MARCH 1997 NEWS : ISSUE NO. l
killed in a motor accident in Swaziland in 1968
died soon after graduating
County Councillor, West Midlands - died 1986
THE IDEA of a reunion came from Derek and Helen Kennedy. Five or six of us put on our thinking-caps and compiled a list of some fifty-nine names but could muster only eighteen addresses. The Alumnus Relations Officer, Barry Ferguson, provided a further fifteen, and these 33 received a mail-shot at the end of January this year. Since then more addresses have been trickling in and information has been sent out so far to 39 Men of Kinnessburn.
THE RESPONSE has been good. At the moment we are looking forward to a gathering of no fewer than two dozen residents, wives, partners and friends on Saturday 8th August next year. Negotiations are currently in progress with the Head of Conference and Group Services (whom we wrinklies would call Bursar of Residences) to book accommodation and the buffet in a Hall of Residence: just which one is yet to be confirmed.
MRS MITFORD has been asked to join us but we are as yet uncertain whether she will be able to come.
THE NEWS following is printed on the basis of “first come, first published” but in alphabetical order. If yours is missing - watch this space!
Dr JOHN BELL spent some time in Africa betore returning home to General Practice in a certain "little city, old and grey". He married ELIZABETH ANNE CALDWELL and they have a family.
MIKE BRIDGES says - "I have a business selling self-adhesive tapes, based in Edinburgh and Newcastle. I am married with a son (25) in the business and a daughter (23) who is a school teacher." He then gives a list of names of those he's still touch with.
Dr DAVID DIXON (founder Senior Student) is married with a daughter (vet. student) and two sons (one a law student, the other at school). He has been working for the Scottish Office for many years and his career excitements have included fourteen months in the Soviet Union and involvement in the Government's Chernobyl response.
"I have sold my motor-bike" writes Dr ALISTAIR FORRESTER, "and now drive a Volvo! Interests include hill-walking, cross-country and down-hill skiing, travel and landscape painting." He is enjoying General Practice, including full out-of-hours work, in Dundee, and has four healthy, happy and well-adjusted children from his first marriage.
Alistair has married again, to DOROTHY, who is a social worker.
ALLAN HOOD spent several years at London University and returned to Scotland as Lecturer in Latin at Edinburgh. He married HELEN and they have two in the family, Andrew and Morag.
GRAHAM ROBERTSON married GILL, the girl-next-door (well, nearly next-door), and they have one-of-each. After nearly thirty years at the chalkface, latterly as Senior Master/Examinations Officer, he was offered early retirement in 1995 on grounds of redundancy (quite how a school's Exams. Officer is redundant was never explained!) He is currently reading Greek Archaeology at Birmingham University two days a week and next year will be researching archaeological methods, which leaves him plenty of time to organise this reunion!
DAVID SMITH is the States. He wrote from Connecticut to say that he is now Vice-President of Citibank NA for whom he has worked for over 30 years as a business analyst in the private banking group. He has twc married daughters and became a grandfather at the end of 1996.
BRUCE TULLOCH writes - “I joined the BBC as a General Trainee and took voluntary early retirement at fifty (as Acting Controller, Overseas Services or A/COS in BBCspeak) before John Birt could get at me. My present occupation is that of antiquarian bookseller."
DAVID WARWICK tells us that he has been working for Zeneca Agrochemicals since 1968, first as an analytical chemist and lately in computing.
PHIL WHEELER's news is that he is amazed still to be employed by The Royal Bank of Scotland after 30+ years. His wife MAGGIE and he have two offspring - Alison (unemployed Dundee University graduate gone walkabout in Australia) and Andrew (student at Aberdeen University). Phil ends by reminding all who owe him a pint that he is still thirsty!
Dr DAVID WISHART was the first to reply and, apart from admitting to playing golf, writes - "Somebody (Maurice Garrett, I think) brought his bejantine [DOREEN WILSON] to my 21st at Kinnessburn (1964) and I married her! Now we have three sons with a special reason to thank Maurice for his selfless chivalry. Please tell him the Raisin Receipt is still safely on display in the loo! After 25 years in the Civil Service (mostly Scottish Office) I took early retirement and am now publishing computer software - much more fun. Anyone favour a tiddlywinks match against the Ladies of Hall (1962-68)? On second thoughts..."
OUR "LOST" LIST - any details of those below would be helpful:
JIM CAMPBELL, JOHN COOK, BRIAN CROWE, PAUL DAVIES, SIMON DAWSON, MIKE DICKINSON, DAVE EGGELING, ANDY GREEN, TONY HANCOCK, LENNY HELLING, PAT HEWINS, PETER INGLIS, FRASER MacDONALD, ROGNVALDUR OLAFSSON, ALISTAIR SIMPSON, GRAHAM SMITH, BARCLAY STEWART, ST.CLAIR STEWART, JOHN THEWLIS
Keep the news rolling in even if your life story appears in this issue. The more news I receive, the more frequent will be the mailings!
Published by Graham Robertson