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Mr Roger Hollingworth

Roger Hollingworth joined the Physics department in 1993
after a long and highly distinguished career in the Defence
Research Agency. Throughout his career he retained a close
association with the school (which he had attended as a boy
and at which his father had taught), assisting with the CCF
during holidays and weekends. The Defence Research
Agency's loss was the school's gain.
From the start Roger threw himself into his teaching role
with characteristic enthusiasm and commitment. Hard
working and diligent, he went to great lengths to ensure that
he made the subject interesting and rewarding for his pupils.
No effort was ever spared on behalf of his students or his
colleagues. Roger is a man of high intelligence, great energy
and unbounded kindness. Few of us could match his
generosity of spirit. He would always have a good word for
even the most reprobate of students and this enabled him to
relate to the entire academic range of his pupils, a gift which
many of us would envy.
As a form tutor, his kindness and concern are without
equal. Every year his form holds a Christmas party which he
encourages them to organise, to which parents and the form's
teachers are invited. Few members of staff would have found
the time, energy or stamina to do the same. He inspires in his
forms a sense of cohesiveness and community, which is
valuable and rare.
As well as the CCF, Roger took responsibility for major
World Challenge expeditions to far corners of the globe. He
managed the expeditions, advised, helped and encouraged
boys in their fund-raising and led them on the spot. His
fitness, and ability to cope under the most taxing physical
conditions, are legendary. Younger members of staff flagged
while he remained fresh and energetic. Their stomachs also
proved notoriously less robust than his. The assemblies in
which he used slides to recount the boys' achievements and
adventures will long be remembered. The pride they took in
the work they had done for communities so remote and
deprived, gave those boys something which would be with
them all their lives. With Roger in charge, you knew no boy
would come to harm.
Few members of staff would be as difficult to replace as
Roger. In each of three spheres, teaching Physics and
Electronics, the CCF, and World Challenge, his contributions
to the school have been invaluable. He has been a delightful
colleague, considerate, courteous and always helpful. For
many years he has organised the Science Block staff outings.
He will be a great loss. We shall miss him.
J.A.W.

Editor's note: A tribute to Mr Hollingworth's work for the
CCF by his predecessor, Lt Colonel Neil Cooper, appears in
the CCF section of the school website.

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