KINNESSBURN REUNION NEWS
Scott Moffat, Frank Duncan, 'Arch' Andrews, (front) Robin Rose
RAISIN SUNDAY NIGHT 1970 At Trevor Jones' Annexe
MARCH 2003 No.22
VIVIAN AUSTER says that, being early retired, he's looking round for a second (but shorter) career. His wife Carol works for three days a week so they enjoy very long weekends. Apart from this he is involved with his local borough's strategic planning and in Laleham Village's heroic efforts to stem the concreting over of what remains of its section of the green belt. Keep up the good work, Vivian!
ROBIN BELL's new book Civil Warrior: The Extra-ordinary Life and Complete Poetical Works of James Graham, First Marquis of Montrose is now on the shelves of a bookshop near you or can be obtained directly from the publisher (Luath Press, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND) for the princely sum of £10.99
MALCOLM BINNS is a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospital in Yorkshire.
FRANK BURNET is Professor of Science Communication and Graphic Science at the University of the West of England. He was awarded an MBE for his work in the Science on the Buses project, and co-directed the Cheltenham Festival of Science.
The University of Central Lancashire is the present home of IAN BUTCHART who is a Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics. Item reported by GAVIN BREMNER, Professor of Psychology at the University of Lancaster.
JOLYON CONNELL is with The Week and Money Week in London, and ALEC COULL lives in the East Kilbride area.
Dr GEOFF CRAVEN and Shirley, grandparents twice over, admit to continuing to enjoy their respective work as GP and teacher.
The Royal County of Berkshire is home to ROGER CUNNINGHAM. "It was a nice surprise to receive your letter. I did indeed stay at Kinnessburn during its last year as a Hall of Residence in 1971/72. I still have the group photograph. Since leaving university in 1975, I have lived in Berkshire, so the St Andrews and Edinburgh re-unions tend to be difficult.
"For the last 21 years I have held a number of IT roles with Whitbread plc, and am currently IT Director of David Lloyd Leisure, the Tennis and Healthclub chain. In terms of Kinnessburn, I can claim to be the reigning Putting Champion , if you are familiar with the annual competition."
We did intend to revive the putting at the 1998 Reunion, but the call of a cuppa tea was stronger. It would be a good idea to make a list of the annual Putting Champs, so don't be modest - get on the line and admit how you spent your time as an undergrad!
From the fastness of Boat of Garten JAMES DUNBAR e-mails, "Thank you for the various emails. Herewith a few notes about me and Kinnessburn.
"So Kinnessburn comes back to haunt me again - in the nicest possible way, of course. Kinnessburn - that madhouse of which I have fond memories, not unlike the asylum in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', and the chief nutter of my time now an august Professor, no less! A year of endless entertainment - largely created by that selfsame Professor - fireworks down people's chimneys, stinkbombs under the four corners of someone's bed - I think it was yours, Pete Thorogood - a Christmas party with all the trimmings in midsummer. Never shall I forget driving through the town, towing a Christmas Tree with the intention of planting it in the Provost's garden - the policeman who saw it was a bit bemused! Or was it you, Frank, standing in the garden with my golf clubs, practicing your approach shots over the roof of Kinnessburn into the road beyond - blithely ignoring the fact that there were cars parked there.
"Them was fun days and we even did some work in between discussing when and if the Revolution was coming - another august Professor this time. My next port of call - Andrew Melville - was dull in comparison, notwithstanding seeing a friend asleep in his bed as his bed gently floated across the room during a flood.
"So what thereafter? Two years of the Motor Industry until I realised that selling clutches and brakes was not overwhelmingly exciting - I probably had more fun drinking with Frank Burnet and Barend ter Haar during that period than working. Then, heigh-ho, it was off to the British Tourist Authority for 10 years of tourism marketing in the UK and Germany, marrying my wife Penny en route - the aforesaid Frank and Barend being ushers. After 10 years of tourism politics it was a small design agency for a short while and then the grandiose but shortlived title of Director of a plc.
"In 1984 we came home to Scotland and have not budged since. The girls are now at Uni - Rachel being a Postgrad at Stirling and Heather a Mechanical Engineer at Edinburgh. Penny runs Strathspey Surveys, dealing with questionnaires and research/analysis for such as Scottish Natural Heritage, while I am a tour guide and involved in the local Community."
Missing Man FRANK DUNCAN has e-mailed, "Hi Graham, I spotted David ("Arch") Andrews' entry on the friendsreunited website the other day and got in touch with him for the first time in over thirty years. In reply, he told me about your Men of Kinnessburn site - fascinating - I see that I am one of the "missing men".
"I actually stayed in one of Kinnessburn's many "bunks" or "annexes" as they were officially called - hence Dr Frame's jovial conversation opener at formal meals: "How's your annexe?" Mine was a room in the groundsman's flat above the Sports Pavilion opposite Hepburn Hall - a fair hike to Kinnessburn proper on a cold and wet St Andrews morn. It got me into the habit of skipping breakfast - a habit that persists to this day.
"After St Andrews, I spent a quarter of a century working for the Department of Health, initially in London - latterly in Leeds. Then they made me an offer I couldn't refuse so I decided to take the money and run. In fact, I ran as far as Easter Ross where I am currently renovating a nineteenth century cottage whilst doing some part-time research work to pay the bills - and looking forward to retirement a.s.a.p. and a move to warmer climes (Malta/Gozo or one of the Greek islands, possibly Crete, are all on the short-list).
"Greatly enjoyed reading about fellow Kinnessburnians - keep up the good work! Best wishes for Christmas and 2003."
Thanks to Frank for the photos which adorn this issue.
Head of English & Communication, Telford College, Edinburgh
Dr ALISTAIR FORRESTER is now 'retired' but still enjoys the modest amount of locum work which comes his way.
Another of our 'medics', Dr COLIN HUGHSON, confesses that he has not been back to St Andrews for many a year. After graduating he did a spell in General Practice in Norfolk but since then has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, Switzerland, China, USA and finally back in England. He has two children and two grandchildren (one of whom is at school) and believes in time warps!
Just before Christmas Dr PETER INGLIS e-mailed, "I'm not sure if I replied to an earlier communication or not, but have been "stung" by your Christmas Greetings to register properly. "I occupied the small room overlooking the front entrance (can't remember the number) during my final undergraduate year (1963-64) and have many fond memories of Mrs Durkin, Major Mitford and my fellow students. I have a clear memory of one of the maids rushing into the dining room to declare loudly to Bob Cheke who had his bird net up in the garden "Mr Cheke, there's a bluidy seagull in yer net!"
"After graduating, I married Gail McColm, a history graduate, and stayed on in St. Andrews whilst I did my Chemistry PhD with Frank Gunstone and Gail went to Dundee (teacher training) before teaching at Madras. After 4 years in Germany working as R&D manager for a chemical company, we returned to the UK and have been in Cumbria ever since where I was MD of a medium-sized chemical company before setting up my own Chemical Consultancy business in 1989.
"Now semi-retired I play lots of golf (badly), walk regularly in the fells and am an amateur woodworker / turner. Gail took early retirement from teaching in Cockermouth and is now a Magistrate and professional Grandmother. Not sure if / when we will make a Kinnessburn reunion, but let me know if you need any further information (or anecdotes!)."
All anecdotes gratefully received: it's these that keep the publication in business. So trawl through your memory banks and let's hear what you remember!
DEREK KENNEDY says that Helen and he are slowly drifting into grandparenthood, now for the second time around.
Another e-mail surprise, this time from Dr CHRIS KORYCINSKI. "Malcolm Binns? He fell through my door about 12 years ago. Graduated in medicine, got the Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England, the Irish equivalent, and was now going for the Scottish equivalent. Duncan Watters was from the USA, so I guess he went back there.
"I'm a research fellow at the dept of informatics (language technology group) working with XML and extraction & identification of chunks of text as a prelude to text summarisation. For the moment, anyway.
"I've also been a harpmaker, primary teacher, bookbinder, author (internal stuff at Heriot-Watt & some articles), astrologer, canvasser, advocate (as in citizens' advocacy), lecturer in computer science at a number of places (universities/tech colleges), medical herbalist, indexer, abstractor. Maybe time to be a taxi-driver next - a friend of mine earned over £2000 quid in the last two weeks. Still doing some of them, too. Meet me at the next psychic fair & part with your money. Life's not boring."
Jacqueline Marshall (née Smith) writes, "Your letter arrived a few days ago about Kinnessburn. Unfortunately my husband Jim died five years ago from cancer. Jim did stay in Kinnessburn in his first year, 1967, and always remembered his stay there with great affection. I know he would have been delighted to receive your letter and to attend any reunions."
'ARCH' is trying to discover the fate of the MOOSE. It strikes me that it might be an idea to devote a whole newsletter to the old boy. So if you have any moose tales, let's hear from you.
The Revd JOHN NEAL claims to be an opsimath (a word he got from a crossword!) and is reading for an MA at London University.
Two more Men rounded up who'd fallen off the bottom of the list - apologies to SIMON PARSONS and IAIN PRAIN - now all we have to do is to find them.
Dr JOHN SCONCE is a GP in Downham Market in Norfolk, and JEREMY SHORT lives in Sheffield. Awaiting further details.
Vice-President, Citibank (USA)
Sheila Smith writes, "It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that David lost his battle with cancer on November 9, 2002. He wanted so much to be a survivor, or at least to have some time in remission, and was prepared to try every treatment available to beat the odds. But, despite his major surgery in November last year , followed by six weeks of radiation and months of chemotherapy (he was most recently on his fourth kind of chemo), the cancer spread quickly. David was buried in Darien on November 15.
"Vanessa and Marcella have been a great support to both David and myself through all these months, and brought David a huge sense of pride during this last year: Vanessa received her PhD in May from Columbia University in New York, and Marcella delivered a sister, Siegrid, for Trustrum (aged 5) and Belden (aged 3) in July. David was able to attend Vanessa's graduation and be in Erie for Siegrid's arrival.
"I'm so glad so many people knew David and have so many good memories of him - we all miss him, but have had so much caring support from friends, neighbours and work colleagues which is helping us all cope during this difficult time. Sorry to have to write you this sad news. David faced this past year with courage and determination, determined to the end that he could turn things round and be a survivor."
Professor (WILLIE) ANGUS WALLACE is Professor of Orthopaedics & Accident Surgery at Nottingham. He is married to Jackie and they have three children, Suzanne (obstetrician/gynaecologist), Malcolm (aeronautical engineer) and Andrew (civil engineer).
Sir PHILIP WILLIAMS records that in the midst of a grand clearout, "I came across a bag of ties I'd decided I'd never need again. There was the moose! So he has been extracted and is again hanging in my wardrobe - though in view of his merits as a fashion statement (terylene, short and narrow) I still don't think he'll be a regular feature of my ensemble!"
'ARCH' is still trying to discover the fate of the moose. I know many of you can spin a story or two about him (the moose, I mean, not 'Arch'!). All moose tales gratefully received, shall we say, by return.
Your Editor, while appreciative of the kind comments which a number of you have made concerning his 'devotion to duty' and a' that, feels that he should remind you that production of the newsletter and organisation of reunions are a team effort - it is you who provide the news items, photos and often the means whereby contact can be made with Lost Men. Special mention should be made of 'Arch' Andrews, who spends much time hunting through directories and such trying to locate the Lost, of John Stepney's efforts in transferring the hard copy of the newsletter onto the website, and of David Wishart's major contribution to the success of last September's Reunion. Thanks, chaps.
Produced for the Men of Kinnessburn by Graham Robertson