Obituaries

Obituaries

We are sorry to record the following deaths of society members, and offer our condolences to their families and friends. Mr William Allison (75) of SwanseaMr Ronald Ashton (88) of DeesideMrs Pamela Baily (87) of EastbourneMr James Baker (96) of PooleDr John Barclay (95) of KimboltonMr Alan Bartrop (96) of ChathamMr Philip Bellis (73) of […]

Sir Robert Malpas (1927-2023)

Sir Robert Malpas was a prominent business leader and engineer. Notably, he served as a main board director of ICI and a managing director of BP before his ‘retirement’ in 1989. At BP, he was the first managing director to join the main board direct from outside the company. In retirement, Sir Robert chaired PowerGen […]

Obituaries

We are sorry to record the following deaths of society members, and offer our condolences to their families and friends. Mr John Adams (86) of EdinburghMr David Anderson (91) of BrightonsMr John Attwood (91) of TauntonMr Norman Baker (91) of ColchesterDr Derek Banks (79) of BearsdenMr Cecil Birch (93) of FalmouthMr David Bird (88) of […]

Obituaries

Candles and Lillies

We are sorry to record the following deaths of society members, and offer our condolences to their families and friends. Mr Kelvin Appleton (83) of BeverleyMrs Jean Bedford (95) of WokingMr Malcolm Belby (84) of BarryMr Andrew Bell (77) of SonningMrs Jean Benson (83) of NorthfleetMr Peter Blascos (93) of Bishops StortfordMr Alan Boyne (79) […]

Sir Peter Walters (1931-2023)

Sir Peter Walters

Sir Peter Walters was the chairman of BP from 1981 until 1990. During his tenure he transformed the company into a top-rank international oil company. In chairing the company through almost the entire eighties, Sir Peter proved a special master of the art of managing a large company through a period of stagnant markets and […]

Ted Cooper

We sadly announce the death of one of our valued organisers for Home Counties North. Sue has asked me to post his funeral arrangements : Ted’s funeral will be held on Thursday 31 August 2023, at 3.15pm at the Milton Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham HP7 0ND. The service will be followed by refreshments […]

Obituaries

Candles and Lillies

We are sorry to record the following deaths of society members, and offer our condolences to their families and friends. Mr Gordon Aldred (90) of YorkMrs Margaret Anderson (92) of GlasgowMr Kenneth Atkinson (71) of HornseaMr Brian Bartlett (84) of ExeterMr Richard Beckett (80) of TenterdenMiss Margaret Birnie (85) of FalkirkMrs Isobel Booth (70) of […]

Michael Hancock (1929-2023)

Mike Hancock

Michael (Mike) Hancock was born on 20 October 1929 in Earl’s Court Gardens, London. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Corpus Christi Cambridge. While visiting the Maths lab, Mike saw his first computer called Edsac. This piqued his interest in what would become the foundation of his career in the pioneering days of computer […]

(Sister) Ann Woods (1938-2023)

Ann Woods

(Sister) Ann Woods sadly passed away on 18 March aged 84. According to her brother, Peter, ‘It was always obvious that Ann would dedicate her life to a caring profession.’ Many will remember her as ‘Sister Woods’, the medical officer at Britannic House but her life covered so much more – from midwifery in Cardiff […]

John Grundon OBE (1931-2023)

John Grundon

After John Grundon retired from BP in 1991, Basil Butler said of him: ‘He was a source of information wherever the company was operating but perhaps his knowledge of who was who in the Middle East, who was in favour and who was not, was particularly important and relevant. His diplomatic style and Arabic skills […]