Peter Wells Fisher (Cobham 52)

Peter was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1935 and attended Stowe from 1948 to 1952.  He adored his time at Stowe and was always glad to have been one of JF Roxburgh’s boys and proud to have been made Head of his house, Cobham. 

At Stowe, Peter developed a passion for architecture, which he went on to study at the University of Manchester, starting in year two of the course rather than year one on account of his aptitude and continuing to a successful career, including Chief Architect at Wedgwood.

Outside work Peter enjoyed sailing and was a keen squash player and skilled golfer. However, cars were to be his lifelong passion, fuelled by early visits from Stowe to Silverstone.

Peter died suddenly on 6 August 2023, and will be remembered with great affection by all who knew him.

Jane Lazzeri - nee Baker (Stanhope 88)

Sadly, Jane Lazzeri died in Pisa, Italy on 8 October 2023.

Dr George Satchwell (Grenville 54)

After a relatively short illness, Dr George Satchwell of North Curry near Taunton in Somerset, has passed away.  He died on September 20th aged 87, nearly 88.

Mr Robert Dudley Lightfoot (Walpole 41)

Robert or Bob as he was affectionately known, died peacefully on 28th July 2023 at Springhill Care Home, Accrington.  He celebrated his 99th birthday earlier this year.

Born in Whalley nr. Burnley, he was educated at Mostyn House on the Wirral before attending Stowe. He completed his education at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Whilst at Stowe he excelled at many sports representing the school at rugby, athletics and cross country. He also had a passion for golf which he was still playing well into his 90’s.

He retained a strong affection for Stowe although visits were few and far between in his latter years. In 2018, with his family, Bob was able to visit Stowe for a final time, meeting Walpole’s House Master and Head of House.  

Mr Ian Dowdeswell (Grafton 59)

Ian passed away in February 2023. The top entry scholar in September 1954 he was also a fine sportsman excelling in squash and tennis being awarded his colours at just 15, as well as playing rugby.  As recollected by a friend 'he was just one of the good guys'.

Dr John Eliot Hodgkin (Chatham 41)

John died peacefully in Salisbury on 29th July 2023, aged 100.

Mr Hugh Fenwick (Cobham 51) 

Hugh passed away on July 10 2023. 

Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood
(The Rt Hon Lord Justice Simon Brown, Chatham 55)

Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Supreme Court justice, 2009-12, was born on April 9, 1937. He died on July 7, 2023, aged 86. Whilst attending Stowe he took a shine to history and won the school history prize.


Mr Richard (Tony) Pearce (Bruce 47)

Tony died peacefully in his sleep Saturday 6 May 2023 aged 94 after a short illness. A loving husband to Rosemarie, father of two sons and 5 grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Mr George Clarke (Former staff, 1950-1985)

George died peacefully on Sunday 18 June 2023 aged 98. Dearly missed by all who loved him. Funeral to be held at New Forest Crematorium on Tuesday 18th July at 2 p.m. No flowers please. Donations in memory of George for The Landmark Trust may be made online at or cheques can be made payable to the charity and sent c/o Grassby Funeral Service, 8 Princes Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TW. Webcast details for the service available via the Old Stoic office.  

Mr Patrick Gilson (Walpole 79)

Patrick died on Sunday 18 June 2023 and his funeral will be on Thursday 27 July at midday at Clandon Wood, Epsom Road, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7FN.

Mr Wendell Harris (Cobham 63)

Wendell died on Sunday 11 June 2023, aged 78. He was at Stowe between 1958 - 1963 and he loved his time at school. Wendell attended many Old Stoic events.

Mr Nicholas Honeyman Brown (Grenville 63)

 Nicholas passed away on 17 May 2023. 

Mr William Partridge (Cobham 67)

William died on 18 April 2023. He died suddenly at his farm, near Hunterville in New Zealand. William spent his life farming, following an agricultural degree from Wye College. New Zealand was tailor made for him.

Mr Timothy Garratt (Cobham 61)

Tim died suddenly but peacefully at home on 9 February 2023. A man of the future and a man of ideas, he was planning his garden as he died. During his lifetime he positively impacted the lives of so many people in so many different ways. Tim was 80 years old when he died, and had lived in CHAGFORD, Devon for 48 of those years. For many years he had been a Partner in RENDELLS estate agents and the Honorary Secretary of the CHAGFORD SHOW. He was a much loved and respected member of ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, in Chagford. He is mourned by many, not least by his beloved wife Vanessa, his two sons, Alastair and James, their wives, and his nine grandchildren.

Mr Ivo Forde (Walpole 67)

(Mathew) Ivo Hubert Boys, aged 74, in a tragic car accident on 5 April 2023 in Norfolk. Loving husband of Mary (Poppins), beloved father of Emily, Libbit, John Henry and Tommy and cherished Grand I to Jock, Ivo, Edward, Eliza, Felix and Florence. Ivo joined the Old Stoic Society Committee in 1995 and in 2009 became the Chairman and School Governor. There will be a celebration of his life/wake at Burnham Thorp, at 2.30pm on Friday 19 May 2023.

Mr James Corbett (Temple 56)

James passed away on 2 January 2023. 

Mr David Costain (Walpole 60)

David died peacefully on 25 March 2023, An Old Stoic, farmer and out and out countrymen who was an incredible all round sportsman and possibly the finest game shot in England, David will be missed and fondly remembered by all that had the pleasure to know him.

A service celebrating David’s life will be held on the 28 April at 12.30 pm at the Landican Cemetery, Arrowe Park Rd, Woodchurch, Birkenhead, Wirral CH49 5LW.

Mrs Liz Zettl  (Former staff 1938-1942)

 Liz passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday 10 March 2023 at the age of 105 ½. Liz was such an incredible character and told such wonderful tales about Stowe and JF Roxburgh.

A private cremation will be held on Thursday 30 March, followed by a Thanksgiving Service in the R C Church of St Bernadine, Chandos Road, Buckingham at 12.00 noon.

Mr Michael Royds (Chatham 49)

Michael died peacefully on 12 March 2023 aged 91. Much loved husband of Vicky for 66 years, loving father to James, Radcliffe and Sophie and proud grandfather of Tom, Rosanna, Amelia, Harry, Jack, Mollie, Orlando, Matilda and Fabian. Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary's, High Hesket, CA4 0HS at 2 p.m. on 5 April 2023.

Col David Murray Brown (Chandos 51)

Colonel David Murray Brown died peacefully at home on Wednesday 8 February 2023. A Service of Thanksgiving will take place on Tuesday 18 April at 12pm at St Margaret the Queen, Buxted TN22 4AY.

Mr Mark von Bergen (Chatham 68)

Mark died peacefully after a short illness on 15 January 2023.  Mark was a partner at Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young) and worked as an accountant and then a management consultant for his career. He leaves two children Emma and George.

Mrs Bette Fox (Former Housemistress - Nugent, 2001 - 2006)

Bette passed away on 15 January 2023. Her funeral service will take place on Wednesday 15 February, at 11:30am, at Crown Hill Crematorium, Milton Keynes, followed by a Reception at Stowe at 13:00pm.

Mr Christopher Poulsom (Temple 61)

Christopher passed away on 5 January 2023. A memorial service to celebrate his life at Jesus Church, Troutbeck at 1 p.m., on Friday 3 February 2023 open to all. Donations left in his memory are to Parkinson U.K. or Westmorland R.D.A. online via