• Joseph James Laffey Ward (7113) 17 December 2021

    Joseph James Laffey Ward died just before Christmas from emphysema, aged 75.

    A phenomenal sportsman, he played fullback for the College 1st XV and was known for his heroic, try-saving tackles. In his first year in Julius, he won the intermediate gym championship. In his second year – while still a junior – he won the senior gym championship. In the subsequent years, he collected his now personal property – the senior gym trophy.

    Born a townie, he loved the country, running sheep farms and dairy farms and finishing up in rural real estate.

    He will be remembered as a muscly daredevil. If he was not jumping off someone’s roof to land in their swimming pool, then he would join you for good company. A hard case who was always good company.

  • Campbell William Ballantyne (5383) 27 May 2021

    Campbell William Ballantyne was born to Ronald (2562) and Janet Ballantyne on 17 August 1931, the oldest of five children, including Peter (6366). He grew up in Christchurch and attended Medbury School and Christ’s College. At College, he was successful academically, became a prefect and was awarded school colours for athletics. Towards the end of his schooling, Cam recognised there might be a future in the family retail business, J Ballantyne & Co Ltd, and set about ensuring he had something to offer.

    He gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury and headed overseas in the mid-1950s to gain retail experience with several leading department stores, including Buckley & Nunn in Melbourne, Harrods in London, and Abraham & Straus in New York. He also studied at the University of New York before returning to New Zealand – and Ballantynes – in 1958 with a Master of Science in Retailing. He spent time as the company’s internal auditor and then company secretary before becoming general merchandise manager – responsible for the buying, promotion, and management of merchandise. This gave him the opportunity to implement the latest ideas from overseas regarding retail operations and practices. In 1978, he was appointed Managing Director, a role he retained until his retirement in 1996.

    Like his predecessors, ‘Mr Campbell’ – as he was known on the shop floor – set a tone and image for Ballantynes. Socially correct and polite, he usually chose to be in the background and to listen to others. However, when required or asked, he asserted his views, which were always thought through diligently, pertinent, and respected. His leadership style was singular and firm. He fostered respectful and business-like relationships and his integrity and fairness built an atmosphere of trust around him. He allowed those who had proved themselves plenty of latitude and delegated decision making accordingly. He accepted mistakes would arise, particularly with regards to fashions. So long as they were not repeated too often, one could be assured of his support. He was approachable when one had a problem, whether it be personal, or business related. His unannounced presence on the shop floor or behind the scenes was appreciated by staff and customers alike.

    Despite his busy life within the family business, Campbell found time to dedicate to Nurse Maude, the NZ Retailers Federation, The Institute of Management, and the Design Institute of NZ. In all of these, he held positions of responsibility and leadership. In 1998, he became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.

    In 1961, Campbell married Lesley Innes-Jones and so began a loving marriage and successful partnership which was to continue for the next 59 years.

    Cam travelled regularly overseas during his business career to keep abreast of retail trends. After retirement, with children and grandchildren in Australia and the UK, he and Lesley continued to travel regularly and explore different parts of the world.

    Away from business life, Campbell was a talented home handyman. His woodworking and metalworking skills, mostly self-taught, were second to none and over the years he developed a well-equipped home workshop. Retirement allowed Campbell more time to devote to one of his passions, repairing and refurbishing clocks. He was also a keen gardener, an amateur beekeeper and enjoyed dinghy sailing during summer holidays in Akaroa.

    Campbell died on 23 December 2020 in Christchurch after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Lesley, sons Tony (9130) and Jonathan (9278) and daughter Catherine. His youngest son, Tim (9792), predeceased him.

  • Michael Cullen (6733) 27 May 2021

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  • Dr Peter William Richmond (4896), aged 94 27 May 2021

    Distinguished consultant psychiatrist and respected College Old Boy Dr Peter Richmond has died in England aged 94.

    College Dux during World War II, Peter – the only son of Thomas and Gwendoline – was a member of Condell’s House from 1939–42, excelling in highly academic subjects. He won a scholarship to Otago University, where he studied medicine, graduating in 1948.

    Wanting to achieve in an international arena, Peter secured his passage to Britain by becoming a ship’s doctor. He landed in his new home in 1952. He was soon offered a position with St George’s Hospital in Mayfair, quickly progressing to the role of a leading consulting psychiatrist.

    In 1972, Peter was elected into The Royal College of Psychiatrists, with his clients reportedly including members of the most titled families in the land. However, he was renowned for treating all people equally – with respect, dignity and fairness.

    Peter met his Spanish partner, Paco Martinez, in 1962 and they spent the next 45 years together, travelling and eventually buying a home near Alicante in Spain.

    A knowledgeable investor and a man of dry wit and humour, Peter continued to build on his outstanding medical career and always deeply cared for others, particularly in the field of mental health. He also continued to nurture his love of books and Russian opera and his interest in politics. Throughout his life, Peter maintained close contact with his wider family, particularly his sister, Carol, and nephew David and niece Nicolle.

    Described by family members as a “true gentleman”, Peter was a loving, generous and proud man who made a major contribution to mental health over many years.

    Peter Richmond was born on 22 September 1925 in Christchurch and died on 8 February 2020 in Epsom, England.

  • Iain Watson Gallaway (4566), aged 99 27 May 2021

    Iain Gallaway was a man of many talents, but for most he was simply the genial voice of Otago and New Zealand cricket.

    The highly respected Old Boy died recently in his hometown of Dunedin, aged 99 years.

    Iain Watson Gallaway was born in 1922. He spent his secondary school years boarding at Christ’s College. He was Head of Jacobs House in 1940, and spent two years each in the 1st XI and 1st XV.

    Iain maintained a life-long association with College. He served on the Board for several years and was a life member of the Old Boys' Association. Son Garth Gallaway, also an Old Boy, says his father often spoke about those school days being the happiest days of his life.

    Garth says World War 2 had a profound effect on his father – 177 Christ’s College Old Boys lost their lives in that war and Iain knew 77 of them. Thirteen were his contemporaries in Jacobs. Of his 1939 1st X1, six mates were killed, including his greatest friend, David Monaghan.

    Although Iain was in the Royal New Zealand Artillery and the Royal New Zealand Navy from 1941–45, he did not see active service.

    Before leaving for England, Iain was a cadet reporter for the Otago Daily Times. On his return, he studied law at Otago University, was admitted to the bar in 1950, and moved into the family firm.

    However, law was not his first love – sport was his obsession.

    Garth describes his father as a better-than-handy wicket-keeper and a less than useful batsman. It was watching the game where he excelled, commentating on rugby first, and then cricket for 40 years.

    “He never put himself ahead of the game. His role was to paint the picture and to be accurate. For Dad, accuracy was not negotiable. Everything depended on preparation – watching the teams preparing, knowing damn well who the players were and a good set of binoculars.”

    In 1992, at the age of 70, Iain retired from broadcasting. The Cricket World Cup was his finale. He subsequently became President of New Zealand Cricket for four years.

    Away from the sports arena, Iain held multiple board appointments, where he was highly respected for his wise counsel. He was a board member of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand from 1978–82 and again from 1984–89; served on the board of the NZ Sports Foundation for 14 years; was a lifetime trustee of the Murray Halberg Trust; and a director of department store DIC in the 1970s. Iain spent more than 50 years on the Diocesan Trust Board and was Chancellor of the diocese for 25 years.

    Iain’s wife, Virginia, died in 2007. He is survived by his children, Garth, Sarah, Annie and Alice, together with seven grandchildren.

    He aha te mea nui o te ao
    He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

    What is the most important thing in the world?
    It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

    Vale father – rest well.

    Our thanks to the Gallaway family for allowing us permission to republish excerpts from their father’s eulogy.

  • Christopher John Hindmarsh (1041), aged 82 24 May 2021

    Christopher attended Christ’s College from 1952–1956, travelling from the east coast of the North Island. The trip took more than two days and was quite an adventure, with several other boys being picked up along the way.

    Relinquishing any claim to the family farm in Hawkes Bay, Christopher boarded a cargo ship and ended up in Brazil in 1964, where he worked initially for the British meat works company, Anglo.

    Following the return of his son, Mark, and daughter Nicola (and briefly Brigid) to Brazil in the early 2000s, he made his way back to Brazil, a very different country to the one he had left 20 years earlier. He accompanied his children in their endeavours in Sao Paulo, always enthusiastic and supportive, and looking for the next adventure.

    An ever-present attendee at various school reunions, he held very fond memories of his time at Christ’s College, or even more so Flower’s House, and kept in regular contact with friends from that time. He was adamant his son would also attend College, even though they lived in Keri Keri, Bay of Islands.

    Retiring to Alagoas, Brazil, he managed a coastal coconut plantation for more than 10 years, where he became affectionately known as the Maharaja of Alagoas. His charm, quick wit and total commitment to all things traditional made him distinctly unique.

    His stoic resistance to an ever-changing world will be remembered and missed by many. He died on the 20 April 2021, in Coruripe, Alagoas, at the age of 82.

  • Anthony Louis Danby Warren (6233), aged 82 24 May 2021

    Anthony was the eldest child of Lou and Moira Warren. He was brother to Wendy, Jillian, Fay and David, father to David, Geraldine and Anthony, and grandfather to Harriet and Ethan.

    A proud Cantabrian, and Cathedral Grammar and Christ's College pupil, he was also a sportsman, achieving success in Formula 2 and Formula 3 car racing. He also enjoyed running, cricket and club golf, maintaining his passion and interest in sports, particularly golf, until the very end.

    He loved his work, and his colleagues became firm friends. His inquisitive mind enjoyed the opportunity to have a coffee while discussing business, world events and other people’s viewpoints. Anthony was circumspect, and compartmentalised what people knew about his extraordinary life and travels.

    He was a proud father, always letting his children know how much they were loved. His cancer, though tragic, typified his character and resilience. He certainly didn’t go quietly into the night. To paraphrase the exceptional carers at Shalom Court (Auckland), Anthony was a fighter with boundless determination and courage, and despite the pain, he rallied time and time again, until he could no more.

    Perhaps more important than those he leaves behind, are his legacy of memories and teachings. His emphasis on doing the right thing and the importance of going to sleep with a clear conscience will always be remembered.

    Anthony has gone for a long sleep now – pain-free – with a clear conscience and the knowledge that he is loved, remembered and missed. He rests with his parents at Onewhero Cemetery.

  • William Michael Wardell (6096), aged 79 25 Nov 2020

    Bill Wardell was a distinguished medical scientist in pharmaceutical research and drug development. He was solely responsible for major changes in the approval of new medicines, particularly in the USA, and undoubtedly responsible for saving the lives of thousands of people.

    His early years were spent in New Zealand, where he loved the outdoors, experimenting with chemicals in the backyard shed, and later, mountaineering. He was clearly the model for the boy hero of his mother’s successful children’s mystery series. He attended Christ’s College, where he was encouraged and inspired by its Headmaster, Brasenose alumnus Reg Hornsby, to work towards admission to Oxford University. Bill did a pre-medical course in Dunedin and won a Commonwealth Medical Scholarship to Brasenose at Oxford University, where he became a medical student.

    Bill was quickly recognised as highly academic and organised. For example, he recorded the things he needed to learn on cards, studying them even at the swimming pool – a clear indication of his talent at handling data. (He went on to spend the most number of years in statu pupillari at Brasenose of any graduate since WWII, earning a BSc/MA; BM, BCh; DPhil; and DM)

    Outside his studies, he played sport, and memorably became Secretary of the Phoenix Common Room, which had largely been the club for rather upper-class Englishmen. It morphed into a club populated by Rhodes Scholars such as Bob O’Neill and other ‘colonials’. I have a vivid memory of Bill performing a haka on the dining table.

    After taking finals and before doing the clinical portion of his medical degree, Bill interposed doing a DPhil. in the Pharmacology Department supervised by Bill Paton. During his research years, he and I shared a flat in Norham Gardens, along with George Alberti of Balliol, later Sir George Alberti and President of the Royal College of Physicians who was also interposing a DPhil. It was during this time that we organised a skiing trip, and much more significantly, he met Dorothy, the American who was to become his future wife.

    The clinical course involved Bill’s doing house jobs and practising as a locum in England. He then took Dorothy to New Zealand to see his birthplace, working as a doctor and teaching at the University of Otago. There he obtained a Merck Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology to the distinguished and pioneering Pharmacology Department at the University of Rochester where he quickly advanced to become a professor and created a new Center for the Study of Drug Development (now at Tufts). He retained involvement with patients and prescribing drugs for their treatment. This was a life-changing period. Having practised both in the UK and New Zealand, he was aware of drugs which could cure sick patients, but they were not approved in the US by the FDA, even if they had been available and used for many years without problems, overseas.

    Many people would just have moaned about this, but Bill sought out a National Science Foundation grant to look into it and collected quantified data which showed that the FDA was dilatory in giving approvals. He showed, for example, that a heart drug already used for 10 years in the UK could have saved the lives of more US men in a year than had been killed in accidents.

    The issue became a campaign with Bill testifying before the House and Senate earning him the nickname “Dr Drug Lag” and some hostility from politicians, but praise from the national media and from patients. That campaign changed the way the FDA worked, enabling the agency to consider efficacy in addition to safety, make speedier approvals, and incorporate more post approval surveillance. These results proved positive for the pharmaceutical industry and it encouraged his sideline in pharma-economics. His next major issue was the length of time drug research takes with the result that the profitable period before patents run out proved to be very short, thus discouraging much research. He advocated a system of possible patent extensions, which were popular with big pharmaceutical companies but potentially devastating to some of the generic companies. Opposition was supported by Ralph Nader, but even worse, much pressure was put on Bill – even a death threat to him and his children. Offers came in from the pharma industry where Bill had notable success introducing novel therapeutics and also the world’s largest selling drug ever, Lipitor.

    When the biotech industry began to blossom, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to head a company engineering proteins for the industry. He later became medical SVP for a company conducting clinical trials (CRO) and heading its drug development sciences institute.

    In his later years, he and Dorothy moved to Florida where he enjoyed daily swims and beach walks and consulted nationally on drug development and approval.

    In his last years, he suffered from cancer and then sudden-onset dementia. He left not only an adoring family and many close friends, but also untold hundreds of thousands of people who are unaware that they are only alive thanks to Bill.

    By Professor Graham Richards CBE FRS, Fellow Emeritus of Brasenose. Originally published in The Brazen Nose.

  • Cassels Kernahan (4868), aged 94 25 Nov 2020

    On June 6, 2020, at Christchurch Hospital, aged 94 years. Loved husband of the late Jean (Peg). Dearly loved father of Adam (Australia), special grandfather of Michael, and Rachael, uncle of Mands, Cate, and David. Many thanks to the staff of ward 27 Christchurch hospital, for their care of Cassells. Messages may be addressed to the family of the late Cassells Kernahan, c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch 8545.

  • Antony John Courage (6016), aged 81 25 Nov 2020

    Tony was the eldest child and only son of John and Betty Courage, who farmed at Amberley, North Canterbury. He attended Amberley Primary School and Medbury and then, following in the footsteps of his father (3638) and grandfather (1083), he completed his secondary education at Christ’s College. While at College, Tony entered fully into its musical life; he sang in the Chapel Choir and played in the College Band.

    After leaving school, Tony worked on the home and on other farms in North Canterbury, then moved to Dunedin where he joined the staff of a road contracting firm. In 1965 he left New Zealand on his OE, which was interrupted by a 10-year stay in Canada. He settled in Prince George BC where he continued to work for roading contractors and to be involved in church choirs and stage musicals.

    It had been assumed that Tony would return to the family farm in Amberley. However, what he later described as a life-changing moment, saw him entering the Anglican Theological College in Vancouver where he spent three years training for ordained ministry.

    His first appointment was to the Parish of Valemont-McBride, a rural parish near Banff. He later moved to Edmonton Cathedral as Canon Pastor but it wasn’t long before he felt the pull of home. On his return to the Christchurch Diocese, he was appointed to Geraldine. Tony was a faithful priest and pastor and is remembered with affection by the parishioners of those parishes in which he subsequently served.

    Tony’s life-long interests included vintage farm machinery, choral singing and organ music. He was an accomplished pianist and organist. An almost 40-year involvement with the Lions organisation culminated in him being awarded membership of the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

    Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Oxford where they bought a property, which Tony much enjoyed looking after. At the same time, he enjoyed establishing himself in the local community and renewing friendships formed during his time as Vicar there in the late 1970s. The last period of his life was spent at Oxford Hospital where he died on 28 September 2019. He is survived by his wife Carole.

  • John (Jock) Dean Caroli Laing (5863), aged 84 18 Sep 2020

    Jock came to College from Medbury School, and enjoyed happy school days at Christ’s College. He was very proud of winning the Choir Boys’ handicap race – and very put out the following year when he was at the back of the pack.

    He left school with the ambition of being an architect and studied at the School of Architecture and Planning in Auckland where he made lifelong friends. Leaving architecture, he spent years in publishing before his passion for the environment led him into the field of solar heating. He and a friend formed the company Energy Developments Ltd, which specialised in the solar heating of swimming pools. Arranging quotes for clients meant that he had to clamber over roofs measuring up for the absorber. He was once challenged by a client who, noting his hesitation before straddling the space between the eaves, said “My husband can do it”. Once Jock was safely down she added, “My husband is in the SIS”.

    His home in Herne Bay was decorated with the paintings of young, promising artists; his hospitality to friends and family was legendary; he had wide interests and over the years collected what a niece described as “floor to ceiling books and treasures”.

    He had a passion for older cars. As a boy, Jock could identify the make solely by the noise of its engine. When driving around Auckland in his old Peugeot, he would deliberately speed up over the speed bumps to demonstrate the smoothness of the ride, while remarking “they don’t make then them like that anymore”.

    Jock was gentle, erudite and witty. His company was a delight, and conversations roamed around his many interests. Overseas travel added greatly to his experience of life. Tributes at his funeral came from nieces and other young people who found in him a very understanding mentor.

    The last 25 years of his very full life were further enriched for him by the companionship of his partner, Carolyn.

  • Wynyard Lindsay Fairclough (4315), aged 100 18 Sep 2020

    Wyn was born in Christchurch, the only son of Frank and Eva Fairclough.

    After attending Elmwood Normal School he entered College in 1933, first in Julius House and then Flower’s House until he left in 1936. In 1934, he won the Canterbury championship sailing an Idle-Along for the Waimakariri Sailing Club. Later in life he was the club’s patron.

    On leaving school, Wyn took up a position with WD & HO Wills before taking a wool classing qualification through Kreglinger & Furneaux until, on the outbreak of war, the wool industry was nationalised.

    He volunteered and although serving with the Territorials in the artillery, his father, a dentist, exercised his influence to have him serve in a non-combatant role with the Mobile Dental Corp. He served throughout the Middle East, travelling in convoy from Algeria as far as Iraq. At the end of hostilities in the Middle East he was shipped to Italy, and was present at Cassino before being invalided home after contracting tuberculosis. He subsequently spent a long time recovering at the Cashmere Sanatorium, Christchurch.

    Wyn then worked for Fletchers, becoming manager of the Dominion Sales Corporation, a division of that company. In 1954, he joined the family business of WJ Scotts Motors. He developed and expanded the business over the next 20 years, securing a dealership for Mercedes Benz and Holden. In 1976, an opportunity arose for him to sell the main operation to CablePrice and semi-retire.

    So began a time in his life when he was able to pursue his passions, including golf (in which he maintained a three handicap for many years and achieved four holes in one), travel, skiing (which he only took up in his early 50s), bowls, tramping, salmon fishing, and bridge.

    He attended his 70 Years On reunion in 2003, one of only four to do so. When explaining to his son why so few, Wyn pointed out he was fortunate to be able to attend College during the Great Depression when the role was only about 250 and to survive the war, which sadly many of his Flower’s House contemporaries did not.

    Wyn lived to celebrate his 100th birthday in February and passed away peacefully in May. At his funeral at Holly Lea Village he was remembered by family, friends and staff as a man of humility and gentility, with a twinkle in his eye and a wicked sense of humour.

    Wyn is survived by his son Scott (8073), grandson Oliver (13104) and granddaughter Holly.

  • Henry Robin Lowry (5688), aged 85 18 Sep 2020

    A talented sportsman and innovator who was born in Hawke’s Bay in 1934, Henry was the son of Ralph Lowry (2871) and the brother of Peter (6050). Henry went to Hereworth School in Havelock North, and started at College in School House in 1948.

    In his second year, he was selected to play in the 1st XI and was wicketkeeper for three years. He also excelled at squash and tennis. On leaving school in 1951 he went to the Gordon Institute of Technology in Geelong to study the wool industry, and then to Bradford in England, where he worked for the wool broking firm of AC Wood and Co. Back in New Zealand, he took up farming at his property at Pukehou in Maraetotara, Hawke’s Bay. He became very interested in Antarctica and together with his great friend Tony Parker mounted two expeditions to count and tag Emperor penguins. They used gear for tailing lambs in New Zealand, first corralling the penguins to get an accurate count, and then tagging them.

    An innovator in the farming industry, Henry was the first to breed Coopworth sheep in Hawke’s Bay with some success. He also started breeding crossbred Charolais cattle and then progressed to Simmental, becoming one of the pre-eminent breeders and chairman of the Simmental breed society, as well as winning the Meat and Wool Cup – which is awarded across all breeds – at the Royal Show.

    After selling his farm he became involved in mercantile trading in Hawke’s Bay before moving to Western Australia to be near his sons’ families. When his wife Gill died, he moved back to Marlborough, where he was very successful promoting the sale of wine and wine bags to the industry.

    He retired to Christchurch and lived happily with his great friend and partner Jill McKellar.

    Henry is survived by his children, Kim, Stephanie, George, Sam and Bill.

  • Jeremy Hall (5119), aged 90 30 Jun 2020

    A Naval Lieutenant Commander, Queen’s equerry, and a farmer, Jeremy Hall (5119) who died on 21 October 2019 aged 90, had an accomplished career.

    The son of a Waikari farming family, he boarded at Waihi, South Canterbury for four years, making the school’s first XI, first XV and the top hockey team. He won a scholarship to Christ’s College for his secondary schooling, after which he was accepted for the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England. Following training, he was enlisted for the next 17 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy, rising from cadet to midshipman to sub-lieutenant. Jeremy went on the HMNZS Taupo to serve in the Korean War, returning in October 1952 and the following year he was made NZ Equerry for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during their six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand after which he was made a First Lieutenant. Jeremy married Josephine Glazebrook in Havelock North in 1955 and the couple went to England where he completed a specialist course in anti-submarine warfare and was made a Lieutenant Commander. After his return to New Zealand he retired from the navy and spent 19 years running a sheep and cattle farm at Knocklynn House, just south of Christchurch. He then bought a yacht, the Brigadoon, and he and Jo sailed the world for four years before retiring to Sunshine Bay, Marlborough.

    Jeremy Hall is survived by his wife, Jo, daughters Julia, Deborah, Phillippa, son Peter, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • Andrew Carrington Yates (6479), aged 80 30 Jun 2020

    Andrew Carrington Yates was the brother of Warwick Yates (5816) and Scott Yates (6104). From Christchurch, he was in Jacobs House and Condell’s House from 1955-57.

    In spite of suffering from colitis during his years at College, and ongoing health issues throughout much of his life, Andrew always remained positive. He often said there were many others worse off than him, and he maintained his sense of humour to the end.

    After leaving College, as part of his post-operative recovery and thanks, he did a year of voluntary service on a remote outer Fijian island. Andrew farmed in Hawarden, then went cropping in Methven. He subsequently developed Pudding Hill with an airstrip and accommodation for skiers, principally to attract skiers from the North Island. He was a fixed wing and glider pilot, who achieved a notable landing in Barrington St Park in the 1960s, after having run out of wind, landing among those playing in the park.

    Andrew died in Ashburton on 22 May 2020 after a long period of ill health. He is survived by Cheryl, and three sons and a daughter.

  • George Roland Gould (4571), aged 97 15 Mar 2020

    George Roland Gould was the second son of Roger Gould (1995) of The Hermitage, Rotherham, North Canterbury.

    George attended Medbury for five years as a boarder and was in School House from 1936–39. He achieved his School Colours for gymnastics three times and for rifle shooting. He also won the O’Rorke single sculls.

    After leaving school, George worked on a farm near Timaru. When war was declared, he was accepted into the Air Force, training at Levin, Taieri and Wigram, before being posted to the UK in January 1942, where he joined the Army Co-op and Squadron 241, flying Tomahawks, Mustangs, Hurricanes and Spitfires.

    George used to say he had an interesting war, as every day he was doing something different and he was very lucky to have survived. For Army Co-op he was required to dive-bomb and attack enemy tanks, transport and shipping. He was involved in reconnaissance for photographing artillery and troop positions. On one mission he successfully intercepted and destroyed two Messerschmitt 109s. On another he attacked and destroyed an enemy gun position, but a stray bullet severed his fuel lines and, covered in fuel, he bailed out of his Hurricane and parachuted successfully, thus earning membership of the Caterpillar Club. He was also awarded the DFC.

    His older brother Alan was killed fighting for Tito’s partisans in Yugoslavia after escaping from an Italian prisoner of war camp.

    George arrived back in New Zealand in 1945. He married a Wren – Natalie Amyes –from Napier, who he had met on the way to the UK when the ship stopped to pick up other Air Force recruits.

    George took over the family farm – The Hermitage – a hill country sheep and cattle station. He became a very forward-thinking farmer and was responsible for developing the Cheviot side of the property into a separate farm known as Jack’s Block. He was chair of the Amuri Federated Farmers, was very involved with the Rabbit Board, and was one of the instigators of the reintroduction of equine polo to the South Island in the 1960s.

    George died in Christchurch on Sunday 15 March 2020. He is survived by his son Michael (7038) and daughter Elizabeth.

  • James Oswald Norris (5438), aged 88 04 Feb 2020

    James Oswald Norris was the son of John Bellamy Norris (2947) and brother of JA Norris (5785) and, after attending Fendalton Primary School and Medbury School, was in Julius House from 1945–49.

    After leaving College, James joined the Bank of New South Wales in Christchurch. His career took him to Gisborne, back to Christchurch, then to Ranfurly, Westport and Dunedin. He then became manager of the Edendale branch, then Papanui. It was during this time that the Bank of New South Wales merged with another bank to become Westpac, and James was appointed manager of the Hastings branch, from where he retired in 1987. James was a member of the Lions Club in several areas in which he lived. He was a practical man and very much enjoyed building his first retirement home in Whangaparaoa, Auckland.

    Although he enjoyed life in the far north, he succumbed to a strong urge to move back to the South Island to be closer to family – first in Christchurch, then Alexandra, Ashburton, and finally back to Christchurch. It was while James was living in Alexandra in 1999 that he was diagnosed with a rare muscle wasting condition, which affected his legs and meant he eventually needed to use a wheelchair. This did not stop him travelling overseas several times.

    James died in Christchurch on Tuesday 4 February 2020. He is survived by his wife Jenny, son Richard (9360), and daughter Alexandra.

  • Peter Floyd Sheppard (5150), aged 89 09 Dec 2019

    Peter was born in Christchurch on 31 December 1929, the son of Floyd and Beryl Sheppard and brother of Norman Sheppard (5707).

    He attended Christchurch East Primary School, then Christ’s College from 1942–47. He was a House prefect in Julius House and was awarded his School Colours as rowing cox in 1942 and 1943. Being at high school during the war years had a lifelong impact on Peter, with barely a book written on World War II that he didn’t read.

    On completion of his schooling, Peter headed to Selwyn College at Otago University to study medicine. At Otago, other than learning a bit about medicine, Peter did seem to broaden his horizons, donning a tutu to participate in the Selwyn Ballet and developing an appreciation of a good whisky.

    Peter started work as a house physician at Christchurch Hospital in 1954, working for two years before heading off on the boat to the UK, where he spent the next five years at different hospitals before becoming a resident medical officer at the London Chest Hospital.

    In 1962, Peter returned home to take up a senior medical registrar position in Christchurch and, in 1964, he married Robin Cleland.

    From 1965 he set up his private gastroenterology practice, mainly based at St George’s Hospital, and had a consulting physician role at Christchurch Hospital from 1965–95. He became a Member of the New Zealand Medical Association, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

    He was also a member of the executive at St George’s, and was a board member from 1985 until he retired. Over the course of his working life he was fortunate to travel extensively, with some highlights being post-graduate study trips to County Hospital, Los Angeles, to study liver disease, New Haven Hospital, Connecticut, to study gastroenterology and liver biopsies, trips to the National Cancer Hospital in Tokyo to study fibre optic endoscopic techniques and an aid trip to Kiribati.

    Peter enjoyed long and varied friendships, many were friends he met at College and medical school. He also had a wide variety of interests – including travel, classical music, organ music, golf, sailing, tennis, antique clocks, reading non-fiction, the 1st XI Friday lunch club, malt whisky, Probus, and following Canterbury and All Black rugby – which kept him busy and active in his retirement years.

    Peter took great delight in the comings and goings of his grandchildren. He loved to spend time on the sidelines watching football and rugby, and he enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with Christ’s College rowing when two grandsons took up the sport. He also reinvigorated his passion for his old school – donning the black and white striped blazer and taking tours of the school for around 10 years.

    Peter was quick-witted and had a very dry sense of humour. He loved to talk or tell jokes, peppered with some dreadful puns or unashamedly politically incorrect.

    Peter is survived by wife Robin, children Georgina, Matthew (9765) and Annabel, and seven grandchildren.


College has learnt of the following deaths in our community. Our sympathy and understanding are extended to their family and friends.

  • 2021

    Jack Vincent SHAW (13626)
    Christchurch, January 2021

    John Eric MINTY (5873)
    Christchurch, 5 January 2021

    Wayne Ian WILKINSON (7373)
    26 January 2021

    Robert Anthony TONKIN (5253)
    Nelson, 31 January 2021

    Robin Leslie SAGGERS (5706)
    Otago, 3 February 2021

    George Scott KRAL (14715)
    Christchurch, 5 February 2021

    Arthur Eyre ORMOND (7208)
    Hawke's Bay, 10 February 2021

    Michale Bruce JAMESON (6294)
    Wellington, 11 February 2021

    Ian Hartley Travers TILL (6088)
    Hawke's Bay, 17 February 2021

    Gary John TRELEAVEN (5982)
    Bay of Plenty, 4 March 2021

    Russell Norman Burns SPEIGHT (5530)
    Otago, 6 March 2021

    Nigel Thomas DUCKWORTH (5574)
    Marlborough, 13 March 2021

    Walter Theodore WISDOM (6841)
    Bay of Plenty, 15 March 2021

    Andreas (Kit) Christen IVERSON (5590)
    Christchurch, 22 March 2021

    James Stuart HEARD (5199)
    Hawke's Bay, 1 April 2021

    Anthony Louis Danby WARREN (6233)
    Auckland, 13 April 2021

    William Hugh SCOTT (5970)
    Christchurch, 14 April 2021

    Patrick (Paddy) Francis Lee DILLON (7019)
    Christchurch, 16 April 2021

    Michael Joseph BERESFORD (9286)
    Christchurch, 17 April 2021

    Iain Watson GALLAWAY (4566)
    Otago, 18 April 2021

    Christopher John HINDMARSH (6041)
    Brazil, 20 April 2021

    Richard Ellis BENDALL (7267)
    Canterbury, 28 April 2021

    Peter Lancelot BUSH (5184)
    Christchurch, 8 May 2021

    Michael Gilbert GRACE (6626)
    Auckland, 15 May 2021

    Mark Thomas BUTTERICK (6373)
    Canterbury, 19 May 2021

    Lanktree John Humphrey DAVIES (5659)
    Christchurch, 20 May 2021

    Peter John Douglas JOHNSTON (8768)
    Canterbury, 24 May 2021

    Richard Steward LISSAMAN (5596)
    Marlborough, 27 May 2021

    Nicholas George CLARK (6375)
    Christchurch, 29 May 2021

    John Humphry BAYLY (5826)
    Hawke's Bay, 22 June 2021

    James Gordon Ivon WILSON (5541)
    Southland, 28 June 2021

    Peter James ADAMS (5273)
    Christchurch, 29 June 2021

    Philip Raymond Washbourn RYDER (8659)
    Christchurch, 3 July 2021

    Frederick Gerard ULRICH (5067)
    South Canterbury, 14 July 2021

    Richard Mark WYLES (5724)
    Christchurch, 28 July 2021

    Christopher Hamilton DYER (8204)
    Canterbury, 9 August 2021

    Bryce Neil HAWKINS (6405)
    Christchurch, 12 August 2021

    Alistair Graeme MARSHALL (6653)
    London, 12 August 2021

    Michael John CULLEN (6733)
    Wellington, 19 August 2021

    Arthur Mackay FISHER (4481)
    Hawke's Bay, 22 August 2021

    Roger Owen COTTRELL (5745)
    Otago, 11 September 2021

    Carleton Murray BULLIVANT (5096)
    Christchurch, 22 September 2021

    Peter Kenneth ENSOR (6279)
    Canterbury, 26 September 2021

    Terence Richard Selby LOWE (6648)
    Wellington, 2 October 2021

    William David SADDLER (5444)
    Wellington, 4 October 2021

    Peter Thomas HARMAN (5940)
    Christchurch, 11 October 2021

    John Keith WARDELL (5629)
    Otago, 11 October 2021

    Timothy Damon RUDDENKLAU (9884)
    Victoria, 25 October 2021

    Roger Collbran COUCHMAN (6015)
    Bay of Plenty, 26 October 2021

    Regan Alexander NGAWATI (11775)
    Victoria, 28 October 2021

    Richard Lee DILLION (6275)
    Marlborough, 28 October 2021

    Michael Kirby MOLINEAUX (8639)
    Canterbury, 5 November 2021

    Andrew Norman HOPE (4664)
    Christchurch, 6 November 2021

    John Anthony Dobson SANDALL (5888)
    Marlborough, 15 November 2021

    Peter Franklin SLEE (6340)
    South Canterbury, 19 November 2021

    John Goldie HAWKES (5678)
    Auckland, 28 November 2021

    Mark Christopher (Chris) TODD (6228)
    Queensland, 29 November 2021

  • 2020

    Gregory William ARMSTRONG (8052)
    Christchurch, 3 January 2020

    John Anthony BARNS-GRAHAM (5914)
    Gisborne, 5 January 2020

    Donald John Cunningham LILL (5595)
    Ashburton, 10 January 2020

    William Grant ANDREW (6981)
    Northland, 12 January 2020

    John Stanley CURTIS (9567)
    Christchurch, 18 January 2020

    Peter Jenner WALES (7765)
    New Plymouth, 19 January 2020

    Peter Anthony LLOYD (6049)
    Auckland, 21 January 2020

    Gerald Richard John Barclay LEWIS (6414)
    Auckland, 24 January 2020

    John Carlton PINCKNEY (6558)
    Southland, 27 January 2020

    Donald Gibson GUNN (8489)
    Auckland, 2 February 2020

    James Oswald NORRIS (5438)
    Christchurch, 4 February 2020

    Stephen Charles Phillips NICHOLLS (12088)
    Otago, 8 February 2020

    Anthony Charles ARNESEN (6110)
    Otago, 9 February 2020

    Derek Norman Henri LOISEL (6307)
    London, 12 March 2020

    George Roland GOULD (4571)
    Christchurch, 15 March 2020

    John Stuart DAMPIER-CROSSLEY (6508)
    Canterbury, 17 March 2020

    Paul Drew HEARD (7564)
    Christchurch, 17 March 2020

    Peter Maitland HILL (6291)
    Bay of Plenty, 4 April 2020

    Robin Arthur GRIGG (7953)
    Christchurch, 7 April 2020

    Peter John OAKLEY (5342)
    Christchurch, 12 April 2020

    David Churchill GOULD (4857)
    Christchurch, 28 April 2020

    Scott Buckhurst STEVEN (8828)
    Bay of Plenty, 29 April 2020

    Nigel Hugh ENSOR (7944)
    Hastings, 8 May 2020

    Brian Charles NICOLL (5606)
    Mt Maunganui, 11 May 2020

    John Heathcote GARLAND (4567)
    Hawke's Bay, 20 May 2020

    Wynyard Lindsay FAIRCLOUGH (4315)
    Christchurch, 22 May 2020

    Michael John Brian MOORE (10480)
    Christchurch, 22 May 2020

    Andrew Carrington YATES (6479)
    Ashburton, 24 May 2020

    Angus Alastair John ROBERTSON (6209)
    Rangiora, 25 May 2020

    Warren John SCOTTER (7223)
    Hamilton, 27 May 2020

    Francis Hay DAVISON (6510)
    Canterbury, 28 May 2020

    Christopher John MORRIS (8518)
    Christchurch, 31 May 2020

    John Maurice William ARCHIBALD (5823)
    Lower Hutt, 15 June 2020

    Peter John Clifford FLEMING (5670)
    Leeston, 16 June 2020

    John Dean Caroli LAING (5863)
    Australia, 17 June 2020

    William Matthew Joseph QUIN (14612)
    Christchurch, 4 July 2020

    Cassells Skoglund KERNAHAN (4868)
    Christchurch, 6 July 2020

    Christopher John CLARK (6131)
    Christchurch, 9 July 2020

    Roy Quartley CARTER (5186)
    Timaru, 11 July 2020

    John Menzies WATSON (5718)
    Invercargill, 16 July 2020

    Richard Charles WOOLLONS (6587)
    Christchurch, 19 July 2020

    Michael John COSTELLO (6268)
    Melbourne, 25 July 2020

    Edgar Dunstan TURNER (5628)
    Christchurch, 25 July 2020

    Warwick William Norman JUDD (6300)
    Christchurch, 26 July 2020

    Christopher Thomas BURGIN (7397)
    Otago, 2 August 2020

    Simon Patrick SLOPER (12568)
    Otago, 17 August 2020

    Michael McLeish WYNNE (5726)
    Canterbury, 26 August 2020

    Barrie Maitland JONES (5495)
    Christchurch, 1 September 2020

    Geoffrey William SMITH (5353)
    Canterbury, 1 September 2020

    Kim Ryland HARRIS (8754)
    Hawke's Bay, 7 September 2020

    Richard Keith PEARS (5700)
    Christchurch, 18 September 2020

    John Stuart Allister WEARN (5811)
    Christchurch, 21 September 2020

    Harry George Bayly DE LAUTOUR (12785)
    Hawke's Bay, 28 September 2020

    Bruce Reynolds Guyon CAREY (4841)
    Christchurch, 29 September 2020

    Roderick Cameron HEARD (5761)
    Marlborough, 29 September 2020

    John Stephen Pitt PALMER (5514)
    Christchurch, 3 October 2020

    Alistair Blair McCREDIE (5598)
    Christchurch, 7 October 2020

    Peter Russell RITCHIE (6561)
    Otago, 7 October 2020

    Kenneth Hilton KERSLEY (4964)
    Bay of Plenty, 7 October 2020

    Peter William BOWEN (6119)
    Wellington, 26 October 2020

    Peter David INNES-JONES (6167)
    Canterbury, 29 October 2020

    Jamie Heathcote McCROSTIE (9465)
    Canterbury, 30 October 2020

    Simon Nicholas MIEKLE (9477)
    Wellington, 30 October 2020

    Hugh William VAN ASCH (6966)
    Hawke's Bay, 13 November 2020

    John Edward Ross FULTON (5935)
    Wellington, 18 November 2020

    Keith Edward BOOTH (5469)
    Auckland, 29 November 2020

    Jonathan Michael Scott (5528)
    Woodend, 10 December 2020

    Peter John LAWRENCE (5771)
    Hawke's Bay, 19 December 2020

    John William GEBBIE (7158)
    Christchurch, 21 December 2020

    Michael Tazewell NEWTON (7076)
    Christchurch, 25 December 2020

    Kenneth James KISSLING (5862)
    Wellington, 26 December 2020

    John William BLAKELY (8716)
    Christchurch, 30 December 2020

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