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Classnotes - 1960s

Victor Bailey
BA History 1966-69 and PhD History 1969-75

Victor is also a graduate of the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge. He was a research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and a lecturer at Hull University before becoming the Distinguished Professor in Modern British History and the Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, where he has been for the past 25 years.


Nick Barton
BA History 1968-71

In December 2008, Nick was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Health by the University of Bath for his contribution to addiction treatment. Nick is Chief Executive of the charity Action on Addiction.

Gyll Brown (née Currie)
BEd 1966-70 and later a Dip Ed)

Gyll has had a career in teaching, the most recent post as Head of RE at Bluecoat School Coventry. She is now retired but still busy, being involved with the local Girl Guide campsite as well as having other interests. She and her husband have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. Gyll would love to get hold of a photo of her graduation if anyone has one with her on.

Philena Bruce
Philena Bruce
BA Economics 1969-72
Philena is taking a course in becoming a stand-Up comic and took part in a graduation showcase gig in October 2012 at the Dogstar Pub in Brixton under her stage name of Mary Feilding.
Tom Clavin
Tom Clavin
Certificate in Education 1960-63 and Diploma in Education 1973-74

Tom has taken to the education of reluctant equines in his declining years.

Global business

Richard Croucher
BA History 1967-70 and PhD Social History 1972-77

Richard has published a new book Global Unions, Global Business (Middlesex University Press) with Elizabeth Cotton. It looks at a little-understood aspect of globalisation: the role of the Global Union Federations in international employment relations. The book outlines the way that trade unions at international level relate to multinational companies using detailed and up-to-date illustrations of their activities.

Elizabeth Jones (née Day)
Certificate in Education 1967-70
Elizabeth taught at Highcliffe Infant and Junior Schools in Dorset for seven years. She had two children, Philippa (a Deputy Head with a daughter) and Hugh (a marine biologist). Elizabeth later remarried and had two daughters, Elizabeth (a university economics lecturer) and Harriet (a solicitor). She also brought up two step children. With her husband she ran a hotel for 18 years and they now live in a thatched cottage in mid Devon.
Heather Eggins
MPhil English 1966-75

Heather has recently published her latest book Access and Equity: Comparative Perspectives.

Jean Eldred (née Beaumont)
Certificate in Education 1961-64

After leaving Warwick, Jean taught for six years before getting married to a widower with five children. After they left home she says that she went to work for her husband as assistant/general dogsbody in his electronics consultancy. Jean is now retired.

Graham Hall
Certificate of Education 1966-69
Graham enjoyed his career as a primary teacher in Lancashire and ended up as a Head. He is now retired and enjoying musical theatre, travel and the allotment!

Caroline Lodge

Caroline Lodge (née Riches)
BA History 1967-70

Caroline, who is currently employed at the Institute of Education, University of London after a career in teaching in secondary schools in Coventry and London, has co-edited and contributed to a new book entitled Retiring Lives. The book presents 14 personal real life stories from people at various stages of retiring. You can find more information on the Institute of Education website.

Phil ODononvan
Phil O'Donovan
BSc Engineering 1968-71

Phil is a co-founder of Cambridge Silicon Radio which became the largest global market supplier of bluetooth chips. As a technology start-up, CSR was one of the UK’s great commercial success stories of the past decade.

Phil is now at Twelve Winds where he works with the founders, boards and management of emerging companies as well as those universities and other organisations wishing to exploit their intellectual property. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Gold Medal winner.

Stephen Riley
BA Economics 1966–69

Stephen retired from his position with household products manufacturer Church & Dwight. Stephen, who lives in Mexico City, is now able to dedicate more time to his role as President of the Reforma Athletic Club ( Any Warwick alumni travelling to Mexico City can arrange a (free) weekend pass to the club by contacting the administration through the website.

Jane Sweeney (née Dent)
Certificate in Education 1963-66

Jane taught in primary schools until retirement from the headship of a village school in 1980. She moved to Yorkshire in 1992 to be nearer to her family and became self-employed running a cottage she designed for disabled holidaymakers. She loved teaching children to read and still misses this.

Christian Wolmar

Christian Wolmar
BA Economics 1967-71

Christian's latest book, Blood Iron & Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World, has just being published. It's a social history of the railways from the 1830 opening of the Liverpool and Manchester to today's world of high speed trains.There's more about it on Christian's website.

Rachel Wood
Rachel Wood (née Morris)
BA Drama and History 1968-71

Rachel has just retired from a career mostly in the FE sector of education. Her last position was as manager of teacher training at Stratford-upon-Avon College working with the team at Warwick. Rachel got married in 1971 and remains happily married. They have one daughter who is also a graduate of Warwick and now lives and works in California.


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