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.
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. Various honours, including Order of Jamaica, and in 2011 being made a 'citizen of Africa' by the African Union.