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In Memoriam: John Hearth

John HearthThe University is saddened to learn of the death of John Hearth, who sadly passed away on the 1 of September 2014.

Mr John Hearth CBE, MA (Hon LLD) was a barrister at law and member of the University Council since 1985 and Treasurer from 1989 to 1998. Born in 1929 and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, Mr Hearth began his career in the Overseas Civil Service in the Solomon Islands from 1953 to 1960. He subsequently worked as editor of the Fairplay Shipping Journal for five years and became corporate planning director of Cunard Steamship Company from 1966-71. His career then moved from the sea to land, when from 1972 until 1989 he took up the post of Chief Executive, of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, (and again in 1991-92) and was also Governor of the Royal Agricultural College from 1978 to 1992.

During Mr Hearth's nine years' service as Treasurer, Warwick saw many improvements occuring including the launch of the Warwick Research Fellowships(1994), the construction of the Ramphal building(1996) and opening of the Sports Pavillion(1988). Over this time the University strengthened its position financially, despite increasing constraints on the public funding of higher education. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.