No 5 January 1998

KINNESSBURN REUNION 1998

JANUARY 1998 NEWS : ISSUE NO. 5

THE DATE & THE PLACE

The Reunion will take place in HAMILTON Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday 8th October.

THE MEAL

A sit-down four-course meal has been booked at a cost of about £23 each, drinks extra. Alternative courses for vegetarians may be available but will need advance booking.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Hamilton Hall offers single and twin-bedded standard accommodation. Double-bedded superior accommodation will be at New Hall. Please note that you make your own arrangements for bed & breakfast directly with the Holidays Officer at 79 North Street, telephone 01334 462000, fax 01334
1462500.

THE ENTERTAINMENT

Several events are in train for the afternoon. A guided tour around the University 'additions' is being organised by the University Hosts. The Geology & Geography Departments may be able to open up Kinnessburn for us, and I am trying to negotiate a "block booking' on the Himalayas, as suggested by Sven Sigurđsson.


And here is the rest of the news.....

Dr DON BRYDON says that he is hoping to meet old friends again at thereunion.


Commander MIKE DICKINSON, our man in Largoward and/or the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, writes to say, "I have been working in Luxembourg for the past four years, initially as a contractor with the EU on a project called CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service). Then I got involved in HR, peddling IT specialists to banks. I live a split personality existence between Fife and Luxembourg, returning to Fife every 2-3-4 weekends and Liz, comes out here for about 10 days a month. Thus responsibilities to youngest son at boarding school, two dogs and the CAB can be squared with my working here."

Mike goes on to remind us that he was one of the Founder Men of Kinnessburn. but afterwards with family help bought a flat at no.7 City Road, which he suspects may still stick in some in some memories as a den of moderate iniquity. At the end of his third year he ran out of subjects to read and retired from the University, joined the Royal Naval Reserve and married LIZ KLIJNSTRA (of Biochem and Chattan).

After six years as a Sales rep. with Henry Balfour & Co. in Leven, during which time he spent little time Sales repping and more time commissioning a Brewery and getting involved in Rendering, Mike joined Win R. Stewart & Sons, a family company of textile engineers in Dundee, on the marketing side. He stayed with them for 20 years.

"My RNR career ran in parallel to this. I was a Seaman Officer and after 13 years or so qualified to drive small ships for the Queen, holding a Command Certificate for a further 13 years, and for my last five years was also Commanding Officer of HMS CAMPERDOWN, the RNR Headquarters in Dundee, with the rank of Commander. I must admit that I still miss the ship-driving.

Liz, and I have four children, Elspeth (27), a chartered accountant with Glaxo-Wellcome, Alan (26), running a music business in Soho, Fiona (22), just graduated with a First in Pharmacology at Bristol and looking for a job, and Robert (15), doing his GCSEs next year. We collect the tribe together to spend two weeks skiing each Christmas/New Year and otherwise contribute hugely to British Telecom's profits."


LORD KINROSS (formerly CHRIS BALFOUR), who is now in legal practice after reading Law at Edinburgh, wrote a jolly letter expressing his regret that he could not make it to the reunion. He added that, although he had not been back to St Andrews since leaving the University, his gown has - on the back of a neighbour's son to whom he lent it for the duration of the lad's course!


STAN REID's contemporaries will remember this convivial Irishman as the most genial of friends. As the son of a Protestant minister in Belfast he was often touched at first hand by the Troubles in his home town, and this increasingly clouded his outlook. After leaving university his response was to work for integration among the young in a non-sectarian playground in Belfast. Over a period letters to his home gradually went unanswered, but a chance encounter with his parents in 1978 revealedthat Stan was working in a psychiatric hospital near Aberdeen. The response to the suggestion by his old friends for a small "reunion" was sadly predictable: his life had taken a new direction and recollections of former times, places and acquaintances had become unwelcome to him and would remain so. It was a further sadness a few years later when his parents circulated the news of Stan's death in a car crash. It is to be hoped that his search for contentment in life after university was as rewarding for him then as his company and friendship had been to his fellow undergraduates in more openly cheerful times. R.I.P.        RPNW


Sir PHILIP WILLIAMS writes to say that after graduating he worked with two firms of Chartered Surveyors in Oxfordshire, and one in Dorset after returning to the family home in 1985. He now runs the estate of about 2000 acres, mainly farmland, woods and 35+ cottages. He married CATHERINE (nee Pouncey) in 1979 and they have one son and three daughters, ranging from 17 to 10.


OUR "LOST" LIST - any details at all of those below would be helpful.

HARRY BARKER, JOHN BENNETT, MALCOLM BINNS, DAW BREWIN, JOHN CAMERON, IAIN CAMPBELL, JIM CAMPBELL, ALISTAIR CHISHOLM, RICHARD CLARK, JCN CONNELL, TOM CONROY, JOHN COOK, JS CORDINGLEY, AT COULL, BRIAN CROWE, JOHN CUNNINGHAM, PAUL DAVIES, SIMON DAWSON, STUART DONALDSON, JCM ‘HENRY' DUNBAR, FRANK DUNCAN, DAVE EGGELING, KEITH FERGUSON, ANDY GREEN, IN GUNN-RUSSELL, TONY HANCOCK, SAM HARVEY, LENNY HELLING, PAT HEWINS, TED HILL, PAUL HOLLOWAY, DAVID HORGAN, PETER INGLIS, CR JOHNSTONE, CHRIS KORYCINSKI, PJ LAWRIE, CHRIS LEWIS, DAVE LINDSAY, DJ LODGE, FRASER MacDONALD, IAN MALLARD, SANDY McALPIN, AR O'BRIEN, SD OLLIVANT, MIKE PETERSON, JCW RICHARDSON, BRIAN RICKARD, PETE ROGERS, ROBIN ROSE, GORDON ROY, MARTIN SCANTLEBURY, JOHN SCONCE, CHARLIE SCOTT, PETE SHAW, JEREMY SHORT, ALISTAIR SIMPSON, GRAHAM SMITH, BARCLAY STEWART, KEITH TAYLOR, BAREND ter-HARR, JOHN THEWLIS, TONY WARD, OWEN 'NEDDY' WHITE, TOM WHITESIDE, DAVID WRIGHT, DAVID YOUNG, SANDY YOUNG


Published by Graham Robertson

 

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