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OBITUARIES
Professor Michael Stokes
(OD 1945)
Michael Stokes was an author, teacher and
Professor of Greek. A scholar of ancient
Greek literature and philosophy, he changed
the understanding of how Plato combined
the two.
Michael was born in 1933. He joined the
Dragon in 1939 and performed in several
Shakespeare productions during his time
at the school. He won a scholarship to Eton
where he was awarded the Newcastle medal
for classics and divinity. He went to St John’s
College, Cambridge, with a scholarship and
continued his academic success as the winner
of further scholarships and prizes and the
award of a double first in classics.
After a year teaching at Balliol College,
Oxford, Michael was appointed lecturer in
Greek at Edinburgh University in 1956. Here
he began his first book,
One and Many in
Presocratic Philosophy,
published in 1971
.
In
1970 Michael moved to America to take up an
associate professorship at Cornell University
before returning home to become Professor of
Greek at Durham University in 1974.
Inspired by his experiences in America,
Michael was keen to give Durham students
with no previous knowledge of Greek
the chance to learn it to a high level. He
introduced a degree in classical studies for
such students as well as an MA course. He
was firmly of the view that the professor
of Greek should teach at all levels and was
keen to teach literature as well as philosophy.
In 1986, Michael published
Plato’s Socratic
Conversations
, which helped readers learn
a new approach to reading Plato’s dialogues
by encouraging them to examine and ask
questions about particular theories.
On his retirement from Durham in 1993,
Michael became an Honorary Research
Fellow of the Department of Classics at
Royal Holloway University. He continued
to be active in research and gave a paper on
Xenophon’s Socrates in 2009 at Liverpool
University.
Michael Stokes died in May 2012, survived
by his wife Ann from whom he had amicably
separated, three children, four grandsons,
sister Edith and his partner, Joan Zanelli.
Martin Charles
(OD 1953)
Martin Bolton Charles was acknowledged
to be one of Britain’s finest architectural
photographers. Born in Worcestershire in
1940, Martin followed his education at the
Dragon with senior school at Bryanston
before he went to Bristol University to study
Drama. He began work as a trainee film editor
at the BBC where his ability quickly led him
to an editorial role on
Whicker’s World
. Film
editing jobs then followed, and during the
late 1960s and early 1970s Charles worked for
both Pinewood and Shepperton Studios.
In 1974 Martin turned to architectural
photography and initially learnt his
craft in black and white – the style still
predominating amongst his contemporaries.
By this time however, advances in technology
and print reproduction were enabling
colour imagery to be used widely and
cost effectively in journals and magazines.
Martin became one of the first architectural
photographers to understand and embrace
colour; as the outstanding exponent of the
new techniques at the Architectural Press
he became, according to the editor of the
Architectural Review
, the finest photographer
in the medium Europe. His photography for
the ‘Masters of Building’ series edited by Dan
Cruickshank for the
The Architects’ Journal
was a sensation.
His skill and technique in large format
work, characterised by observation,
rigorous sharpness and accuracy, became
his hallmark. Yet there was no such
thing as work typical of him as each
project was approached afresh and with
perfectionist thoroughness. In time, his
superb photography meant that he could
pick and choose jobs all over the world to
cover a host of iconic buildings. At home he
was particularly drawn to Arts and Crafts
architecture and contributed substantially to
a run of book projects on the subject.
Martin died after three years’ coping with
myeloma with cheerfulness, curiosity and
wit. He is survived by his wife Tessa, his sons
and their families.
Dominick Harrod
(OD 1953)
Dominick Harrod, broadcaster, journalist
and author was born in Oxford in 1941. He
was the son of Sir Roy Harrod, the economist
and biographer of John Maynard Keynes, and
of the Wilhelmine Cresswell who, as “Billa”
Harrod, became a determined campaigner,
with John Betjeman (OD 1920), for the
preservation of historic churches in Norfolk.
After the Dragon Dominick went to
Westminster School and won a scholarship to
Christ Church College, Oxford, to read PPE.
He worked initially for
The Sunday Telegraph
,
on the ‘Albany’ political gossip column.
Transferring to
The Daily Telegraph
, he spent
three years as Washington correspondent
for before returning to London in 1969
as economics correspondent. In 1971 he
joined the BBC where, apart from a year
working for Dunlop, he remained until 1993.
During his time there, he interviewed every
serving Prime Minister and Chancellor of
the Exchequer. He was well respected in
both Whitehall and Westminster, and as a
highly professional broadcaster was known
for his ability to discuss any economic topic
at the drop of a hat. He wrote two books on
economics for the general reader.
Dominick left the BBC in 1994 and spent
a year as City editor of
The Yorkshire Post
becoming the director of programmes at St
George’s House, an institution established
by the Duke of Edinburgh for people in
prominent positions to discuss matters of
national interest.
After his retirement in 1998 he wrote a
book about an ancestor who had a remarkable
career as a Victorian Arctic explorer. A pillar
of the Garrick Club and keen sailor he was also
a founder member of the Norfolk Churches
Trust, the organisation set up by his mother.
Dominick died in August 2013. His wife
Christina Hobhouse died in 1996. He is
survived by a son and grandson, two stepsons
and four step-grandchildren.
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Masefield OBE
(OD 1956)
Paddy Masefield was a prolific playwright,
theatre director and manager, and a leading
figure in the Disability Arts movement.
Patrick William Bussell Masefield born in
Kampala, Uganda, in 1942. After returning to
Oxford with his family, Paddy started at the
Dragon in 1949; his elder brother Thorold
and younger brother Robin also attended
the school, together one of three generations
of Dragons. In 1956 Paddy was awarded a
scholarship to Repton and afterwards studied
Social Anthropology at Fitzwilliam College,
Cambridge.
In 1967 Paddy became the Drama,
Literature and Film Officer for the North-
East Arts Association where he placed great
emphasis on bringing theatre to groups would
not otherwise have access to it. In 1969 he
founded Stagecoach Young People’s Theatre
which toured nationally. In the same year he
wrote his first play; the following year he won
the Welsh national dramatist award for his
second play
Play with Fire
and over the next
15 years he wrote a further 28 plays. He also
directed 75 stage productions and ran both
Oldham Repertory Theatre and the Swan
Theatre, Worcester.
In 1986, aged 44, Paddy acquired a severe
form of ME which left him in a wheelchair
for the rest of his life. The illness ended his
established career in theatre but was the
start of a new beginning as a campaigner
for the rights of disabled people in theatres.
He argued their case at the British Film
Institute, Central Television, West Midlands
Arts, the National Disability Arts Forum
and UNESCO. As a member of Arts Council
England’s lottery panel, he successfully argued
that no building should receive funding unless
it was fully accessible; from 1999 as a result of
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