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Professor David Johns: Former Staff

29 April 1931 - 18 September 2019

Professor David Johns CBE DSc PhD died in September 2019, aged 88, in Harrogate.  He was a former senior member of staff at Loughborough University from 1964 to 1983.

After his early career in industry at the Bristol Aeroplane Company and then as a Lecturer at Cranfield College of Aeronautics, David joined Loughborough in 1964 as its first Reader in Aeronautics.  He became Professor of Aeronautics in 1968, was Head of the Department of Transport Technology from 1972 to 1982, Dean of the School of Engineering from 1975 to 1978 and Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1982 to 1983.  He earned his Ph.D in 1967 and D.Sc in 1985, both awarded by Loughborough University.

He left Loughborough in 1983 to become the Foundation Director (Vice Chancellor) and first employee of City University (then City Polytechnic) of Hong Kong, leading the establishment of a brand new University, which had 9000 students by the time of his departure in 1989.

In 1989 he was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Bradford until his retirement in 1998, when he received the CBE honour for services to higher education.  As a professional chartered engineer he held fellowships at four professional bodies including the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He is survived by his wife Sheila, daughter Sue, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  His son-in-law, Andrew Butler, is also a Loughborough alumnus (Business Administration and French 1977), having met Sue who worked at the University Library at the time.  His granddaughter Holly Butler also became a Loughborough alumna (Information Management and Business 2009).  He will be dearly missed by his family and many former Loughborough University colleagues and students.


Professor Harry Thomason: Former Staff

29 February 1940 - 29 June 2019

Professor Harry Thomason, former Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Relations at Loughborough University, passed away in June 2019.

Professor Thomason was a member of staff at the University for 26 years. He was a distinguished Human Biologist and Physiologist, specialising in human performance under extreme conditions such as deep-sea diving or athletics, and joined Loughborough from Salford University in 1978 to lead the new Department of Physical Education and Sports Science.

After ten years within the Department Professor Thomason went on to hold a succession of senior posts in the University: he was a Pro Vice-Chancellor (1985-1987), Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor, now called Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (1987-1991), and then he became Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Relations. This role was created especially for him by the then Vice-Chancellor Sir David Davies to capitalise on Professor Thomason’s social skills to interface with industry and government.

Professor Thomason possessed a remarkable talent for persuading people to do business with the University. Responsible for forging strong relationships with governments and industry, he worked with the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Jamaica, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as well as the UK.

Through Professor Thomason the University built links at board level within companies and out of this have grown full partnerships. He was trusted by the companies, who felt they could do business with him and the University, and he was trusted by his colleagues here as he encouraged Loughborough into new exciting relationships with industry.

Professor Thomason retired from Loughborough in 2003 and was presented with an Honorary Science Doctorate by the University the following year.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Professor Thomason’s family, friends and all those who knew him.

John Pearce: Aeronautical Engineering, 1952

6 July 1924 - 15 May 2019

John Gordon Hedley Pearce sadly passed away on Wednesday 15 May 2019, at the age of 94.

He attended Loughborough College of Advanced Technology, in the Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering, from 1947-52, graduating with a DLC Hons in Aeronautical Engineering. He was also President of the College Union during his time at the University. 

He also studied in the evenings at Loughborough for his British Institute of Management qualification, graduating in 1955, having been the branch chairman of the local student section.

John loved his time at Loughborough and went on to become President of the Guild of Past Students. In this role, he presented the first major endowment to the Loughborough University Development Trust.

Upon the Guild's dissolution, he became an active and passionate member of the Alumni Association, representing the Association at University Court. 

John was also Chairman of the Past Students Association Charitable Trust, which funded projects such as the wildlife garden and a number of statues on campus. 

In 2002 the University awarded him a University Medal in recognition of these meritorious services to the University, followed by an Honorary Degree in 2009, both of which he and the family are immensely proud. 

John will be greatly missed by family and friends. 

Margaret Mann: Former Staff

13 March 1925 - 1 May 2019

Margaret Mann sadly passed away on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at the age of 94.

Margaret was a Research Assistant at Loughborough through the 1980s and 1990s, working alongside her husband, Dr Peter Mann, who was Director of the Library and Information Statistics Unit. 

The couple lived in Cropston and Woodhouse Eaves. 

Margaret will be deeply missed by family and friends. 

Donald "Nigel" Pennie: Physical Education with Geography, 1975

1 June 1952 - 10 April 2019 

Donald "Nigel" Pennie sadly passed away on Wednesday 10 April 2019 at the age of 66 in Crieff, Perthshire. 

Nigel graduated in 1975 with a Cert. Ed in Physical Education with Geography. He had very fond memories of his time at Loughborough, particularly of his time on the athletics track and hockey pitch, and was a lifelong supporter of the University. 

After Loughborough, Nigel spent a short time teaching in England. He then returned to Scotland to teach at his old school, Strathallan School, before spending 10 years at Lomond School in Helensburgh. He was then Head of Department at Morrison's Academy in Crieff for 26 years. 

His enthusiasm for Loughborough was such that his daughter, Fiona, would not consider anywhere else to continue her studies! This allowed him many nostalgic visits during Fiona's time at the University, before her own graduation in 2003. 

Nigel will be deeply missed by family and friends. 

Clifford Matthews: Chemical Engineering, 1978

19 June 1956 - 22 March 2019

Clifford James Matthews (Chemical Engineering and D.I.S. 1974 -1978) passed away on Friday 22 March 2019, in Ipswich, Suffolk, after a long battle with cancer. 

After a varied career, his final achievement was the realisation, as director of Sterling Suffolk Ltd., of the huge greenhouses at Great Blakenham. These are now a thriving business, currently growing vine tomatoes by hydroponics on a 5.6 hectare site - the area of 11 football pitches - employing about 50 people with plans for further expansion. 

He leaves a fantastic legacy for the people of Suffolk and will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues and family.

Rest in peace, Cliff.

Dr Trevor Preston: Design and Technology PhD, 1986

9 December 1955 - 11 January 2019

Trevor loved every moment of academia, having earned a BA in Creative Design and Physical Education in 1978 and an MSc in Instrument Technology in 1979 at Loughborough before completing his PhD in 1986. He held fond memories of his time at Loughborough and used to regularly meet his University friends. 

As an Electronic Design Engineer, he made a breakthrough in the early detection of cancer amongst many other achievements. 

He was a wonderful, truly gifted man, who passed away peacefully after a brief illness. For his final journey, Trevor's last wish was for his body to be donated to medical research. 

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Professor Stan Stevens: Former Staff


Professor Stan Stevens was a constant source of inspiration and enthusiasm within the Loughborough Engineering Faculty during his 33 years of service at the University.

Stan was born in Coventry, a few streets away from where Frank Whittle was born. This was a remarkable coincidence since Whittle’s invention of the gas-turbine would dominate Stan’s working life.

He began his engineering career in 1950 as an Aeronautical/ Automotive Engineering apprentice at Armstrong-Siddeley Engines in Coventry (which subsequently became part of Rolls-Royce), where he eventually became part of their future projects team.

In 1961, Stan became a Lecturer within the Department of Transport Technology at Loughborough. The knowledge and experience Stan had gained from working in the aerospace industry enabled him to have a significant influence on the Aero Engineering degree course. This included the development of unique Aerospace Propulsion and Design activities. He was a popular lecturer and quickly earnt a reputation amongst students as somebody ready to provide help when asked. Professor Stevens was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1970, a Reader in 1976, Professor in 1987 and Head of Department from 1990 until his retirement in 1994.

On the research side Stan created, from scratch, an applied research group to address some of the challenges facing the aircraft gas turbine industry. He initially began by enrolling as an external researcher at Nottingham University where he obtained an MSc studying the aerodynamic diffuser flows found within aircraft engines. He was subsequently awarded the departments first Science Research Council Grant which led to the award of his PhD in 1970. Visits from the UK’s leading jet engine research establishment led to work with Rolls-Royce, whilst a British Council grant in 1971 enabled him to undertake a sabbatical at the Aerodynamics Institute in Gottingen. This was the institute founded by Professor Ludwig Prandtl and where he worked with Dr Rotta (one of the ‘fathers’ of turbulence modelling).

Stan went on to develop a number of large scale and internationally-recognised aerodynamic research facilities. In 1991 his research group was approached by Rolls-Royce and became a University Technology Centres (UTC) - the third UTC to be launched with Stan as its first director specialising in Combustion System Aerodynamics. The Centre has flourished ever since.

In 2008 the Stan Stevens Unsteady Fluid Mechanics Laboratory was opened and the group is currently responsible for the new National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT) development. Before his passing, Stan was able to visit the new facilities in November 2018.

He was also a long-term supporter of the Loughborough Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, which was formed in the mid-1960s. He actively planned lecture programmes and strongly encouraged students to attend these.

Stan had a passion for tennis and led negotiations between the Lawn Tennis Association and Loughborough University to create the Dan Maskell Loughborough Tennis Centre.

Professor Stevens leaves behind many friends and colleagues and will be sadly missed.


Gordon Allison: Handicraft with Geography, 1955

22 May 1932 - 12 December 2018

Malcolm Trevena: Electrical Engineering, 1951

4 July 1930 - 17 November 2018

Malcolm Trevena sadly passed away on 17 November 2018 following a short illness. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. 

David Hammett: Aeronautical Engineering, 1957

27 October 1934 - 30 May 2018

Dickson Ang Poh Ann: Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1995

16 June 1968 - March 2018

Dickson Ang Poh Ann studied at Loughborough University from 1993 – 1995.  He graduated from Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

He leaves behind his wife, Theresa and 2 daughters Elizabeth and Rachel.

Dickson has been elected President for Loughborough University Alumni Singapore from 2013 to 2018.  During this period, he has been servicing and supporting the alumni work diligently and with dedication.  He is also an active Grassroot member servicing the Resident Committee for more than a decade.  He received several awards for his dedication of service.     

Present and past Exco members will remember and miss him.  

Dr Keith Hall: Electronic and Electrical Engineering PhD, 1972

31 May 1933 - 26 February 2018

Dr Keith Hall, Senior Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1960-1995, Electronic and Electrical Engineering: MSc, 1964; PhD, 1972

John Keith Hall, always known as Keith, was a member of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering for many years. He came to Loughborough from his native Bradford in 1960, joining what was then the Loughborough College of Advanced Technology, which subequently became Loughborough University. Keith had been apprenticed and worked for English Electric in Bradford and Preston, and was awarded his undergraduate degree in Engineering as an external candidate at London University during this time.  Researching power electronics and electromagnetic compatibility over his 35 years in Loughborough, he was awarded his doctorate in 1974, achieved alongside the rigours of working life and bringing up a young family. Maintaining close links with industry whilst teaching, supervising and researching, he also made a substantial contribution to the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE; now the Institution of Engineering and Technology – IET), to which he was elected as a Fellow.

A devoted family man, Keith enjoyed sports, notably playing football in his younger years, and, in later life, walking. He also revelled in the opportunities his retirement brought him to travel with his wife, Audrey. 

Keith faced numerous health challenges over the last few years, and typically dealt with them with cheerful bravery. He will be much missed.  

Terry Casey: Physical Education with Mathematics, 1961

15 May 1937 - 16 February 2018

It saddens me deeply to report the passing of Terry Casey on February 19 2018.

Terry was a student at Loughborough University from 1958 to 1961 and a strong supporter of everything connected with the University. He regularly attended University functions and never missed the call of his annual class reunion in May each year.

Terry was an incredible footballer, signed up with Manchester City and was Captain of the famous Colleges team that drew crowds of 4000 plus to their run in the 1961 FA Amateur Cup when they reached the quarter final. Terry followed his playing career with a developmental role in the Welsh FA and then with FIFA, taking him all over the world.

He was a great character and will be missed by many. One of his proudest boasts was that he could still get into his original College tracksuit, which he demonstrated to his colleagues at the annual Class Reunion! It was great to have had the pleasure of knowing such a gentleman.


In February, Loughborough Football legend sadly passed away after complications following an operation.

Terry attended Loughborough in 1958-61, studying Physical Education & Mathematics and played for Loughborough Colleges A.F.C.

He was in the very interesting scenario to have had his Loughborough Career “book-ended” by two future International Goalkeepers – Tony Waiters (of England and Blackpool & Burnley) was keeper when he arrived and Bob Wilson (of Scotland and Arsenal) was keep when he left.

Whilst at Loughborough he was 1960/61 Captain of Loughborough, also Captain U.A.U. and Captain of Leicestershire County F.A. He also played for Nottingham Forest Reserves.

He was captain of the famous Loughborough team that beat the renowned Bishop Auckland in the FA Amateur Cup and team mates from that squad include coach – Allen Wade (who went in to revolutionise the FA), players who went on to play professionally Alan Bradshaw (Blackburn Rovers, Crewe Alexandra, and Macclesfield Town), Tony Brimacombe (1
st player signed by manager Malcolm Allison at Plymouth Argyle), Brian Moore (Notts County, Doncaster), Bob Wilson (Arsenal), Ken Bowron (Berwick Ranger’s record goal scorer) as well as semi pro players like John Henderson, and international best selling author Barry Hines.

After Loughborough he played 1961-68 Barnet F.C. including captaincy and professional contract 1965 to 1968. Whilst there not only did in encourage and inspire future England star Malcolm MacDonald but also in 1961-65 won Ten Amateur International Caps for Wales including captaincy and in 1962-64 played for the G.B.Olympic Team several times in friendly preparation games versus Chelsea (twice), Man Utd, Aston Villa, Coventry  City, then 12th man (or 1st reserve) in prelim matches versus Greece at Stamford Bridge and Olympic Stadium, Athens.

He ended his playing career as Player/Coach at Barnet and player manager at Nantwich Town in the Cheshire League as he had taken on the job as North West Regional Coach for The Football Association.
He is acknowledged in the famous coaching book by fellow Loughborough alumni Charles Hughes “Soccer Tactics & Skills”.

Following this he became Director of Coaching and Development at The F.A.of Wales.

Then he worked worldwide for F.I.F.A as a Coach Educator, Technical Advisor and finally as a World Cup Match Commissioner

Terry was a keen member of the Alumni and attended the 2012 Loughborough Stadium opening game Vs Tottenham U19s alongside his former team mates Bob Wilson and Tony Brimacombe, and has annually attended the Loughborough Football and Friends ReUnion Weekend in May with teammates Tony Brimacombe, John  Henderson, Ken Bowron, Brian Moore and a hole host of PE course mates from the 57-63 era.

He inspired many of us in football and will be very fondly remembered and sadly missed.


Graham Hall: Handicraft with Geography, 1965

10 September 1943 - 04 February 2018

I met Graham during the second year of his teacher training course.

At this time, 1964, I was studying for a diploma in Textile Design, in what was then Loughborough College of Art and Design.

Graham’s teaching course included furniture construction and projects involving the use of materials and design for domestic and public space.

These were skills which would enable him to pass these skills on to his pupils during his teaching career.

Graham was known to have strong views on certain issues but was always calm and diplomatic with his discourse amongst his peers and lecturers.

I think Graham may have gained a reputation for being ‘old fashioned’ but honest.  I believe he was respected for this and continued with these traits and reputation throughout his teaching career.

I met Graham at a college dance and was immediately attracted to his frankness and kindness.

We married in Leicester on April 1966 and have four children, who now have their own families.

Most of Graham’s career was spent at Kings High School in Pontefract. He was Head of the CDT Department for many years and retired in July 2001.

Michael Elston: Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1990

15 May 1940 - 10 January 2018

Mike worked for Loughborough University for 27 Years as a Technician for the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Polymer and then as Senior Technical Tutor (University Teacher) for the Departments of CIS and then Electrical Engineering, during which time was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree.

On taking early retirement, Mike moved to Cornwall with his family where he enjoyed sailing and exploring the beautiful Cornish countryside and coasts which he loved.

He had great affection for Loughborough University and always enjoyed reading the LUT magazine whilst it was running and then the digital online magazine/information sent to him on a regular basis.For the past seven years he had met up with old university friends staying at the University Hotel and looking around Loughborough and the University, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.


Dr Leslie Mustoe: Former Staff

Leslie Mustoe passed away on 19 December 2017, having served at the University from 1969-2007.

Les initially studied mathematics at the University of Birmingham before progressing to the University of Essex for postgraduate study very soon after it became a University in 1964. He joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Mathematics in 1969 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1977. During the early years, he was a sub-warden at Loughborough Faraday Hall and it was there, whist teaching mathematics to the Engineers, where he was first recognised as being totally dedicated to the student educational experience, albeit not entirely conventionally. His ability to identify students by name by the end of week 2 of term was legendary as was his locking of the door 2 minutes after his lecture had started. It was a very brave student that turned up late to a Mustoe lecture and it never happened more than once!

Long before widening participation targets and outreach were ever considered a major concern, Les identified a major flaw in the provision of Mathematics to pre-University students. The weaknesses meant that many students did not have the background to study Engineering at University and needed extra support if they were ever going to be able to succeed as Engineers. Les did a number of things as a result of this realisation, including authoring text books and spending endless additional hours with many University students who benefitted enormously from his mastery of the subject.

He also supported many generations of children of University staff to achieve their Mathematics A Levels and volunteered at a local School in Hitchin to do the same once he retired. One of the biggest areas of impact through his concerns for those not prepared for University was through the birth of the Science and Engineering Foundation Studies Programme (SEFS) in 1991; one of the first of its kind in the UK.  Les had the idea that he would take 25-30 students who were unable to do the appropriate A Levels due to the paucity of STEM provision in some areas of the country. He said it was one of the few times he was lost for words when 95 turned up on day 1.

Although the cohorts grew and grew to a steady state of 150, every single student was invited around to tea at his house (the invitation read ‘with one chocolate biscuit but definitely not two’). His dedication to the many foundation students and their fondness for him can easily be seen through his Facebook page. It was his students who nominated him for the University Medal in 2004 when one of them wrote: “Never have we known any educator go so far to help and educate. Les Mustoe is a man truly dedicated to his students and to mathematics… He is a man never too busy to help.”

I had worked alongside Les on the Foundation Programme for 11 years before I took over as the Director of SEFS in 2008. I was very conscious of taking over ‘his baby’ and was worried that I would be able to live up to his high standards. He was amazingly generous in giving me time and building my confidence to do the role in the handover period, demonstrating over and over the kindness of the true gentleman that he was. 

He was quite a talent at impressions and Julie Reay (Programme Administrator) and I giggled unashamedly as he mimicked Aleksandr Meerkat (from Compare the Market) and my (Surrey) and her (Newcastle) accents. While new to the role, Foundation Year Network, colleagues shared with me how committed Les had been in his role of external examiner on various programmes over the years. This had included correcting not only the mathematics but also the grammar in the University examination paper rubrics.

It is then with trepidation that I sign off from writing this piece about a man I truly respected for two reasons; not only I am unsure that I have really done the great man justice, but I also know my comprehensive school English is not up to his exemplary standards.

Sandie Dann, Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Jack Maddison: Physical Education and Geography (1954)

11 December 1930 - 9 December 2017

Jack spent his three years at Loughborough at Charnwood Hall, where he was Chairman in his second year. Also in residence at this time were Phil Taylor and Dave Hazel, both of whom later played Rugby for England and Ken Jones, a Welsh trialist. All four played in the first Loughborough side to win the University Rugby Championship in 1953.

Jack’s first appointment was Head of Physical Education at Windsor Grammar School for Boys, where he also taught Geography and Maths. He also captained Windsor Rugby Club and played for Berkshire in the County Championship.

A sabbatical year was taken at the University of London Institute Of Education, studying for a Diploma in Content and Methods of Health Education. He then moved into higher education as a lecturer at Northern Counties College of Education Newcastle. He was here for thirteen years, six of those as Principal Lecturer and Warden of Ridley Hall, a stately home in rural Northumberland taken over by the College to increase its numbers.

A further sabbatical year was taken at Moray House College of Education, studying for a Diploma in Outdoor Education. He also qualified as a Royal Yachting Association Instructor and a Scottish Ski Party Leader.

His next appointment was Director of Lakeland Training Group, which used the vehicle of residential action and adventure oriented programmes of outdoor pursuits for educational purposes. Courses for the Youth Opportunities Programme resulted in him being a member of the Youth Aid Council, on which Peter Mandleson and Clare Short also served.

He then moved into marketing; first in the financial services sector and then he was able to find a post which enabled him to combine his interest in sport and marketing experience. His title was National Marketing Manager of the Sports Aid Foundation and Trust and he had an office at the Sports Council.

The SAF raised money to provide training grants for those who were likely to win medals at European, World and Olympic Championships, whilst the Trust aided young and disabled sportspeople to develop their talent. He worked with David Coleman and Blue Peter over a number of years on the National Children’s Fun Run, raising over a million pounds. Lord Coe, a Trustee of SAT, was particularly helpful with fundraising.

When in Newcastle, he coached the Northern and the Newcastle University Rugby clubs and when living in Windermere, he coached Kendal Rugby club. When he returned south to live in Ascot, he coached Harlequins.

After graduating from Loughborough in Physical Education with Geography in 1954, he completed an Open University BA degree in 1974. Loughborough awarded him an Honorary BSc Degree in 2009.

Victor Hugo: Handicraft, 1935

12 June 1915 - 23 October 2017

Victor Hugo died on 23 October 2017 at the age of 102. He was at Loughborough between 1933 and 1935 where he did Handicraft. Victor used to recall as the end of the summer term approached in 1934, work had just begun on the Sports Stadium and Dr Schofield had the typically imaginative idea of ‘inviting’ all students to give up the first week of the long vacation, stay behind and dig large holes in designated places to the rear of Rutland Hall. Such an invitation was of course much the same as a Royal Command, so many stayed and spent an enjoyable week of hard labour in brilliant sunshine (a picture of this event was in the Alumni Magazine Issue 3, summer 1997).

During the war in June 1940, Victor was commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps. In 1941, he spent around 2 years in transport units in the Western Desert and was involved in the advance from Alamein, eventually going all the way to Tunis. He was promoted to Major in 1943. After the war finished in North Africa, he was in due course sent to Italy where he was posted to the British Section of HQ 5th American Army, which had many British troops under its command. Throughout Victor’s four years abroad, he made many good friends in the army.

After the war, Victor’s career was in advertising, including 11 years as Manager of the Advertising Department of Vogue and three other magazines in the group. He then became the Vice-Chairman of a medium size advertising agency.

In later years, Victor had much pleasure from belonging to the Alumni Association of Loughborough and attending reunions. On 18 July 2009, Victor graduated from Loughborough with a BA Honoris Causa at the age of 94 years. His grandson, Giles Hugo graduated from Loughborough on 17 July 2009.

On his 100th birthday, Victor was so pleased to hear from Professor Robert Allison with the gift of the Loughborough University paperweight, which he treasured.


Shakila Khan-Ghumra: Accounting and Financial Management, 2010

29 February 1988 – 5 September 2017

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Shakila Khan-Ghumra.

Shakila tragically passed away on 5th September 2017 when she was involved in a fatal car accident in Long Clawson.

Shakila was our special “Leap Year” daughter and despite her short life, she touched the lives of so many.

Shakila had the ability to rise above any situation and turn it into a success.  She graduated from Loughborough University in 2010, where she often said that she spent her best years, and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2013. She then worked as a Financial Accountant for Global Payments; Syncreon and Long Clawson Dairy.

Shakila loved the outdoors especially being in and surrounded by water. She was an amazing cook who could transform a simple handful of ingredients into a tantalising meal.  She was also an avid reader, and a huge Harry Potter fan, enjoying all the books and films.

Shakila was a passionate believer in equality in education for all.  She mentored many friends, colleagues and younger family members to achieve their full potential. 

With her charm, love and dazzling smile, Shakila was much loved by all those that knew her and will be deeply missed.  As a tribute to Shakila, her good friend, Heather has named a star “Aquila” in her memory so that she may remain a twinkle in our lives.

Ivan Usher: BA Honorus Causa, 2009.

20 May 1934 - 31 August 2017

Ivan’s company was enjoyed by so many at Loughborough College 1955-58.

Like many other students, Ivan was required to complete 2 years of National Service before continuing his ambition to spend 3 years at Loughborough.

Football was at the front of Ivan’s life. Fortunately when his time to serve his Queen arrived he was delighted to hear that the East Yorkshire Regiment was short of footballers and travelling to Malaya.

Ivan was the man to resolve the problem in the Far East in 1955/56. During this time Malaya blossomed out to activity in Korea with the addition of a Korean medal. The time arrived for Ivan to return to the UK but no ship or aircraft was available. We understand that Ivan challenged himself to swim home, he was sure to impress Mr Bert Kinnear. However, Ivan was modest and decided to travel home later. This meant that he was unable to get accommodation in the Halls of residence and he spent his first year in digs.

In his 2nd and 3rd years he was welcomed into the Grove and became a most popular member in many events. Extremely proud of his Yorkshire heritage and favourite words ey up, flipping heck and nowt, was much in evidence.

Enthusiasm, involvement and comradeship epitomised Ivan whether it was playing football with gusto for the Loughborough soccer team or putting boundaries on adventurous activities (canoeing, sailing, camping or social activities) at the Grove and also in including being at the forefront of escapades during rag weeks.

One of the most important social activities at the Grove was the round the corridors relays – manic running down narrow corridors and many flights of stairs. Ivan performed the opening ceremony as per Olympics. Ivan in his long johns jogged across the garden lawn, picked up by car headlights into the ball room. He climbed up on top of a double table arrangement and reached out to switch on the table light. Yes this was the Olympic event and the beginning started there and then.

Of particular memory was his ability, especially with his close friend, Mike Towers to find some really off beat pubs including 1 with a western theme with sawdust on the floor and spittoons in use.

Ivan did well at Loughborough and in 2009 the University recognised this with the award of Bachelor of Arts – ‘Honorus Causa’

Ivan’s presence would be much in evidence wherever he went and he made best use of all he got involved with.

Extremely loyal and supportive of friends and a number were appreciative of his consideration and help at all times.

He is remembered with a smile and fondness by many of his generation.

Edward Purver: Civil Engineering, 1959

28 June 1928 - 5 August 2017

Ted was a mature student on arrival at Loughborough College in 1954 to study Civil Engineering.

A member of Thames Valley Athletics Club, he chose Loughborough to be able to continue with athletics, representing the college athletics team as a sprinter during his three years. 

Dr. Hazelgrave, College Principal, asked the engineering athletes to form an athletics team of engineers to compete in the Midlands Technical Colleges Athletics Championships. The team won their first competition and have had many successes since.

He was Hall Chairman at Westbridge

After leaving Loughborough, he worked for several engineering consultants mainly on design and building of roads and bridges both in the UK, Nigeria and North Africa.

In 1991, Ted was elected as Secretary of the Guild of Loughborough University of Technology. He was on the team working on the development of alumni, of which he has been a great supporter.

After retiring, he was elected as a Councillor to North West Leicestershire District Council and was Chairman 2007-2008.


Alan Forsdick: Industrial Management, 1978

22 August 1938 - 20 July 2017

Alan moved from Norwich, where he trained as a draughtsman to work at Burton-on-the-Wolds and Derby. Taking the opportunity to study and gain his BA with the Open University in 1975, he decided to become a mature student at Loughborough University in 1977, and gained his MSc in Industrial Management in 1978. Alan then had a complete change of career as a Management Training Officer with British Gas.

David Saul: Physical Education with History, 1962.

27 November 1939 - 15 May 2017

Alumnus and Honorary Graduate David Saul has recently passed away. A passionate supporter of Loughborough University, David was very well affiliated with fellow alumni, staff and students at Loughborough.

David Saul, 77 of Devonshire, Bermuda spent his last days at home cared for by his family and died peacefully on May 15th 2017. David suffered his first stroke at the end of March 2017 and another one at the end of April. He was buried at sea on May 18th - a beautiful Bermuda day, surrounded by a small handful of family and friends. David is survived by his wife Christine, son Jonathan (Elyane) daughter Robin (Will) and four grandchildren.

David John Saul was born at home on Keith Hall Road in Bermuda on November 27, 1939. David studied Physical Education with History at Loughborough University, graduating in 1962. David received an Honorary Doctorate from the Institution in 2012 for his outstanding career in education, politics and international business. David returned to Bermuda from Loughborough to teach before spending a period in Canada where he earned his MA and PhD. He then worked at the University of Toronto and for the Ontario board of Education. With this experience he returned to Bermuda where he was asked to review and dramatically modernise Bermuda's education system. In 1977 he took a job in the Ministry of Finance and from there moved into a financial career that led him to become President of Fidelity Bermuda and Executive Vice-President of Fidelity International. David’s political career was also notable; he won the United Bermuda Party’s seat in Devonshire South in a primary, and followed it up in the General Election of 1989, serving as Minister of Finance. David then went on to serve as Premier of Bermuda from 1995 to 1997.

David had varied interests, a keen oceanographer with a passion for shipwrecks and the sea; he was a founding Trustee of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and a founding Director of the Professional Shipwreck Explorers Association. He was on the Board of US company Odyssey Marine Exploration which specialises in finding valuable shipwrecks around the world in deep waters. An extraordinary find was the long-lost wreck of HMS Victory in the English Channel. David was an enthusiastic participant in water sports, including scuba diving, fishing and kayaking. His kayaking adventures have taken him from Panama to Alaska, and from NE Greenland to Tasmania. David was also a dedicated long distance runner, holding every Bermuda record from 1 to 10 miles. He completed the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes at age 40 and in 2001 he won the "over 60" age group in Bermuda's annual half marathon. Finally, David owned a fully equipped carpentry shop and specialised in carving items out of old cedar roots. He became famous for carving whales and gave a private showing to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during their official visit to Bermuda in 2009.

David was a much loved philanthropic supporter of Loughborough University, having given generously to support the University in a variety of areas including the transformation of the Pilkington Library and research into chronic disease in the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine located on the Loughborough Campus.

Alexandra (Zandra) Adams: Former Holt Cottage Resident, Art College, 1958.

29 July 1938 – 11 February 2017

Zandra was daughter of the Principal of the Art College Jack Divine and was also a student there, studying dress design. She met and married Wilf/Richard Adams (Auto Engineering, 1959), eventually by way of Luton and Nuneaton, living in Newcastle upon Tyne. She leaves three children, two girls and boy and four grandchildren.

Roy Warren: Civil Engineering, 1955.

30 September 1934 - 22 January 2017

Roy was born in Loughborough in 1934 and studied Civil Engineering at Loughborough College of Technology. He graduated with a 1st Class Hons. Diploma which was later converted to a BSc Degree when Loughborough became a university. Roy spoke fondly of his time at Loughborough College. As well as being a founder member of SCOGUI, the students’ Scout and Guide Club, he was also a keen swimmer and a member of the water polo team and rock climbing club.

Following graduation, Roy completed two years’ National Service in 25 Field Engineer Regiment of the Royal Engineers based in Maidstone. In 1957, he joined Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd. as a Site Engineer. He then spent a year in Australia with the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority.

In 1960, Roy rejoined Taylor Woodrow and had a long and successful career with the company until his retirement in 1998. He was involved in many major contracts in the UK and overseas and in 1989, became the Director of the Design Division of Taywood Engineering Ltd. One of his responsibilities was the training of many young graduates and design staff. He was joint author of several technical papers and became a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers. He was also registered as a European Engineer.

Roy enjoyed DIY and, during his retirement, designed and built a large summerhouse. Other activities included visiting National Trust estates and extensive research into the family history.

Roy sadly passed away on 22 January 2017 after a battle with cancer. He is sorely missed by his wife Valerie of 56 years and daughter Lorraine.

Ivor Glynne Jenkins: Physical Education with Mathematics, 1960.

03 December 1936 – 04 January 2017

Glynne, a most vibrant and interesting person, quickly and peacefully passed away on January 4th at home in Cabbagetown, Toronto, a place he loved and lived in for more than three decades. Happily in 2016, he celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends in London, U.K., and here at home in Toronto.

He always said, “I am the fittest person of my age,” and that was true, with his long-standing athletics career and playing squash right up to the day before he passed.

He attended 14 Olympic Games, the first in 1948, and nine of those as a commentator for CTV.

Glynne worked in the advertising industry where he had so many wonderful experiences, living in Africa, Canada, Europe and the Far East, and working in the Middle East.

He was an avid traveller, always on the lookout for adventure. He loved going everywhere and anywhere, but truly loved Africa.

Mostly, Glynne cherished his two boys Damian and Nick, and their families including six grandchildren, and he always asked about their mother, his former wife Jill. He was a best friend and the whole world to his wife Beverley with whom he’d just celebrated 29 years of marriage. And not to forget his two Yorkshire terriers, Lucky and Teddy who will also miss him terribly.

His friends and family remember Glynne for his energy, spirit, keen interest in everything, his humour, kindness, and above all else his endless stories which were so fascinating. He’s now reunited with all of his friends who have passed, along with his father Mel a bank manager and ‘amateur’ opera singer who gave him a great appreciation for classical music, his devoted and loving mother Katie who is in no doubt preparing a roast dinner and walnut cakes for tea, and his older brother Alwyn, an RAF pilot who he proudly admired.

Because of his love of wildlife and conservation, we ask, that if you like, please make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund.


Dr Mark Hepworth: Former Senior Lecturer in Information Science, 2011-2016.

13 August 1955 – December 2016

For many years Mark Hepworth, Emeritus Professor of People’s Information Behaviour in the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University, pushed the boundaries forward in people’s experience of and relationship to information.

Mark was born in Uganda in 1955 and finished school at the Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland. He later moved back to the UK where he studied Social Anthropology and African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

In 1993 Mark moved to Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, to help set up a new Information Studies Masters programme, and after six years joined Loughborough University in February 1998. He worked at Loughborough, rising to the level of professor, up until his early retirement in mid-2016 due to ill health.

In 2016 Mark was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). After his retirement last year, a funded studentship was set up in his name at the SBE to build on Mark’s achievements in the field of information literacy and its importance in combatting social exclusion, particularly in the developing world.

Aside from his politeness, dedication to academic equality and support of staff and students, Mark was also apparently a legend for timekeeping. Professor Tom Jackson at the SBE said: “Many colleagues including myself could gauge how much trouble we would be in when delivering our marked scripts to the office. Needless to say if Mark had submitted his marked scripts before you, you were in big trouble!”

Outside of his professional life, Mark was a keen adventurer and explorer of the Great Outdoors, with a rebellious streak. He loved hill walking, sailing and climbing, and a ‘Keep Out!’ sign was, for him, an invitation.

Mark very sadly died in December 2016 after a relatively short and courageously borne battle with Motor Neuron Disease. Mark leaves behind his wife, Joan, and a son and daughter, Joe and Sian.

Tim Moscovitch: Textile Design, 1969.

06 December 1947 – 30 November 2016

Tim was born in Leicester, son of Norah (nee Sullivan), a nurse, and Morris, a machine technologist. He was educated at Kibworth Beauchamp grammar school, then studied textile design at Loughborough University, where he met his future wife, Jan Strudwick. He graduated with a first-class degree in 1969 and was awarded a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London two years later. Jan and Tim married in 1971, and established a design consultancy together in Huddersfield.

When Tim returned to the University as Professor of Design his remit was to develop the school which only had around 300 students. Tim wrote many new courses and developed overseas franchises with Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Russia plus collaborative projects with Ecuador, china and India until the school grew to approximately 2,000 students and consequently the big new Creative Arts building was built.

Gloria Joan Pace: Social Administration, PGCE, 1991.

16 April 1945 – 22 November 2016

Gloria died peacefully after a long battle with breast cancer and spent her last six years in retirement in Cornwall. She was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1991 after completing her degree in Social Administration at the university. She enjoyed her time at Loughborough immensely and was proud to have spent several years teaching in local primary schools.

John E. Felstead: Aeronautical Engineering, 1952.

29 April 1925 – October 2016

John had a rewarding career working with Bristol Aeroplane Company, BOAC and British Airways. He died peacefully aged 91yrs after a long and happy retirement.

Nicholas Papanastasiou: Civil Engineering, 2011.

01 June 1989 – 19 October 2016

Nicholas was laid to rest on the 24th November at Green Lawns memorial park, Warlingham, Surrey.

Nicholas touched many people’s hearts with his love and affection and cheeky smile. He inspired many people and helped them through difficult times. He had no boundaries and was willing to help anyone, an attribute that is special within our hearts. We are proud of our son for all he has done and we will miss him dearly.

In loving memory of our son Nicholas John Papanastasiou who passed away on the 19th October 2016 following a tragic accident in Vietnam.

Sydney Albert Frost: Mechanical Engineering Cadet, 1946.

14 April 1926 – 25 August 2016

Sidney Albert Frost, or “Jack” as all knew him, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday 25th August in Cyprus, at the grand old age of 90 years. He was a wonderful man and all will miss him greatly.

Keith Blunt: Physical Education, 1963.

28 December 1939 – 12 August 2016

Keith was a member of the College 1st XI and represented the UAU. He was also inducted into the FA Coaching Hall of fame in 2014 at St Georges Park for his outstanding services to Coach Education as well as his role as the Technical Director of the FA National School at Lillleshall for 7 years and the Technical Advisor to the Chinese FA from 1999-2006.

Mike Charleston: Technology, Production Engineering and Management, 1970.

12 June 1948 – 09 August 2016

Mike was born on 12th June 1948 and attended the University from 1966 to 1970, studying for a Bachelor of Technology and reading Production Engineering and Management.

Michael Rushton: Mechanical Engineering, 1959.

21 April 1937 – 02 July 2016

D.L.C Mechanical Engineering 1955-59

Mandy Klyne (nee Mead): Human Biology, 1977.

13 February 1955 – July 2016

B.Sc. Human Biology 1974-77


Dr Jennifer Darby: Ph.D in Psychology, 2005.

03 October 1943 – 25 June 2016

Jenny sadly passed away on 25 June 2016 at age 72. After teaching Science for 30 years in an Inner City Comprehensive she became a part-time tutor in both Social Sciences and Staff Development. On the basis of her Ph.D. she published eight articles in academic journals. She had a passion for driving steam engines, was a keen traveller, horse rider and gardener. She is sorely missed by husband Bromley Kniveton (Lecturer in Social Sciences 1973-2009), son Adrian and grandson Kyle.

Haley Rowe: Economics, 1985.

05 January 1964 – May 2016

B.Sc. Economics 1982-85

Colin Whiffin: Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry, 1977.

30 April 1955 – 22 March 2016

Colin was born 1955 to mother Irene, father Arthur and older brother Roger.

During his latter school years he studied at an evening class for, took, and passed his Radio Amateur’s exam, his A levels from Beal plus the grounding in basic electronics took him to Loughborough University where he studied Chemistry, but did also have an interest in the students Campus radio station.

His first full time job was with the pharmaceuticals company Smith & Nephew where he worked for some time and used his computer skills learnt at University before going on to work for the Ministry of Defence (MOD).He had annual visits to Vienna and also visited Brussels and various parts of Germany, and all that he admitted to family was basically having to “count tanks on behalf of NATO” on both sides of the border.

Although both at University and at various places of work he did strike up relationships with different young ladies, they never seemed to really gel. Colin’s family and all that knew him were deeply shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of their loved one.

Stanley Stokoe: Handicraft, 1950.

16 February 1924 – October 2016

D.L.C. Handicraft 1947-50

Dr Alec Strachan: Honorary Doctorate of Science, 1992.

30 April 1929 – 28 July 2016

Dr Alec Strachan passed away peacefully on July 28th 2016 at the age of 87 years. He was a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the university, joining the then Loughborough College of Technology on 1st January 1960 and remaining there until his retirement.

Dr Strachan really enjoyed his research in physical chemistry and teaching at the university and the university awarded him an honorary doctorate of science in 1992 for his work at the university and within the local community. He was very active in politics and local government, and became mayor of Loughborough, Leicestershire from 1968-1969 and Chairman of Leicestershire County Council in 1990. He was also very involved with charitable work, particularly Amnesty International and a range of charities helping disabled people. He was Chair of the governors for two schools, Roseberry Junior School and Ashmount School, a school of pupils with special educational needs and was keen to ensure everyone had access to good education.

He led an active life despite having multiple sclerosis for the last 52 years, and the university was very supportive to him, enabling him to continue to lecture until his retirement.

Professor Dennis Swann: Former member of staff and Honorary Graduate, 1999.

November 2016

The very many friends and former colleagues have been saddened by the death of Professor Dennis Swann. They have lost a true friend and greatly admired former colleague. We all send our heart-felt condolences to his wife Beryl and his family.

Dennis had a powerful and enduring impact on the University and sowed the seeds for making Loughborough University the leading elite university it now is. Dennis joined the University in 1967 and was a prominent and influential member of the university for over 40 years. He was soon appointed Head of the then Department of Social Sciences and created the Economics department.

He served as a Dean of Social Sciences three times in his career at Loughborough, was senior pro Vice Chancellor twice, and was also Acting Vice Chancellor in 1975.

All who knew him as a friend and colleague have very fond memories of him and his work. He was a loyal and supportive friend and colleague to so many people in the Department and University. His friends and former colleagues greatly admired his loyalty, dedication to the Department and University, his friendship and wonderful good humour.

Professor Geoffrey Trimble: Former member of staff and University Court Member.

17 November 1923 – 18 October 2016

He was a highly valued member of Loughborough University staff who worked alongside another colleague to set up the European Construction Industry.

In 1972 he was the founder and first President of project management which is said to become a Royal Chartered body and now has 22,500 members worldwide.

Wife Jean said that he was very proud of his work at the University and was a Court Member for as long as his health would allow – but always kept in contact with the University.


Peter Norris: Mechanical Engineering, 1966.

28 April 1943 – 13 November 2015

Peter was married to wife Gwen for 38 years having 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

He studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated on 15 July 1966 in the Edward Herbert Building with the degree Bachelor of Technology with Honours. Peter and Gwen met after a change of career when Peter went into Teaching, gaining a second and third degree.

He spoke so fondly of his years at Loughborough and had many happy memories keeping in touch with friends from his time there.

Peter’s son Matthew also chose to study at Loughborough, graduating in 2012. Needless to say Peter was so proud and would compare their two experiences, as both lived in Faraday.

Harry Stanley: Handicraft with Mathematics, 1958.

19 January 1935 – January 2015

Close friend Colin Spencer notes that Harry had died last January, having had a stroke just before Christmas. Harry and Colin were great friends for the three years they spent at Loughborough between 1955 and 1958 before going their separate ways.

Colin managed to make contact with him 20 years later. Harry attended a reunion at Loughborough as well as receiving an honorary degree. He also taught Craft for many years at Rydale School in Colwyn Bay before retiring to play golf and travel widely.


Michael Zammit: Master of Science with Distinction in Packing Technology, 2008.

16 October 1956 – 01 September 2014

Born and raised in Malta, Lawrence Michael Zammit was admitted to the degree of Master of Science with Distinction in Packing Technology on 18 July 2008. He passed away on 1st September 2014 at the age of 57.


Charles Edward Nutall Hurst: Physical Education, English, History, Religious Education, Teaching Certificate, 1950.

11 January 1926 – 2012

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Charles Hurst. My father grew up in Liverpool. He served in the R.A.F during the Second World War, at the age of sixteen. After the war, he went to Loughborough College and gained what he called ‘the best education, anyone could hope for’. He taught in London for twenty years. Then he met a Greek girl. They left for Greece. For the next thirsty years, he taught English and Physical Education. First at Kind Constantine’s of Greece School Anavryta, then at the first British School in Greece Campion. The students were from all over the world. He introduced hockey to schools. My father was held in high regard and was respected by all those who knew him. His presence and abilities were remembered by generations of students, throughout the country. Many became great in their careers. He always believed in the values of British Education and introduced many students to Loughborough University. My father enjoyed his life, his career and was exceptionally fulfilled. He will be deeply missed by his wife Anastasia, his son Constantine-Charles and daughter Katherine.

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