Mr Charles Johnson (Former staff, 1986-2003)

Charles passed away suddenly on Saturday 27 June 2020, aged 58. Charles arrived at Stowe as a young History teacher in 1986 and was Housemaster of Grafton from 1993-2003. Details of any future Thanksgiving service will be listed here in due course.

Sir John Perring Bt TD (Grenville 49)

Sir John passed away on Sunday 21 June 2020, aged 88. Sir John was President of the Old Stoic Society from 2002-2003 and was a lifelong supporter of Stowe. His son, John Perring (Grenville 80) is an Old Stoic. Sir John will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren and a wide circle of friends. A Thanksgiving Service will be held in due course.

Mr Paul Harvey (Grenville 42)

Paul passed away on 21 May 2020, aged 95. Paul had very fond memories of his time at Stowe and it was a big influence on his life. He continued to correspond with JF Roxburgh after he left and went up to King's, Cambridge. Paul had two sons, both of whom are Old Stoics: Guy Harvey (Grenville 69) and Neil Harvey (Grenville 70).

Mr Robin Green (Walpole 65)

Robin died peacefully in April 2020. On leaving Stowe Robin qualified as a Chartered Secretary and rose quickly through the ranks of one of the UK’s major Building Societies ultimately taking control of their Investment Division, involving 65 Directorships. On retirement in 2006 Robin spend a great deal of his time supporting National and Local Charities. He leaves two OS brothers, James Green (Walpole 62) and Jonathan Green (Walpole 68), four nephews, five nieces and was a great uncle to 13 children all of whom will miss him dearly.

Mr Alan Williams (Chatham 53)

Alan passed away on 21 April 2020, aged 84. Alan lived an extraordinary life as a journalist and thriller writer. His brother, actor, Brook Williams (Chatham 56), was also an Old Stoic. Click here to read Alan's published obituary.

Mr Tom Petersson (Grenville 86)

It is with great sadness that the Petersson family announces the loss of their beloved son, brother and friend, Tom, age 52, on 13 April, 2020 from COVID 19. Tom's brothers, Magnus Petersson (Grenville 85) and Philip Petersson (Grenville 91), are both Old Stoics. Details of any planned thanksgiving service will be listed here in due course.

Mr Oliver Ridge (Former staff 1964-2013)

Oliver passed away suddenly on Monday 4 May 2020. Oliver taught Physics at Stowe for over 30 years and will be very sadly missed by his family, friends and former colleagues. Click here to read his obituary. Details of any future thanksgiving service will be published here in due course.

Mr Dudley Howard (Cobham 65)

Dudley died peacefully in his sleep on 15 April 2020, aged 72. Loving and beloved husband to Torrie, father to Fleur and Zoe, grandfather to Beatrix, Octavia, Edward, George and Scarlett. Dudley was a wonderful friend, full of laughter with many stories to tell. His brother, Digby Howard (Cobham 61) is an Old Stoic.

A private cremation on Wednesday 29 April followed by a celebration of Dudley's life when circumstances allow. Donations to The Brain Tumour Charity c/o Reynolds Funeral Service, Chichester. Tel: 01243 773311 or via

Mr David Easton (Walpole 59)

David passed away peacefully on 27 March 2020 aged 79. Beloved husband of Julie, dear brother of Janet and much loved father of Sophie, James, Charlotte and Edward and grandfather of Joanie, Beck, Remy, Jack, Caspar, Lucas and Ruben. Thanksgiving service will be held at a later date.

Mr Julian Hartland-Swann (Bruce 54)

Julian, aged 84, died peacefully in Brussels, Belgium on 23 March 2020. Diplomat, gastronome and yachtsman. Husband of Julie and the late Ann, father of Piers. Brother to Jocelyn (Bruce 66), son of the late Joseph John ('Robin') (Bruce 25) and nephew to the late Peter Hartland-Swann (Bruce 35). His father, Robin, was one of 'The First Ninety-Nine' who joined the School at its foundation in 1923.

Private funeral in Brussels, to be followed by a celebration of his life at a later date to be announced.

Donations, if desired, to Belgian Alzheimer's League via

Mr Reginald Davis (Temple 45)

Reginald, aged 92, sadly passed away on 22 February 2020.

Mr Alan Caiger-Smith (Temple 48)

Alan, aged 90, passed away peacefullu at home, on 21 February. Married to Anne-Marie (d. 1994); father of Nicholas, Martin, Patrick and Daniel, grandfather of eleven; partner of Charlotte. 
Funeral service and life celebration took place on Saturday 7 March at St Mary's Church, Aldermaston. 

Mr Hugh Whitcombe (Bruce 51)

Hugh, aged 86, died peacefully on 6 February at home after a long illness bravely fought. Dearly loved husband of Prue and devoted father to Daryl Whitcombe (Bruce 82) and Alexander Whitcombe (Bruce 87).

Thanksgiving Service on March 24th at All Saints Church, Fulham at 2.30 p.m.

Mr Richard Speight (Bruce 55)

It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Richard Speight, former headmaster of Winchester House on Wednesday 12 February. Richard was a pupil at Winchester House from 1947 to 1950, coming to Stowe until 1955. Richard returned to Winchester House as a member of staff in 1961. In 1972, Richard was appointed joint Assistant Headmaster and three years later became Headmaster.

During his headship, Richard's leadership skills, forward thinking approach, way with children and enthusiasm for life saw the introduction of girls, the building of Drayton House, the creation of Pre-Prep and growth of pupil numbers. Richard retired in 1997 having touched so many lives, and took on the role of Chairman of the Winchester House Association, a position he held until his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Richard's family and friends. He will be sorely missed and always remembered with great affection.

Funeral and memorial details will follow in due course. 

Mr Nigel Murray (Chandos 67)

Nigel, aged 70, sadly passed away in Germany on 15 January 2020. 

The Service took place on Wednesday 29 January at St Michael's Church, High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB, followed by the committal of ashes at Oakley Green Cemetery, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5UJ.

Mr James Elmslie (Cobham 38)

James, aged 100, sadly passed away on 30 January 2020. Father of Nicholas Elmslie (Cobham 74).


Mr Michael Shrager (Temple 56)

Michael, aged 82, sadly passed away on 23 January 2020. Brother of  Mr Andrew Shrager (Temple 63).

Mr David Fitzgibbon (Temple 47)

David, aged 90, died peacefully on January 8, 2020. Devoted husband of the late Muriel, beloved father to Francis and Robin, dear father-in-law of Ali, devoted grandfather of Robbie and Ellie, and brother of Patrick and the late John (Temple 46).

He will be sadly missed by all. Service of Thanksgiving took place on Thursday 16 January in Holy Trinity Church, Kircubbin, followed by private service in Roselawn Crematorium and interment in Ballyphilip Parish Church, Portaferry.

Mr Robert Hichens (Chandos 50)

Robert, aged 87, died peacefully on 8th January 2020, surrounded by his immediate family. Darling husband of Mariquita, adored father of Carenza, Simon and Sarah, and grandfather of six. Funeral Service took place on 24th January at St Peter's, Flushing, Cornwall, TR11 5TP.


Mr Ian Fenston (Walpole 63)

Ian, aged 74, sadly passed away on 4 January 2020

Mr Richard Denempont (Grenville 62)

Richard, aged 75, sadly passed away on Christmas eve, after a long battle with cancer.  He was the last remaining male Denempont in the U.K. 

Service took place Monday 20 Jan 2020 at Breckland Crematorium, Norwich Road, Norwich, NR9 4NR. Donations are to go the Pricilla Bacon Lodge where Richard spent his last weeks. A hospice run by the MacMillan nurses.


Mr Andrew Vinen (Walpole 51Former Staff 1966-80)

Andrew passed away on Friday 20 December, aged 86. After leaving Stowe in 1951, Andrew went up to Cambridge to study Mathematics. He left with a First and became a Math's teacher. During his teaching career, Andrew taught at Christ's Hospital School, Stowe, from 1966 - 1980 and Maidwell Hall Prep School, retiring in 1991. Andrew's funeral service took place on Friday 10 January, at Lairg, Scotland. 

Miss Liz Sheard (Former Staff, 1990 - 2016)

Liz sadly passed away on 3 December 2019, surrounded by her family. Liz taught English and Skills at Stowe for 26 years and retired in 2016. She was a very well loved member of the Stowe community and will be very sorely missed. Details of services in memory of Liz will be listed here as soon as they are confirmed. 

Mr Richard Lamping (Chandos 68)

Richard passed away suddenly on Monday 2 December 2019. Richard left Stowe in 1968 and had a wide circle of Old Stoic friends. His brother, David (Chandos 64), also went to Stowe, along with his daughters, Briony Sutcliffe (née Lamping, Nugent 99), Charlotte Lamping (Nugent 01) and Emma Follen (Nugent 02).

Richard served on the Old Stoic Society Committee from 2002 until 2009, and has continued to support Old Stoic events and activities since stepping down.

Richard will be very sadly missed by his friends at Stowe and our condolences go to his wife, Sally, and his family.

Funeral service took place on Tuesday 17 December 2019, at St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4LA.


Dr Jeremy David (Grafton 57)

Jeremy, aged 81, sadly passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on 30 November, leaving his wife Lexi, his step-children, family and friends.
An adventurer, a scientist  and extremely loyal friend. Jeremy will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Mr Trevor Grossmark (Chatham 49)

Trevor, aged 88, sadly passed away on 23 November. Beloved husband of 65 years to Janette. He was predeceased by his brother, Derek Grossmark (Chatham 46).

Funeral service has already taken place.


Mr Steve Ausnit (Cobham 42)

With great sadness, we share the news that Steven Ausnit, aged 95, passed away peacefully at home on 8 November 2019.

His daughters Suzanne and Christine write, "Many knew him, and everyone loved him.  He was a kind and generous man who was always ready to extend a helping hand and whose life and deeds touched many generations.  Our many wonderful memories of Steve will sustain us in the days, months, and years ahead.

As we reflect back on Steve's long and fulfilling life, we remember how highly he valued education.  In his memory, we are establishing a fund to support one of his most cherished projects, Liceul Teoretic Harul, which supports underprivileged students from kindergarten to high school in Lugoj, Romania.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider supporting this fund. We will be sending more information shortly on how to contribute, as well as on a memorial service to celebrate Steve's life."

We will publish details of the memorial service once we receive them.


Mr Nick Crass (Chatham 66)

Nick died on 12 November 2019, suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.   Nick's brother, Martin Crass (Chatham 67), is an Old Stoic.

Funeral service took place on Tuesday 3rd December, at 1pm, at St Bede’s Chapel, Teesside Crematorium, Acklam Road, Middlesbrough TS5 7HD.


Mr Colin Anson (Grenville 50)

Colin, aged 88, sadly passed away on 26 October 2019. Younger brother to the late Dr John Anson (Grenville 45) and Mrs Sarah Kerr.

If you would like to get in touch with the family, please do email the Old Stoic Office on and we will forward your details on.

Mr Robin Guinness (Cobham 44)

Robin, aged 94, passed away peacefully at home on 17 October. Husband of the late Judith, Father to Andrew and Alina and grandfather to Tristan, Saska, Nialls, Taigan and Toby. Younger brother of  Edward Guinness (Cobham 42).

Funeral service took place on Saturday 2 November at 1.15pm. Donations, if desired, c/o Bradley & Jones, 7 Love Lane, Pinner HA5 3EE 

Mr Richard Uttley (Chandos 53)

Richard, aged 84, sadly passed away on 1 October, 2019.  Husband to Harriet, father to Jack Uttley (Chandos 93) and Older brother to John Uttley (Chandos 57).

Mr Angus Watson (Former Staff 1955 - 1970)

Angus died peacefully on 9 September 2019, aged 87, after a long illness, surrounded by his family in Wells, close to where he and his wife, Alison, a fine bassist, lived in retirement.

Angus taught at Stowe from 1955 until 1970 and held the role of Director of Music. He was an inspirational teacher, loved by many of his pupils. He was a superb violinist, conducted the Stowe Orchestra and conducted in Stowe Chapel some of the great choral works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Handel. As well as performing in the Roxburgh Hall, Angus presented chamber concerts in the Library and the Queen’s Temple.

Angus left Stowe to teach at Winchester but he became a Stowe parent in the same year.His son, Dr Francis Watson (Lyttelton 74) left Stowe in 1974. 

Angus’ funeral took place at St Matthew’s, Wookey, Near Wells, Somerset on Friday 11 October at 2pm.  Details are available from

Mr John Hamer (Grenville 55)

John, aged 82, sadly passed away on 8 September. Younger brother to Mr Richard Hamer (Grenville 53).

John had been a regular guest at the SOS lunch but has been unable to attend this year.

John's Funeral was held on Wednesday 25th September at 12.30 p.m. at Golders Green Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to East Kent Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Mr Allan Macpherson (Grenville 69)

Allan, aged 68, sadly passed away on 7 September 2019. Older Brother of Angus Macpherson (Grenville 71). 

Funeral service has already taken place.

Mr Desmond Heyward (Cobham 51)

Desmond, aged 86, Desmond, died peacefully at home on 6 September 2019, aged 86. Much loved husband of Fiona, adored father of Lucy, Mel, Toby and Katrina and devoted grandfather to seven grandchildren. 

Funeral service took place at St Peter's, Great Haseley on 19 September.

Mr David Palmer (Chatham 44)

David, sadly passed away peacefully at home, on 4 September, aged 92. Devoted husband of the late Millie, father of Melanie, Alice and Katie, and grandfather of eleven. 

Service of Thanksgiving took place on 3 October at 4.30pm, St. Mary the Virgin Church, Hambleden. Donations for the Hambleden PCC and The Buckingham Foundation may be sent c/o Tomalin & Son, 38 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AG. Tel 01491 573370.

Mr Hamish Hardie (Grenville 07)

Hamish, died suddenly on 16th August 2019, aged 30. Beloved son of Christopher and Mary-Anne (Emma), adored brother of Clemi, George and Izzy and brother in law of Faye. Devoted uncle to David and Theodora (Froggy). Memorial service to be announced.

Mr Michael Mellor (Bruce 50)

Michael, aged 87, passed away away peacefully on 15 August 2019.  Beloved husband to Janette and younger brother to Antony Mellor (Bruce 48).

The Funeral service has already taken place.

Mrs Gemma Meddings (née Taylor, Nugent 00)

After a long battle with breast cancer, Gemma, aged 37, sadly passed away on 15th August 2019.

The funeral took place on 29th August and was a celebration of Gemma's life.

Mr Bruce Snyder (Bruce 56)

Bruce, aged 81, sadly passed away on 14th August 2019.  Much loved husband of Elizabeth, father of John Snyder (Bruce 83), James Snyder (Bruce 91) and siblings Anthony and Wendy.

Mr John Nayler (Walpole 58)

John, aged 79, sadly passed away on 11th August 2019.

The funeral has already taken place.

Mr Philip Jones (Chatham 82)

Philip, aged 55, sadly passed unexpectedly on 11th August 2019. Much loved husband to Mary, father to Samantha and Jack.

Mr William de Salis (Bruce 57)

William, aged 80, passed away on 16th July 2019. Very dear husband of Phyllida, very proud father, grandfather and father-in-law of Henrietta, James, Poppy, Sophie, Henning, Phoebe, David and Tessa. 

The funeral has already taken place.

Mr Roderick Corbett (Temple 62)

Roderick, aged 75, sadly passed away on 16 July 2019, after a long illness. Husband to Jane, younger brother of Mr Michael Corbett (Temple 53) and Mr James Corbett (Temple 56).

Mr Andrew Fairbairn (Chandos 52)

Andrew, aged 84, sadly passed away on 26 June 2019.

Mrs Caroline Whitlock (Former Staff 2007 - 2017)

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Caroline Whitlock died on 1 July 2019, having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just over a month before. Caroline, who retired in March 2017, worked for the Old Stoic Society as Old Stoic Events Co-ordinator for 10 years and was well known and loved by Old Stoics around the world.

I am sure I speak on behalf of all Old Stoics when I pass on our love and great sorrow to Caroline’s daughters, Toria and Gee, for their huge loss, which will be felt by so many. Caroline was a kind, caring and strong individual and it was a great pleasure to work with her for so many years and be able to call her a friend. She will be very sadly missed by us all. I will remember her wonderful warmth and kindness, her gentle sense of humour, and her genuine compassion for and interest in the wellbeing of those she knew.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in Stowe Chapel on Thursday 3 October 2019, at 3.00pm. If you would like to attend, please email giving the names of all those who will be joining you or telephone the Old Stoic Office on 01280 818349. Caroline’s family have asked for no black to be worn at the Service.  

If you would like to write to Caroline’s family, please send cards and letters to the Old Stoic Office and we will forward them on for you.

Anna Semler (Nugent 05)