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Outside of his professional life, he was a devoted father and family man who relished the social and outdoor life Kenya has to offer. He married Susan Anderson at Tigoni in 1967 and was happily married for 51 years. A fearsome competitor in court or on a boat, Bill had a mischievous sense of humour and his family and friends remember him as a most gentle, generous and mild-mannered man. He is survived by his wife Susan, son Nick, grandchildren Chloe and Jonathan, and brother Mark. Bill was a Member of the MCC for 52 years. ENGEL - On 14th March 2019, Charles Edward Engel (D, 1936-1937). Father of Stephen (D, 1968-1972). St Paul’s School London 1938. Birkbeck College London 1939-40. Devon Regiment, Royal West Kent Regiment, Intelligence Corps 1940-6. Principal Photographic Department Guy’s Hospital Medical School 1948-66. FRPS FIBP. Foundation director British Life Association. Health Education British Medical Association 1967-75. Professor and Head of Medical Education Newcastle University NSW 1976-86. Consultant adviser Wellcome Tropical Institute. London 1987-90. Consultant World Health Organisation 1972-2005. Brother Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. Honorary MD. Honorary DEduc. Athenaeum. EVERS – On 2nd September 2018, James Mackean Evers (B, 1944-1947). This obituary was kindly provided by James’ widow, Jeanette: James Mackean Evers was born on Friday 13th September 1929 in Cheltenham. His early days were spent in Florence, Italy where his father was a banker and his grandmother ran a successful finishing school. His

parents separated when he was a year old but never divorced. His mother started a school in Alassio, Italy for pupils up to the age of 13. James attended the school and greatly enjoyed his time there. His mother’s sister, Annie Cicely Mackean, taught James to love art and woodworking. This gave him an appreciation of fine things which stood him in good stead for the rest of his life. In 1938 the family returned increasingly tense. James went to a small prep school, Hillcrest in Haywards Heath, before going to Pilgrims’ School, Winchester where he was a chorister at the Cathedral. In 1940 he, his sister and mother went to Greenwich, Connecticut where he enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the American schools and, in particular, the sports. Towards the end of 1943 he returned alone to England on the battle cruiser, HMS Renown , which was escorted by destroyers. He, with a few other boys, had the run of the ship, an absolute delight to a 13-year-old boy. The rest of his schooldays were spent as a boarder at St Edward’s School. Initially, James found it very restrictive after the freedom of the American schools. In 1949 he was called up for National Service and commissioned into the Wiltshire Regiment, later being posted to the Royal West African Frontier Force in Nigeria. He made several lifelong friends, learned to play polo and frequented many of the clubs, particularly in Lagos. He returned to the UK at the end of 1951 and joined the American advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding. He earned just £6 a week and was able to live in London and take girlfriends out without too much worry about money. Two to England as the situation in Europe was becoming

years later he decided to try to make his fortune in Canada ending up on an American air force construction camp in Goose Bay, Labrador. Returning after almost a year, he joined Brooke Bond becoming Sales Manager in Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow. 1957 found him back in advertising working for Young & Rubicam before moving to G S Royds in London where he met his future wife, Jeanette Dexter. In 1964 he moved to the Dowty Group and fourteen months later James and Jeanette married. They bought a Queen Anne house near Newbury in need of major renovation, doing much of it themselves. In 1969 James and a colleague set up their own advertising agency, Alexander James & Dexter in Swindon with Jeanette helping part time. From a slow beginning the business grew and became successful. Jeanette started her own agency in London in 1975, Dexter Brent & Paterson, and was shortly joined by James. Both of them were determined to keep the agency small and to deal with clients personally. In 1990 James took a year’s course in antique furniture restoration and excelled. He built a workshop in the garden and had many commissions. 1999 was a year of change. The agency in London was sold

and James and Jeanette moved to a village in Somerset where James had a huge workshop built for his antique furniture restoration and carpentry, making many items from scratch. At the age of 88 he was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of Lymphoma. He died just two months later, 11 days before his 89th birthday at home and in his own bed as he wanted. FROST – On 24th February 2019, Peter Robert Frost (E, 1938–1942) aged 94. This obituary is taken from an address given by his son: Peter Frost – a much-loved and popular person who was always fun to be around. He had 64 years of happy marriage with Judy. Mum and Dad’s life was all about golf, the clubs, their friends and their competitive spirit. They were both extremely good golfers who met when Mum needed a partner in a mixed foursomes competition at Long Ashton, Bristol – they won the competition and the rest is history. Chorleywood, Sandy Lodge and Royal St David’s in Harlech were places where Dad would look forward to playing. He was always cheerful with his rosy cheeks shining brightly as he talked about his round or told a funny story. Lifelong friends were made playing golf and he played competitively until he was 90 years old including keenly fought family matches. Dad was Captain of Sandy Lodge and Harlech – it meant he could attend even more parties and dinners – the environment he thrived in. Family was on a par with golf and Dad always loved family get-togethers. Dad was very proud of David and I and loved seeing his grandchildren, always interested in what they were all doing.


James Mackean Evers

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