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2017 · ISSUE 6

27

OBITUARIES

and attentive to the finest details,

he published three books; the

fourth,

On What Matters

, is close

to publication. The first book,

published in 1984,

Reasons and

Persons

, was quoted as “Close to

a work of genius - for once not

an exaggeration in the view of

other moral philosophers”. The

Fellowship given to him at All

Souls allowed the development

of a completely new strand of

philosophy: the quandaries

regarding the future generations

and how they might be best served

by governmental policies.

In his last years, he

concentrated on his next book and

his devoted wife, Janet Radcliffe

Richards. Sometimes considered

rather eccentric, he kept working,

writing and mentoring, unfettered

by some normal conventions.

Precise, rigorous, unpretentious

and ingenious, his writings will

live on for future generations

to consider and reason over - a

remarkable Dragon.

His father sadly died when

Rob was three years old. Rob

and his mother, Daphne

Barnsley, who many years later

would serve on the Dragon

staff, moved to Zimbabwe in

1947. Two years later, Daphne

remarried.

Rob loved his time at

the Dragon. He had fond

memories of lessons taught

by

Yatto

and

Jacko

, loved

being involved in Bruno’s

productions and developed a

love of history.

Rob moved on to

Winchester and then to Balliol,

where he read medieval

history. Post Oxford, he found

his calling in education. He

began as a history teacher

and then, from 1983 until

his retirement in 2003, as a

headmaster. He remained

active in retirement, working

as an educational consultant

in Richmond and Westminster

and as a school improvement

partner in Staffordshire and

Cambridgeshire.

Rob enjoyed his leisure

time. He was a voracious

reader and enjoyed singing in

choirs, especially in the early

days of the St Endellion Music

Festival. In his younger years,

he was successful at judo, and

captained Oxford University,

becoming a Black Belt. He also

developed a love of quizzing.

Having been a semi-finalist on

both Brain of Britain in 1982

and Mastermind in 1983, he

proved a formidable member

of his local pub quiz team in

Grosmont, an activity which

also allowed him to indulge his

taste for real ale.

He is survived by Jane who

he married in 1977, a son,

Richard, a daughter, Cate, and

brothers, Nick and Francis

Barnsley.

1956 Summer ‘Twelfth Night’ - Derek in his

role as Sir Toby Welch.

Deaths

Deborah Henry

(1933) on 2 October 2016

John Cary

(1935) on 29 June 2016

Michael John Hanks

(1940) on 10 Januray 2015

Graham Hill

(1940) on 11 April 2017

John Bevan

(1944) on 6 July 2016

Michael Pringsheim

(1944) on 12 January 2017

Susan Fasken

(1944) on 14 November 2016

Brian Stark

(1945) in January 2017

Martin Cook

(1950) on 9 April 2017

Charles Spencer-Churchill

(1953) on 21 December 2016

Gregory Andrews

(1953) on 20 July 2016

Derek Parfit

(1956) on 1 January 2017

Robert Moggridge

(1956) on 3 March 2017

Patrick Willoughby

(1966) on 1 March 2016

Former Staff

Bridget Evers

(1963-1976) on 20 March 2017

Ella Waydelin

(1937-1970) on 6 August 2016

Former Staff

Ella Waydelin (1937-1970)

Ella’s long association with

the Dragon began in 1937

as Hum’s secretary. Once Joc

took over as Headmaster, Ella

became the School Secretary,

holding this post until she

retired in 1970.

In 1937, the School

numbered just over 300

children with 30 staff.

However, the war years soon

brought on extra duties. Ella

filled many roles, including

some teaching. By 1970, the

School numbered over 500,

with a further 25 staff.

Ella kept the machine

of the Dragon well-oiled.

She never made a mistake

on all the thousands of lists

that had to be produced,

and was masterly at filling in

all the diverse forms which

Public Schools required. Her

reputation for omniscience

was matched only by the

kindness and generosity felt

by all who worked with and

around her. She dealt with

countless enquiries from staff

and parents with great tact

and good humour. Anyone

wanting information on

practically any topic connected

with the basic organisation of

the School was told: “Go and

ask Ella. She will know.”

In retirement, after caring

for her elderly mother, she

and her brother, Ken, moved

into Fairfield Home in North

Oxford.

Ella gave us all an example

of friendship, generosity,

loyalty and devotion, which

none of us shall forget. A

few weeks before she died,

Ella was delighted to hear

that the new Headmaster

of the Dragon, Dr Crispin

Hyde-Dunn, is a member of

St Mary Magdalen’s Church,

where she worshiped. Her

alert mind, sense of humour

and strong faith remained

with her right until the end.

Sarah McClelland, née

Plummer

Robert Moggridge (OD 1956)

Rob, or Robin, as he was

affectionately known within

family circles, arrived at the

Dragon in April 1953, aged 10.