairman and consultant to Hosking, Oborn & Partners, a firm of consulting engineers, and Montgomery Hosking Stone, which specialised in water and wastewater engineering. Appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 1983 for services to engineering, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, President of the Commonwealth Club of Adelaide.
PROFESSOR EDWARD REYNOLDS PRICE (North Carolina & Merton 1955) (1 February 1933 - 20 January 2011)
Novelist who received much critical acclaim publishing stories about ordinary people from North Carolina, including 'A Long and Happy Life' (1962), which unusually was published in its entirety as a supplement by Harper's Magazine. He also wrote about his experiences as a paraplegic after receiving radiation treatment for a spinal tumour, in his book 'A Whole New Life' (1994). Taught writing and the poetry of Milton for over 50 years at Duke University.
Among the very many tributes to Reynolds Price, one of the most striking, replete with many photographs, is 'Jill Krementz remembers Reynolds Price' - click here for it.
For Duke University's tribute to Professor Price, click here.
JOHN D.M. SILVESTER (East Africa & Jesus 1953) (8 April 1935 - 18 January 2011)
After reading Law at Jesus College, Oxford, read for and was called to the Bar in London, and then practised law in Nairobi from 1959, including as Senior Partner of Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (Advocates). Visiting law lecturer, and for some years edited the East Africa Law Reports. The foremost advocate of the return of the Rhodes Scholarship to Kenya in the early 1980s, and successfully oversaw its re-establishment, serving as Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee in Kenya from 1984 to 1999, including overseeing the expansion in 1991 to a second Scholarship. Company director. Active in East African wildlife/natural history societies and nature reserves.
For an obituary of John Silvester by Laurie Slade, click here.
For information about Kenyan Rhodes Scholars paying tribute to John Silvester, please click here.
WALTER W. ('PAT') EYER (Montana & Hertford 1955) (17 March 1933 - 16 January 2011)
A graduate of Montana State University who read Jurisprudence at Hertford College, 1955-57, undertook military service from 1958 to 1961, and after graduating from Stanford Law School entered into legal practice in Seattle in 1964, becoming Senior Counsel at the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, where he specialised in aviation law, commercial law, and finance law.
RONALD N. ROBERTSON Q.C. (Nova Scotia & Magdalen 1952) (14 October 1930 - 12 January 2011)
Lawyer and Chairman of Fasken Calvin (now Fasken Martineau), where he practiced in the fields of bankruptcy and receivership, and was involved in many of the most significant Canadian and international insolvencies during his fifty years of service to the profession. Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1999-2005 and Vice-Chairman of the Wellesley Institute, a Toronto-based non-profit which focuses on developing research and community-based policy solutions to the problems of urban health and health disparities.
PROFESSOR A. RALPH CARNEGIE (Jamaica & Jesus 1960) (11 June 1936 - 7 January 2011)
Fellow & Tutor in Law at Jesus College, Oxford, 1964-70, and founding professor of law and academic leader at the University of West Indies (Cave Hill) from 1970 who published widely in international law, the law of contract, and constitutional law. His service included (amongst much else) serving as Dean of the Law Faculty, Pro Vice-Chancellor, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Law Institute Centre, and on constitution review commissions in various Caribbean countries.
A tribute to Ralph Carnegie by Peter Goldson (Jamaica & St John's 1985), Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean Secretary to the Rhodes Trust, is here.
For tributes to Ralph Carnegie from the University of the West Indies, click here, here, here, and here; from Jesus College, Oxford, click here; from CARICOM, click here and here. For a tribute from Sir Michael Barnett, Chief Justice of The Bahamas, click here. For a video tribute from Professor David P. Rowe, click here. For a tribute from the OECS Bar Association, click here. For a tribute from Patrick Robinson (President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia), click here or here.
For other tributes, click here, and here. For an editorial about Ralph Carnegie in the Jamaica Observer, click here. For a tribute to him from Nation News in Barbados, click here.
Professor Carnegie's funeral was held in Barbados on 18 January. For a report on the service, click here.
JOHN MACLEOD FRASER (Quebec & Magdalen 1955) (12 February 1935 - 29 December 2010)
Canadian diplomat who, amongst many other appointments and accomplishments (including as a diplomatic writer), opened the Canadian embassy in the People's Republic of China, served as Ambassador to Poland and the German Democratic Republic, and as Ambassador to Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, and as Director-General of the Foreign Intelligence Bureau.
For tributes, click here (or here) (by Don Butler); and here (or here or here).
For Sandra Martin's obituary of John Fraser in The Globe and Mail, click here.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS CHARLES BELL (Mississippi & Exeter 1936) (31 October 1916 - 25 December 2010)
During his career he taught at Princeton University, the University of Chicago and within the Saint John's College Great Books Programme. He published two novels, The Married Land and The Half Gods, his autobiography Millennial Harvest as well as several collections of poetry.
For a further tribute, please click here.
PROFESSOR SIR FRITZ CASPARI (Germany & St John's 1933) (21 March 1914 - 1 December 2010)
A distinguished scholar of intellectual history, taught in German and US colleges and universities, living in the US from 1939 to 1954, before returning to Germany in 1954 to join the Foreign Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, including service in London (1958-63) and at the United Nations (1963-68). Deputy head of the Office of the President of the Federal Republic from 1969 to 1974, and then Ambassador to Portugal, 1974-79, helping in the democratisation of Portugal after the revolution. British knighthood (KCVO), 1972, Grand Cross of the German Order of Merit, 1974, and Portuguese and other honours. Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford.
For a further tribute to Sir Fritz, please click here. An obituary of Sir Fritz appeared in The Times on 3 January 2011. For an obituary of Sir Fritz in The Telegraph (online 25 January 2011), click here.
A service of thanksgiving for the life of Sir Fritz was held at St Mary's Church, Compton, near Petersfield, West Sussex, on Monday 20 December 2010 at 11.30 a.m. For a brief report on it, please click here.
A video on aspects of the remarkable life of Sir Fritz Caspari may be seen here and here.
RICHARD F. WATT (Washington & Corpus Christi 1937) (13 July 1917 - 30 November 2010)
Founder of a law firm in Chicago which specalised in labour law, actively involved in the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Council of Lawyers, and the Japan American Student Committee.
A memorial service was held at the University Club of Chicago on Sunday, January 30, 2011. For the booklet produced for this event, including a summary of his life, please click here.
DR BERTRAM MAURICE MANDELBROTE (South African College School, Newlands & Merton 1946) (22 October 1923 – 25 November 2010)
Psychiatrist who served in various hospitals across the UK, in 1971 co-founding the Ley Community which has a national reputation for assisting people with complex problems who abuse drugs and alcohol.
PROFESSOR EDWARD 'BARRY' ADAMS (Natal & St John's 1939) (2 January 1918 - 18 November 2010)
Foundation Professor of medicine at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal who established a curriculum for black and ‘colored’ doctors in South Africa, which led to his home being fire-bombed under the apartheid regime.
DEREK JACOBS (Rhodesia & Corpus Christi 1966) (28 November 1944 - 13 November 2010)
Managing Director of Metal Box, Vice Chairman of packaging company Encase Holdings Ltd, Non-Executive Chairman and Director of global logistics firm UtiW and Non-Executive Chairman of Elstat Electronics Ltd. Raised millions of rand for Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
DR MARTIN RUSH (Ohio & Keble 1949) (30 December 1918 - 25 October 2010)
Psychiatrist who established an outpatient daytime treatment centre The Stress Center, which has been running for over 30 years. Author of Decoding the Secret Language of Your Body (Simon & Schuster 1994).
HENRY PAUL GROSSHANS (Nebraska & Keble 1948) (19 March 1921 - 21 October 2010)
A Washington State University faculty member for 30 years, teaching world civilizations classes, who also wrote and recorded episodes of a radio series on Russian literary figures and participated in a US award-winning film, where he interviewed Alexandra Tolstoy in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's death. Prior to studying in Oxford, he took part in the North Atlantic campaign and the D-Day invasion during World War II. Served for a number of years on the grant panel for history, philosophy, and political science of the National Endowment for the Humanities and on the Washington selection committee for Rhodes Scholars.
LIONEL WILFRED McKENZIE (Georgia & Oriel 1939) (26 January 1919 - 12 October 2010)
An economist best known as 'one of the chief architects of modern general equilibirum theory', who (after war-time work and teaching at Duke University) taught economics at the University of Rochester for over 30 years, pioneering the doctoral program there, supervising the doctoral work of at least one Nobel laureate in economics, and, through his work with Japanese students, becoming known as 'the father of Japanese mathematical economists'.
RHYS LLYWELYN ISAAC (Cape Province & Balliol 1959) (20 November 1937 – 7 October 2010)
Pulitzer Prize winner for History for The Transformation of Virginia 1740-1790, teacher and researcher at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and at the College of William and Mary.
JOSEPH JACH (Cape Province & Lincoln 1953) (15 December 1929 - 11 September 2010)
Researcher at the Department of Material Science at the State University of New York.
DR ROBERT ROBERTSON-CUNINGHAME (New South Wales & Trinity 1949) (31 May 1924 - 9 September 2010)
Deputy Chancellor and Chancellor of the University of New England over 22 years, awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 by the government of Australia for services to education.
PROFESSOR FRANK HENRY VERHOEK (Wisconsin & Trinity 1933) (12 February 1909 – 7 September 2010)
Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Ohio State University, who also consulted for organisations including General Electric Company and the U.S. Naval Weapons Centre.
PROFESSOR EDWARD WEISMILLER (Iowa & Merton 1938) (3 August 1915 - 25 August 2010)
During the Second World War he became the first American officer to run a captured enemy agent back against the Germans. For this, Weismiller was awarded La Medaille de la reconnaissance francaise. Later he became a distinguished Professor of English and wrote the classic novel The Serpent Sleeping.
PROFESSOR JOHN DAVID ALEXANDER CBE (Tennessee & Christ Church 1954) (18 October 1932 - 25 July 2010)
US National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust from 1981 to 1998, President of Pomona College in California, and of Rhodes College in Tennessee, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Please see our tribute recognising Professor Alexander for his invaluable and generous service to the Rhodes community. Please also visit Pomona College's tribute page and memorial page to David Alexander, and their online photo album. For other tributes, please see Rhodes College, The Webb Schools, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and US obituaries in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee. In Britain, obituaries have appeared in The Independent and The Times.
For information regarding gifts in memory of David Alexander, please click here.
A memorial service for David Alexander was held at Pomona College on Saturday 25 September 2010 at 4 pm. Click here for further details. Click for a report of the service in The Student Life. An obituary of David Alexander has since appeared in the Pomona College Magazine.
MRS JINNY MAY FLETCHER (29 April 1922 - 21 July 2010)
Mrs Jinny Fletcher, whose warm hospitality at Rhodes House from 1980 to 1989 was deeply appreciated by Rhodes Scholars, has passed away, aged 88. Please visit Rhodes news pages for a tribute to Mrs Fletcher's exceptional contribution. Please also see announcements in The Times, and in The Daily Telegraph.
JOHN W DOUGLAS (Massachusetts & Magdalen 1948) (15 August 1921 - 2 June 2010)
A lawyer who was appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil division. He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and was involved in negotiating the release of 1,113 prisoners from Cuba after the Bay of Pigs invasion. In 1989, he became an election observer in Namibia, which was separating from South Africa, and he was an official observer of the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. An accomplished pianist who enjoyed composing songs.
WILLIAM (BILL) CHALMERS (St Andrew's College, Grahamstown & Trinity 1956) (19 April 1936 - 12 April 2010)
After teaching Classics at St Andrew's College in South Africa for 14 years, Bill Chalmers became actively involved in the South African politico-religious debate, and was known for his Radio Chaplain and Cross Questions television discussion programme. He also pursued his passion for art, and was commissioned to paint 'The Stations of the Cross' which now hangs in the old Settler Church of St John's in Bathurst, South Africa, where he served as lay minister.
HERBERT C. L. MERILLAT (Arizona & Merton 1935) (7 May 1915 - 10 April 2010)
Writer for Time, administrator for US foreign aid agencies in Washington, London and Paris with a particular interest in international law, Herbert Merillat also wrote two books based on his WWII experiences in the Battle of Guadalcanal.
PROFESSOR JOHANNES ALBERTUS (BERT) MYBURGH (Orange Free State & New College 1952) (31 May 1928 – 7 April 2010)
Clinical surgeon, teacher and researcher on transplantation, hepato-biliary, gastric and colonic surgery. Former president of several medical and surgical societies in southern Africa. For tributes, visit CMSA and HPCSA.
DR JOHN CLARKE (Western Australia & St John’s 1947) (26 March 1925 - 2 April 2010)
John Clarke forged a career researching mammalian reproduction and in 2004, he was awarded the Marshall medal for his outstanding contribution to the study of fertility and reproduction. He served as Vice-Principal of Linacre College in Oxford, Secretary of the Society for the Study of Fertility and as an Inspector for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. He also campaigned for peace and participated in anti-war demonstrations. Please visit the Guardian obituary.
DR IAN HENDERSON (Nova Scotia & Exeter 1950) (17 January 1928 - 22 February 2010)
Long-time scientist at the Defense Research Establishment in Ottawa, focusing on satellites and remote sensing.
DR ARTHUR HULL HAYES, JR. (California & Lincoln 1955) (18 July 1933 – 11 February 2010)
Professor of clinical pharmacology who led the US Food and Drug Administration. For tribute and obituary please visit Tributes.
DR MALCOLM ROBERT 'JESSE' WYLLIE (South African College School & Magdalen 1940) (31 July 1919 - 12 February 2010)
An accomplished scientist, engineer, petroleum executive and amateur racecar driver, Dr Wyllie was best-known for his 72 patents related to oil exploration and production. "Doc" Wyllie (as he was known), served in the Royal Navy during World War II and "often reflected on his wonderful boyhood in Cape Town".
PROFESSOR REX NETTLEFORD (Jamaica & Oriel 1957) (3 February 1933 – 2 February 2010)
Professor and vice-chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), founder of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), writer, dancer, manager, orator, critic and mentor passed away on 2 February 2010, just hours before he would have celebrated his 77th birthday. For tributes visit: The Gleaner and The Times. For a tribute to Rex Nettleford by Peter Goldson (Jamaica & St John’s 1985), the Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean Secretary to the Rhodes Trust, click here. For a remembrance on Rex Nettleford by Ian Macdonald (Ontario & Balliol 1952), click here.
For news of a memorial event at the Jamaican High Commission in London on 10 April 2010, at which the Warden of Rhodes House, Dr Donald Markwell, paid tribute to Rex Nettleford, click here.
NORMAN BARRY SWANEPOEL (Rhodesia and St Edmund Hall 1970) (4 April 1947 – 27 January 2010)
An expert in Human Resources, Norman Swanepoel held numerous senior management positions across a variety of Unilever brands and divisions, including as HR Director for Unifoods. He served as Director of the African Leadership Institute in South Africa, championed Students in Free Enterprise, volunteered at the Hillcrest Aids Centre, and was an avid golf and hockey player.
EDWARD W PELL (Pennsylvania & New College 1960) (31 October 1938 - 4 January 2010)
A former Polical and Security Affairs Advisor to the United States mission to the United Nations, Pell held a number of senior positions in the insurance industry and served on several Rhodes Scholarship selection committees in addition to other charitable boards.
DR CHARLES EDWARD ELLIOTT (Queensland & Balliol 1948) (10 August 1922 - 2 January 2010)
A dedicated medical practitioner, Dr Elliott was an accomplished sportsman serving his college as a front rower, a front row forward in football, and was a noted cricketer.
DR EDWIN BUSUTTIL (Malta & Christ Church 1942) (17 September 1923 – 20 December 2009)
A member of the European Commission of Human Rights for 32 years, also served as Head of Department of Public Law and Criminal Law, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro-Rector of the University of Malta, and as Deputy Leader of Malta's Constitutional Party.
DR LINCOLN GORDON (New York & Balliol 1933) (10 September 1913 - 19 December 2009)
Economist, educator, administrator and diplomat. Click here to see obituaries in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post.
PROFESSOR ELIZABETH FALLAIZE (Rhodes Trustee from 2006 to 2009) (3 June 1950 - 6 December 2009)
Professor of French in the Faculty of Modern Languages and a Fellow of St John’s College, appointed to the university-wide role of Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education in 2005. Professor Fallaize served as a Rhodes Trustee from 2006 to 2009 and will be affectionately remembered for her dedication to the Trust, most especially for her work in encouraging women Scholars and the formation of the Rhodes Women group. For tributes/obituaries, visit: St John's College, The Guardian, The Independent, the Oxford Mail and The Times.
DR ERIC BRIAN JEFFCOAT SMITH (New South Wales & New College 1941) (26 March 1918 – 3 December 2009)
A chemist serving in the public and private sectors, who was active in professional bodies and the Fairbridge Society, and who served in the Australian Military Forces during World War II.
MR J BURKE KNAPP (Oregon & St John's 1933) (25 January 1913 - 22 November 2009)
Economist and banker, whose contributions to US and international economic issues included work for the Federal Reserve and the World Bank, and included roles at Bretton Woods and in the drafting of the Marshall Plan. The Warden spoke warmly of Burke Knapp, whom he knew and admired, at the dinner in San Francisco for Rhodes alumni on November 23. Read more about Mr Knapp on the AARS site.
DR HAROLD WARWICK (New Brunswick & Christ Church 1936) ( 20 May 1915 - 21 October 2009)
Professor of Medicine, academic administrator and pioneering researcher in cancer control and treatment.
DR DIETRICH von BOTHMER (Germany & Wadham 1938) (26 October 1918 - 12 October 2009)
Art historian, expert in Greek vases and Distinguished Research Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
DR SHAUN WYLIE (17 January 1913 - 2 October 2009)
Cryptanalyst who helped to break the German Enigma cypher during World War II, and fourth son of Sir Francis Wylie, the first Warden of Rhodes House. (For a brief biography of Sir Francis James Wylie, please click here.)
PROFESSOR LEWIS MUDGE (New Jersey & Queens 1951) (22 October 1929 - 11 September 2009)
Christian theologian, professor and ethicist devoted to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.
PROFESSOR HUGH LAWFORD (Alberta & Wadham 1955) (8 September 1933 - 17 August 2009)
Professor of law and champion of computerized legal research in Canada.
PROFESSOR DAVID ARNOLD ALBERT STAGER (Ontario & Balliol 1960) (19 September 1937 - 23 July 2009)
Professor of economics and expert on the economics and financing of higher education and labour markets.
DR GEORGE PIRANIAN (Utah & Hertford 1937) (2 May 1914 - 31 August 2009)
Mathematician, violist, and sailing enthusiast.
DR BRIAN GOODWIN (Quebec & Queen's 1954) (25 March 1931 - 15 July 2009)
Key founder of theoretical biology and advocate of holistic science.
DR AYUB KHAN OMMAYA (Pakistan & Balliol 1954) (14 April 1930 - 10 July 2009)
Neurosurgeon and expert on brain injuries.
LAWRENCE A MILLER (Illinois & New College 1969) (3 December 1946 - 27 June 2009)
Senior counsel in the Washington DC office of Sidley Austin.
DR TANJORE RAMACHANDRA ANANTHARAMAN (India & Trinity 1951) (25 November 1927 – 18 June 2009)
A Fellow of all three Science Academies of India and a Fellow of the India National Academy of Engineering, he built the first centre of advanced study in a field of engineering in India. Please read the Tribute at Materialia Indica.
MR JOHN S DAVISON (Michigan & Christ Church 1955) (21 May 1933 - 16 June 2009)
Former US Ambassador to Niger.
PROFESSOR MARTIN WAGNER (Michigan & Magdalen 1935) (11 September 1911 - 15 June 2009)
Former director of and professor emeritus at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (ILIR).
DR GORDON RAISBECK (New York & New College 1947) (4 May 1925 - 15 June 2009)
Mathematician and researcher in applied mathematics.
MR RICHARD WILEY (Maine & Balliol 1949) (18 July 1928 - 12 June 2009)
Lawyer, banker and educator.
DR TAJUDEEN ABDUL-RAHEEM (Nigeria & St Peter's 1983) (6 January 1961 - 25 May 2009)
Pan Africanist activist, campaigning journalist and editor.
DR MARK DaCOSTA ALLEYNE (Commonwealth Caribbean & St Antony's 1986) (14 December 1961 - 20 May 2009)
Communications scholar, author, journalist and broadcaster.
PROFESSOR JOHN HODGETTS (Ontario & Corpus Christi) (28 May 1917 - 8 May 2009)
Political Scientist in Canada and author of several seminal books in the field of Public Administration.
MR JOHN PALMER (Louisiana & Exeter 1937) (13 December 1914 - 7 May 2009)
Editor of The Yale Review for a period of over twenty-five years.
JOHN L MOORE JR (Florida & Balliol 1951) (24 August 1929 - 6 May 2009)
World traveler, senior legal practitioner and banking executive.
PROFESSOR SAMUEL BEER (Michigan & Balliol 1932) (28 July 1911 - 7 April 2009)
Professor of Comparative Government and expert on British politics.
MR ROBERT T MALLOY (New York & New College 1939) (20 May 1917 - 30 March 2009)
Attorney and author.
DR ROGER BATE (Colorado & Magdalen 1947) ( 17 January 1923 - 18 March 2009)
Briagadier General (USAF Retired), professor and former Vice Dean of the US Airforce Academy and Chief Computer Scientist for Texas Instruments.
PROFESSOR HAROLD LYDALL (Natal & New College 1936) (4 November 1916 - 12 March 2009)
Statistician and economist.
MR WILLIAM PACKARD (New Zealand & University 1948) (4 April 1925 - 11 March 2009)
Academic, mountaineer, founding Warden of Bruce Hall at the Australian National University and former Secretary of the Australian Rhodes Scholar Association.
DR ANNA DONALD (New South Wales & New College 1989) (7 April 1966 - 1 February 2009)
Physician, economist, historian and champion of affordable quality health care.
PROFESSOR DAVID NOWLAN (Ontario & Oriel 1958) (25 December 1936 - 27 January 2009)
Professor Emeritus of Economics and Vice President Research at the University of Toronto.
MRS JEAN ALLISON (d. 20 January 2009)
Former accountant at the Rhodes Trust in the time of Warden Williams.
DR HORACE BEACH (Saskatchewan & Exeter 1949) (12 March 1919 - 2 October 2008)
MR PETER DURACK (Western Australia & Lincoln) (20 October 1926 - 13 July 2008)
Australian politician who served as Minister, Senator and Attorney General for Australia.
PROFESSOR HARLAN CLEVELAND (Ohio & University 1938) (19 January 1918 - 30 May 2008)
Former president of the University of Hawaii and American ambassador to NATO.
MR FRANK CRABILL (Nebraska & Lincoln 1936) (28 September 1913 - 16 February 2008)
Attorney and ardent sailor.
PROFESSOR ERNEST CRAIGE (North Carolina & Christ Church 1939) (3 June 1918 - 24 January 2008)
Servedas chief of the Division of Cardiology at the UNC School ofMedicine for 26 years and was an internationally renowned expertin echocardiography.
PROFESSOR LESLIE WOODS (New Zealand & Merton 1948) (6 December 1922 - 15 April 2007)
Chairman of the Mathematical Institute at Oxford from 1984 to 1989, later becoming Professor Emeritus.
PROFESSOR TRUMAN WOODRUFF (Utah & Balliol 1948) (26 May 1925 - 13 April 2007)
Former Professor Emeritus of Michigan State after a long career as professor and chairman of the Physics Department.