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Charles Macdonald

University organist Charles Macdonald Charles Macdonald, who had been the University organist since 1994, succumbed to cancer last month at the age of 52.

A funeral service was held for him at St Peter's church in Brighton at which many hundreds of people from the worlds of music, the Church and education paid their respects.

Charles offered a colourful range of weekly recitals in the Meeting House that drew audiences from all over the south of England and was also organist at the parish church in Steyning. He played at the funeral of Lord Olivier and gave recitals at numerous cathedrals and churches.

The University Chaplain, Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden, said: "Charles combined exquisite musicianship with a deep humanity, which made him not only a first-rate performer, but also a sympathetic companion and friend to those who worked with him.

"Charles made the University a more interesting and more colourful place. He was in every respect a big man whose heart and talent matched his frame."

Peter Wright

Peter Wright, who served the University for 28 years from 1965 to 1993, died peacefully at his home in Woodingdean on 13 July, aged 73.

Starting as a technician in the Physics mechanical workshop, Peter progressed to the post of supervisor and oversaw the complete refurbishment of the workshop, turning it into a modern facility.

Peter was a true socialist, treating everyone equally. When former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Denys Wilkinson turned up to the 1986 MAPS Christmas party without a ticket, Peter refused him entry. Sir Denys introduced himself as the VC; Peter was not impressed. "And I'm King Canute," he said. "No ticket, no admission."

He made many friends supporting research groups and teaching, while keeping his colleagues amused with his tales of seamanship and fishing expeditions on his boat, the 'Rogue'. He will be greatly missed by all, particularly by those who survived the fishing trips.

Malcolm Strong

 

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Friday 3 August 2001

 

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