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.
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.
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.
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.