OLD BOYS WHO ACQUIRED LOCAL,NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL REPUTATIONS
This list was compiled by William Brock who insists it is by no means complete
Paul Abrahams (at school1946-53?) Noted for his athletic performances at school; read Law at Oxford where he achieved 4m 10s mile; professional lawyer; died in 2011.
Peter Allen (at school 1958-65, Gloucester), born Hove 1946; professional footballer with Leyton Orient from 1965 whose Captain he became; from 1978 he played for Millwall but retired from injuries in 1978. Subsequently he trained to be a solicitor and from 1988 set up the firm of Deibel & Allen in Portslade. [See website]
Maurice Arundel (at school 1944-50) Joined Ministry of Defence and emigrated to Australia to work on Woomera Rocket Range; became Principal Advisor for Space and Intelligence.
Stephen Baddeley (b.1961). At school in 1970s. Read psychology and human biology at university. Winner of men’s singles badminton 1982, 1985 and 1987; winner at Commonwealth Games in 1986. Director of Sport for England in 1997. Director of Sport at University of Bath since 2010.
Donald (“Don”) Lawson Bates (1933-2005) At school in 1950s. Son of “Basher” Bates. Made his debut with Sussex County Cricket Club at age of 17 in 1950; also played for Brighton & Hove Albion; he was given a “Benefit Year” on his retirement in 1968. He subsequently bought a launderette; like his father, he taught PE in several Brighton schools including one at Moulscombe. He died from asbestos poisoning in May 2005.
David M. Bennett At school (1941-49) and returned in 1957 to teach maths and music.
Succeeded Cyril Baxter as head of maths in 1975 and made Senior Master in succession to Tabrett in 1977. Appointed Deputy Head of the Neville School in June 1978.
Michael Besser (b. 1936) At school 1947-54 and School Captain 1953-54. Internationally-renowned endocrinologist. Trained at St Bart’s Medical School and spent his career there as Lecturer (1963-74); Professor of Endocrinology and Consultant Physician (1974-92; Chief Executive at St Barts (1992-95); Emeritus Professor (1992-). Entries in Debretts and Who’s Who.
Michael J. Blanden At school 1948-56, Financial Journalist. Initially City Editor of The Guardian. Became Deputy Editor of The Banker, editor of The Investors’ Chronicle and founding editor of Financial Weekly. He died 19 July 2002 at the age of only 64.
Peter Brackley At school in late 1960s, son of school secretary. Joined BBC Brighton in 1970s as sports commentator; joined BBC in London and switched to ITV in 1982 and to SKY in 1988. Well-known as football commentator, stand-up comedian and after-dinner speaker.
Donald Charlton Bradley (1924-2014) At school 1936-41, York House. Read Chemistry at Birkbeck College, London and lectured there for ten years before becoming Professor of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario; research mainly on synthesis of organometallic compounds; became Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Queen Mary College, London (1965-87); elected FRS in 1980 (the school’s only FRS). He died in December 2014.
Robin Burch At school 1970-76. Studied drama at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1976-79) where he took a BA (Education). Founded Spice Design & Production Company (1999-2012). Lecturer in Drama at Harrogate Further Education College, York.
Colin Casemore At school in 1950s. Born in Cardiff in 1940; school captain 1957-58; right-handed batsman and leg-break bowler; played cricket with Sussex 2nd XI in 1960-61 and for Berkshire 1970-77; read physics at Imperial College with Nobel laureate, Denis Gabor; subsequent career not known.
John Chittenden School dates unknown. Mariner and yachtsman. Won 2001 Yachtsman of Year Award. Committed suicide in 2011 following death of his wife.
Denis Cobell (b. 1938) at school c. 1949-57; trained as nurse and worked at Guy’s Hospital for 30 years; but became better known as humanist and atheist as President of the National Secular Society.
Paul Constable At school in 1960s; read French at University of Hull; taught English to French ski instructors at Chambery; became Head of Tourism at University of Savoie, Chambery. Awarded medal by French Government for services to tourism; several honorary degrees from British Universities for services to student exchanges. He claimed that Greatwood’s French accent was awful. Is living in France.
Brian Duckworth (1933-2003) At school 1947-51 and was school captain 1950-51; read Law and Theology at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge and ordained as Methodist Minister. Assistant General Secretary at the Council of Churches. Died March 2003 [Obituary in Independent 20 March 2003]
David Dunne At school 1972-74 having transferred from Neville School into VI Form at 16 to take A-levels in physics and chemistry; won bronze medal at Montreal Olympics (1976) for 4 x 200 m Freestyle relay; the same at 1978 Commonwealth Games; took B.Ed. in Sports Studies at Avery Hill College of Education (1976-79); business career as yacht salesman; returned to teaching in Southampton in 2013. [Website]
J. F. Elliott At school 1942-49, Major in Royal Army Ordinance Corps; won George Medal in 1966 for disarming bombs in Aden; also distinguished service in Malaysia
Mark Everett (b. 1951) at school in 1960s. Attended University of Nottingham before working at theatres in Bolton, Lancaster, Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Rep. Appointed Director of Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury in 1994.
Richard Gedye. Dates at school unknown. Son of manager of Portslade Coop. Read Geography at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Joined Macmillan as a marketing agent for its publications in USA. In 1991 joined OUP as its science journals’ marketing manager. He was made OUP’s Research Director in 2008.
Graham Gooday . At school 1953-60. Trained as microbiologist at Bristol University where he took a PhD after spending a year in Sierra Leone as a VSO teacher. Career as an academic and researcher at Leeds and Glasgow before moving to Aberdeen University in 1972 where he became a professor. His principal work was in the field of chitin synthesis but also studies of algae , bacteria , nematodes,plants and human biochemistry. He published over 200 research papers and in 1978 was the first recepient of the Fleming Medal of the Society for Microbiology. Elected FRSE in 1989 and President of the British Mycology Society in 1993 . Died in 2002 after a prolonged illness.
Derek Grover At school in 1960s and School Captain January to July 1966. Active pianist at school. Read English at Clare College, Cambridge where also engaged in music-making. Joined Civil Service and Department of Employment in 1971 and became Director of Employment and Adult Training. Retired 2005. Active as organist and choral conductor. Currently organist of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sheffield. Appointed CBE in New Year’s Honours (1999)
Robert (Bob) Gunnell (1928-2014) at school 1937-42. Joined BBC from school in 1942 and by 1960s he was a producer and presenter in Broadcasting House; in February 1968 he became the first manager of Radio Brighton in Old Blenheim Hotel in Marlborough Place, Brighton where he confused older listeners by using the 24 hour clock; in retirement he ran a local radio programme for “older people”. He was also an independent Hove Councillor, a magistrate and chaired the Brighton Philharmonic Society. He was one of the founders of the Brighton Festival. Died 19 April 2014. See obituary by his son The Guardian, 22 May 2014.
Leslie Arthur Hamilton At school 1952-59) and returned to teach mathematics at school 1964-79 and continued at Blatchington Mill until retirement; his father of the same name (d. 2000) was a prominent Portslade Councillor (several buses bear his name) who became Mayor of Hove, 1996-97. Les followed in his father’s footsteps and was first elected a Labour Councillor for Portslade Urban District in 1971; he has served its successors ever since and has been very active in local politics; he actually preceded his father as Mayor of Hove 1994-95.
Leslie Head (1923-2013) At school 1936-39; formed dance band in 1940s; served in RAF as radio operator; trained as horn player at Royal College Music (1947-51) and founded Kennington Symphony Orchestra in 1956; promoted music of Havergal Brian; founded Brighton Youth Orchestra in 1947; died in Brighton 7 September 2013. [Obituary in Independent 27 October 2013]
David Hitchin At school 1953-60, mathematician and musician. Social and Bio-medical Statistician at the University of Sussex.
Michael Kalisher At school 1951-57?). Read Law and became QC distinguished as a Crown Prosecutor in some infamous criminal trials. Chair of Criminal Bar Association. Died from brain tumour September 1996 and buried in Hove Cemetery. A Kalisher Trust founded in his memory provides scholarships for young lawyers who intend to practise criminal law.
Richard Knight At school 1950-55. National Service in RAF, and then joined advertising local firm. Chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion (1997-2009) and now Life President. Founded the Albion in the Community Charity. Awarded Hon. MA by University of Brighton in 2013. “Dick’s Bar” in the Falmer Stadium is named in his honour.
Dinsdale Landen (1932-2003) At school (c. 1946-48) having transferred to Hove from King’s School, Rochester in 1946; noted at Kent House parties for his comedy singing acts; performed as a girl in school play, RUR in 1947; after National Service in RAF trained at Florence Moore Studios in Hove; first stage performance at the old Dolphin Theatre, Brighton, in 1948; extensive repertory training before becoming successful stage TV and radio performer. Died from oral cancer in 2003.
Nicholas. J. Lawrence At school 1954-61. One of the two sons of Bill Lawrence, the best English teacher at the school. Took DPhil (1967) in chemistry at Oxford; research in fluorine chemistry; chemistry lecturer at Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow.
Michael Lawson Dates at school unknown. Became a concert pianist and film-maker before taking holy orders. Vicar of St Saviour’s Church, Guildford.
Richard Lindfield (dates ay school unknown). Became professional actor and ran Brighton Little Theatre. Directed many shows at the Minock Theatre in Cornwall.
Don McCrickerd (dates at school unknown? ). Businessman with American Express and Chief of Trustee Savings Bank (1983-92). Keen cricketer.
Lionel March At school in 1950s. Tthe son of school caretaker and scout master. Distinguished career at school in music, art (portrait of Hopkins, the head of school governors), and sport as well as with the Hove Troop of scouts. In VI form, supported by Cyril Baxter, he developed a system of pure mathematics he called “rebmun” which gained him a place at Magdalene College to read mathematics and architecture. At Cambridge he also painted sets for theatre. Further studies at Harvard and MIT before return to Cambridge as pupil of architect Sir Leslie Martin. Made early use of computers in architectural design. Appointed Rector of Royal College of Art before becoming Professor of Architecture at Open University. He joined UCLA as Professor of Architecture and Design in 1984.Founder editor of Planning and Design. Author of many books on architecture and geometry, including Architectronics of Humanism (1998) and The Architecture of Form (2010). Pioneered digital art forms and has held several exhibitions of his work. Lives in retirement in Los Angeles. (Wikipedia entry)
Ralph Nicholls (1926-2008) At school 1936-43. He studied physics at Imperial College and obtained a PhD in 1948. Became Professor of Physics at University of Western Ontario and later Director of Space Science at University of Toronto. He became a Canadian citizen in 1957.
Jim Parks (1931-) At school 1943-48. Taught cricket by his father (who had played for Sussex). He read Greek with headmaster Norden in his 2rd year at school Made debut with Sussex CCC in 1949. He gained his English cricket cap in 1954 though he was not a regular player until the 1960s. Altogether he played in 46 Test Matches 1954-68, chiefly as wicket-keeper. He retired from cricket in 1976 and joined Whitbreads before becoming Marketing Manager for Sussex CCC. His son, Robert, has played for Hampshire and Kent President of Sussex County Cricket Club in 2003.
Ashley Pellegrini At school 1960-67, school captain (1966-67). Did BEd at University of London and became science teacher. Headmaster of Ashdown Technical College (1990-96) and then became an educational Advisor to Dorset and Buckinghamshire County Councils. Runs Pellegrini Educational Consultancy, Wareham, Dorset, where advises on appointments to headmasterships.
Jack Pizzey At school in 1950s, left 1954. Journalist and documentary film maker. Joined navy from school and served for 10 years before joining BBC. Ended up as a freelance broadcaster and commentator working in Australia and UK. Married Erin, who founded a home for battered wives in 1971.
Barry Potter At school 1963-72. He read chemistry at Oxford and conducted post-doc research in Germany before becoming lecturer in medical chemistry at University of Leicester. In 1991 he was appointed Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at University of Bath. He has won numerous medals for his pharmaceutical research.
John Samuel (1928-2014) At school 1939-44 after which briefly joined Evening Argus before National Service in RAF. Became sports journalist with Daily Herald and Observer before joining Guardian as sports editor in 1968. Retired in 1986. Speaker at Prize Day in September 1967.Obituary in Guardian 19 November 2014.
Peter Scarlett At school late 1950s as a train boy from Burgess Hill. Joined Sussex Magic Circle while still schoolboy. Became professional magician and, from 1993, a dealer in magical apparatus.
Tim Secret. At school in 1970s. Brighton actor.
David Standing (born 1963). Renowned cricketer at school in 1970s. Played for Sussex 1983-88. Chief Executive of Sussex Central YMCA from 1991-2010 when he moved to similar role at Lewes YMCA. See Wikipedia entry.
Charles Stapley (1925-2011). At school 1939-41. Attended schools in Ilford until family moved to Portslade. Joined RAF towards end of war; joined J. Arthur Rank ‘s film distribution unit in London and went in repertory theatre in 1949; TV acting roles in 1950s and became known for role of Ted Hope in the soap “Crossroads”. Played Higgins in “My Fair Lady” 1961-63 at Drury Lane; step-father of Heather Mills. Died 8 January 2011. [Guardian]
John R. Silvester At school c. 1954-61 and was School Captain (1960-61). Read maths at St John’s College, Cambridge. Lecturer in mathematics at King’s College, London.
Grahame Treacher (born 1933), At school 1944-48. Conductor, composer, musicologist, mountaineer. Began as orchestral conductor with BBC Symphony Orchestra; Assistant Conductor Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1964-67; taught at Morley College (where Andrew Davis his pupil). Lives in Dorchester.
John Vine (b. 1951) At school in 1960s. Formed a band while at school. Entered acting profession in 1972 and has worked on stage, film (Ghandi in 1982) and television (notably “The Bill”). Founder of the Brighton voice-coaching company Speak4Effect.
P. David. J. Weitzman At school 1946-54. Read Chemistry at Oriel College, Oxford and studied for his DPhil with Dorothy Hodgkin. Post-doc studies at Rockefeller Institute and Columbia University, New York. Lecturer in Biochemistry at University of Leicester (1965-79) where made studies of metabolic cycles – especially Krebs Cycle. Elected Professor of Biochemistry at University of Bath in 1979. Retired 1993 and is consultant for Higher Education Funding Council and Quality Assessment Agency. Retired to Bournemouth.
Tim Willson At school 1973-80. Read Chemistry and emigrated to USA. Research in pharmacology. Director of Throughput Chemistry, a Division of Glaxo Smith Kline drug company at Rayleigh, Research Circle, North Carolina
Eric Witherden (1926-2009) At school 1937-41, York House. Became estate agent in Brighton and Hove; lifelong member of Old Boys Association; charitable work in Brighton & Hove area and with Boys Brigade and Sea Cadets; supporter of Hove Methodists Church. Died 6 September 2009.
Richard Worth. Dates at school unknown. Began career as Executive Producer of Sport for ITV before undertaking marketing roles for various sporting agencies. Appointed non-executive Director of the UK Athletics Board in 2013.