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Professor S J Eggleston
Professor John Eggleston, a Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer in the School of Education between May 1963 and August 1967, died on December 12, 2001. In 1967 he took up an appointment as Professor of Education at the University of Keele.

Professor M Symons
Martyn Symons, who held the post of Professor of Physical Chemistry from 1960 to 1988, died on January 28. He was Head of the Department of Chemistry from August 1978 to July 1980. He served in an associate capacity as Research Professor from 1988 to 1991 and continued to hold that title on an honorary basis until 1993.

Astrid Lindgren
Children’s author Astrid Lindgren, a national hero in Sweden, died on January 28. She was known around the world for her book, Pippi Longstocking, which was translated into many languages and established her as sympathetic to children’s likings for vigorous, larger-than-life events.
She was also an indefatigable campaigner for statutory rights of farmyard animals – the result of which paved the way for European developments in the way animals are reared and treated and opening up today’s market for organic produce. Among her many awards, medals and prizes – she was the first woman elected to the Swedish Academy – was an honorary Doctorate of Letters from this University, which she received in 1978.

Dr K E L Simmons
Ken Simmons, who joined the University in August 1970 as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology, died in February. He retired in November 1980. An ornithologist and a prolific writer on the subject, he edited and contributed to the several volumes of The Birds of the Western Paleartic. He was also an ardent fan of the music of English composers and was a keen member of the Elgar Society. His funeral took place in Leicester on March 5. His widow, Marion, retired from the University library some years ago. 

March 2002

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