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perched himself next to Greta from the earliest days of her strike had he been physically able. He was impassioned about the brilliant contributions young people could make if only adults would watch and listen. VARIPATI – Anthony Etienne Varipati (D, 1941-1944). Anthony had been an antiques dealer in London. VOIGT – On 12th May 2018, John Caryl Voigt (F, 1948-1952). Sheila Blair, John’s cousin, has kindly provided the information for this obituary: John was born in July 1933 at Broken Hill, a mining town in Northern Rhodesia where both his parents were working as doctors. John went to school at St Edward’s and often talked happily about his time there. He was awarded a scholarship to study medicine at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where, as well as studying hard and winning various academic prizes, he played rugby for the first XV, cricket for the first XI and boxed for the University in 1953 and 1954, as light middleweight and as a welterweight. He continued to play cricket for various teams for many years and kept fit by running every day. After completing his postgraduate studies in Oxford, John served in the Royal Air Force medical branch from 1960-63 working at hospitals in Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire, and Aden in Yemen. He gained considerable experience at hospitals in Oxford and London before being appointed consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Royal Buckinghamshire and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals in 1973. It was at there that John met and, in 1984, married Sheila Payne, a theatre nurse. He retired in 1995 and Sheila died five years ago.

WALLACE – On 4th October 2018, Jeremy Sim Wallace (C, 1951-1955). Brother of Julian (C, 1955-1959). Army 1955, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 1955-57. 10th Hussars 1957-67 Captain, 1967-74. Consultant Swiss Life Insurance & Pension Co 1974-98. WATTS – On 22nd April 2019, Michael George Watts (C, 1948-1951). We have been advised of Michael’s death by Julian Kennedy-Cooke (D, 1941-1946). Oxford School of Architecture 1951-55, Bristol College of Art and Technology 1959-60. South West Housing, Peterlee New Town Development Corporation 1962-44. Architectural Assistant Housing, Livingstone New Town 1964-5. Deputy Group Architect, Town Centre Group City and County of Newcastle upon Tyne 1965-67. Regional Architect, Ministry of Housing and Local Government 1967-69. Principal Essex School of Art 1960- 62. Architectural Assistant Architect for Information and Research, Telford New Town 1969-85. Architect, EPR Architects 1985-91. Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects 1965. WILSON – On 29th August 2018, Barry Nigel Wilson (A, 1949-1952). Brother of Crispian (A, 1951-1956), uncle of Stephen (A, 1981-1986). This obituary appeared in The Telegraph on 21st October 2018: Vice-Admiral Sir Barry Wilson, who has died aged 82, was a successful naval officer motivated by practical Christianity. Wilson rose quickly through the service and was promoted to commander in 1969 when, after study at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, he spent two years planning the Navy’s manpower structure. resigned 1967. Director Eckersley, Hicks & Co Ltd

In 1973-74 he commanded the frigate Mohawk in the Far East Fleet and took part in the blockade of Rhodesia known as the Beira Patrol. Then, during visits to Norwegian ports, the Mohawk joined the search for the trawler Gaul , missing in the Barents Sea, before sailing to become the West Indies guardship, a breathtaking worldwide deployment which brought the nickname ‘HMS Ubiquitous’. Next, as Commander Sea Training, Wilson was responsible for the daily programme and detailed procedures at the Flag Officer Sea Training, the Royal Navy’s world centre of excellence for working up ships from basic to advanced operations. Promoted to captain, in 1976- 78 he was Assistant Director of Naval Plans, dealing with the Navy’s future planning and its budget, and in 1978-80 he commissioned the new destroyer Cardiff . After fitting-out at the Swan Hunter yard on the Tyne, and sea trials, during the next 12 months Cardiff steamed more than 13,000 miles. Wilson took her back to the Tyne so that the men who had built her could show her off to their families, then visited Cardiff where more than 7,000 visitors were welcomed on board and her crew raised money for local charities by sponsored bicycle rides and dinghy rows. In 1979 Wilson coordinated the search for survivors of the merchantman Pool Fisher , which had sunk east of the Isle of Wight. At Navy Days in Portsmouth and at Portland Cardiff welcomed some 17,300 guests, and in late 1980, after a visit to Ghent in Belgium, she returned to Wales for missile-firing tests off Aberporth and for celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of Cardiff’s city status. In 1981-82 Wilson was

downsizing of the Navy consequent upon the Nott defence review. Then in 1982, after only a few days as a student at the Royal College of Defence Studies, Wilson was urgently recalled to fill a sudden vacancy as Director Naval Plans, an appointment which he filled with distinction for three years, his prime task being to rejuvenate the Navy by implementing the lessons learnt and replacing the ships lost in the Falklands War. Promoted to rear-admiral in 1985, he was Flag Officer Sea Training and then Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Programmes). His last appointment in uniform was as a vice-admiral and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes and Personnel), 1989-92. Barry Nigel Wilson was born on 5th June 1936 at Southsea, the son of Rear-Admiral Guy Wilson, CB, and his wife Dorothy. He was educated at Mount House, Tavistock, and St Edward’s School, Oxford, before entering Dartmouth in 1952. If he had been ruthless, Wilson would have gone further in the Navy, but in 1993 he joined the board of the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth, where a £5.5m expansion programme, creating new galleries and a new library, was planned. Wilson lent his huge enthusiasm, great energy and peerless interpersonal skills to fundraising. He persuaded the Princess Royal to become president of the Museum and won a large grant


recalled to the Ministry of Defence to help staff the

Barry Nigel Wilson

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