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Norman John Williams (LLB Hons 1952) took on a print shop franchise in Grimsby after a secretarial commission in the RAF and consulting in industry. He is now retired and is an active campaigner.


Dr Jim Leavesley (MBChB 1953) emigrated as a ‘10 Pound Pom’ in 1957 to Western Australia. A retired GP, who has spent the last 35 years as a medical historian, authoring 12 books and is a regular broadcaster on the subject. Jim still meets with a group of fellow medical graduates, called ‘The DoDo Club’, along with fellow 1953 Medicine graduates, Dr David Alltree, a retired anaesthetist; and Dr Peter Woods, a retired GP. 

Geoffrey Bishop (BEng Hons Electrical Engineering 1953) after graduation, Geoffrey emigrated to Canada and bought a TR2. After three years he moved to the US and worked for Link Aviation and then IBM working on magnetic computers. Geoffrey is now retired and has spent 25 years cruising round the world.

His Honour Donald Brian Williams (LLB 1953) has published the 10th edition of the Guide to Motor Insurers’ Bureau Claims, which offers a concise outline of the scope and workings of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and is available to order online from:www.lawsociety.


Peter Lowden (BArch Architecture 1954) has spent most of his working life on architectural projects in Sweden and the Arabian countries, mainly living in Stockholm with his Swedish wife and three children. Peter has written a book about his time at Liverpool, The House on Canning Street, under the nom de plume of James Lowden, available to purchase on Amazon Kindle.

Barry Lovius (BDS 1954) is back in England, retired and living in Formby.

Dr Donald Stevenson (BSc Hons Physiology 1954, BVSc 1956) has  had 35 years of Toxicology with Shell in UK and USA. Fire/EMS volunteer first responder after retiring. He now lives and has retired in Lakeway, Texas. Visiting Professor with Surrey, U of Texas, visiting faculty A&M.


 1955 reunion

David Harris (LLB Law 1955) on 26 September 2016 the 1952-55 Class of the Law Faculty held a 60th Anniversary of their Graduation Reunion Luncheon at 60 Hope Street. The intake in 1952 into the Faculty was only 37 and having lost a couple at the end of the first year of the remaining 35, 10 attended the lunch, one travelling from Hong Kong but otherwise from all parts of the UK. The photo above shows who attended. Back row from the left:- David Speers, Alan Dunn,Mike Dalton,Barry Marsh and Peter Lloyd-Jones Front row from the left:- David Harris, Cilla Grain, Anne Hughes-Roberts, Mindi Ison and John Morgan.


 Keith WardKeith Ward (BVSc 1956, pictured left) retired from his Nantwich practice in 1998 but continued to work for the MHS until 2002 and for the VDS for the same period. Keith has tried to keep in touch with members of his year but since the Newsletter of the ULVAA (of which he was sub-editor to Mary-Elizabeth Raw) has gone digital this has become more difficult. Keith would be very grateful to receive and pass on news from those of his year, 1956 and of course years 1955 and 1957. If you would like to contact Keith, his email address is

James Gordon CollisJames Gordon Collis (BSc Chemistry 1956, BSc Hons Chemistry 1957, pictured left) has completed 20 years as a volunteer with SSAFA and was awarded tickets to Buckingham Palace Garden Part in May 2016.


Dr John Knight (BSc Hons Chemistry 1957, PhD 1960) who, after graduation, took postdoc positions in the University of Maine, Stanford University and Arizona State University (ASU) before accepting a job at the Upjohn Company in Kalalmazoo, Michigan. After 30 years in industry he spent ten years before retirement back at the ASU and is still working part time in the HR-Mass Spec Lab.

Reverend Anne Kiggell (née Wilson) (BA Hons French 1957) worked in the Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing Street, serving Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Harold Wilson as Duty Clerk in the Private Office. Anne got married and had two sons, later training in theology before being ordained as a priest in the Church of England. Anne looked after a country parish in Berkshire for 16 years, before retiring to Oxford.

Dr Michael Goodrick (MBChB 1957) lives in Seattle in the US and is planning to attend his 60th anniversary medical school reunion in 2017.

John Bennett (MBChB 1957, MD 1966) is organising a 60th anniversary reunion for the Medical Class of 1957 in Liverpool during June 2017. For further information contact


Jane Biran (née Margradel Jane Dillon) (BA Hons English Language & Literature 1958) has published her third novel under the pen name Jane Biran. Hope Street is set in Liverpool and London, beginning in the 1960s and spanning five decades in the lives of two very different women. The book is available from Amazon.

Dr Roy Batt (BVSc Veterinary Science 1958) is enjoying retirement and have in press a collection of prints and poems called Celebration.

Dariush Borbor in Courtyard

Dr Dariush Borbor (BArch 1958, MCD 1959) remembers spending many enjoyable years at Derby Halls of Residence. The photo above shows him and his fellow students in the courtyard of the hall in the 1950s.

Vincent Lynch (BSc Hons Chemistry 1958) taught Chemistry after graduation but was asked back to his old grammar school to teach maths, the start of a very successful career. After retirement he decided to study Mathematics at the Open University and graduated with a first class degree in 2011.


Patricia Barry (née Davies) (BSc Hons Bacteriology 1959) completed a PhD at Cambridge University then married and moved to live and work in Australia. Patricia returned to UK in 1998 and is now retired and living contentedly in Monmouth. Patricia would welcome any news of John Williamson and John Erskine as they, along with Patricia, were the first three graduates of the BSc Bacteriology degree.

Ramon Collinge (BA Hons French 1959) is married and now retired after teaching French (and a little Latin) as Head of Department in a Lancashire grammar school. Ramon is very much interested in Local History, and is also a Committee member of Local History Society and Assistant Secretary in local Civic Trust.

Professor Sir Miles Irving (MBChB 1959, MD 1962, ChM 1967) who, at the end of November last year, completed eight years as a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum with special responsibility for the North. In 2014 he was invited back to Iasi in Romania to lecture and received an honorary doctorate in recognition of the work undertaken by him and his colleagues at the Salford Royal Hospitals in both Manchester and Iasi in restoring surgical services and postgraduate education following the overthrow of President Ceacescu.

Dr Barry Anthony Enoch FRCP (BSc Hons Physiology 1959, MBChB 1962), President of the Guild of Undergraduates 1962–63, has now retired after 40 years as a consultant physician and endocrinologist in Manchester.

Anthony Lance Silson (BSc Hons Geography 1959, MSc 1961, Certificate in Education 1962) has now retired, but is still busy writing and had two articles on local geography and history published last year. Anthony has recently completed writing a long historical geography article titled Forced Rhubarb in West Yorkshire c.1852-2017.