18 August 2020

Susan Smith has died

We are sad to announce the passing of Susan Smith, a popular and respected member of the Brighton College community in the 1970s, during which time her husband, Gordon Smith, was Head Master of the Junior School.

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20 April 2020

Robert Fry (Le. 1940-43) has died

We are sad to announce that of one of our eldest members of the OB community, Robert Fry (Le. 1940-43), passed away on the 31st March 2020 at the age of 94.

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14 April 2020

Charlie Chase, Head Groundsman at the College from the late 60s to the late 70s, has died

Anthony Whitestone (CR, 1971-2006) pens tribute to Charlie Chase, former Head Groundsman at the College.

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12 April 2020

Nigel Dearsly (L 1960-65)

Nigel Dearsly (L 1960-65) died over Easter as a result of Covid-19, aged 72.

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06 January 2020

Caroline Stead (Fe. 1976-78) has died.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Caroline Stead, who died on 6th January 2020.

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24 May 2019

Dr Christopher Black (School Med. 1978-97) has died

Dr Christopher Charles Black of Henfield died on Friday 24th May, aged 82. He was was the School Doctor at Brighton College from 1978 until 1997.

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23 May 2019

The Very Reverend Michael Yorke (Ha. 1956-58) has died

Michael Yorke (Ha. 1956-58) was an Anglican priest and for most of his ministry, was associated with four English cathedrals.

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03 May 2019

Francis Walker (Common Room 1974-79) has died

Francis Walker, who has died after some months of ill health, was a member of the English Department at the College for nearly 6 years in the 70s before taking up an appointment at Ampleforth College in 1979.

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12 February 2019

Peter Points (CR, 1963-1969)

Peter Points, whose association with the College spanned some 45 years, died in a nursing home in Winchester on 4 February, aged 90.

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21 January 2019

Michael Walker (Le. 1956-60) has sadly died

Michael spent a large part of his life working in Belgium with his wife and two girls.

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29 October 2018

We are saddened to hear of the death of Eric Swaffer (Ch. 1979-83) who died at the weekend

We are sad to announce that Eric Swaffer (Ch. 1979-83) died at the weekend. The helicopter Eric was piloting crashed near the Leicester city football ground whilst transporting the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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26 September 2018

In memory of John Francis Chaplin (Le. 1954-57)

We are saddened to report the death of John Chaplin, and are grateful to Roger Beasley (Ha. 1949-55) for sharing these items and memories from the service on 22 October 2018.

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03 August 2018

Derek James Pickering (Le. 1949-58) has died

We are sorry to announce that Derek J Pickering (Le. 1949-58) has died.

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26 June 2018

We are saddened to hear of the death of Kevin Fenlon (Br. 1964-69)

Sadly, we have to report the death of Kevin Fenlon (Br. 1964-69). Kevin passed away at home on the 18th May 2018, aged 68. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

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18 April 2018

Peter Withers (Common Room, 1973-07) has died

We are sad to report that Peter Withers, who was a member of Common Room for 34 years from 1973 to 2007, died at home in Seaford on Monday 16 April, aged 87.

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07 March 2018

Chris Apps (Ha/Al. 1942-46) has sadly passed away

We are very sorry to announce the death of Christopher (Chris) Apps (Ha/Al. 1942-46) who died on Monday 5 March at the Royal Sussex County Hospital following a stroke, shortly before his 90th birthday.

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18 January 2018

Peter Mayle (Ha. 1952-56) has died

The Old Brightonians are sad to report that Peter Gareth Mayle (Ha. 1952-56) - author of many bestsellers including "A Year in Provence" and "Wicked Willie", has died after a brief illness in a hospital near his home in the south of France.

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04 January 2018

Charlie Proe (Du. 1951-60) has died

We are sorry to announce that Charlie Proe (Du. 1951-60) has died.

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18 December 2017

Tom Clifford (Ha. 2011-15)

It is with great sadness that the College has learnt of the death of Tom Clifford (Ha. 2011-15). 

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18 December 2017

Robert Henry Garwood (Br. 1954-59)

We are sad to announce that Bob Henry Garwood (Br. 1954-59) died on Sunday 10 December at his home of 38 years in Campbellville Canada. 

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03 November 2017

A memorial service for Swimming Coach David Dunn

David Dunn's memorial was held in the College Chapel on Friday 3rd November 2017. 

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06 October 2017

We are sad to report that Sybil Henderson has died

We are sad to report that Sybil Henderson, widow of Reg (Jock) Henderson, has died.

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02 October 2017

Camilla Ravenshear (Fe. 1976-78) has died

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Camilla Ravenshear, who died after a short illness on October 2nd 2017. 

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21 April 2017

Bill Blackshaw Memorial Service Report

The Old Brightonians hosted a memorial service to celebrate the life of Bill Blackshaw (Head Master, 1971-87), on Friday 21st April 2017 in the College Chapel. A plaque was dedicated to the memory of Bill during this service, and was followed by a reception in the Sarah Abraham Recital Hall.

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17 March 2017

Colonel John David Shallow, (1927-2017)

John David Shallow has died aged 89. He was born on June 4 1927 at Brighton College, where his father, George, was serving as a housemaster and his mother, Phyllis, was the daughter of the Headmaster, Canon William Dawson.

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24 February 2017

Clive Nicholls QC (Ch. 1946-50)

The Old Brightonians office is very sad to announce the death of Clive Nicholls QC (Ch. 1946-50) twin brother of Colin Nicholls QC (Ch. 1946-50).

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13 February 2017

Anthony Becker (Br. 1945-48)

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Anthony Becker on February 7th 2017, at the age of 84.

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04 January 2017

Peter Dutton Briant (Ch. 1934-37)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Peter Dutton Briant (Ch. 1934-37).

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06 December 2016

Dr. Joanna Seldon, 4 August 1954 - 6 December 2016

I am very sorry to be writing to let you know that Dr Joanna Seldon died on Tuesday 6 December after a long illness that she faced with much dignity and courage. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family, who have supported her throughout with great love. 

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17 October 2016

Ian Wilfred Dodd (Junior School 1950-1956, Hampden House 1956-1960), has sadly died.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Old Brightonian and past Governor, Ian Wilfred Dodd (Junior School, 1950-1956, Hampden House, 1956-1960). After having suffered a heart attack, Ian died on Monday 17th October, 2016.

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12 August 2016

Phyllida Stewart-Roberts, friend of the Old Brightonians and great supporter of Brighton College, has sadly passed away aged 82

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllida Stewart-Roberts on August 12th, 2016. Phyllida was a great supporter of the College and friend of the Old Brightonians, and devoted most of her life to voluntary public service, notably as an ambassador for St John Ambulance and as a popular Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex.

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22 July 2016

A tribute to Hilary Somerville

Many names have strong associations with Brighton College. They are woven into the fabric of the school through plaques, memorials and the names of buildings. One example is Williams, from which our second-oldest girl’s house takes its name. Peggy Williams was born in Chichester House in 1896, and, rather amazingly, was able to attend the opening of ‘her’ house in 1990. Much of Peggy’s long life was connected to the school, as she married Reverend A J Williams, College Chaplain and Housemaster of Wilsons (a now extinct house).

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22 June 2016

Mrs Margaret Ridler

The OB office is sad to report the death of Mrs Margaret Ridler, who died peacefully at home on Wednesday 22 June, aged 86.

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27 May 2016

William "Bill" Blackshaw, Headmaster at Brighton College from 1971-87, has died

Bill Blackshaw, who was Headmaster of the college from 1971 to 1987 died peacefully at home in Rottingdean on Friday 27 May. He had a huge impact on the school during his 16 years of headship, increasing numbers markedly, introducing co-education in the Sixth Form and overseeing the greatest building programme of the post-war era.

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23 May 2016

Keren Burton (Head of Girls Games - Prep School, 1988-2015)

We are sad to report the death of Keren Burton, the recently retired head of Girls Games at Brighton College Prep School. A funeral service will be held at Woodvale Crematorium (North) on Thursday May 26th 2016, at 11am.

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19 February 2016

Dudley Moore (Le. 1964-70)

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr Dudley Moore, BA, LLM, MPhil, MA, MSt, PIfA, FSA, Barrister. There will be a funeral service at St Nicholas Church, Bramber on Friday 19th February at 1.30pm and afterwards at St Marys House, Bramber.

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08 February 2016

Christopher Colvile Minns (Ha. 1956-61)

We are saddened to report the death of Old Brightonian, Christopher Colvile Minns (Ha. 1956-61), this past January.

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15 December 2015

Robin Grose (S. 1964-67)

We are saddened to hear that Robin Grose (S. 1964-67) died 15th December 2015, from brain cancer, aged 65. Our sincere condolences to his wife, Annie and all who knew him.

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06 December 2015

Rear Admiral Peter Dingemans (D. 1948-52)​, Falklands DSO & former President of the OBA, has died

We are sad to report the death of Peter Dingemans, who has died in hospital at the age of 80, having contracted pneumonia. His naval career is aptly summed up in the title his book: 'My Incredible Journey: from Cadet to Commander'. He entered the Royal Navy a year after leaving school and from the outset proved to be an able tactician, notably as an anti-submarine specialist. He had four commands in his career, the peak of which came in 1982 when he commanded with such distinction HMS Intrepid in the South Atlantic.

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27 November 2015

Robert Wilmot (Common Room 1979-98)

We are sad to report the death of Robert Wilmot on Monday 23rd November after his long struggle with cancer. He taught English at the college for 19 years and did much else besides, most notably coaching teams and directing plays. He was the embodiment of a traditional schoolmaster: naturally courteous, multi-talented, kind and encouraging. The funeral is on Monday 30th Nov at 3pm at Selmeston.

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14 October 2015

Vivien Irene Denise Eborn (Nee Mayer)

26th March 1930 to 14th October 2015 - wife of the late John Eborn (both right) and sister-in-law to the late Gerald Eborn, (both of Brighton College School House).

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26 May 2015

Reverend Bill Davidson (Ha. 1934-39)

Born 20th March 1920 in Poplar in the East End of London. Bill was the younger of twin brother, Henry. The family had generations of sea captains in sail and steam, hence the connection with shipping in the East India Docks. The family moved to Brighton, Kemp Town in 1925 and Bill and Henry attended Brighton College Prep School, then located in fine sea front houses in Lewes Crescent overlooking the sea. In 1934 they progressed to the College, in Hampden A housed in the former “Tin Huts” formerly army housing.

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27 April 2015

Michael Upward (Sc. 1945-49)

We are very sad to report the death of Michael Upward on Saturday 18th April at the age of 82. 

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24 April 2015

Andrew Dow (Du. 1957-62)

Andrew Dow - born December 1 1943, died April 24 2015 - was a leading railway historian and preservationist who from 1992 to 1994 was head of the National Railway Museum in York.

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11 April 2015

REPORT: Richard W Lewis (Ch. 1947-59) Memorial

It is with great sadness that the OB office announces the death of Richard W Lewis (Brighton College Junior School/Chichester 1947-59) in Washington.

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10 April 2015

Edwin Prince (Du. 1945-51)

The Old Brightonians office is very sad to report that Edwin Prince (Du. 1945-51) passed away last Friday 10th April.

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18 March 2015

Gary Fabian Espeut Grose (S. 1958-64)

We are saddened to report that Gary Fabian Espeut Grose (S. 1958-64) died on March 18th 2015 from Burkitt's lymphoma, aged 69. His sudden death occurred in Javea, Spain, where he had lived for some years. He leaves his wife Susie, daughter Zoe and son Alex.

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10 March 2015

Eileen Wolley

We are sad to report the death of Eileen Wolley last Monday 23rd February. Eileen taught at the College in the 1980's and her husband Richard Wolley was acting Chaplain here also during that time. Eileen's funeral will be held on 10th March at 1.30pm, St Phillips, Uckfleld. All are welcome to attend.

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03 February 2015

Richard Marshall Turner (S. 1968)

We are sad to report that Richard Marshall Turner recently passed away. 

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