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The Development Office recieves official obituaries for our database records. Please feel welcome to also submit personal memories and tributes of Old Westminsters' you have known by emailing alumni@westminster.org.uk

Ms. Amanda Jorgensen (Teaching Staff (Art), 1994 - 2012)
13 May 1968 - 13 March 2018

"My beautiful Mum was diagnosed with a complex, high-grade glioblastoma multiforme in January of this year. She was admitted to hospital having suffered from headaches, visual disturbances and a loss of appetite over a period of several months. The tumour also caused her to experience confusion and short-term memory loss which were very distressing for us all. After an operation intended to remove only a small part of the tumour for analysis, the surgeon informed us that there was absolutely no possibility of further treatment due to the malignancy and location of the tumour. Just a month later, on the 6th March 2018, she died at the Willen hospice in Milton Keynes, where we were able to spend those last precious days with her. 

As a teacher of Art and a true creative, my Mum inspired and supported not only my brother and I, but so many young people during her 49 years of life. She was a graceful woman and a beacon of positivity despite all that she suffered, remaining dignified and maintaining her endearing sense of humour even in those last weeks of her life. Deeply saddened by our loss, my Dad, brother and I are hopeful that one day a cure can be found for this horribly cruel disease."
Amanda's friends and family are raising funds for Brain Tumour Research in her memory and honour. To donate, please follow this link to their fundraising page.


Mr Charles Jeremy Broadhurst (Ashburnham, 1956 - 1961)
20 April 1943 - 25 February 2018
Charles Jeremy died on 25th February 2018. Dearest and beloved husband of Marisa, much-loved father of Emma and James, father-in-law of Rebecca and grandfather of Olivia, Imogen and Raffie. Funeral service at 11am, on 13th March 2018, at St Mary's Church, Wimbledon.

Mr. Roger Robinson
(College, 1945 - 1950)
9 April 1932 – 19 September 2016
Roger was born at Hoylake on The Wirral, home of The Royal Liverpool Golf Club. He was a second-generation King’s Scholar, graduate of Trinity College Oxford and a golfing blue. Roger’s working life until 1980 was spent in the Liverpool shipping business.
Roger was a true all-rounder, his sporting CV including soccer, cricket, tennis, squash and hockey at top club level. His golfing career was one of particular distinction: at his zenith he had a scratch handicap and, as a member of the Royal & Ancient, he served on many of the Club’s committees including the Championship and Rules of Golf. Such wide experience more than qualified him for his final occupation, that of Secretary at Eaton Golf Club for nearly a decade up to 1992, when the Club stood on the Duke of Westminster’s estate at Eaton Hall.
In 1982 Roger was honoured with the Captaincy of Royal Liverpool; few O.W.G.S. members can have put more back into the game from which we all derive such pleasure. Roger stands as a very distinguished member indeed, one of whom we should all be truly proud.

Tudor Davies (Grant’s, 1948 - 1952)
10th June 1934 – 18th April 2016
Tudor Davies joined his older brother Richard by arriving at Westminster in 194. He soon showed his prowess at various sports including athletics, golf, gymnastics and soccer where he represented the school as a goalkeeper. He and Barrie Peroni persuaded the Headmaster to allow boys under the age 16 to play lawn tennis, but the Headmaster insisted that each applicant had to pass a tennis test to confirm his capability and commitment. Westminster never looked back and in 1956 the School won the Youll Cup played at the All England Club.
Golf was the game where Tudor truly excelled. He played for Wales between 1954 & 1960 and was the Welsh Champion in 1955. He was a very active member of the OWGS for over sixty years and played in the Halford Hewitt between 1953 & 1999. Typical of all top players, Tudor was always happy to partner anyone without a complaint no matter where you put him. No truer sign of a real gentleman. He will be missed.

Dr. Michael Sweet-Escott (College, 1936 - 1941)
29th September 1922-4th August 2016
Michael Sweet-Escott, who has died aged 93, came to Westminster as a King's Scholar in 1936. Two others in his Election remained lifelong friends: Norman (N.J.P) Brown who became Professor of Philosophy at Queens University, Kingston, Canada and Donald Swan (the musical half of Flanders and Swan - 'At the Drop of a Hat' etc). He took part in the wartime movements of the school, first to Lancing, then Exeter University and finally to Whitbourne, Herefordshire. In his final year he became joint editor of the Elizabethan with Norman Brown. In 1941 he gained a Westminster Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford where he got a first class degree in Classical Honour Mods (a shortened war-time course of three terms).
In 1942 he joined the RAF and trained as a pilot and then as a navigation specialist in Canada where he was an instructor for 18 months. Finally he did he operational training on mosquitoes. When he completed this, the war had ended, and having a place at university, he eventually got early demobilisation and was able to start studying in 1946 as an Oxford University medical student, as he had determined to become a doctor, specifically a GP.
After qualifying in 1951 he joined a large group practice in Skipton, North Yorkshire, and had a happy and fulfilled life, combining some hospital work and teaching with an extensive practice in the Yorkshire Dales. Retiring from full time work in 1985, he worked part-time in the Cotswolds till he was 70. He and his wife then made a final retirement to Gargrave in the Yorkshire Dales.

John Bernard Bury (Grant’s, 1930 - 1935)
Died at Wimbledon on 18 January 2017 aged 99.
John was educated at Westminster, where he was Head of Grant’s, and then at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern History.
During the War he was commissioned in the Royal Signals. After demobilisation he joined Shell, working in Brazil, Britain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. In 1972/3 Shell sponsored him as a Fellow Commoner at Churchill College Cambridge where he worked on understanding the emerging environmentalist movement and its implications for the oil industry.
Once retired, he focused on his art-historical interests. He wrote an introduction and extensive notes to the edition of Francisco de Holanda’s book on portraiture, Do tirar polo Natural, published in Madrid in 2008. He assembled a considerable private library and donated his collection of important antiquarian books on architecture to the library of King’s College, Cambridge, in memory of his grandfather J.B. Bury, who had been a fellow of the College.
He was particularly proud that, in a collection of the best humorous letters to The Times published in 1987, he (under the pseudonym J.R. Burg), was the only correspondent to feature twice.
John is survived by his wife Anne whom he met in Brussels in 1944 and to whom he was married for 72 years; his children Michael and Peter; his grandchildren Catherine, Clare, Francesca (College 1999) and Eleanor; and by his great-grandchildren Joe, Nicky, Betsy and Jacob.

Desmond Roy Morris (Ashburnham, 1940 - 1945)
22nd May 1927—15th August 2016
Desmond Morris was the middle of three sons of the Bishop of St Edmondsbury and Ipswich. He became the Head Boy of “Home Boarders” when Westminster School was evacuated to Buckenhill, Bromyard and Herefordshire during the Second World War. At school he particularly enjoyed athletics.
On leaving school he studied modern languages at St John’s College Cambridge where he also enjoyed rowing; after University Desmond spent the main part of his National Service in Germany.
Following demobilization he trained as a teacher spending the bulk of his working life at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, near Ipswich, where he became Deputy Headmaster.
He died aged 89 after a short illness and is survived by his younger brother, his wife Monica, four children and ten grandchildren.

Barrie Peroni (Rigaud’s, 1947 - 1952)
17th September 1933 – 11th November 2016
Barrie Peroni arrived at Westminster in September 1947. He played football for two years in the 1st XI and was Captain of Tennis in 1952.
After leaving School it was not long before he started doing an enormous amount for the Old Westminsters. He was Hon. Secretary of the OWFC from 1957 to 1965 and then Hon. Secretary of the OWGS from 1965 to 1992 and its President from 1996-1999. Under his stewardship both these sections had a successful period and many OWW were very grateful to him for all his dedicated hard work. He was a fine golfer and represented the Westminsters in the Halford Hewitt regularly between 1967 and 1985. He also represented the Old Westminsters in the Arthur Dunn Cup (Football) and the D’Abernon Cup (Tennis).
Having qualified as a solicitor he joined his family firm, Norman A Peroni, which he eventually controlled. He successfully guided the company from the dwindling market distributing photographic paper into the packaging and imaging industry.
He was a tireless worker for local charities, in particular the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, which he set up in 1982 for both children and adults with special needs.

Anthony Bostock (Grant’s, 1945 - 1948)
18th July 1931 - August 2016
Anthony was born on the 18 July 1931 in Blackheath London.
His early childhood was spent in Cairo, a place he loved dearly, and on returning to England his parents sent him to Cheltenham Junior College. He went on to Westminster School in his early teens. Upon leaving Westminster, where he enjoyed rowing, he declined a place at Oxford and instead joined Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance).
Anthony later took up a career within the legal department of the BBC where he ultimately spent most of his career as Head of Legal for both TV and Radio. He also ran their legal departments across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales (no mean achievement considering the massive complexities and legal differences between the jurisdictions).
After leaving the BBC he embarked upon a legal writing career. Up until he had a serious head injury in 1994, he was compiling a book comparing media law across all the European Countries, a task he sadly never completed.
Anthony was a talented linguist (he spoke eight languages) who loved camping, good food and model railways. Up until the very end he never totally lost his dry sense of humour, compassion and concern for others.

Andrew James Morris Gifford (Liddell’s, 1976 - 1980)
Died 19th February 2013
After leaving Westminster School Andrew went up to Trinity College, Oxford, where he took a degree in Literae Humaniores. He won the Douglas Sladen Essay Prize in 1984 and was called to the Bar in 1988 by Lincoln’s Inn.

Luke Herrmann (Busby’s, 1945 - 1950)
9th March 1932—9th September 2016
Luke Herrmann, who has died aged 84, was an expert on the art of JMW Turner and the author of several books about his work including Turner Prints (1990), which led to a revival of interest in the artist’s engravings.
After Westminster and National Service Herrmann went up to New College, Oxford, where he read History. On leaving Herrmann became an assistant editor in charge of articles about art for the Illustrated London News.
In 1956 a chance encounter with Sir Karl Parker, Keeper of the Ashmolean, led to Herrmann moving back to Oxford to work for the museum. He remained at the Ashmolean until 1967 when he took a lectureship at the University of Leicester and, with his colleague Hamish Miles, established the university’s much admired art history department, of which he eventually became the Chair.
He married Georgina Thompson, an archaeologist and Emeritus Reader at University College London, in 1965. She survives him with their two sons.

Sir Richard Paniguian (Grants, 1963 - 1967)
28th July 1949—25th June 2017
Sir Richard Paniguian, who has died aged 67, became head of defence sales for UK Trade & Investment after a wide-ranging and intrepid career as an executive of the oil giant BP.
After Westminster Richard read Arabic at Durham University before obtaining an MBA at Insead, the French business school. He began as a graduate trainee with BP’s trading division in Oman and Dubai, going on to become vice-president of international oil trading in New York, head of capital markets in London, president of BP Turkey, and then chief executive of BPs Tanker Shipping Company.
On his retirement from BP in 2008, Paniguian became head of the Defence and Security Organisation within UKTI, working alongside defence manufacturers in their export sales efforts, leading a successful drive to boost Britain’s growing reputation as a global centre of excellence in cybersecurity and accompanying defence ministers on trips abroad.
Paniguian’s work in defence and security earned him a knighthood two years ago. He was awarded a CBE in 2007 for services to UK business. He was a keen cricketer who started a short-lived club, the Bounders, and was for many years a member of MCC.

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