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.
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.
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,
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.
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.