Obituaries

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KNIGHT. R O (1968—92) Rex hailed from Northants, and studied Botany, Zoology and Chemistry at King’s College, London. He became Head of Biology at the RGS after teaching at Chislehurst and Sidcup GS. He developed Biology into a mainstream department that led to over 200 OBs becoming doctors, with dozens more qualifying as dentists and vets. On retirement, he continued to be involved in examining and tuition. He devoted more time to the countryside and music. He was an active member of the Chiltern Society and area secretary of Rights of Way Group. He had a firm conviction that footpaths should be well maintained and accessible, and the Stokenchurch area benefited greatly from his efforts. Sadly, he did not live to see the opening of the Chiltern Way, one of his last projects. He was a modest man who will be sorely missed. He leaves a widow, Judith, who taught at the RGS, and 2 Old Wycombiensian sons — David (1976—82) and Peter (1979—85).

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GIBSON. C (1994—2000) Craig drowned in a tragic accident in Australia in February 2001.

HART. W J (1931—36) Jack died 3 March 2000. He was a direct descendant of William Shakespeare’s sister, and wrote that most interesting article on the subject for a previous issue of the Old Boys’ magazine.

KIMBER. R M (1919—23) Richard was born in 1908, and farmed locally all his life. He died in his 91st year.

MILLBOURN. J E (1939—45) John was 72 years of age when he died early 2000. He was a chartered building surveyor, and had attended the College of Estate Management 1948—52. He was a stalwart member of the Old Wycombiensians’ Lodge, and his friend Geoffrey GREEN writes — ‘What is your lasting impression of someone you have known for 60 years? Recollections of school days were of John along with GAG Grant producing and moving wonderful scenery for various school productions. I also recall that he was no mean rugby player, and was an enthusiastic member of the army corps. But it was post-RGS that I got to know him really well, both socially and in professional dealings. He was highly respected as a Chartered Surveyor, and his attention to detail was manifest in his work. He was appointed a Foundation Governor of the School. Members of the OW Lodge will testify as to his kindly, quiet and efficient manner, particularly in disbursing charitable funds over many years. Few can claim greater respect in all aspects of life, as John did in his home town. He will ever be remembered with affection by all those who had the good fortune to know him.’ A memorial plaque has been placed on the School Fives Courts, above the memorial tablet to Old Boys who fell in the First World War.

PRITCHARD. M (1988—90) Matthew died 13 June 2000, after a brave fight against cancer. He was 23 years old, and over 300 relations and friends attended his funeral in Beaconsfield. He read English Literature at Leeds, and enjoyed rugby and squash.

ROGERS. G W (1938—42) George died suddenly on 25 August 2000, whilst enjoying a game of golf. He was aged 74. For 3 years after school, he was a member of the Old Boys’ Flight, 708 Squadron ATC, then served in the RAF from 1945 to 1948. He had a varied and interesting career, starting as a buyer for Cossor, Airmec Labs; Product Controller at E Gomme; a director of Habitat; and lastly MD of Oxfam Trading. His post-retirement interests included travel, swimming, walking and golf, and he supported various organisations — in particular Friends of Oxfam, RAF Association, Bicester Theatre Club, Sleep Apnea Trust, and Assoc of Retired Persons. He was a long-standing and enthusiastic member of the Old Wycombiensians’ Lodge, and had been Master on 3 occasions. He leaves a widow (Florence) and 2 daughters.

ROLLS. F J (1928—33) This news was sent in by

Wilfred WHITE, who lives in Bristol, and was an old school pal. Look for news of Old Boys on the Old Wycombiensian pages of the school’s website.

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