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Louden Ryan

The following obituary was published in the Irish Times 8 December 2018, 01:32

Louden Ryan obituary: A spearhead of Ireland’s economic revival

A significant amount of the credit for the transformation of the Irish economy away from a predominantly agricultural-based system to the modern industrial-cum-services economy has been credited to the late TK Whitaker. In reality the transformation also owed a great deal to Whitaker’s friend and academic ally Louden Ryan, and it may be more accurate to describe the successful transformation as due to the partnership between these two Northern Irish-born economists.

It was Ryan, a PhD graduate from Trinity College Dublin, a former lecturer at the London School of Economics and the author of a new economics textbook, Price Theory (1958), who introduced the rigour of economic theory and policy into the Department of Finance in the late 1950s when acting as its technical director of the Economic Development Board (1959-61) and later as its economic consultant (1961-69).

It was this rigour that helped Whitaker produce Economic Development and the ensuing Programmes for Economic Expansion that set the Irish economy on a new and more productive course. While leaving a deeply impressive imprint on economic planning in Ireland, Ryan had a multifaceted career moving seamlessly between academia and the public sector and still later into the commercial banking sector when he became governor of the Bank of Ireland.

Portadown start

William James Louden Ryan, always known as Louden, was born in Portadown in 1923. He attended Portadown College, where he met his future wife, Maudie, who was also a student there. He had a brilliant undergraduate career in Trinity, obtaining a scholarship in 1944. After graduation he was appointed an assistant lecturer in economics from 1946 to 1949.

Having obtained his doctorate from Trinity, he moved to London School of Economics, where he was appointed a lecturer in economics from 1949 to 1953. He returned to Trinity as a lecturer in the department of economics, then run by Prof George Alexander Duncan. Duncan and Ryan had different ideological approaches to economics, with the former espousing a strong libertarian line against Ryan’s eclectic Keynesian approach, which suggested that more government intervention was needed in the economy. Ryan soon established himself as an outstanding lecturer. Some of his lectures were soon published as Price Theory, a book that was used as a core textbook by many British universities in the late 1950s and 1960s. As Duncan held the chair of political economy, Ryan was appointed professor of industrial economics from 1961-67 and later professor of political economy from 1967 to 1985.

“Structure” is one of the most apposite words that can be used to summarise Ryan’s career. He created structures or improved structures in every institution where he worked. He structured the detailed provision and analysis of economic data for the programmes of economic expansion. Once his detailed analysis of the Irish economy had been made it provided a template for policy makers to select the appropriate policies necessary to move the economy forward. He structured a wide range of deeply influential councils and commissions.

But during this highly productive period, Ryan was not just contributing to public institutions, but also imposing his new structures on academia in Trinity. Along with his great friend Prof Basil Chubb he created the highly successful faculty of Business, Economic and Social Studies (BESS), which produced a wide range of options for students wishing to study in this area. He was less than happy recently to see the dismantling of the BESS faculty in a recent university reorganisation.

Future structure

When TK Whitaker left the Department of Finance and was appointed the governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, he quickly ensured that his economic partner would be appointed to the board of the Central Bank in 1966. Once again Ryan was asked to provide a new future economic structure, this time related to money and banking. He chaired and wrote, along with economist Tom Hoare, the Money Market Committee Report, which showed how the indigenous capital market could be deepened and a money market established so as to enable Irish financial policy to develop domestically and free itself from overdependence on London.

His knowledge of banking then led to a third move in his working life away from academia and the public sector to that of commercial banking. On his retirement as a director of the Central Bank in 1978 he had, in that same year, been appointed a director of the Bank of Ireland. Seven years later he was appointed governor of the Bank of Ireland. This appointment caused some hasty rearrangements at the bank’s headquarters on Baggot Street, as they had to find a parking spot for the new governor’s fold-up bicycle. Always a modest man, he shunned the trappings of power such as chauffeur-driven cars for the governor. At the time of his governorship, which lasted until 1991, Ryan was criticised by some of the banking cognoscenti for his conservatism and lack of insight into some of the new innovative approaches to credit expansion. Unfortunately it was this lack of conservatism, along the new embrace of excessive financial innovation, that would serve to destroy the Irish banking system less than two decades later.

Ryan, with his structured analytical approach to economic, financial and academic issues, spearheaded the transformation of Irish society from the late 1950s into the 1990s. His excellence in teaching and administration has left a strong legacy of students who have greatly assisted this transformation and also contributed to developments across the world economy. He had a very good sense of ironic humour and embellished his comments with one-liners from the Old Testament, to the consternation of younger colleagues unacquainted with this work, to copper-fasten his arguments

His devoted wife, Maudie, to whom he was married for 64 years, pre-deceased him. He is survived by his daughter, Jane, and his son, Jonathan.

Copyright: Irish Times

Rob van Mesdag

The following tribute was published in The Times 25 August 2018, 12:01

Rob van Mesdag, 88: Lifelong rower who took a bronze medal

Last month Rob van Mesdag, aged 88, wearing a singlet and shorts, and ready to take his single scull out on the Thames, declared: “Rowing is the best thing in the world.”

He spoke with conviction: in 1952 Van Mesdag had rowed for the Dutch team in the Helsinki Olympics. Three years later, he won a bronze medal in the European Championships.

Born in 1930 in Hilversum, the Netherlands, Robbert was the youngest of four brothers. The eldest, Jaap, was one of 32 Dutchmen who in 1941 tried to reach England by kayak to join up. A second brother died flying for the RAF.

After spending the war in the Netherlands, Van Mesdag finished his schooling in Delaware, in the US, and rowed for his school, St Andrew’s. Last year he sponsored the school’s team at the Henley Regatta. He followed his third brother, Maarten, to Trinity College Dublin in the 1940s and, after graduation, worked for the family business, Van Houten Chocolate, until it was sold in 1962 to WR Grace. He became a freelance correspondent for Dutch and English newspapers, specialising in reporting on rowing and sailing.

Moving to London in the 1960s, Van Mesdag proved a loyal member of and popular after-dinner speaker at the London Rowing Club. Although extremely generous to charity and friends, he delighted in frugality, wrapping his Christmas presents in newspaper. He spoke impeccable English, wore tweed, and lived in Fulham with his dear, long-term companion, Michaele Wellington-Hall. They attended All Saints Church, Fulham.

He died after becoming ill while preparing to be photographed by Dutch documentary-makers in his scull, Oranje Boven. Twenty-four hours earlier, Van Mesdag had said: “This boat was made of wood for me in 1953 in Holland. It may get older than I do.”

Donald (Don) Panoz

The following obituary was published in the Irish Times 22 September 2018, 05:00

Pioneer of nicotine patches and founder of first Irish company to list on NYSE

The contribution to both the Irish economy and Irish society which can be made by an inward foreign investor might take as its template the career of Don Panoz, founder of the Elan Pharmaceuticals group, who has died aged 83 in the United States.

Arriving in Ireland with a young family in 1969, Panoz, a 34-year-old American pharmacist, set up a workshop in an outhouse of a rented bungalow in Monkstown, Co Dublin to develop his ideas surrounding the transdermal delivery of medication which was to lead eventually to the globally famous nicotine patch.

Within a few short years, Panoz’s micro-firm, Elan Pharmaceuticals, was thriving, establishing a research and development facility at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). By 1981, Elan had 25 contracts with 16 different pharmaceutical companies internationally. A research company was founded in Georgia in the US, followed by the launch on Nasdaq in New York of a US subsidiary of the Dublin-based Elan Corporation, the very first listing on the NYSE of an Irish company. Within three years, it was valued at more than $100 million.

In 1985, Elan opened its first major manufacturing base in Athlone, where its co-operation with AIT led to the opening also in that year of the Institute of Biopharmaceuticals there. Much later, after research-related and regulatory difficulties from 2002 onwards, Elan was to suffer catastrophic losses and to close, but Panoz had long departed the company by then, selling nearly all of his investment in 1996 to a group of Irish-based investors.


Don Panoz had first decided to re-locate to this country after he had had a good-natured disagreement about business development with his life-long best friend and fellow entrepreneur Milas “Mike” Puskar, with whom he had set up his first pharma venture, Milan Pharmaceuticals, at White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, in 1961. Panoz, aged just 25 at the time, became then the youngest ever chief executive of an American pharmaceuticals company.

Puskar and Panoz had met while both were serving with the US military in Korea in the early 1950s, after which Panoz studied pharmacy at the University of Pittsburg, and, later, business at Duquesne University. He had taken over at first one, then two, retail pharmacies while still a student to help pay his way through university and, having made a success of both, sold them to start his business with Puskar.

The company they founded eventually became Mylan Pharmaceuticals, now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of generic drugs selling an estimated 1,300 products in 140 countries worldwide.

Where Panoz and Puskar disagreed was in the potential of trans-dermatological medication. It says something for Pandoz’s self-confidence that he chose to leave the firm he had co-founded to relocate to a country he didn’t know to start all over again at 34 with a wife and, by then, five young children. His choice of Ireland very probably had something to do with his background.

Born into a very poor family in Ohio (although raised from an early age in West Virginia), his mother was Irish-American, his father a professional prize-fighting boxer, Eugenio Panunzio, a first-generation Italian-American, who later changed his name to the simpler Panoz.

New business direction

After leaving Elan in 1996, Panoz, ever the entrepreneur, started out in a completely new business direction, developing substantial commercial interests in the leisure industries of golf resorts and motor racing, and also wine-making, re-starting, for the first time since Prohibition, the state of Georgia wine industry with his signature business, the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, just north of Atlanta. He later developed the St Andrew’s Bay Golf Resort and Spa in Scotland, the Diablo Grande Winery and Resort in California, and another Chateau Elan Resort and Golf Course in Hunter Valley, Australia.

However, it was arguably his contribution to motor racing in the US that was by far the more important development. Backing a start-up by his eldest son, Danny, in 1989, to produce an American motor racing car, Panoz Motor Sports, later Elan Motorsport Technologies, produced revolutionary cars including, in 1998, the world’s first hybrid racing car which competed at the Petit Le Mans competition, modelled on the famous French Le Mans race.

He was licensed by the Le Mans organisers, the L’Automobile Club de L’Ouest, to market the brand in the US, and in 2006 a Panoz model, the Esperante GT LM, won the 24-hour race at the French annual competition.

Earlier this year, the Panoz Avezzano won the Pirelli World Challenges GTS Sprint/Sprint X Manufacturers’ Championship.

Don Panoz also played a pivotal role in unifying the sporting structures governing motor sport in the US, by creating, with others, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in 2012, of which he was still vice-president when he died.

Financial contributions

Philanthropy was another important theme in Panoz’s life. Through his Panoz Family Foundation, he made significant financial contributions to higher learning (apart from those at AIT) at Lynn University, Florida; the University of West Virginia; the Panoz Institute at Trinity College Dublin; and the University of Georgia in his adopted home state. With other motor sports business figures, he also made substantial donations to the “Malaria no More” global campaign to eliminate the disease in under-developed nations.

Don Panoz is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy (nee Hefner), and by his children Danny, Chris, Dona, Denna, Liza and Andrea.

Copyright: Irish Times

Robert Pollock


He attended Trinity College, Dublin from 1932 to 1936, obtaining a BA in the Autumn of 1935 BAO (Bachelor in Midwifery) a Bch (Bachelor in Surgery) and MB (Bachelor in Medicine) in the Summer of 1937.

He won a number of prizes notably; The O’Sullivan Memorial Scholarship in 1934, The Professor’s Prize in Anatomy (March 1935) while he was a Demonstrator in Anatomy at Trinity from 1935 to 1936. He also won prizes in medicine and surgery at The Adelaide Hospital in 1936, and The Hudson’s Prize and Medal in June 1937.

He gained First Place, and a First-Class Honours in The Surgery Finals in June 1937. Following this he was House Surgeon at The Adelaide Hospital for six months.

Medicine was his passion. Due to limited finances he taught the students in the years below to help make ends meet, and from 1935 to 1936 joined Trinity College’s Officer Training Corps.

After University he worked as a Clinical Assistant at The Central London Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital for six months in 1938.

When war broke out he joined The Royal Army Medical Corps, first as a Lieutenant, but was elevated to the rank of Captain. He was sent to France in April 1940 where he was assigned to a Field Ambulance Division. He never made it to Dunkirk. Because he was a single man with no dependents, he was chosen to remain with the wounded. 

Once his German captors discovered he was Irish they tried to persuade him to defect and join Lord Haw Haw with his radio broadcasts. But when he refused he was put to work in an underground hospital.

He spent the entire war working as a doctor in various P.O.W. camps often having to perform operations without anaesthetic or pain relief because both were scarce. Trinity College was aware of his capture as he mentions in one of his letters of 1941 to his mother in Monaghan that, ‘Miss Kinnear of The Medical School,’ has written ‘giving all the news of the college.’ In another letter dated 21/11/43 he says, ‘I received a very nice surgery book sent by the authorities at Trinity.’ This letter was from Stalag Luft V1 at Heydekrug (now Lithuania) where he had been sent to assist with the vast numbers of American Airmen, and R.A.F. prisoners who’d been shot down. In July 1944 the camp was evacuated because of the Russian advance. He was taken to Stalag Luft 1V at Gross Tychow (now in Poland) where he became Chief Medical Officer.

But in early February 1945 the entire camp was evacuated once again; those  too ill to walk were transferred to Stalag Luft 1 at Barth. The rest of the prisoners were told that they would have to march for a couple of days to another camp. The forced march to Stalag Luft X1B at Fallingbostel lasted for fifty days and was undertaken in one of the coldest winters that century. After eleven days at the camp most of the airman were force marched again, but Dr Pollock remained at Fallingbostel to care for those too weak to continue, and was liberated on 16/4/45. The horrendous conditions at the camp and during the forced march are described in the 2003 book entitled, ‘The Last Escape,’ by John Nichol and Tony Rennell (Penguin) where his surname is spelled Pollack by mistake.

Dr Pollock was mentioned in Despatches by the British, but it was the Americans who honoured him with one of their highest medals, The Bronze Star, in 1946, for his efforts to help so many of their airmen.

After the war he worked at The Mile End Hospital in London before he went into General Practice in the town of Bedford from the late 1940s until 1977 when failing eyesight forced him to give up medicine at the age of sixty-seven.
He always said, ‘Work is your salvation.’

Preferring not to retire he moved to Milford-on-Sea on the south coast of England, to develop a holiday park that he’d bought in 1958 while touring there with his family that is currently run by three of his five children.

This obituary was sent to us by Dr Robert Pollock's family.

James Mallinson

The following obituary was Published in the Times September 4th 2018, 12:01

James Mallinson: First record producer to win a Grammy for classical music who was known for his furiously scrawled notes and his discretion

The red light glows; the conductor raises his baton; the orchestra begins to play; a new recording is about to be made. The musicians make the music and the engineers adjust the microphones, but bringing them all together is the job of the producer. “It’s almost impossible to define what a producer does,” said James Mallinson, the first to win a Grammy award in the classical producer of the year category and the recipient of 16 in total.

“A producer in classical music probably combines what a film producer and a director does to some extent,” he explained. “It’s all about maintaining wonderful relationships with the artists, communicating between the artists and the technical people. You have to understand what the musicians are trying to do, and you also have to understand what the engineers are trying to do and be the interface between those two.”

Few did that better than Mallinson. He was particularly close to the conductor Georg Solti, many of whose recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra he was responsible for. Inviting the Chicago Tribune to a recording session of Brahms’s Symphony No 1 in 1979, Mallinson explained how he “strives for high quality” in the technical reproduction of the music.

From inside a control room surrounded by thickly padded walls he would listen intensely as the music was performed, directing the engineers to increase or decrease ever so slightly the volume on a particular microphone. Later the conductor and a handful of the musicians would listen to the “playback”, Mallinson furiously scrawling notes to indicate musical and technical changes for their second take.

Making records, Mallinson explained, was a rare marriage of the musical and the technical, and occasionally each would venture into the other’s domain. He could stand his ground with all the great names in classical music, ensuring that they produced the very best recording. Yet he would always do so “with discretion” he said, adding: “We do not tell each other what to do.”

James Bernard Mallinson was born in London in 1943. His father, Lieutenant-Colonel Bernard Mallinson, was serving in Burma and young James spent his earliest years in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, with his mother, Peggy (née Nicholls), daughter of Horace Nicholls, the First World War photographer. He had a brother, David, who survives him, and a sister, Margaret, who predeceased him. After the war their father remained in the army and the family joined him in Cyprus, where Mallinson recalled swimming on the backs of turtles.

He was sent to prep school in Somerset, spending holidays in London with his uncle, the actor Anthony Nicholls. At King’s School, Bruton, he discovered that the library contained LPs and scores, and he taught himself to follow the music while a record was playing. A kindly physics master helped him to complete an O level in the subject in a year, providing a useful electronics background for his future career.

He spent a year travelling, mainly in France, where one Sunday he turned up at the St-Trinité church in Paris knowing that Olivier Messiaen would be playing the organ. A verger encouraged him to go to the organ loft, saying that Messiaen appreciated having a page-turner. He duly did so, turned the pages during the service and was then taken to the composer’s home for lunch.

At Trinity College Dublin he spent much of his time attending music classes, even though his only instrument was piano, and then not to a high level. He found work for a small recording studio in Dublin and helped as a sound engineer for local pop concerts.

While in Ireland he met Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, who became his long-term partner, but they never married. Michelle, who 20 years ago launched the Foods Matter website as a resource for people with food allergies, survives him with their son, Jonathan, who works in economic regeneration for the London borough of Barking and Dagenham.

After university Mallinson returned to the UK, did some supply teaching and wrote to Decca Records offering his services. At first he was rejected, but in 1972 an opening arose. One of his first jobs was with Solti on a recording of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance marches with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Kingsway Hall. “Photographs of him at the time were always quite stern, intense, wild-eyed,” he told Gramophone magazine of the conductor. “But he wasn’t like that at all.”

Mallinson spent 12 years with the label, honing his craft at a time when its artists included Benjamin Britten, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. He was sent to assist a colleague at the start of a monumental recording of all 104 Haydn symphonies conducted by Antal Doráti, but there was a falling-out and the project landed instead in Mallinson’s lap.

It was followed by a series of contemporary music for Decca’s Headline label that included works by composers such as Messiaen, Ligeti, Cage, Maxwell Davies (obituary, March 14, 2016), Birtwistle and Glass. Mallinson reckoned that the only classical musician of note he never worked with was Boulez. “We’re very concerned to keep the series fluid,” he told Gramophone in May 1974 when questioned about his plans. “Contemporary music is changing all the time and I’d like the series to reflect this.”

He left Decca in 1984 to go freelance and received offers of work from every significant label. “The big challenge obviously is where we place our microphones,” he explained to an interviewer when making a recording for LSO Live at the Barbican. “The positioning of those microphones is absolutely critical because 2cm can make a difference.”

Opera presented its own difficulties. “Recording opera in concert is the only way you can do it,” he said. “Trying to record opera on an opera house stage is impossible because singers are rushing around all over the place. There’s crashes, there’s bangs and there’s noise. And they’re never in the right place, they’re never close to the microphone, and so it doesn’t really work.”

He also had a somewhat more heretical reason. “I actually think that quite a lot of operas benefit from being listened to rather than watched,” he said. “You find that you focus simply on the music.”

Over the years Mallinson produced about 200 recordings and was instrumental in the launch of LSO Live, the London Symphony Orchestra’s in-house label. He was also responsible for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Resound label and in recent years recordings in St Petersburg for the Mariinsky Theatre. At the time of his death he had been producing a cycle of Beethoven symphonies for the Britten Sinfonia.

In what little spare time he had Mallinson was interested in everything to do with the internet, particularly helping Michelle to maintain her extensive series of websites, including shooting and editing videos. He had no religious faith, but was a devoted Remainer, even campaigning recently on the streets for a second referendum.

His passion remained getting the best out of classical musicians in the recording studio. “It’s not a job, actually,” he said. “I quite genuinely believe that I’ve never done a day’s work in my life. I’m blessed by the fact that I can do something I love. I can do it quite successfully, and even get paid for it.”

James Mallinson, record producer, was born on February 15, 1943. He died on August 24, 2018, aged 75


David Ian Dickson Howie

The following obituary was Published in the Irish Times July 28th 2018, 05:00

Ian Howie obituary: Edinburgh native made huge contribution to the Dublin university
Born: September 30th 1928, Died: July 8th, 2018

Trinity professor and driving force behind the modern St James’s Hospital
The genial, Scottish-born, Trinity College professor and former vice-provost Ian Howie, who has died just two months before his 90th birthday, will be remembered not only for his immense contribution to the Dublin university but also for his outstanding work in a voluntary capacity elsewhere.

For 30 years, from 1972 until 2002, he served as chairman of the board of St James’s Hospital in Dublin, initially every second year and then continuously from 1984. During that time, he oversaw a remarkable redevelopment of the site, as some of the Federated Dublin Voluntary Hospitals associated with Trinity were merged with St James’s into one major teaching hospital.
It proved to be a highly complex process with the smaller hospitals – Sir Patrick Dun’s, Mercer’s, Baggot Street and Dr Steevens’s – being shut quickly during the 1980s economic downturn and having to transfer services before the new hospital came on stream, resulting in St James’s becoming very overcrowded.

Work began on the first phase of the new hospital in 1984 and it was handed over in 1988. However, because of the bleak national economic situation, patients did not move into the new 291-bed accommodation until 1992.
Prof Davis Coakley, a former consultant at St James’s and professor of medical gerontology in TCD, who served on the St James’s board with Howie, remembers him as a man of “great natural dignity”, who was highly respected by all who worked with him.

“He was a very good listener and when faced with complex problems and conflicts he did his best to be fair to all those involved. He was warm and friendly and he was quick to see the humour in a situation but he could also be a strong adversary, most particularly if he perceived that the interests of St James’s Hospital were at stake.”

Commitment and vision
People were inspired by his commitment and vision, Coakley adds, and he was widely acknowledged as the principal driving force behind the success of the modern St James’s.

Prof Thomas Mitchell, who succeeded Howie as St James’s chairman, paid tribute in the 2002 annual report to his “tireless work for the hospital”, describing it as “an inspiring example of a generous civic spirit and of the importance of voluntarism to the effective working of our public services”.
Howie’s third-level career began at the University of St Andrew’s in Scotland, where he graduated with first-class honours in zoology and stayed on to complete his doctorate in the study of invertebrates at its Gatty Marine Laboratory. When he was offered an assistant lectureship in zoology at Trinity College in 1953, he told his wife, Maimie, who was expecting their first child, that she would like Dublin because “it’s warm”.

He was referring to the city’s slightly more temperate climate than that of their native Edinburgh, where they both grew up as only children. They met at the age of 15 when their respective single-sex schools collaborated for a musical performance. Asked to link arms during a rendition of All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray from Handel’s Messiah, it was a pairing that was to be inseparable and mutually enriching over the next 75 years.

The Howies expected to stay in Ireland for about three years but they loved it so much here, they never wanted to leave. Having been elected as a fellow of Trinity in 1964, he became registrar of the college, during which time he was at the centre of negotiations to merge Trinity with University College Dublin – an initiative that was launched in 1967 by the then education minister Donogh O’Malley.

While the two universities successfully resisted the political pressure to become one, Howie was closely involved in streamlining of some subjects during the 1970s, with veterinary science being offered exclusively in UCD, while dentistry and pharmacy were assimilated into Trinity.

He was narrowly defeated in the 1974 election of provost by Prof FSL Lyons, who then appointed him as the college’s 60th vice-provost for the next seven years. An associate professor of zoology, Howie headed the department of zoology from 1988 until he retired on September 30th, 1994.

“His shrewdness, always touched with warm humanity, was ideal for running a large institution,” said Presbyterian minister Rev Denis Campbell in a tribute at his funeral. “He was a good team player and could negotiate his way around difficulties and obstacles, always with goodwill.”

His wide span of recreational interests, ranging from overseas travel, fly-fishing and golf, being a long-time member of Carrickmines Golf Club, to cricket, membership of the MCC at Lord’s, rugby and art, reflected his joyful embrace of life, at the centre of which was always his family.

Honorary degree

At the awarding of an honorary degree to Howie in Trinity in 1998, Prof John Luce’s citation outlined his achievements within the college before going on to talk about the “even loftier monument to his endeavours” being the extended St James’s Hospital complex, adding: “It was his sweat, and his tears, that won most of the victories.”

Ian Howie is survived by his wife Maimie, daughters Tricia and Lorna, five grandchildren, Dawn, Clare, David, Stuart and Mark, and four great-grandchildren, Joanne, Camilla, James and Eva.


Martin O'Donoghue

The following obituary was published in the Irish Times Sat July 28th 2018 05:00

Martin O’Donoghue: Economist who became significant political player
Born, May 19th 1933, Died, July 20th 2018

Prof Martin O’Donoghue, one of Ireland’s most significant but controversial politicians of recent times, has died in his native Dublin, aged 85. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described him as “a true gentleman and committed public representative”.

From Crumlin’s Raymond Street, as a boy he devoured the philosophical works of Plato and Aristotle. Despite this academic bent, he left school early on the death of his father. While working as a waiter, he evaded Archbishop John Charles McQuaid’s ban on Catholics attending Trinity College by becoming a mature student and taking a first-class PhD in economics.

After a spell teaching in Magee College, Derry, he returned to Dublin as a Trinity fellow in 1969 and was promoted associate professor of economics in 1970, while forging political links as a consultant at the Departments of Education and Finance.

According to biographer Dr John Walsh, Dr Patrick Hillery, the future president of Ireland, involved O’Donoghue in the team under Prof Paddy Lynch that produced the ground-breaking Investment in Education report in the early 1960s. Trinity professor Vincent McBreerty suggested O’Donoghue sowed the seeds of social partnership.

Between 1970 and 1973 O’Donoghue was economic adviser to taoiseach Jack Lynch, whom he helped negotiate Ireland’s EEC entry. After a Fine Gael-Labour coalition under Liam Cosgrave won power in February 1973 – and quickly ran into difficulties on account of the Arab oil embargo – O’Donoghue devised the giveaway budget that swept Lynch back to power in June 1977 with a record 20-seat majority. Among the new deputies in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown was O’Donoghue, who was appointed minister for economic planning and development on his first day as a TD.

Lynch appointed a cabinet sub-committee under his chairmanship composed of Colley, O’Donoghue and O’Malley to take “the most important economic decisions and present the rest of the cabinet with a fait accompli”. Thus Charles Haughey was marginalised as minister of health, a stratagem which did not stop him having fiery rows with O’Donoghue, especially over commitments to consultants. In Disillusioned Decades. Ireland 1966-87, Tim Pat Coogan contended that O’Donoghue’s “shopping bag”, which included abolishing rates, was unnecessary as the economy was improving.


There was a buzz in Brussels on July 18th 1977, the day which marked the debut of Colley and O’Donoghue at a council of finance ministers: this twosome struck British and continental journalists as extravagant for a small country.

This began a process lasting until an EEC summit in Brussels when Lynch cited figures of a deal to help Ireland adjust to tighter spending controls which he had rejected. Political correspondents who had travelled from Dublin with the taoiseach got these figures wrong and an Irish Times editorial next day lambasted Lynch, leaving O’Donoghue with no choice but to insist that Lynch’s figures were correct.

In the event, Garret FitzGerald, in his autobiography, All in a Life, claimed he persuaded French president Giscard d’Estaing and German chancellor Helmut Schmidt to top up the EEC offer, which rescued Lynch, Colley and O’Donoghue from national opprobrium.

Overall, if the 1977 manifesto remains a blackmark on O’Donoghue’s reputation as an economics guru, his greatest legacy was to persuade Lynch to join the European Monetary System (EMS), thus breaking Ireland’s 150-year link with sterling and aligning the punt with the German mark, a decision with repercussions today, as Brexit looms.

In 1979, Lynch’s decision to retire was encouraged by O’Donoghue to enable Colley to succeed as taoiseach. When this backfired, Haughey sacked O’Donoghue and abolished the office of economic planning.
Thereafter, O’Donoghue was allied with O’Malley in unsuccessful challenges to Haughey’s leadership between 1981-82 which resulted in their resigning from cabinet.

In February 1982, O’Donoghue returned to government as minister for education, but resigned in October, refusing to support Haughey. In November he lost his Dáil seat. However, O’Donoghue entered Seanad Éireann, heading the administrative panel, and remained there until 1987. Later he left Fianna Fáil and joined O’Malley’s Progressive Democrats.


He returned to academia at Trinity and worked extensively on projects with the United Nations and the World Bank until his retirement in 1995. From 1998 to 2008, he served as a director of the Central Bank.

One point of controversy in his life was in 1983, when the incoming coalition disclosed that in the previous October, O’Donoghue had met Ray MacSharry and tried to persuade him to abandon support for Charles Haughey, a conversation the Sligoman had bugged with equipment supplied by minister for justice Seán Doherty.

A religious dimension behind O’Donoghue’s public life was revealed at his Requiem Mass in the Church of St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus. Thanking a large congregation for their attendance, led by President Michael D Higgins, and which included former PDs O’Malley and Geraldine Kennedy, as well as former Fianna Fáil ministers Mary Hanafin and Michael Woods, his son Raphael spoke of how, while abroad in Muslim-dominated countries, he always found a church “regardless of the challenge or location to express his deep religious faith”.

Chief celebrant Fr Richard Sherry described O’Donoghue’s spirituality as “self-effacing”, while parish priest of Holy Cross in Belfast’s Ardoyne, Fr Eugene McCarthy, recalled that as a young man O’Donoghue was a member of a Legion of Mary praesidium which met at Mount Argus. With a photograph of O’Donoghue in monastic mood over his coffin, Rafael concluded with a prayer which evoked the Elected Silence of Trappist monk-hermit Thomas Merton: “Be silent. Be still.”

He is survived by his wife Evelyn, children Audrey, Raphael and Tressan, and brother Tom.


Dr Stephanie Saville

The following obituary was written by Professor Barbara Wright and appeared in the Irish Times on 16/7/18

Dr Stephanie Saville, MB, BCh, BAO, FFARCS

Born: May 15 1927 - Died: June 30 2018

The death took place, in Durham, on 30 June 2018, of Stephanie Saville, at the age of 91.

Born in Dublin on 15 May 1927, Stephanie Saville was educated at Hillcourt School and Trinity College, where she studied medicine, graduating MB, BCh, BAO, in 1949. She had a distinguished career as an anaesthetist, holding appointments at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, Bath, Bristol, Albany (in Upstate New York), and again in Bath, before establishing herself in London. There, she worked for two years at St Bartholomew’s Hospital before being appointed to the Westminster Hospital as a Senior Registrar. In 1960, she was appointed a Consultant Anaesthetist at St Stephen’s Hospital, a post which she held until her retirement in 1987. St Stephen’s Hospital, founded in 1876, closed in 1989: on its site is located the present merged Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

In 1954, Stephanie Saville was one of the earliest Fellows by Examination of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (the Fellowship examination having been introduced towards the end of 1953). At that time, anaesthetics had only been recognised as a specialty in its own right since 1948, with the inception of the National Health Service.

In fact, Stephanie Saville witnessed and participated in huge changes in medical practice throughout her career. When she joined the staff at St Stephen’s Hospital, there was only one ventilator between two operating theatres, with no recovery room. She helped set up the Intensive Therapy Unit at the hospital and was among the first to introduce epidurals as a regular practice in labour. She was also in the forefront of those who hastened the development of anaesthesia into the area of Pain Relief and started the Pain Relief Clinic at St Stephen’s Hospital. At the time of her retirement, St Stephen’s Hospital had four well-equipped operating theatres, a large recovery area and an immediately adjacent Intensive Care Unit.

Stephanie Saville was a passionate supporter of the National Health Service and a superb mentor, helping trainees find their own way through problem situations. An acerbic wit, when confronted with incompetence, she was also extremely supportive of the total working environment of consultants, arranging communal meeting areas where they could both relax and discuss important issues, as circumstances dictated. In short, she saw the hospital environment as a holistic entity, in which the central and the peripheral could combine to produce the best outcomes.

She had a passion for gardening and was very generous with plants. She often brought to the hospital what she termed an ‘instant garden’, a profusion of plastic carrier bags filled with plants from her own garden, ready-to-plant for someone who had just moved house and did not know where to start with their garden. In her retirement, she spent increasingly longer periods of time at her charming cottage near to Arundel, where she won prizes for her garden and welcomed her many friends with outstanding generosity.

A great lover of archaeology, she travelled widely in Greece and the Middle East, as well as exploring her adopted region of West Sussex, in pursuit of old buildings. She also valued her return visits to Ireland, where holidays spent in her youth with her Sligo-based friend, Noelle Middleton, were among her most cherished memories.

At a time when women were only beginning to forge careers in the competitive world of medicine, Stephanie Saville was a role model for many female junior hospital doctors coming up behind her. Her determination was only equalled by her compassion for humanity, which inspired all her thoughts and deeds.

There will be Memorial Services to celebrate the life of Stephanie Saville on Monday 23 July at 11:30 in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Burpham, West Sussex, and on Sunday 30 September at 11:00 in Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London W8 4RT.

Copyright: Irish Times

Bernard Davenport

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on Sat, Jul 7, 2018.

Bernard Davenport: Economist and diplomat who lived life to full

Born: August 19th 1939 - Died: June 11th 2018

Bernard Davenport obituary: former colleagues recall his intellectual brilliance and pleasantness.

Bernard Davenport had a life many people would have killed for. A very talented soccer player in his schooldays in 1950s Dublin, he got a trial with Manchester United and could conceivably have gone on to become a legendary Irish player.

But Davenport, who has died aged 78, became, instead, a much-prized economist with the Dublin section of The Economist’s Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), then supervised by Garret FitzGerald and, thereafter, from 1968, one of the most respected Irish diplomats of his generation.

Unusually for someone from an Irish Catholic background of the time, he had the strong-mindedness to ignore the-then ban imposed by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Charles McQuaid, on members of his flock attending Trinity College Dublin, from which he graduated in 1963 with an honours BA in economics and politics, followed by an MA in economics, after which he joined the EIU in 1965. FitzGerald valued his talents and expressed dismay when Davenport left to join the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1968 as a third secretary.

Davenport’s time in Trinity, which had been preceded by a year studying mathematics at Bolton Street College of Technology, now part of the Dublin Institute of Technology, was propitious for a wholly different reason than academic achievement: while in his third year there, in the summer of 1962, he met a visiting Italian exchange student, Fiamma Alfami from Florence, and within 48 hours had proposed to her. They married the following year, and went on to have three children in an especially happy union.

Challenging posting
Fiamma Davenport’s nationality was significant for what turned out to be an especially challenging posting for Davenport to Buenos Aires, where he was ambassador for a record seven years from 1989, and where there has always been a large Italian émigré population. On St Patrick’s Day 1992, an hour and a half after he had left the embassy building to attend Irish community functions, a truck-load of explosives was driven into the Israeli embassy, located immediately around the corner. The interior of the Irish Embassy was wrecked in the subsequent explosion and for the next year the chancellery had to operate from a suite of rooms at an aparthotel. Davenport attempted to get compensation from the Argentine authorities, without success.

Before this ambassadorial posting, Davenport had made at least two very significant contributions, at the United Nations in New York, where he was counsellor from 1978 to 1983, and upon his return to Dublin in January of that year to work in the highly sensitive Anglo-Irish Division (AID).

New York
In New York, where he acquired a working knowledge of Russian so he could read Dostoyevsky in the original, Davenport became – in the words of former Irish ambassador to the UK and close working colleague Dáithí O’Ceallaigh – very friendly with the Finnish diplomat Martti Ahtissaari, then deputy secretary general of the UN and later president of Finland in the 1990s.

This was to bear fruit years later when Ahtissaari was instrumental in getting former Finnish prime minister Harri Holkeri to be part of the three-man body, with US senator George Mitchell and retired Canadian general Jean de Chastellain, in the crucial negotiations with paramilitaries and politicians from both sides in Northern Ireland which paved the way for the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

In Dublin, from January 1983 Davenport became what another former colleague who worked with him in the AID described as “one of the key people who built towards the agreement”, a process that brought him back into the orbit of Garret FitzGerald, by then taoiseach.

UN experience
Dáithí O’Ceallaigh says Davenport was “the only person in the [AID] with serious UN experience”, adding that, as such, he [Davenport] knew “it was very important that the agreement be lodged with the UN as an international treaty. He was also heavily involved with [drafting] the text of the agreement to ensure it was compatible with international treaties.”

After his work at the AID, Davenport spent two years at the Irish Embassy in Washington DC, before being appointed to Argentina, where he had previously served as third secretary in the early 1970s for three years. Thereafter, he was Irish ambassador to Switzerland, with accreditation to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzogovina in the late 1990s after the chaotic break-up of Yugoslavia in that period, and finally to the Holy See, where he was renowned for facilitating Irish pilgrims at getting good seats at papal audiences, again, according to a former colleague.

Intellectual brilliance
A fluent Spanish speaker, he spoke also fluent Italian and French and what his son, the noted travel writer Fionn Davenport, describes as “beautiful” Irish. Each of his former colleagues to whom The Irish Times spoke on the subject stressed his intellectual brilliance, his pleasantness as a colleague and his deep patriotism. As his former AID colleague said of him: “Bernard was a learned intellectual, deeply committed to Ireland as a nationalist in the best sense.”
Bernard Davenport was born in Dublin, one of two children of Seamus Davenport, a native of Kinvara, Co Galway, and Julia (nee O’Meara) from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, a homemaker.

He is survived by his widow, and his sons, Fionn and Giuliano, and his daughter, Fiammetta. His sister, Maura Davis, predeceased him.


Niall O'Donohoe

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on Mon, Mar 5, 2018, 00.01

Niall O’ Donohoe:  Eminent paediatric neurologist an inspiration to patients and colleagues alike
Born: February 14th 1925, Died: 13th October 2017

Niall O’Donohoe – An Appreciation

Those who knew the late Prof Niall O’Donohoe in recent years will recall a softly spoken polymath, a kindly grandfather figure and an incorrigible romantic (in the truest sense), whose idea of bliss was reading poetry with Barbara, his darling wife, or accompanying her to Dublin’s Concert Hall to hear the National Symphony Orchestra play “something new”. They will also be aware that he experienced heartbreak on the cusp of retirement when Barbara succumbed to breast cancer.

Niall found consolation in music, art, and literature, as well as his Catholic faith (although he kept taking The Tablet to the end). He was also blessed with 15 adoring grandchildren, not to mention his royal treatment by five remarkable sons, and their equally outstanding partners, including trips throughout these islands, Europe and North America, to art galleries, opera houses and holiday destinations. What many may not have appreciated, though, is just what a colossus of Irish medicine this family man had been.

Born in Dublin on St Valentine’s Day in 1925, Niall Valentine O’Donohoe excelled at school in Monkstown CBC, coming first in Ireland in the Leaving Certificate English exam (his favourite achievement) and, “as an idealistic teenager”, he was inspired to become a doctor after reading the blockbuster memoir The Story of San Michele, written by Swedish psychiatrist Dr Axel Munthe. His father, Joseph’s modest civil service income meant it was a struggle to find the medical school fees at University College Dublin but Niall repaid the sacrifice with interest. Aside from a well-concealed undergraduate sporting career (notable for his try as the UCD winger in the Inter-Hospitals Cup match in Lansdowne Road), his academic progress was swift and, after internship at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, he migrated in 1949 – on the advice of Prof Ivor Drury (later president of the RCPI) – to the newly established National Health Service, in Britain, where his training in Alder Hey in Liverpool, the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, left him with an indelible life-long professionalism, typified by suspension of self-interest and devotion to the interests of his patients.

He also developed a then-pioneering expertise in paediatric neurology, under the tutelage of renowned mentors like Dr Saul Keidan and Dr Paul Sandifer. An even greater interest was in one Barbara Unsworth, a vivacious “Almoner” (medical social worker) at Alder Hey, who herself came from a distinguished medical family in Lancashire, and whom Niall married in Aigburth in Liverpool in May 1955. They were a conspicuously glamorous couple.
Niall was initially thwarted in his attempts to return to Ireland, when the paediatric consultant post he applied for at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children (OLHSC), in Crumlin, went to Dr (later Prof ) Sheamus Dundon in 1958. Disconsolate, he made provisional plans to move to the United Statesbut, as luck would have it, the OLHSC management approached him again to see if he could operate the new-fangled EEG machine, which they had (somewhat prematurely) acquired and, on confirming his expertise, he was subsequently appointed as a consultant at OLHSC, in 1959.

The 1960s in Ireland saw a seismic shift in the State-wide provision of children’s healthcare, wrought by a handful of brilliant and heroic paediatricians, including O’Donohoe, Dundon, OC Ward, Dick Barry, Brian McNicholl, and Tom Kavanagh. Perceiving a huge unmet need for paediatric expertise, these pioneers did what they could to “fan out” across the island (Niall ran monthly outpatient clinics in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, for instance, while his great friend Brian McNicholl would travel from Galway to the “Mayo Clinic” in Castlebar).

Meanwhile, in Dublin, Niall was developing Ireland’s first paediatric neurology service in a Portacabin he had craftily “sourced” from St Vincent’s Hospital, when it left its original St Stephen’s Green site for Dublin 4.
Initially intending to use it for “about five years” while the hospital got around to providing suitable accommodation, the eminent paediatric neurologist was still based there, with his “indispensable” comrade-in-arms (and multitasking EEG technician), Geraldine Monaghan, 20 years later, even as he penned his own global bestseller, Epilepsies of Childhood, in 1978.
Indeed, in a way, the temporary prefab in which Niall spent so much of his time as a consultant exemplified the challenges (and the “solutions”) he endured throughout his medical career. So too did his occasional forays to the UK to “pick-up” second-hand equipment, such as Crumlin’s first portable Offner EEG machine, which he purchased from Walton Hospital in Liverpool for the princely sum of £1, and brought back to Dublin in the back of his Morris Minor.
It would be tempting to blame “the Irish health service” entirely for this want of resources, but the 1970s were a period of worldwide economic turbulence: like many in that era of hyper-austerity, Niall struggled professionally, domestically and (in educating five sons) financially; exhausted physically and emotionally, his health suffered, culminating in coronary bypass grafting, which left him wracked for a time with self-doubt. A further blow occurred when Barbara, the effervescent lynchpin of the family, herself suffered a near-fatal stroke, in 1978, that left her debilitated for years afterwards.

Happily, as fate would have it, Niall finally began to receive the recognition his efforts and ability deserved. Years of dedication to education, publication and organisation (of multidisciplinary adult and paediatric neurology meetings across Dublin), plus co-foundation of the Irish Neurological AssociationIrish Epilepsy Association [now known as Brainwave] and British Paediatric Neurology Association first yielded a Council of Europe Scholarship in 1975 to the famous Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Neurology, and then invitations to lecture in the Middle East, and the professorship of paediatrics at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1980. Many other honours followed, including the prestigious Ambassador for Epilepsy Award conferred by the International Bureau for Epilepsy, honorary membership of the British Paediatric Association and fellowship of TCD.

By today’s standards, Prof O’Donohoe was modest and self-effacing in the extreme, but he was immensely gratified by the success of his world-famous textbook, which was described in the New England Journal of Medicine and elsewhere as the “authoritative” and “landmark” textbook on the subject. He himself insisted that the book’s title, Epilepsies of Childhood, should emphasise the (“non-unitary”) plurality of seizure disorders afflicting children, and thus the multiplicity of remedies.

This scientific prescience coursed throughout his prolific output: in 1991, in Archives of Disease in Childhood, for example, he reminded readers that epilepsy in childhood was quite distinct from that in adults, and urged long-term vigilance in the use of the-then novel anti-convulsants, Lamotrigine and Vigabatrin, whose toxicity and misuse have been so much in the news lately.
Niall had a reputation as a world-class neurologist, but he was a superb general paediatrician too, as competent with cystic fibrosis and marasmus as he was with a myriad neurological conditions. Although reserved in adult company, this urbane paterfamilias had a delightful ability to relate to children with warmth and kindness, an aptitude that was echoed in the affection showered on him by his own grandchildren. He was also incorrigibly sympathetic to the weaker students in his orbit, as well as the more stellar, and many of us had reason to be intensely grateful for his encouragement, when undergraduate and professional careers were floundering.

A loyal and liberal friend and mentor, Niall was impeccably polite in public (prone to raising his eyebrow rather than his voice), but in private he was entertainingly “candid”, about politicians, fellow professionals and the papacy, for instance. He always contended that, for those who were passionate about medicine, it was the greatest of careers. Ultimately, however, it was marvellous “old-fashioned” traits which distinguished this master of Irish medicine.

As with all great physicians, Niall O’Donohoe’s legacy was not impermanent publication nor Portacabin nor even his immense popularity among patients, parents and professional colleagues; rather, it was the acknowledgement, by those he left behind, of the critical, enduring and – frankly – eternal importance of the compassion, curiosity and courtesy towards all, for which he was renowned.

In his famous explanation of all human progress, Isaac Newton observed: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Niall O’Donohoe was one such (gentle) giant.


Cara O'Hagan

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on March 17 2018 01.00

Cara O'Hagan: Gifted lawyer and inspirational friend

Died: February 22nd, 2018
Cara O'Hagan (44) suffered from the rare condition Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome

CARA O'Hagan, who died suddenly in St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin aged 44, was a bright star who shone in everything she did.

She was a gifted student, academically and musically at Dominican College in north Belfast, while excelling at speech & drama and a two-times winner of the Shakespeare Trophy.

She studied law at Trinity College Dublin where she graduated summa cum laude, the highest distinction.

Cara joined the law firm Matheson, rising swiftly to become head of its commercial real estate department and a partner at a young age.
Well known in the Dublin property industry, she was a highly respected lawyer and a role model who brought "immense energy and enthusiasm" to the job.

Outgoing and confident, but also kind and thoughtful, Cara put her life and soul into her work but always made sure she had time for her friends.
They spoke of her as a special person, someone who, in spite of her demanding career, always remembered birthdays with carefully chosen, delightful presents

A former teacher also wrote to say that "it is hard to imagine such a vibrant and capable young person is gone".
"Cara was a wonderful person and natural leader. She was full of fun but always gracious, one of those pupils who I will always remember," she said.
Cara was diagnosed 10 years ago with Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome, a very rare condition, which she tackled with enormous courage and energy.
With medication she continued her busy and active life but sadly was unable to recover from its most recent attack.

A frequent visitor home to Belfast, her funeral drew huge numbers of people to St Gerard's Church on the Antrim Road - the church of her home parish of Holy Family could not accommodate the mourners.

Three friends spoke movingly at end of the Mass - a life-long family friend who recalled many occasions in Cara's wonderful and fun company, a fellow student who described her humour and generosity, and the managing partner of Matheson who spoke of how much she meant to their firm and everyone in it.
"Throughout her career, she always demonstrated the utmost levels of integrity, service and leadership, and was held in high regard by her colleagues, her peers and her clients."

Another friend recently told how a passage attributed to F Scott Fitzgerald seemed to sum up Cara. "She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. "No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul."

Cara O'Hagan died on February 22 surrounded by her loving family. She is sadly missed by her parents Denis and Carmen, sisters Laura and Sarah, brother-in-law Clive, partner Andrew and wider family circle.


Beulah Bewley

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 05:22

Beulah Bewley: Pioneering force for women in medicine Born September 2nd, 1929 – died January 20th, 2018 Beulah Bewley was a pioneering force in the advancement of women in medicine during her long and distinguished career as a paediatrician and specialist in public health. Born Beulah Rosemary Knox in Derry, she wanted to be a doctor from the ago of five. Her family doctor nurtured her interest by letting her accompany him on home visits in his pony and trap during the second World War.

Her father, John Knox, was an Ulster Bank official and her mother, Ina Charles, was a wealthy Ulster Protestant heiress (Beulah’s maternal grandfather made a lot of money on the Chicago stock exchange). The middle daughter of three, Beulah Knox was brought up in a spacious Edwardian house in Bond’s Hill with a nanny, maid, cleaner/laundry woman and a part-time chauffeur. She and her sisters, Eleanor (older by 18 months) and Maureen (younger by 14 months) were known as the “fighting Knoxes” due to their frequent arguments.

The family moved as her father took up positions as Ulster Bank manager in Letterkenny, Kilkenny and Sligo. During this time, Beulah went to boarding school in Cambridge House, Ballymena, Co Antrim, and was a day pupil at the Loreto Convent in Kilkenny. Bewley attended Alexandra College in Milltown, Dublin from 1943-1947.

Qualified in 1953 She studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a doctor in 1953. In 1955, she married psychiatrist Thomas Bewley, whom she had met during her studies. The couple lived in a rented flat near Essex while they both worked at St James’s Rush Green hospital for infectious diseases. After a year in the United States they relocated to Dublin, where their first child, Susan, was born. They subsequently moved to the UK.

Bewley worked part time for 10 years when her five children Susan, Sarah, Louisa, Henry and Emma were young. Beulah and Thomas were good friends with the author Jennifer Johnston and the late orthopaedic surgeon Paul Osterberg, and spent many family holidays at his home in Hillsborough.

When her youngest daughter, Emma, was three, Beulah returned to full-time education, becoming the first woman to graduate with an MSc in social medicine from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1969. She went on to become a senior lecturer at the school and ran the master’s degree in public health there for many years.

She was a popular lecturer and renowned for both the academic support and pastoral care she gave the students. Her advice for a long, healthy life was: don’t smoke, don’t drink too much, keep active and eat healthy (non-processed) foods. But she was also keenly aware of the social determinants of health and how being born into poverty and disadvantage impacted on your health throughout your life.

Other accolades included her role as president of the Medical Women’s Federation, treasurer at the General Medical Council, and a prominent researcher into the effects of smoking on children (her research found that even one cigarette a day damaged the respiratory system of young people).

Family planning

She supported the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK, aware of the dangers of illegal/unsafe abortions in England at that time. She also ran high-profile projects on family planning and social events in which she rubbed shoulders with royalty and film stars such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Beulah Bewley retired at 64. She was made a dame of the British empire in the new year’s honours list for 2000, for her services to women doctors. In 2002, she was conferred with an honorary degree by TCD. She served on the tercentenary board of the School of Medicine at Trinity from 2007-2012.

Her autobiography, My Life as a Woman and Doctor, edited by her eldest daughter, obstetrician Susan Bewley, published in 2016, gives great insight into the social history of Ireland in the 20th century – including the class and religious divides. The book also provides many anecdotes on her college days, her family life and her career in medicine and public health in a male-dominated era.

In retirement, Beulah Bewley returned to piano lessons, which had given her great pleasure as a child, and enjoyed taking opera holidays with her husband. However, in her 80s she was forced to slow down due to dementia.

Beulah Bewley is survived by her husband, Thomas, and four of her five children – Susan, Louisa, Henry and Emma – and her granddaughter Hannah. Her daughter Sarah died at age 44 from complications of Down syndrome.

Copyright: The Irish Times

Barry Brewster

The following obituary was published in The Craven Herald

Barry Steven Brewster confidante and doctor to many, an inspirational leader in General practice medicine and a fierce friend
Died: February 15th 2018

Adopted son of Craven was GP surgery pioneer

BARRY Steven Brewster, of Settle, who has died aged 88, was a confidante and doctor to many, an inspirational leader in General practice medicine and a fierce friend. He was also a very loving husband, father and grandfather.

Born in Leeds in 1930, Barry was evacuated at the age of nine with 63 of his classmates and three elderly teachers to Fairbourne in Wales.  Here is spent much of his day riding Welsh ponies on the beach and by night on illicit fishing trips.

In 1942, Barry’s father, finding him almost illiterate, collected his son and took him off to Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire; and thus began a life-long attachment to Craven.  At 18 Barry started his National Service joining the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, training at Fort George and deployed to Hong Kong.

Giggleswick had enabled Barry to become sufficiently literate to apply for university.  Trinity College Dublin thus became his home for the next ten years as he studied Natural Sciences initially - his handwriting being considered too poor for medicine - before starting all over again with medicine.

Finishing medicine, he and seven other Territorial Army Parachute Regiment colleagues took the opportunity to test to destruction two Land Rovers by travelling overland round the world.  The expedition, “Pegasus Overland”, began in 1959 driving across Turkey to India and onto Singapore and Australia.  Here Barry learned the art of tonsillectomy in Freemantle Hospital in Perth before continuing through Africa, Sicily and then home

Barry returned to Dublin to the Adelaide Hospital before doing obstetrics at the Rotunda Hospital.  Here he fell in love with a theatre staff nurse, Pauline Scott, marrying ‘Scottie’ in 1962.  He diverted into General Practice, having been told of an opening in Settle by Dut Dutton, deputy headmaster of Giggleswick School.  He became junior partner to David Hyslop, each of them running their respective surgeries in their homes.  Barry, always an innovator, persuaded David to join him in the radical new thinking of running a joint practice, which they did initially from the Folly in Settle.  After David’s retirement Barry was joined by Eric Ward and John Lewis and together they helped design and build the award-winning Townhead Surgeries which opened in 1976.  At this time Barry remained a medical officer in the Territorial Army and was Giggleswick School Medical Officer for 20 years eventually becoming President of MOSA.

During his practice life, Barry had many experiences, some funny, some sad and some quite – as he would say – hairy.  In 1977 he was awarded the Queens Award for Bravery after disarming an inebriated patient who was threatening t shoot the police.  He did love his medicine, even the night work saying: ‘You never know what the call-out would be about’.

In 1989 the BBC commissioned a documentary about General Practice and Barry and the Townhead Surgeries team were suggested and chosen to be the subjects.  The film, shown in 1991, shows the everyday life of doctors in the Dales at a time when primary care was about to change forever.  In 1992 he was made MBE by the Queen for services to medicine.

Barry retired in August 1992 to pursue his hobbies of travelling, wood turning, gardening and listening to music.  Barry continued to be active in his community, being involved with Settle’s Men’s Forum and Giggleswick Horticultural Show and the group which defended Castleberg Hospital against closure almost ten years ago, being delighted when the community came together to save this excellent facility for Craven.  If he had been fit enough he would have done battle again.

He is survived by Scottie, their three children and their families.

Copyright: Craven Herald

Grania Guinness, Dowager Marchioness of Normanby

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 00:16

Grania Guinness: Brewing heiress who helped establish TCD institute in father’s memory Born April 14th, 1920 – died January 15th, 2018

Grania Guinness, the Dowager Marchioness of Normanby, who has died aged 97 at her Yorkshire home, was the benefactrice of the Moyne Institute for Preventative Medicine in Trinity College Dublin over seven decades, funding its initial construction and subsequent renovations in memory of her murdered father. She was the last of her generation of grandchildren of the first earl of Iveagh who brought the Guinnesses into the British aristocracy and made them one of the wealthiest families in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century.

Born in London in 1920, Grania Maeve Rosaura was the third child and only daughter of Walter Guinness and his wife Evelyn Erskine. She spent parts of her childhood at the family’s Irish home, Knockmaroon, beside the Phoenix Park at Chapelizod in Dublin, but grew up mainly on the family’s estate in Sussex and in London.

As a daughter of the politician-cum-adventurer Walter and the somewhat eccentric Evelyn, she received little formal schooling and liked to say she had never sat an exam. Her ambition was to be a ballerina and she put all her efforts into studying under a Russian balletmaster but was thwarted in her teens when she grew too tall.


The second World War years were a pivotal time for her, firstly with the death of her mother in 1940. She joined the British women’s auxiliary air force and was a section officer involved in the analysis of aerial reconnaissance photographs of German military and industrial sites.

In 1944, the traumatic event, which her son said in a eulogy at her funeral affected her for the rest of her life, occurred in Cairo where her father was assassinated by Zionists. Walter, then Lord Moyne, was the British government’s wartime representative in the Middle East and he and his driver were shot dead by members of Lehi, better known in Britain as the Stern Gang, in protest at Britain’s efforts to curb Jewish immigration to Palestine. The killers were caught, tried and hanged: their remains were returned to Israel in 1975 where they received a state funeral and stamps were issued in their honour.

Grania offered to fund a building for the department of bacteriology in Trinity in memory of her father. The foundation stone for the Moyne Institute was laid at the Lincoln Place corner of College Park in 1950. The building was designed by Desmond FitzGerald, then the professor of architecture in UCD and architect of the original Dublin Airport terminal.

The day the building was unveiled in 1953, she was conferred with an honorary degree by the chancellor of the university, her uncle Rupert, the second earl of Iveagh.


Maintaining the longstanding Guinness association with Trinity, Grania went on to contribute funds to extend and renovate the Moyne Institute in every decade since, most recently in 2012. She was pro-chancellor of the university from 1985 to 1995.

In 1951 she married Oswald Phibbs, the Marquess of Normanby, a large landowner in Yorkshire and a philanthropist associated mainly with the blind. Wounded and captured at Dunkirk, Oswald devised a makeshift system for teaching braille to blinded prisoners of war before they were repatriated through neutral Sweden in 1943.

The couple lived at Mulgrave Castle, near Whitby in Yorkshire, which has been in the Phibbs family since 1718. Grania preferred country life to city living and developed a number of local ventures, including an award-winning museum about the 18th century explorer, Captain James Cook, in the house in Whitby where he had lodged as an apprentice seaman. In 2000, she received an OBE for her many charitable works and donations.

Brought up as an Anglican, she became a Catholic in her 80s and wrote an account of the martyrdom of Fr Nicholas Postgate, an elderly Yorkshire priest hanged during the 17th century ‘Popish Plot’ and who was among 85 English Catholic martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1987. Grania and Oswald, who predeceased her in 1994, had five daughters and two sons, including the current marquess, Constantine Phibbs, who all survive her along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Copyright: The Irish Times

John Monaghan

The following obituary was Published in the Irish Independent  Jan 21, 2018, 2:30am

Distinguished and dedicated academic, and a tireless advocate for social justice who was always generous to others

Professor John Monaghan, Trinity College Dublin, who has died aged 73, was a distinguished academic and social justice advocate. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he educated thousands of engineering students and made significant contributions to manufacturing research and the international manufacturing industry. A selfless contributor to the educational and professional community, he was perhaps most widely known for his sustained leadership in various roles within St Vincent de Paul and social justice advocacy.

Born on August 31, 1944, John Monaghan grew up in Drimnagh and showed considerable intellectual promise from his early days of schooling. Forced by economic hardship to leave school at the age of 13, John found work initially in piano repair, and then car maintenance. Encouraged by his employer to train as an apprentice mechanic, requiring enrolment in Bolton Street College of Technology, he discovered that his curtailed formal schooling and consequent lack of a Vocational Certificate left him without the requisite entry requirements. In a demonstration of his characteristic pragmatism and determination, John continued to attend class and 'forgot' to complete the section of the application form related to second-level qualifications - the only occasion that his large circle of friends and colleagues can ever remember anything remotely approaching dishonesty.

Despite working full-time as an apprentice mechanic, John completed the various stages of academic qualification over the next five years, winning national gold medals for his examination performance. On completion in 1967 he was employed by Bolton Street and rapidly progressed through a 13-year period, furthering his education with three diplomas, and MSc and enrolled in a PhD by research (part-time) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
In 1980 he was appointed as a lecturer to the Department of Mechanical Engineering TCD, where he completed his PhD in 1982, and rapidly established a manufacturing research programme of international significance. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 1984 and to professorship in 1998, and awarded fellowship in 1993. During a distinguished research career, he authored almost 200 papers in manufacturing and materials processing - principally metal forming, supervising more than 30 PhD and MSc students, and managing the Materials Ireland Research centre located in Trinity College, bringing in several million euro of research funding and making significant contributions to industrial practice in Ireland, Europe and the USA. In recognition of these contributions he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (DIT, 2013) and the William Johnson International Gold Medal for his lifetime achievements in Materials Processing Research (AMPT, 2014).
John made a significant contribution to the academic community, serving on numerous committees and serving two terms as head of department - overseeing the introduction of the Engineering with Management degree programme and the construction of a new building to facilitate expanding teaching and research activities. He was also exceptionally generous with his time to the wider academic and professional community, acting as an external examiner, evaluator and programme accreditor for many institutions and individuals. Among his legacies were the International Manufacturing Conference, instituted by himself and colleague Garry Lyons, now in its 35th year and the longest continuously running academic conference in Ireland.

A quiet and unassuming man, John had an impish sense of humour and a steely resolve which were less obvious counterpoints to his well-recognised sense of duty, compassion and justice. The latter were evident in the dedication and kindness to his students and colleagues, and the former were displayed when required in the face of any challenge to fundamental fairness and equity. All recall fondly his dedication to teaching, his meticulous attention to detail and his energy - frequently having completed several hours' work and numerous media interviews before most people arrived at their desk. It was with great delight that his colleagues, despite his imploring to 'not make a fuss', finally won over John to honour his contributions with a Festschrift event and book celebrating his achievements in September 2015.

A man of conviction and deep faith, John Monaghan was a tireless worker in the cause of social justice from his early days in the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to his retirement. His skills and energy saw him take numerous roles, not least in being a public and eloquent contributor to radio and television debates on social justice, where his ability to calmly, rationally and empathically advocate on behalf of the socially disadvantaged was valued and impactful, not least in his role in gaining significant increases in children's allowance benefits in various budgets. These contributions to a fairer society were recognised in the 2015 award of the Papal Medal "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice"; the highest honour granted to lay people in the Catholic Church.

In his later years he enthusiastically embraced new hobbies, including wood-turning and flying - to complement his long-standing passion for hill walking and spending time with his family, particularly during summer holidays in West Cork. The mandatory medical examination to become a private pilot led to the diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2011. During many setbacks and surgeries, John battled bravely and always with good humour, joking that he hoped the surgeons operating with the da Vinci robot had clocked up plenty of hours on their PlayStations. In a war that the disease would ultimately win, John won several battles and continued to contribute extensively in his academic, social, intellectual and personal endeavours.

John Monaghan of Leixlip, Co Kildare, died on Sunday, January 14, following a long battle, bravely fought, with cancer. His funeral took place last Wednesday.

He is survived by his wife Catherine and children Caitriona, Ciara and Conor.


Peter Sutherland

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on Sun, Jan 7, 2018, 14:05

Peter Sutherland: Former attorney general who headed world trade body Born: April 25th, 1946 - Died: January 7th, 2018

Peter Sutherland, who has died aged 71, built a worldwide reputation as an influential mover and shaker in industry, banking, international trade and in seeking solutions to recent crises in migration into Europe.

He became attorney-general at 35 and then the youngest member of the EEC Commission in charge of the powerful competition portfolio. His performance in that role - fining multinational companies for breaches of European law and helping to break up state monopolies in air transport, energy and telecommunications - made him a much-sought-after figure in the boardrooms of banks and industry.

His growing reputation as a global operator was further enhanced when in less than a year he finalised the lagging Uruguay round of multilateral trade negotiations and transformed the world trade body, GATT, into the more dynamic World Trade Organisation. The chief US negotiator, Mickey Kantor, said admiringly that Sutherland had become “the father of globalisation”. One commentator went so far as to say that while “not elected, he has had far greater political impact in the past two decades than almost all of the democratically elected leaders”.

Peter Denis Sutherland was born in Dublin in 1946. His father was a well-known insurance broker living in Monkstown. At the age of eight, Peter was sent to Gonzaga College. He did not star there but captained the senior rugby team and claimed later that the “hand of the Jesuits” was an influence for the rest of his life. He performed well in legal studies in UCD and the King’s Inns and began to build up a successful practice as a barrister mainly in civil and insurance cases. He was also on the legal team defending Capt James Kelly in the 1970 Arms Trial and represented the owners of the Stardust nightclub in the inquiry that followed the disastrous fire there in 1981.

Before that he was active among the Fine Gael “young tigers” who promoted Declan Costello’s “Just Society” programme. He stood unsuccessfully for Fine Gael in Dublin North-West in the 1973 general election.

Looking back almost 40 years later, he told an interviewer that this defeat “changed my life – if I had got into the Dáil, I would have given up everything”. In 1974 with his rugby-playing days behind him (he had captained UCD and Lansdowne as a prop forward) he married Maruja Cabria from Spain. They were to have three children.

He was called to the Inner Bar in 1980. He was an active Fine Gael backroom figure in the run-up to the June 1981 election and was chosen as attorney general in the Fine Gael–Labour coalition government that followed. This resulted in a large cut in his earnings at the Bar.

That government lasted only six months, but he was again chosen as attorney general when Fine Gael and Labour were re-elected in November 1982. He was thrust immediately into the conflict over the wording for the anti-abortion constitutional referendum which the taoiseach, Garret FitzGerald, had promised the pro-life campaign before the election. Sutherland later described this period as the “most traumatic” of all the events in his public life. It was Sutherland who pointed out to the taoiseach that the wording he had agreed to on the equal right to life of the unborn and the mother was ambiguous and could be interpreted in an unpredictable way by the Supreme Court. He was later to be proved right in the X case judgment. but the wording he proposed was rejected by Fianna Fáil and the Catholic hierarchy. Sutherland and FitzGerald were strongly criticised by elements of the pro-life campaign for trying to change the original wording.

In September 1984, he was nominated by the coalition government to be Ireland’s next EEC Commissioner. Usually a minister would be chosen for such an important post, but the coalition could not afford to risk a byelection. FitzGerald has written that it was his wife, Joan, who suggested Sutherland for the post.

With his legal background, Sutherland saw that the competition portfolio would be best suited for him. Although it does not have a high public profile, its powers to rule on mergers and unfair competition without needing Council of Ministers approval make its holder an influential figure in the Commission.

Sutherland, with his broad legal experience and powerful personality, was soon in his element and got glowing press notices for the way he took on the German, French and British governments on disputed state aids and industrial mergers.

The British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, fulminated in a radio interview against “that man in Brussels” who was blocking the British Aerospace–Rover merger. In his first year he was also responsible for education and social affairs and took pride in setting up the Erasmus programme allowing third-level students to study across the EU.

When Ireland was obliged to hold a referendum in 1987 to ratify the Single European Act completing the internal market, Sutherland was so incensed by some negative comments from several Irish bishops that he asked his Italian fellow-commissioner, Lorenzo Natali, to get the Vatican “to stop the effusions of some of their bishops”.

He was at a later stage to become an adviser to the Vatican on its valuable assets and receive a Papal knighthood.

As his four-year term in Brussels came to an end in January 1989, there was international speculation that Sutherland might be the next president of the Commission, a post he dearly wanted, but with Fianna Fáil now in power there was no hope of an Irish government nomination.

He was not long idle. Within a few months he had accepted invitations to become non-executive chairman of Allied Irish Banks and a member of the board of high-flying Guinness Peat Aviation, headed by Tony Ryan.

Sutherland was also asked by the Commission to do a report on the completion of the Single European Market - which was to culminate in the Maastricht Treaty and the first steps towards monetary union.

In April 1993, he was urged by the Commission and several EU governments take over the leadership of the stalled Uruguay round of world trade negotiations. This meant becoming director general of the GATT world trade body and moving to Geneva.

He at first refused for family reasons but later agreed. It was to be another turning point in his career as his success in winding up the trade talks and heading the new World Trade Organisation made him a celebrity.

He was offered the chairmanship of Goldman Sachs International and also took on the chair of British Petroleum, a worldwide company after merging with Amoco. He joined the influential but secretive Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission where politicians, industrialists and academics discuss world problems. He also joined the board of the World Economic Forum and was a regular attender at its annual Davos conference.

As his stellar career progressed he was showered with honorary degrees and decorations including an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in 2004 for services to industry.

In 2006 a new phase opened up with his appointment as the UN Special Representative on Migration and a mandate to prepare a report on the global situation. He helped set up the Global Forum on Migration and Development. The Vatican also appointed him to its commission on migration. In 2009 he was diagnosed with throat cancer but made a successful recovery.

As the refugee crisis worsened in Europe in recent years he became a passionate advocate for the need for EU countries to be more welcoming. He told a surprised German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, she was his “hero” when he met her at an international conference for her gesture in 2015 in accepting one million refugees as other countries blocked borders.

His identification with globalisation and more open borders for migrants attracted vituperation online from right-wing groups.

His appearance in 2012 before a House of Lords sub-committee on migration led to a sneering denunciation as the “globe’s grandee” from a Daily Mail columnist. He was incensed at Sutherland’s frank declaration that EU countries should aim at less “homogeneity” in their populations by allowing in more migrants.

He continued to keep in close touch with Ireland while maintaining a house in London. He was critical of how Irish neutrality put a brake on closer EU co-operation in security and defence. In interviews he would express some unease at his own “essential nationalism” saying that European integration was “the most noble political movement” in modern times.

In 2006 he donated €4 million to a new law school in UCD that was subsequently named after him. He could be sensitive in interviews about his identification with international banking and industry and insisted that he was always attracted, perhaps from his Jesuit formation, to “public service”.

Brexit made him almost despair as a blow to European integration. He described it as a “disaster” and urged Ireland to increase ties to the EU’s “inner core”.

Donald Trump’s views on migration were equally anathema to him. The world of closer European integration, freer trade and globalisation for which Sutherland worked so hard was showing signs of disintegration.

He is survived by his wife, Maruja, and three children- Shane, Natalia and Ian.

Copyright: The Irish Times


R. J. Michael Fry

The following obituary was provided by R. J. Michael Fry’s family

R. J. Michael Fry, BA. (1946), MB. BCh. (1948), MD. (1962) died suddenly but peacefully on 24th. November, 2017, at his home in Indianapolis, IN., aged 92 years. He & his wife, Shirley, (nee Jackson) BA (1955) MB. BCh. (1957), in good-for-their-age health & spirits, had celebrated Thanksgiving there together with their three sons & their families including all eight grandchildren the previous day.

Born in Dublin in 1925, the youngest son of Annesley and Mabel Fry and brother of Desmond and George (A. O.), Michael received his primary & secondary education at Avoca School in Blackrock. He entered Trinity’s School of Physic, as the Medical School was then known, in 1942. During his student years he was an active member of the ‘Bi becoming Secretary during Mr. T. G. Wilson’s presidency, and of the Irish Medical Students’ Association which he represented at meetings in England, as well as of the DU Motor & Golf Clubs. He also played hockey, tennis and golf at local clubs. While a student, Michael became interested in & supportive of the efforts of Dr. Noel Browne to treat Tuberculosis and its underlying causes, then a major problem in Ireland and to introduce free state-funded healthcare for mothers & children under 16; he was disappointed & personally shaped by the ill-fated outcome of the latter endeavour.

After graduation, Michael completed the requisite pre-registration year at The Royal City of Dublin Hospital (Baggott Street) where he served as Houseman to Dr. Victor Sygne, and worked closely with Mr. Seton Pringle, Dr. Ninian Faulkner and Mr. ‘Togo’ Graham among others. Anxious to gain more experience in general medicine in anticipation of specializing in Radiology, he then spent a year in general practice in Lincolnshire, UK., where he experienced firsthand the positive impact of the fledgling British National Health Service on medical services to patients, a concept he espoused throughout his adult life. He returned to Dublin in 1951 becoming a Medical Officer of the Guinness Brewing Company whilst studying for the ‘Membership’ (MRCP) exam. Ironically, while at Guinness, Michael was serendipitously diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis as were Dr Browne & several of his own medical contemporaries before him. Fortunately, the relatively new isoniazid/streptomycin/PAS regimen was available & he was successfully treated at home and able to return to work within six months. However, on medical advice, his career path changed from clinical to academic medicine, & in 1953 he accepted a position as Assistant Lecturer with Prof. David Torrens in Trinity’s Physiology Department. In this position and later as Lecturer, he taught classes in physiology & histology to medical students & others & began independent research in haematophysiology that became the basis of his MD thesis. During this time Michael collaborated with Mr. Keith Shaw, (MD, [1953]; FRCSI [1945]) on a grant from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to develop ‘a pump for cardiopulmonary bypass & use it for canine experiments at the Veterinary College’. The success of this experimental work contributed to the first open-heart operation in Ireland, performed in 1960 by Mr. Shaw. While a faculty member, Michael served on the Board of the Trinity Trust.

Michael and Shirley, a rising fifth year TCD medical student, were married in England in 1955 and later, when Shirley specialized in occupational & radiation epidemiology, they shared research interests in the biological and clinical effects of exposure to radiation.

In 1959, on the recommendation of Prof. Bronte Gatenby, Prof. Emeritus of Zoology, who had recently returned to Ireland from an academic sojourn in the US, Michael took a two year leave-of-absence from Trinity to conduct experimental research using ionizing radiations & radioactive materials as tools at the US Atomic Energy’s (AEC) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), outside Chicago, IL. Returning to Trinity in 1961 as Reader in Physiology, Michael resumed his work in the Department & successfully defended his MD thesis in 1962. His stay however, was short lived. In 1963 Michael accepted the position of Associate Research Scientist at ANL & he & his family emigrated to the US. He subsequently became a Senior Scientist & Head of Argonne’s Biology Division’s Carcinogenesis Section with a joint appointment as Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago. He moved in 1977 to the AEC’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in Oak Ridge, TN, where he headed that Laboratory’s Biology Division’s Carcinogenesis Section until in 1991. While at ORNL, and subsequently, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Radiation Research Society (RRS) from 1988 until 1997.

Michael was a member & guiding light for the Radiation Research Society for well over 50 years. Prior to serving as the Journal’s editor-in-chief, he served on its Editorial Board (1967-71) & on the Committee on Late Effects as well as the History Committee. In 1995, he was named the 32nd Fialla Lecturer, the highest honour bestowed by the Society; his topic was ‘Skin Deep’. In 1996, the Society renamed its Young Investigators’ Award as the ’Michael Fry Research Award’ in his honour in recognition of his contributions as a mentor, albeit an unofficial title in those days, to many developing physicians & other scientists in the radiation sciences. A highlight as a member of the Society, was attending the International Congress of Radiation Research hosted in 1999 in Dublin by the Dublin Institute of Technology at which he received an award from the Irish Radiation Research Society

Michael was also a guiding beacon for the US National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) that provides scientific guidance & recommendations to government agencies. He was a member of the Council and of several of its committees, serving as chair of the committee that produced a report on ‘The Influence of Dose & its Contribution in Time on Dose-Response Relationships for Low-LET Radiations (NCRP No. 64, 1980). He was elected a Distinguished Emeritus Member in 1993 & in 1994 was named the 32nd Lauriston S. Taylor Lecturer, NCRP’s highest honour; his lecture was entitled ‘Mice, Myths and Men’,

Michael served on many of US. national & international committees charged with addressing radiation issues: The National Academy of Sciences’ committees including a period as chair of its Board of Radiation Effects Research; National Cancer Institute’s Radiation Study Section; Committee on Space Research; International Commission on Radiological Protection, where he chaired Committee 1’s task force on the biological basis for dose limitation of the skin. He also served on several committees of the US National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) where also as a member of NCRP, he played a leadership role in the study of the biology of space radiation, establishing many of the criteria used by NASA for radiation protection in space. Michael is quoted as saying ‘It was a lot of committees but a great educational experience’.

Michael authored three scientific books, editing or contributing to several others. He authored or co-authored more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He also was the recipient of the Roentgen Centennial Hartman Medal (1995), and the Gray Medal of the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (2003), and was named a Lifetime Associate of the US National Academies of Sciences (2001)

After retiring and moving in 2000 to Indianapolis to be nearer to their family, Michael & Shirley were named to volunteer faculty positions as Clinical Professors in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Indiana University School of Medicine . They also became certified Master Gardeners with volunteer responsibilities.

Although esteemed, recognized, and honoured by national & international scientific communities for his intellect, scholarship and scientific contributions, his friends and colleagues among those communities as well as his family, his longtime & more recent friends, even total strangers, will best remember Michael for his humility, compassion and humanity, his interest in & respect for all others, his curiosity in the world around him, his wit and humour, often self-deprecating & twinkling smile.

In typical fashion, Michael donated his body to Indiana University’s School of Medicine for educational purposes. Celebrations of his life were held on December 30th, 2017, in Indianapolis at the home of Edward, his eldest son & his wife, Kathy, and in September, 2018 in Chicago at a special session commemorating Michael’s contributions to radiation research held during the annual meeting of the RRS.

Michael became a naturalized US citizen in 1978 but remained a proud son of Ireland & of Trinity; he cared for us, he made us laugh, he made us proud.

C E Sheppard

The following obituary was published in the Dublin University Boat Club Newsletter 2018

Obituary - C E Sheppard (1929 – 2017)

Cedric Sheppard, who died on 10 November 2017 in a Nursing Home in London at the age of 88, is likely to have steered more rowers around Venice’s lagoon than anyone else. 

Born in Maidstone on 16 January 1929, Cedric’s family moved to Cornwall during World War II, where he first went to a local school before going up to Gresham’s School, which had been evacuated nfor the duration of the war form its normal base in Norfolk.  His father encouraged him to apply for Trinity College Dublin where Cedric read Natural Sciences, specialising in geology.  His knowledge of mining and oil thus acquired enabled him to specialise in these fields upon joining a firm of London stockbrokers.

He became a member of DUBC in College, and remained a loyal supporter of the Club during his lifetime.  As a graduate of TCD, he attracted a number of his fellow students to join ‘London’ following their graduation.  He had joined LRC in 1962 and, while his proficiency at rowing never reached great heights, he also contributed to this club considerably, using his professional skills, as a financial advisor on long-term investments.

Meanwhile, other interests beckoned.  A keen skier, he became a member if the Stock Exchange Ski Club, taking part in its annual competitions; he loved sports cars, once being the owner of an Austin Healey; he became a liveryman of the Tallow Chandlers’ Company, their sloop often moored outside LRC. He was a superb photographer and was a member of gentlemen’s clubs in Dublin and London with attractive reciprocal arrangements elsewhere.  As a horseman he helped exercise polo ponies in Richmond Park, and on Sundays occasionally rode a horse belonging to the Spanish Ambassador. 

But Venice held a special place in his heart, perhaps because of its problems.  His first participation in the 20-mile Vogalonga dates from the late 1960’s, and continued for almost forty years.  Scarcity of boats in Venice itself used to cause an annual nightmare if hiring form one of the local clubs, which was only solved once trailer-delivery of boats from home came into fashion.  The event itself became worryingly over-crowded, as canoeists with their paddles harpooned the bows of Cedric’s four – before capsizing – and the entire fleet coming to a halt upon re-entering the Canal Cannareggio.  However, there at the finish his girlfriend Diana would be at hand, disguised as Cedric’s team manager, to resuscitate an exhausted crew with a large bag of sandwiches and Prosecco. Their friendship began in 1989, becoming ever more close as Cedric’s health declined during the last 18 months of his life.  Our thoughts go out to Diana.


Maureen Ellinwood Pluvinage

The following obituary was Published in the Star-Ledger on Oct. 4, 2017

Maureen Ellinwood Pluvinage:  Oak Knoll Graduate, Dartmouth Swimmer, 'Force of Nature'
Born: February 8th 1981 - Died: September 25th, 2017

Maureen Ellinwood Pluvinage, 36, died on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. She succumbed to injuries sustained in a cycling accident on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Her husband, Mathieu Pluvinage, and her family were at her side when she passed away. Maureen was expecting their first child in early March.
Maureen was born on Feb. 8, 1981, in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She graduated from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, N.J. (1999), Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (2003), and Trinity College (MBA) in Dublin, Ireland (2011).

Maureen was involved in a variety of activities as an alumna of all three schools including recruiting, fundraising, and serving on the Trinity College Business School Advisory Board.

Professionally, she worked in various finance functions over her 14-year career for UBS, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays in New York, London, and Zurich, Switzerland. Most recently, she was employed as a vice president at UBS in Zurich as a member of the Recovery & Resolution Planning Group.
While at Trinity College, Maureen quickly became smitten by and immersed in European culture. She travelled extensively throughout the European continent and beyond (Tunisia, Turkey, Croatia, South Africa, and Mt. Kilimanjaro to name a few). Maureen and Mathieu met in 2015 while both were attending a Dartmouth College Alumni Ski Trip in Verbier, Switzerland, and, after a two-year courtship, were married on May 20, 2017, in Biarritz, France.

Although Maureen's years on earth were far too short, her life experiences were not. Simply stated, she was a force of nature. Her energy was boundless and she did not assume any task unless it could be completed at the highest standard and with a 110 percent commitment of time and energy.
She was a lifelong competitive swimmer, beginning with the Summit Seals in 1989 and ending as a captain of Dartmouth's Women's Swim Team in 2003. When Dartmouth eliminated the Men's and Women's Swim Teams for budgetary reasons at the beginning of her senior season, Maureen, along with her teammates, worked tirelessly to raise funds to preserve both programs - and they succeeded. Post-college, she completed numerous triathlon/swimming competitions at venues ranging from the Alcatraz Swim in San Francisco to the New York Marathon and Triathlon events to the Bosphorus Straits Cross Continental Swim in Turkey.

Maureen was a dedicated friend who, while using all forms of media to communicate with them, specialized in the personal visit. On her eight-day Christmas 2016 visit home to New Jersey from London, she made day trips to Raleigh, N.C., to see a friend, and Palm Harbor, Fla., to visit her grandfather, followed by a three-day trip to Denver, Ft. Collins, and Vail, Colo., to see various friends/family. She did manage to carve out two days for her parents in Short Hills, N.J., at the end. At each stop, she would shower her friends/family with thoughtful gifts and cards she had accumulated in her European travels.
Maureen also had an insatiable desire for information which resulted in her devouring dozens of articles daily, most coming from her beloved New York Times. Since she lived in a time zone six hours ahead, her family and friends could expect to wake up to one or more links/articles relating to their life/career that Maureen thought they should see.

Maureen is survived by her husband, Mathieu Pluvinage of Zurich, Switzerland; her parents, Rosemary and Charles R. Ellinwood of Short Hills; her sister, Catherine (Charles) Nettleton of Rye, N.Y., and her brother, Charles M. Ellinwood of Hoboken, N.J. She is also survived by her nephew/godson, D. Scott Nettleton, and niece, Caroline Nettleton, both of Rye. In addition, she is survived by her paternal grandfather, Richard Ellinwood of Palm Harbor, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Maureen was honored at a memorial service in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday, Sept. 28. The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Ave., Short Hills, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, also at St. Rose of Lima Church. Immediately following Mass, there will be a reception at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to any of the following three causes that were special to Maureen: New York Times "Sponsor a Subscription" Program; USA Swimming Foundation's "Make a Splash" Initiative; or Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, N.J.
Information on each can be accessed via this site's Memorial Gifts page.


James Osborne

The following obituary was published in on August 20 2017 2:30 AM

James Osborne: Former lawyer who became chairman of Independent News & Media and a director of Ryanair, writes Liam Collins

James Osborne, who has died tragically at the age of 68, was an urbane, low-key and well respected corporate and legal figure.

Chairman of Eason and a long-time director of Ryanair, he was an independent minded figure in the boardroom who always appeared calm, well-informed and well-prepared for whatever task he was engaged in.

Socially, he was a personable figure, interesting, humorous and always quick to the point. Unfailingly courteous, he always appeared to give his full attention to whoever he was dealing with.

He did not believe in ostentatious displays of wealth or influence and he once said his perfect Saturday afternoon relaxation was to put a few bets on the horses and watch the racing over a pint of Guinness, or at most two.

Born in Devon in April, 1949 where his father was a Royal Navy Commander, he grew up in Milford, Co Donegal. He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated with a BA in 1972. He joined the solicitors' firm A&L Goodbody in 1973 and was made a partner of the firm just six years later. He established a branch in New York in 1979 and spent two years there before returning to Dublin.

Described as a "brilliant and personable lawyer" he became managing partner of Goodbody's in 1982 and did much to turn it into one of the top legal firms in the country.

In his early career he worked closely with the businessman Dermot Desmond, he was legal adviser to Larry Goodman and a central figure in restructuring his agri-empire after his group went into examinership in 1990.

He retired in 1994 at the age of 45 but maintained an office in Goodbody where he continued to work as a corporate consultant.

He was appointed a director of Bank of Ireland and the dairy company Golden Vale, establishing a reputation as a tough and in some way uncompromising boardroom figure who took his role very seriously in the interests of the business and shareholders.

He became a director of Ryanair in 1995 and became a close adviser to its chief executive, Michael O'Leary.

He was also chairman of the booksellers Eason and instrumental in turning the business around in the last number of years.

He was appointed chairman of Independent News & Media in succession to Brian Hillery but was voted off the board after a dispute over the settlement reached with Gavin O'Reilly to leave his post as chief executive.

He was also a director of cement makers James Hardie Industries and a number of other companies, both public and private.

James Osborne's leisure pursuits were horse racing, sailing and heritage. He was chairman of Punchestown racecourse for a number of years and a member of the board of the Irish Heritage Trust and Fota House in Co Cork. He had a share in a 46ft cruiser called Hibernia for some years and sailed to various destinations every summer.

He is survived by his wife, Heather, and one son and one daughter from his marriage, and his partner Patricia Devine and their daughter.


Ken Bennett-Hunter

The following obituary was published in The Stage on Mar 29, 2017

The Stage contributor and former TMA president Ken Bennett-Hunter, 70. Obituary by Michael Quinn

Ken Bennett-Hunter was one of the most experienced and well-respected figures in British theatre over the last half-century. Had he been an actor, he would undoubtedly have been hailed as a man of many parts.

Although his purview was largely behind the scenes – he began his career as a stage manager with the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast in 1970 – his influence in later years, notably as president of the Theatrical Management Association (now UK Theatre) from 1995-98 and as chair of Skillscene until 2013, reached far beyond technical and managerial matters.

Using the byline AK Bennett-Hunter, for more than 30 years he was an articulate advocate and passionate champion in the pages of The Stage, latterly as editor of its Backstage section (sharing responsibility with Barbara Eifler from 2005 to 2012), where he provided an impeccably informed and accommodating insight into the issues and developments affecting theatre technicians, designers and managers.

He also edited The Stage’s Working Backstage series of career guides, making them an essential tool for technical courses at leading drama schools.

Away from formal responsibilities, he was a valued mentor and unfailingly generous with advice to successive generations of theatre students and established figures throughout the industry. Paying tribute, Eifler commented: “I would say that the very fabric of theatre would be different today without him.”

Born in Belfast, he was ever a son of the city, embodying its defining forthrightness by always leading determinedly from the front. While reading English, philosophy and music at Trinity College, Dublin, he involved himself with the Dublin University Players, becoming its chair and winning an award for his production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound.

His professional career began in 1970 as a stage manager with the Lyric Players Theatre, Belfast (then in its third year at its newly built River Lagan-side home), before moving to Leicester to work at the city’s Phoenix Theatre and the inaugural season of the Haymarket Theatre in 1973.

After a spell with English National Opera, he joined the newly formed English Music Theatre at Sadler’s Wells in London in 1975.

He ended the decade as production manager with another new venture, the Leeds-based Opera North, helping the fledgling company bed in through its first seasons before taking a similar post with London’s Young Vic company, where he seamlessly oversaw its residency at the National Theatre.

In the early 1980s he became production manager at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East, eventually becoming its administrative director and co-chair of its board.

Stratford saw Bennett-Hunter come into his own. Among his many innovations there, in 1984 he helped develop, with Charles Morgan, the computer-aided design system Modelbox, a ‘world first’ for theatre designers.

He was at the helm for the company’s West End transfer of Clarke Peters’ jazz musical Five Guys Named Moe in 1990 and two years later established its independent commercial arm, Stratford East Productions. Its first production, Ken Hill’s The Invisible Man, was seen at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, in 1993.

Elected president of the Theatrical Management Association in 1995 – then the umbrella group for 360 theatre owners, managers and producers – he argued in The Stage for “a more aggressive approach to the promotion of theatre” and set about transforming the TMA’s fortunes.

Although unafraid to lock antlers with those he thought presented a threat to theatre, a danger to working practices or a slight to managers and technicians, he erred always on the side of collaboration and partnership.

During his tenure, he lent TMA’s muscle to a successful Equity-led campaign over proposed changes to actors’ tax status, broadened its role and influence in the wider industry and forged a closer relationship with the Society of London Theatre.

When “creative differences” with artistic director Philip Hedley led to his abrupt sacking as Stratford East’s administrative director in 1997, 22 of the then staff of 25 sent a letter to the theatre’s board protesting the decision, albeit to no avail.

Ironically, the same year saw Bennett-Hunter announcing something of a coup for the TMA, having secured a £250,000 sponsorship deal with Barclays Bank for its regional theatre awards.

When his term as TMA president elapsed in 1998, he became a joint vice-president.

In 2008, he succeeded Geoffrey Joyce as editor of Sightline, the journal of the Association of British Theatre Technicians, stepping down in 2014 to become associate editor to Paul Connolly, a position he held until his death.

As a producer, he was involved with the improvised opera ensemble Impropera, Janine Ulfane’s A Million Freds Productions, managed seasons in Stockholm and, from 2003 to 2009, the annual TMA awards.

He continued to be involved with the roots of his career and in 2007 lent his support to the Stage Management Association’s Stage Managers for Managers Network, an initiative designed to assist stage managers looking to move into more senior managerial roles.

As a freelance consultant, he oversaw the refurbishment of London’s Cochrane Theatre and worked with a wide range of companies including Temba, Talawa, the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Battersea Arts Centre and London’s Southbank Centre.

A committed supporter of training and education, he helped train stage management students in South Korea’s Seoul Arts Centre and in 1986 became technical director of LAMDA.

An external examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he was awarded a fellowship in 2002.

A gifted amateur bassoonist, he played regularly with the Beckenham Concert Band and Hayes Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew Kenneth ‘AK’ Bennett-Hunter was born on February 4, 1947 and died on March 20, aged 70. He is survived by his wife Janice, whom he met while studying in Dublin, and son, Guy.

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William Trevor

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on Mon, Nov 21, 2016, 16:26

William Trevor: Writer of ‘The Ballroom of Romance’ and novelist made Irish themes universal

William Trevor, one of the most prolific, successful, well-respected and well-loved of modern Irish writers, has died at the age of 88.

He was perhaps unusual in maintaining something of an equal commitment to both the novel and the short-story form during his writing life.

He remained faithful to the short-story form because he regarded it as, in the words of one critic, “the natural expressive idiom of his native land”.

In his introduction to the Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories (1989), he wrote: “The Irish delight in stories, of whatever kind, because their telling and their reception are by now instinctive.”

When his novel Love and Summer was shortlisted for the 2011 International Impac Dublin Award, Eileen Battersby described Trevor in The Irish Times as “revered by writers and readers all over the world” and as “living proof that fiction is an international language and that story is universal”.

William Trevor Cox was born in Mitchelstown, Co Cork. His father James William Cox, originally from Co Roscommon, worked in the bank, and his mother, Gertrude Davison from Co Armagh, was also a bank clerk until marriage.

In an interview he gave to the Guardian in September 2009, he described his parents as “lace-curtain Protestant” (ie, they did not belong to the “big house” or Anglo-Irish ascendancy), who hated each other.

He had two siblings and they were raised in what he recalled as a very lonely household.

He could never understand why his parents didn’t get on or make some effort to resolve their differences; he wondered if something had happened in the relationship that was hidden from the rest of the world.

This background may explain many of the characters he later created in his fiction.

Early schooling
His father’s bank job meant the family moved to various towns with each promotion he got. This resulted in Trevor attending 11 different primary schools.

The first of these was the Loreto in Youghal, where he was one of the few Protestant children.

In Excursions in the Real World (1993), he wrote: “I was treated fondly and recall neither prejudice nor attempts at religious influence.”

When the family moved to Skibbereen and he was sent to a Protestant school, where “education was less pleasant”.

After that, there were moves to Tipperary and Enniscorthy. For his secondary schooling he boarded at Sandford Park and afterwards St Columba’s College, both in Dublin.

At St Columba’s, his art teacher was Oisín Kelly, who became a famous sculptor and who encouraged Trevor’s interest in the subject.

He went to Trinity College Dublin in 1946 where, faute de mieux as he said himself, he studied history.

Following graduation, he taught in a private school near Killyleagh, Co Armagh, from 1950 to 1952.

He had met Jane Ryan at Trinity and they married in 1952. When his school closed and with Ireland in a deep recession, they emigrated to England.

Trevor taught art at prep schools near Rugby, Warwickshire, from 1952-1956 and at Taunton, Somerset from 1956-1960.

He also worked as a church sculptor for seven years, “rather like Jude the Obscure but without the talent”, he told the Guardian in 2009.

Move to London
With the birth of his first child he needed a better-paying job and the family moved to London, where he made a living writing advertisements.

“They would give me four lines or so to write and four or five days to write it in.

“It was so boring. But they had given me this typewriter to work on, so I just started writing stories. I sometimes think all the people who were missing in my sculpture gushed out into the stories.”

In an interview for the Paris Review (spring 1989), he listed Somerset Maugham as his first strong influence, followed by Joyce and Irish short-story writers such as Frank O’Connor.

Through having short stories published in the London Magazine and the Transatlantic Review, he was approached by an editor who suggested he write a novel.

The result was The Old Boys (1964), which tells of the petty rivalries and odd behaviour of members of the alumni association of a small English public school.

It won the Hawthornden Prize and its success led to Trevor adapting it for television and then the stage. This meant he could give up the advertising-writing job, move to a small village in Devon and become a full-time writer.

The Boarding House (1965) continued his interest in eccentrics and misfits, in a story where the boarders scheme against each other.

The Love Department (1966) was a darkly comic story of a sexual pervert who gets his just deserts.

All three novels showed Trevor’s subtle comic vision as he created characters who were doomed in some way. A short-story collection The Day We Got Drunk on Cake and Other Stories (1967) followed, with its array of funny, melancholic and brutal characters.

The novels Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel (1969) and Miss Gomez and the Brethren (1971) presented more characters living on the margin, their lives troubled by failure and disappointment.

Trevor experienced theatrical success with four plays in the early 1970s: the stage version of The Old Boys (1971), A Night with Mrs da Tanka (1972), Going Home (1972) and Marriages (1973).

Fascinated outsider
Up to this he had written mainly about the foibles of the English middle classes, viewing them from the perspective of a fascinated outsider.

Being an Irish Protestant meant he was also somewhat of an outsider in his own country. He believed that writers were outsiders, that they had no place in society because society was what they were watching.

He liked to live in the shadows and disliked the limelight.

The title story of The Ballroom of Romance and Other Stories (1972) is possibly his most famous short story.

Bridie, the main character, is a typical Trevor creation, lonely and yearning for love, her life stultified by the social realities of the rural Ireland of the time.

Elizabeth Alone (1973), a novel, also focuses on women leading frustrated lives.

Other novels of the 1970s were The Last Lunch of the Season (1973) and The Children of Dynmouth (1976), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, while short-story collections were Angels at the Ritz (1975), winner of a Heinemann Award, Lovers of Their Time (1978) and The Distant Past (1979).

Graham Greene described Angels at the Ritz as “one of the best collections, if not the best, since James Joyce’s Dubliners”.

Trevor’s radio plays Beyond the Pale (1980) and Autumn Sunshine (1982) won Giles Cooper Awards.

Novels of the 1980s were Other People’s Worlds (1980), Fools of Fortune (1983), Nights at the Alexandra (1987) and The Silence in the Garden (1988), Fools of Fortune winning a Whitbread Novel Award.

Short-story collections were Beyond the Pale (1981), The News from Ireland (1986) and Family Sins (1989), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction.

His later novels became structurally and narratively more complex.

Two Lives (1991) included Reading Turgenev (also awarded the Irish Literature Prize for Fiction) and My House in Umbria, in both of which the line between fact and imagination is blurred.

Juliet’s Story (1992) was his only children’s book, while the ambiguous Felicia’s Journey (1994) won Irish Times and Sunday Express awards as well as Whitbread Book of the Year.

The short-story collections After Rain (1996) and The Hill Bachelors (2000) both won this paper’s Irish Literature Prize for Fiction, the latter also winning a PEN/Macmillan Award.

The Story of Lucy Gault (2002) was, according to one critic, “quite possibly the saddest story you have ever heard”; its pervasive theme is guilt and the need for forgiveness, especially self-forgiveness.

In the Guardian interview already mentioned, Trevor said that guilt, sorrow, shame and secrets were part of life.

“People should feel guilty sometimes. I’ve written a lot about guilt. I think that it can be something that really renews people.” Lucy Gault was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

His short-story collections A Bit on the Side (2004) and Cheating at Canasta (2007) have the familiar characters on the margins, who are lonely, and the familiar themes of shame, fear and isolation.

By contrast, the novel, Love and Summer (2009), which made it to the Booker longlist, is his most benign work and showed his writing powers undiminished in his 80s.

He was acclaimed both in the UK and Ireland. He was awarded an honorary CBE in 1977 for his services to literature and presented with an honorary knighthood in 2002.

Further, he was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature in 2008 and in 2011 he was elected saoi in Aosdána.

He told the Paris Review that he considered himself an Irish writer because, as an Irishman, he felt he belonged to the Irish tradition.

“I don’t really feel that being Irish is the important thing. What is important is to take Irish provincialism – which is what I happen to know about because it’s what I came from – and to make it universal.”

Trevor was a very disciplined writer, for much of his life being at his writing desk at 4am. Even as he got older, he continued the early start to his day, at the slightly later time of 6am or 6.30am.

He did an enormous amount of rewriting, often cutting large swathes of text, believing that what was omitted from a story could be as important as what was included.

The rest of the day he spent in his garden and at chats over cups of tea with his wife, Jane, to whom all his books are dedicated. He is survived by her and by his sons Patrick and Dominic.

Copyright: Irish Times


John Martin Scott

The following obituary was published in The Irish Times on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, 00:00

John Martin Scott: Pioneer and expert on role of folic acid in metabolism
Born: May 20th, 1940 Died: December 29th, 2012

John Martin Scott, who has died aged 72, was professor of experimental nutrition in Trinity College Dublin. His career there included advancement to fellow of TCD (1973), bursar (1977-80), personal chair (1978), doctor of science (1981), member of the Royal Irish Academy (1984) and senior fellow (2005).

John Scott grew up in Churchtown, Dublin. He was educated at Garbally College, Ballinasloe. His father, Martin, was a civil engineer and his mother, Claire, worked at home. He studied at University College Dublin, where he took a BSc, later obtaining a PhD in TCD.

Scott was an internationally recognised expert on the vitamin folic acid (folate) and its role in metabolism, yet he always said that he entered the world of folates by chance. Taking a postdoctoral fellowship in Berkeley, California, he switched to folate metabolism, which set a career-long course.

Back home he took a post in the new biochemistry department in TCD and formed an alliance with the TCD regius professor of medicine Donald Weir. Together, they made a formidable research duo in a classic example of “bench-to-bedside” research and published well over 100 research articles and reviews on folate and vitamin B12 metabolism.

The focus of his later career was the role of nutrition in preventing neural tube defects (such as spina bifida and anencephaly). In 1995, his group published a seminal paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, demonstrating that the risk of having a child with a neural tube defect was strongly related to the mother’s red blood cell folate level and that the risk remained high until the maternal red cell folate levels were well above the deficiency range.

This article has been cited in more than 500 journals and the conclusions are still used by public health specialists in the US and elsewhere in food fortification policies.

Scott was expert adviser for the Irish Food Safety Authority and for numerous British, EU and US scientific committees. He was on the board of St James’s Hospital for over 20 years.

He was a member of the Grange Golf Club for 50 years, where he and his wife, Bella, had many close friends. Bella died in October 2010. He is survived by his son Martin, daughter Rachel, sister Una, daughter-in-law Heather, son-in-law Ronan and grandchildren James, Matthew, Charlotte, Isabelle Scarlet and Ava Grace.

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Padraic Fallon

The following obituary was published in The Telegraph on 5:36PM BST 16 Oct 2012

Padraic Fallon, who has died of cancer aged 66, was renowned in the world of financial journalism for transforming the magazine Euromoney into the most authoritative and lively voice on international banking and finance, and the centre of a publishing empire with a current market value of £800 million.

A former journalist at the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail, Fallon was appointed editor of the fledgling title in 1974, when the magazine was making just £20,000 a year, and played a key role alongside its founder, Sir Patrick Sergeant, in building its circulation.

By judicious flattery of the leading players of the emerging Eurobond market, by making itself a journal of record for their deals, by attracting acres of “tombstone” (bond-issue announcement) advertising — and through sheer hard work — Euromoney grew into a spectacular financial success. In due course it spawned subsidiary titles and information services, as well as an international conference arm. It won two Queen’s Awards for export achievement, and its cachet was further enhanced by the invention of Euromoney awards such as “Finance Minister of the Year” and “Central Bank Governor of the Year”.

Fallon was, successively, Euromoney’s managing director, chief executive and, from 1992, chairman. The empire he built up under the title Euromoney Institutional Investor now publishes 100 specialist magazines in law, finance, aviation and pharmaceuticals.

Though engagingly old-fashioned and courteous in manner, Fallon always kept abreast of the latest technology. In recent times he embraced the digital revolution and developed what has become known as “data mining” — websites with unique access to business information.

Although he pulled off the rare trick of making a successful transition from journalism to running a business, Fallon remained a writer at heart; and it was the magazine’s reputation for lively and provocative journalism that underpinned Euromoney’s success.

A stickler for good writing and with a copy editor’s eye for detail, Fallon believed that financial journalism should be just as readable and exciting as any other form of journalism, and his key insight was that financial markets are driven not by impersonal economic forces but by personalities. It was his ability to make individuals tell their own stories that made his own writing so compelling and which won him, in 1981, a Wincott Special Award for outstanding financial journalism.

As well as his roles on the management side of Euromoney, Fallon was also editor-in-chief of the magazine, a role he took extremely seriously. Although intolerant of sloppy or careless reporting, he would always stand by a writer and a story as long as it was fair and accurate. The Euromoney “style guide”, which he created, was required reading for all employees, and because many of today’s leading financial journalists have been through the magazine’s graduate trainee scheme, his influence on financial journalism has spread across a wider canvas.

The youngest of six sons, Padraic Matthew Fallon was born in Co Wexford, Ireland, on September 21 1946 into a family of writers, journalists and artists. He was educated at St Peter’s College, Wexford, and Blackrock College, Co Dublin. His father, also called Padraic, was a well-known poet and playwright, and it was he who urged his two youngest sons (the other is Ivan Fallon, former City editor of The Sunday Telegraph and now deputy chairman of N Brown Group) to consider a career in business. “He told my brother and I: 'We have got enough artists, writers in the family. Why don’t you go and become more business oriented?’,” Padraic recalled in an interview. “So both of us went to Trinity College in Dublin and instead of reading English or History, we did Business Studies.”

After graduation, Padraic Fallon began his career as a sub-editor on the financial pages of The Irish Times before moving to London in 1969. He worked first as a financial journalist at Thomson Regional Newspapers and then moved to the Daily Mirror, leaving after a couple of years to join the Daily Mail, whose City editor, Patrick Sergeant, had founded Euromoney in 1969. Sergeant later described his decision to appoint Fallon to the editor’s chair as “the best thing I ever did for Euromoney”.

Fallon served as a director of Daily Mail and General Trust , and as a director of Allied Irish Banks from 1998 until May 2007, when he resigned, having become increasingly alarmed at the lending policies of Irish banks.

A lover of fine cigars, good food and good wine (his favourite restaurant was the Savoy Grill — until it was taken over by Gordon Ramsay), Fallon was held in great affection by his colleagues for his kindness and boundless energy. He would show the same courtesy to a junior clerk or rookie reporter as to a captain of industry, and his conversation would skip merrily from business to Irish poetry and from office gossip to fly fishing.

Fallon was the author of three novels, including Hymn of the Dawn, based on fond memories of a summer in his childhood in Wexford, and The Circles Of Archimedes, inspired by the life of the great scientist, which won praise for its “striking boldness and genuine originality”.

Padraic Fallon married, in 1972, Gillian Hellyer, who survives him with their son and three daughters.

Padraic Fallon, born September 21 1946, died October 14 2012

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Eric Thomas Murdock

Obituary written by Alex Murdoch

Eric was a husband, father and grandfather…   In all these he both gave his love and was loved in return by all who knew him.

He also was a person of great accomplishment whose university research was both creative and had an impact upon the nature of his home country and his country of later residence.   As an academic  myself I am very  aware of this .  His work demonstrated the effect of poor nutrition on babies and children in Ireland and this in part led to the mother and child legislation .. the equivalent of child benefit in Ireland.   The statistics his research generated led to a quote in the irish parliament that it was more dangerous to be born a child in Belfast than to be a  spitfire fighter pilot in the battle of Britain.  The way he conducted his research I now use as an example to my own students.  Not just taking the word of mothers about the amount of nutrition  their children received he also followed the milkman on his rounds and counted the number of milk bottles left at each house to get additional data. This was  because mothers were often reluctant to admit that they could not provide sufficient nutrition.   I recalled this when many years later I was checking on nutrition on elderly people in Newcastle who were receiving meals delivered to their home.   The people would affirm that they had received and appreciated the meal… a check in the dustbin  often found the almost untouched meals… 

Eric’s impact extended to his  later work in the UK when as a food scientist   he was involved in constructing the form of food rationing during and after the war.  The impact of food rationing has affected positively a whole generation of babies born and raised over this time. This  generation  (including myself )which through war and post war circumstance actually had a planned and regulated diet owes much to my father.  Later he researched new food products which I recall were brought home to be tested on the family. His research curiosity and application perhaps has rubbed off on me.  

What did not , I fear, get transferred to me was his enormous practical ability.  He tried to help me with an early interest in chemistry which fortunately was confined to the shed at the bottom of the garden.. on one occasion I nearly blew it up when an experiment to distil water went a little over the top. Mind you his attempts to distil home brewed beer and wine were not his most successful foray either. He could literally turn his had to anything from installing central heating to gardening to  almost anything related to vehicles. I can remember long nights often in really cold conditions helping my father take engines out of various cars.  However all his ministrations could not do much for an ancient triumph herald car which I brought back from university and it collapsed on arrival. I can still recall him marvelling that one car I had was even able to start … he muttered  under his breath  “ I have no idea how this car even got here”

At one point he went out and bought a car for Margit and me as a stopgap whilst we were without a car.   When he let me know the mission had been achieved Margit asked what colour the car was.. this question left him without a clear response… colour was not part of the father-son  specification. The car was the worst colour imaginable…a sort of murky grey… But it ran OK and served us the end I sold it to a work colleague for virtually what Eric had paid for it - £100 as I recall.

My parents always had pets and in particular they had a number of long lived and much loved dogs…one was acquired by my sister , Ruth, and as I recall she phoned home and said that there was this dear   dog in need of a good home for sale… How much? It was £2…my parents said offer  £1 and the dog acquired its name- Quid… 

After the last dog departed and my father acquired a mobility scooter.  I would go for  walks  for my dad in the park and  we used to turn up the speed to maximum to give me a  good run around the park.. We would joke that I had now become the proxy dog that my father would take for a walk.  I shall miss these walks .
Something I shall remember about my father was his unstinting kindness,   courtesy and the stoical way he responded to the successive challenges and difficulties in his last years.  Age and infirmity can be a cruel experience and I believe  both my parents have encountered this.  The way they have managed this together will forever be an example to me of both the love they bore each other and the qualities of character and resilience which is woven through their lives together.

In all his interactions with family, friends and strangers  Eric displayed a spirit of gentleness and indeed tolerance. I recall many years ago I brought home for Christmas one of the first Phd students from communist China. I was not sure how my father would react to this representative of a country which then had an image not necessarily at one with the views of a confirmed Daily Telegraph reader. I should not have worried…. Alexander Hu, my Chinese namesake, brought a bottle of Chinese port and a similar openness of manner and within minutes they were in lively discussion. This gentleness of manner and unfailing solicitousness for others regardless of background, position or status has marked out my father and I know created a deep impression on all who came into contact with him. His medical notes would have words such as ‘this delightful and charming gentleman’. An unwitting accolade is thus found from those who often met him but briefly but were nevertheless touched and affected by him.

He also had some memorable moments of non sequiturs. Some years ago Barry, another colleague from the USA, accompanied my father, Andrew and me to go to Goodwood.  As we pulled out onto the road my father said “ I think we are going the wrong way…by the way where are we going?”….A remark which still evokes humour and fond memories when Barry and I meet… 

I know  that we will continue to share fond and happy memories of  Eric who for me epitomises an example of how to lead a good and meaningful life through both good times and also times of adversity.    He loved and was loved.


R.B. McDowell

The following obituary was published in The Telegraph on 6:52PM BST 31 Aug 2011

Professor RB McDowell, who died on August 28 aged 97, was an Irish historian of Trinity College, Dublin, whose eccentricities, conversation and wit were celebrated on both sides of the St George’s Channel.

As a lecturer, he combined an extraordinary knowledge of a wide range of subjects with an anecdotal style of lecturing that employed a genial, high-pitched address touched with an element of wonder. As an historian firmly rooted in the tradition of unrepentant bourgeois Unionism, McDowell experienced some eclipse in professional standing as his Anglocentric view of the history of Ireland became decreasingly fashionable.

Nevertheless, his first book, Irish Public Opinion, 1750-1800, was recognised as an incisive treatment of a novel subject when it was published in 1944; and even today it sets a standard which few subsequent scholars have reached.

His later work was uneven. It included an overlong History of Ireland in the Age of Revolution (1979) but also an admired history of Trinity College. There was also a stream of books on such subjects as the Anglican Church and the Conservative Party, as well as the Kildare Street Club, whose successful merger with the University Club he helped to bring about in Dublin during the 1970s.

Crisis and Decline (1998) dealt with the southern Irish Unionists abandoned by the Westminster government as the Republic came into being; and a biography of Henry Grattan (2001) was certainly not the work of a fading scholar, even though produced in his late eighties.

McDowell’s colleagues considered him too eccentric to be appointed to the chair of history to which he aspired; but no one doubted that he was professorial material. In 1980, shortly before his retirement, the College revived a defunct chair of oratory in his honour.

Robert Brendan McDowell was born in Belfast on September 14 1913, the son of a tea merchant and the daughter of a Londonderry wine merchant — beverages for which he developed a passion. He narrowly survived an attack of influenza during the epidemic of 1918-9 and retained a memory of the Troubles in the early 1920s when his father was briefly held by the IRA.

Robert attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and won a scholarship to Trinity in 1932. Although not at first universally popular, being seen as a wild and argumentative Ulsterman, he soon won a reputation as a fine debater, and his warm, vigorous personality made him many friends.

He taught at Radley during the Second World War, then was appointed a lecturer and Fellow at Trinity, where his beaming countenance, absent-mindedness, terror of draughts and habit of wearing layers of unkempt clothes topped by a battered hat became the stuff of legend.

When someone once observed that he was smartly turned out, McDowell replied: “Yes, I’m going to see my tailor; I don’t want to hurt his feelings.”

There were the stories of how he was detected conversing with a statue in the College grounds and narrowly escaped death in the College library after remaining for hours on top of an unsteady ladder absorbed in a book. But although a natural butt for practical jokes, these often backfired, as he was sharper-witted than their perpetrators supposed.

As junior dean from 1956 to 1969, responsible for undergraduate discipline, McDowell was reluctant to inflict a punishment if matters could be sorted out amicably over a glass of sherry. One of his duties was to sanction the holding of parties in College, and it was said that one could always get permission — and indeed carry on beyond the agreed hour — if one invited the junior dean and provided him with pleasant company and plenty to drink.

As a staunch Unionist, who believed that the history of Ireland was the history of the British presence, McDowell looked down on the Irish Republic with ironic detachment. He was saddened during the late 1960s and 1970s as Trinity gradually lost its special quality as a surviving enclave of Protestant Unionist sentiment and evolved into a multi-denominational Irish university.

McDowell, who never lost the Belfast from his accent, was, above all, a great talker in the Irish tradition: he had something pertinent and entertaining to say on every subject, and his questing mind turned this way and that. Once into his stride he was unstoppable, and it was said that he had talked himself out of several Oxbridge fellowships, though in later years he was popular at the high tables of the ancient universities.

He was much in demand, too, as a country house guest; on one occasion he is said to have woken up to find his hostess covering him with the Union flag and to have fallen asleep again, uncertain whether he were alive or dead.

A book of stories, When You are a Legend: Encounters with Dr RB McDowell, was compiled for his 90th birthday, when he happily demonstrated in the celebrations that he was “still in his anecdotage”

Copyright: The Telegraph

Dr John Gilbert Kirker

The following obituary was provided by Dr Kirker's family

The School of Medicine was saddened to hear of the death of Dr John Gilbert Kirker, former President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, in November 2011. Dr Kirker was born in Norfolk in 1922.

He studied medicine at TCD in the 1940s, and while there was a resident student at Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital. A travelling scholarship allowed him to spend 18 month training in North America, and Dr Kirker returned to Dun's Hospital as consultant physician, with a special interest in neurology.

He was also consultant physician at St Patrick's Hospital Dublin, lectured in pharmacology and was President of the Biological Association at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Kirker had a major interest in epilepsy. He helped to found the Irish Epilepsy Association, which later became known as Brainwave, at RCPI, 6 Kildare Street on 4 October 1966. Up to his death, he was President of Brainwave.

His immense contribution to Irish, and indeed European, epileptology has been widely acknowledged. He was directly responsible for the development of electroencephalographic (EEG) services in Ireland and was Director of the EEG Department of the National Neurosurgery Centre at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He remained at the forefront of EEG reading and epilepsy practice for more than half a century, up to his retirement in the late 1990s. In 2007 he was awarded the Social Achievement award at the 27th International Epilepsy Conference, Singapore. A memorial service was held in College Chapel in March 2012.

Dr Kirker cared deeply about Trinity and its reputation throughout his life. He has left a bequest to fund an annual lecture, aiming to inspire students with an interest in epilepsy. Dr Kirker’s son, Stephen, graduated from TCD in 1985 and continues the tradition of work with people with chronic neurological disease, in Cambridge.


Paul Pollard

The following obituary was published in The Independent Online on Friday 1 July 2005 23:00 BST

Paul Pollard: Historian of the Dublin book trade

Three weeks ago, on 9 June, a crowd thronged the lofty Long Room of the 18th-century library of Trinity College, Dublin. They were gathered to launch a Festschrift for Mary, always known as "Paul", Pollard. The setting was apt since she had long presided there as rare books librarian. She had been the first to occupy the post. Indeed, but for her unique attributes it would not then have been created.

Brought up in a medical family which had emigrated from Ireland to England, she too had been inclined to follow the tradition. Educated at Hawnes School near Bedford, she studied for several years at medical school. A change of direction led to her employment at Southlands Teacher Training College in Surrey. There she also trained as a professional librarian, putting the training into practice when she arrived in Dublin in 1957.

She came to work in two of its remarkable 18th-century libraries. A job at Trinity was combined with one in the smaller and - at the time - neglected library founded by the Protestant Archbishop Narcissus Marsh in 1707. Throughout the 1960s, any reader intrepid enough to investigate the books was well advised to wear an overcoat of the thickest Donegal tweed. The library, hard by the graveyard of St Patrick's Cathedral and in the precincts of St Sepulchre's, once the palace of the archbishops of Dublin but now a police station, remained her home long after it had ceased to be one of her places of work.

Devoting herself full-time to Trinity, she was appointed first Keeper of Early Printed Books: an appointment that paralleled the slightly earlier creation of a keepership of the manuscripts. Like her counterpart in manuscripts, William O'Sullivan, she fought fiercely for the highest standards of cataloguing and care. Such battles hardly endeared her to blinkered administrators, but were applauded by scholars within and far beyond Dublin. So she created a department, which became an essential centre for all enquiring into the printed culture of Ireland.

With a control of mischief and invective in the tradition of Jonathan Swift and his contemporaries, she revived the squib and verse satire. The productions, on a hand press under the imprint of St Sepulchre's and (latterly) the Trinity Closet Press, will become collectors' pieces. One signalled a foray by Pollard into public controversy. In 1972, the benchers of the Dublin inn of court, the King's Inns, decided to raise money for necessary improvements (notably to their kitchens) by selling books. Paul Pollard was to the fore - with Nick Robinson, husband of the later president of Ireland, Mary Robinson - in decrying the sale. The protests were unavailing and led to "Miss Pollard - that woman!" being demonised by some within the Irish legal world.

What's a few mouldy books when the B-enchers can eat?

When our noble justiciars can gobble up Caxtons

And belch in contentment, their bellies replete?

Through her scholarship, pluck and - sometimes - bloody-mindedness, she ensured that the books in her care at Trinity were expertly catalogued, preserved and made accessible to the interested. With meagre means, she bought discriminatingly for the library, especially Irish plays and novels. On her own behalf, she collected books for children, many of which she has bequeathed to Trinity College. Locally, her exacting standards attracted young disciples, several of whom now oversee historic libraries in Dublin. She was saddened to see favourite associates, such as Noel Jameson and Vincent Kinane, die before her.

Her wider renown as the leading authority of print in Ireland brought an invitation to deliver the Lyell Lectures in Oxford. The resulting book, Dublin's Trade in Books, 1550-1800 (by "M. Pollard", 1989), revealed her technical mastery of complex subjects - the laws of copyright, prices of paper and labour, volumes of imports and exports. Her numerous fresh insights into the social, cultural and confessional histories of Ireland are slowly being followed up.

In 2000 there appeared a second work unlikely ever to be superseded, A Dictionary of the Members of the Dublin Book Trade, 1550-1800. Besides being a biographical and bibliographical treasure-chest, it laid bare for the first time the structure and dynamics of a trade organisation in 18th-century Dublin - then the second city of the Hanoverians' empire.

Soon after Marsh's Library was built and opened, the tide of fashion floated the prosperous and smart to more salubrious quarters of Dublin. Late in the 1950s, Paul Pollard established herself in what had been a section of the librarians' original dwelling under the first-floor library. With some rooms apparently at the same level as the cadavers in the adjacent burial ground, the apartment in winter had a sepulchral chill to which only perhaps Sheridan Le Fanu could have done justice. In the enclosed area beside the library, she created a garden in which, as with the books, the choice and rare were cherished. Impatient as she was with interloping tourists who disturbed her and the birds that she loved, it was suspected that the rambling roses were allowed to grow whip-like trails so as to lash those who pried into her privacy.

The size of the group assembled in the Long Room to celebrate the publication of That Woman: studies in Irish bibliography attested to the respect and affection in which Paul Pollard was held. Moreover, the essayists - drawn from Ireland, Britain, continental Europe and North America - showed the power and reach of her influence. Diminutive in stature, she could be brisk, even brusque in manner and never wavered in her standards of bibliographical analysis and description. As a result, some at the party speculated as to which contributor would be first to receive a hand-written note, appreciative but courteously correcting an egregious error or grammatical infelicity.

Her death, within a fortnight of that celebration, prevents any rebuke. Instead there are left indelible memories of a figure who linked the 18th to the 20th century and, in doing so, saved and illumined vital aspects of Irish culture.

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