Class Notes

1960s

1960

Dr Benjamin Bowman (BSc 1960, BSc Hons Physics 1961, PhD 1965) after graduation joined the British Steel Corporation in Yorkshire in Arc Furnace Research,  moving to Union Carbide Europe in Geneva Swizerland in 1971 and becoming a Senior Corporate Fellow in the Union Carbide Parma Technical Center in Ohio where he became a consultant until 2012. He is now a freelance consultant on steel and ferro alloy electric furnaces and has published many books on the subject.

Dr Brian Hudson (BA Hons Geography 1960, MCD 1962, pictured left) As a student at Liverpool from 1957 to 1962 Brian was very much involved with the University’s jazz society Rhythm Club the activities of which were very largely based on the Students’ Union. An account of this can be found in his memoir How I Didn’t Become a Beatle (History Press, 2008). An extract from this book was published in the journal Popular Music History. In June-July 2016 Brian spent a month in Jamaica with his wife Anne. They attended a conference at the University of the West Indies, Mona, part of a celebration to mark 50 years of Geography at UWI. Brian was one of the speakers, his topic being 'Paradise Lost? Coastal Development, Conservation and Tourism in Jamaica'. Brian enjoyed meeting some of his former colleagues and students in the Department of Geography and Geology where he had been a lecturer from 1971 to 1985. He was also honoured to receive a 'Trail Blazing Award' from the Jamaican Geographical Society 'In recognition of pionéering urban planning in the Department of Geography, UWI, scholarship on the cultural landscape of Jamaica, and outstanding service to the JGS.

1961

Dr John Edward Hutson (MBChB 1961) practised medicine in Barbados until 1972 and subsequently in western Canada until 1996. He has published several edited and annotated ancient text referring to the history of the West Indies including Dr William Hillary’s 1766 Observations on the Changes of the Air and Concomitant Epidemical Diseases in the Island of Barbados published in 2012 by the University of the West Indies Press.

Anthony John Mackay (BArch Hons Architecture 1961) has had a long and varied career in architecture, becoming Assistant Chief Architect on the design team for Milton Keynes new town. Anthony set up his own consultancy in 1982, winning an international competition for the first new city in China (post Mao Zedong) at Songjiang, Shanghai (pictured above), which has been fully realised and now has a population of more than half a million. 

Dr Martin Jenkins (BA 1961, Hon LittD 2006) and Dr Charles Roberts (BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering 1982) have co-authoredMerseyside Transport Recalled, an all-colour portrait of all forms of local transport. It is available from:www.ianallanpublishing.com/merseysidetransport-recalled.htm.

Dr Ben Bowman (BSc Hons Physics 1961, PhD Electrical Engineering 1965) is still active in physics in electric steelmaking and ferroalloy industry. Passed via Sheffield, to Geneva (some CERN inmates were there), then France, ending up now in Ohio, USA. Sports have 'progessed' with age - motocross in England skiing in Switzerland, to golf in the US.

Choo Giam (BVSc Veterinary Science 1961) "I am 80 and from Singapore. I graduated from veterinary school in 1961. I stayed at a digs on the Wirral and commuted daily by train to the university (Brownlow St) where our early years of study were given. We lived at Leahusrt (on the Wirral) in our final (5th) year, so that we can be near farms, and also get woken up in the middle of the night for unusual difficult cases, many calving. I was awarded a scholarship by the Singapore government and was bonded to stay in government service for 7 years after my graduation. At that time the UK government was withdrawing from the Far East and they had planned to get local people to be trained to take over various positions. I had a wonderful time in the UK. I continue to go back yearly to see your lovely country, and to see old friends. I was in the UK 2 months ago, this time bringing my grandchildren along. I cheat a bit nowadays. I come only in summer. I still remember the harsh Liverpool winter. The cold air that when through my trousers and shirt is not forgotten. Nobody told me then that there was such a garment as Long John (thermal underwear)."

1962

Ian Hunter (BEng Mechanical Engineering 1962) has had a varied career in several fields of engineering, concentrating mainly on computer applications. After completing his 1-3-1 apprenticeship with Smiths Aviation, he joined Rolls Royce as a performance engineer on rocket engines for the Blue Streak satellite launcher, spending time at Woomera, Australia for the launch of the multi stage rocket. Ian then spent 3 years at PERA in the late 1960's researching the early use of computers in manufacturing, specialising in numerical control software for machine tools. In 1970 Ian joined the GENESYS  project at Loughborough developing new software for use in civil and structural engineering. In 1980 he became Director of Computing for a manufacturing company in Leicester, a position he held for 14 years. Ian then took early retirement and became self employed. He is now fully retired and living in his home county of Cornwall.

1963

William Solesbury

William Solesbury (MCD 1963, pictured above) worked for many years as a town planner in the UK and abroad. Following on from his continued enthusiasm for visiting new places, he has written a book, World Cities, City Worlds – explorations with metaphors, icons and perspectives, which provides a fresh insight into cities and city life from both the past and modern times. Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd.

David Newman (MSc Organic Chemistry 1963) received a DPhil from Sussex in 1968 following some years in UK industry, moved to the USA in 1968, married a girl from Georgia in 1969 and stayed. David retired from the National Cancer Institute as Chief of the Natural Products Branch in Jan 2015. David has a single person consultancy outside Philadelphia PA and has emeritus status at NIH, still working in the same field of science.

Colin Perchard (BA Hons History 1963) is CVO, OBE retired from the British Council.

Inn Liverpool CoverBob Thurlow (BA Hons Hispanic Studies 1963) and David Wrightson (BArch 1963) have published their book, INN LIVERPOOL, via Bluecoat Press. INN LIVERPOOL describes and illustrates over 170 pubs in Liverpool city centre in the nineteen sixties and seventies. The text and photographs had lain undiscovered in a drawer since 1974!

Emeritus Professor Trevor Alan Norton FRSE (BSc Hons Botany 1963, PhD 1966) is Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool and has written a book, Imagination and a Pile of Junk– a light-hearted look at the history of inventors and inventions, published by Coronet.

Andrew Carmichael (BDS 1963), retired from general dental practice in 2001. He is now chair of Parkinson’s Improvement Programme, a small charity based in Preston, Lancashire. Here they have developed a free ‘tonic’ which has proved to be capable of reversing some Parkinson’s symptoms in informal trials with Parkinson patients.

1964

John Hardy (BA Hons Economics 1964) sends greetings from New Jersey having just celebrated his 50th year anniversary. He has not been back to Liverpool since but is hoping to visit soon.

Bob Holden (BA Hons Political Theory and Institutions 1964) worked for John Lewis partnership before emigrating to South Africa in 1969. There he followed a Business career in FMCGwith Unilever, L'Oreal and JWT advertising agency. Bob is still working with a Water Users Authority in The Hex Valley, South Africa providing irrigation to Table Grape Export industry. Bob was president of Rhythm Club at Liverpool and still gets together regularly with fellow Jazz mates, all ex-Liverpool musicians who have been playing together for over 50 years.

Dr Graham Mytton (BA Hons Political Theory and Institutions 1964) would like to share that the 3rd, revised edition of his book on audience research is now out. Published by Sage it now covers all new media as well as radio, TV and print media. Media Audience Research: A Guide for Professionals, co-authored with Piet Hein van Dam and Peter Diem 2016.

1965

Derek Too (BSc 1965) is a retired headmaster who worked in St Stephen’s College, Hong Kong.

Brian Geoffrey Day (BDS 1965) is living in Northants having retired almost 15 years ago. He and wife Isabel have downsized by building a smaller house on the kitchen garden and, due to age and atrial fibrillation, has given up playing tennis. He regularly meets with fellow students and is sorry to be missing his next reunion but has promised to keep 2025 free!

Janet Loverseed (BA Hons English Literature 1965, MA English Literature 1970) has published a collection of poems, The Shadow Shop, in 2016 with Oversteps Books, Devon.

Professor David Russell (BEng Hons Electrical Engineering 1965) is soon to retire after 32 years at Penn State where he taught and researched intelligent automation for industrial systems.

Richard Gilbert Saxon (BArch Hons 1965, MCD 1966) after graduation joined the Manchester office of BDP (Building Design Partnership), the international multi-discipline practice, until retirement in 2005. He worked in many countries, moving to London in 1986 where he led several nationally significant projects before becoming chairman of the firm. He was involved in reforming the construction industry in 1994 and played a role which led to his CBE in 2001. He now advises government, clients and businesses and chair the Joint Contracts Tribunal. For more information visit: www.saxoncbe.com.

Rosalyn St Pierre (née Palmer) (BA Hons Political Theory & Institutions 1965) is the former editor of the Guild Gazette, Rosalyn has spent a lifetime in education in post conflict war zones and provided assistance to teachers working in difficult circumstances. Rosalyn is the author of school textbooks distributed world-wide, and currently East Sussex County councillor.

David Gregory (BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering 1965) after 2 years at Rolls Royce, wanderlust got the better of David and his wife Kay, so they moved to New York, USA.  David spent the rest of his career at Grumman Aircraft before retiring in 2000.

Robet and wife Minda

Robert Rogerson (BA Hons Geography 1965) after graduate work and a career in Canadian Universities (Memorial University of Newfoundland 1969-88, University of Lethbridge 1988-2006, University Canada West 2006-2010), let his interest in glaciers and the Arctic subside, but couldn't completely retire. Robert caught up in the development of privately-funded universities and colleges as one solution to the high tax-payer burden of a public system which then charges tax payers and their children extraordinarily high fees to attend! The photo is of Robert and Minda, his wife of 49 years.

Professor David Russell (BEng Hons Electrical Engineering 1965) is soon to retire after 32 years at Penn State where he taught and researched intelligent automation for industrial systems.

1966

Dr Philip Wander (BDS 1966) has worked in dentistry for more than 50 years and has had his book on dental photography, published by the British Dental Journal. He is President of the British Homeopathic Dental Association and was awarded a fellowship for his work in Complimentary Therapies in Dentistry. In 2009 he was voted the 8th most influential dentist in the UK by Dentistry.

John Rothery (BSc Hons Chemistry 1966), since retiring in 2009 from a career in occupational safety and health, has been compiling a book about jazz musician Sidney ‘Big Sid’ Catlett, the favourite drummer of Louis Armstrong. The 160-page limited edition book has been deposited with a number of libraries and archives, including the University of Liverpool Archives. 

Lorna Anne Brown MRCVS (née Fraser) (BVSc 1966) is the co-founder of community charity ‘Dolen Ffermio’ (Farming Link), which links her local Welsh area with two areas of Eastern Uganda through livestock and environmental projects, children’s projects and school links. Visit: www.dolen-ffermio.co.uk.

Christopher Tapp (LLB Hons Law 1966) qualified as a solicitor in 1969 with his career being in local government. Chris headed the Legal Departments of Wandsworth London Borough Council (1975-1978), and Islington London Borough Council (1978-1986). The last 20 years of his career were as Council Chief Executive – first with Newport (South Wales) 1987-1991, and then with Eastleigh (Hampshire) - 1991 until retirement in 2006. He has two sons and two grandchildren. He met his wife, Mavis – then at teacher training college – at a Liverpool Uni Students Union dance in December 1965. They will celebrate their Golden Wedding in 2019.

Dr Bryan George Francis Roe (BEng Hons Metallurgy 1966, PhD 1976) after graduation he joined Perkin’s Engines in Peterborough as Project Metallurgist on the development of V8 commercial diesel engines moving to Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars in Crewe as Senior Metallurgist. From 1984 until his retirement in 2001 he was a Senior Engineering Manager. In 2003 he became Group Leader of the Science and Technology Group within Crewe and Nantwich University of the Third Age.

Cliff Jones (BA Hons Political Theory and Institutions 1966, MEd 1987) is a fellow of the International Professional Development Association, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the promotion of individuals and schools to engage in research activities, thus making a significant contribution to improved learning, teaching and school improvement.

1967

Dr Iain Morle (MBChB 1967, pictured above) after 47 years of diagnostic radiology, Roger is still yet to completely retire. He lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and is developing a new career as a boat builder.

1968

Dr Roger Key MBE (BSc Hons Geology 1968, PhD 1972) has, after a 38-year career with the British Geological Survey, set up his own consultancy - Kalahari Key Ltd - which specialises in the geology of Africa and offers a Mandarin-English geoscientific translation service.

Lloyd Beaumont (BDS 1968) has lived in Southampton for 43 years after three years in London and still says "I'm from Huddersfield". Lloyd tries to see "Liverpool" friends at least once a year and travels to see "total solar eclipses" where ever they are with Vern. "Twickers" with Pete Lewis. Rugby League with Sian.

Carolyn Browning (née Maude-Roxby) (BA Hons Geography 1968) emigrated to Canada in 1968 but returned a year later and after Dip Ed joined the RAF in 1970 as an Education Officer. Later on changed to an administrative role with a variety of personnel related postings in the UK. Retired in 2007 to a village in Somerset and am involved in voluntary work for a number of RAF charities, the National Trust and various village based activities.

Peter Sewell (BA Hons Economics 1968) joined Anthony Crosland's Board of Trade in London in 1968 then returned to Liverpool to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Co. and qualified in 1973. Peter joined Ogdens Imperial Tobacco in 1975 and then Mersey Docks & Harbour Company in 1978 where he stuck, ending up as Treasurer until retirement on 30th September 2007.  Peter married on 31 Dec 1976, and divorced 1989 and has one son Leo (Delictus Recruitment Solutions, Tarporley).

Colin Tennant (BSc Chemistry 1968) was a resident of Roscoe Hall in 1965/66. After graduating spent Colin spent his career in the food industry with Unilever and ICI in Great Yarmouth, The Wirral and The Netherlands. Colin is now retired and living in Peterborough tending after his 1965 London Routemaster double decker bus.

1969

Paul Hirons (BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering 1969) spent his career in the heavy commercial vehicle industry finding the commercial side was more fun than engineering & kept going after the 1980's cull of UK engineering companies. Paul worked for Scania for last 20 year and kept engineering going by playing with old cars & motorbikes. Now Paul has been retired for nearly 10 years and is Deputy Mayor of Buckingham, getting involved in many local government issues. Paul just finished treatment for postate cancer & is awaiting a new knee. Paul only has contact with one old classmate, Henry Tennant.

Jim Hodges (BEng Civil engineering 1969) moved to New Zealand in 1975 and has worked in the environmental field ever since. He is now an independent judicial and one of 11 Environment Commissioners in New Zealand's Environment Court.

Elspeth Julian (née Eyres) (BSc Hons Psychology 1969) has worked in social work, teaching people with special needs and now works as a counsellor in a local hospice. Elspeth married David Julian (BSc Hons Chemistry 1965, PhD 1968), they have three children and three grandchildren.

Graham RandGraham Rand (BSc 1969, pictured left) is the founding editor of Impact, a magazine published by the Operational Research Society. The first issue can be read online at: www.issuu.com/orsimpact/docs/impact_issuu.

Charles Batchelor (BA Hons French and German 1969) has continued to freelance since retiring in 2006 after nearly 30 years reporting and commenting for the Financial Times. Earlier postings for Reuters took him to Germany and the Netherlands where he later wrote for The Economist.

Dr Ian Rubinstein (BSc 1969, BSc Hons Biochemistry 1970, PhD 1973) has been a chemist in the energy industry since graduation and is now consulting in industrial water treatment, especially involving the design and optimization of water re-use in the oil sands industry. He lives in Calgary, Canada.

John Ansell (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1969) has spent the whole of his career in pharmaceuticals. He is a senior partner with TransScrip Partners and an independent business consultant. His first book –Transforming Big Pharma-Assessing the Strategic Alternatives – was published by Gower Publishing.

Richard Cowley (BA Hons Geography 1969, MCD 1971) and Karen Cowley (née Belk) (BA Hons Geography 1969) both retired in 2005 after careers in town planning and education respectively, all within the North West. At retirement, Rick was Chief Planner at Bolton Council and Karen was deputy head at a Burnley school. They currently live in Rossendale, Lancashire. Since retiring they have pursued their passion for places by visiting each of the seven continents. They have been particularly intrigued by Antarctica and the Arctic, but also enjoy the variety of the UK and are currently seeking to visit each of Scotland's accessible islands. Return visits to Liverpool are also enjoyed!

Rick Cowley (BA Hons Geography 1969, Master of Civic Design 1971) has remained in north west England since graduating. He followed a career in town planning with Bootle, Cheshire, Rochdale and Bolton councils, finishing as chief planner at Bolton. He returned to Civic Design several times as an external examiner and part-time tutor. He took an active role in the Royal Town Planning Institute, serving as chairman and secretary of the North West branch and on the central RTPI council. Since his retirement in 2005 he has pursued his passion for places by visiting Antarctica, the Arctic and many destinations in-between, as well as providing planning support for the Yorkshire Dales Society. He lives in Rossendale, Lancashire, with his wife Karen (BA Hons Geography 1969, Certificate in Education 1970).

John Owen Roberts (BSc Hons Physics 1969) has recently published a book. Those Infinities and the Periodic Table in the 21st Century includes a proposed link between the Periodic Table and the Standard Model Theory. He has spent a career in teaching as well as lecturing with the Open University summer schools.

Dr Barry Johnson MRCVS (BVSc 1969, Hon DVSc 1994) was sworn in as the new High Sheriff of Lancashire in April 2014. Dr Johnson, former President and current elected Council Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the current Chairman of World Horse Welfare, spent his career in veterinary practice and once served as the vet to the Lancashire Constabulary’s mounted section.

Dr Stephen Morris Coppell (BSc 1969, BSc Hons Chemistry 1970, PhD 1973) joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 1976 and currently works as HM Principal Inspector in Bristol. His daughterDanielle Elise Coppell (BA Hons 2008) followed him to the HSE in 2009 and works as a construction inspector in London.