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Valete 1953

STEPHEN F. ANDERSON (1944-52). School Captain 1951-2; Prefect; Chairman, School Council; Allpass House Captain 1951-2 ; Member of School Athletics Team.
Steve will not soon be forgotten. He matured rapidly in his last two years and, perhaps surprisingly to those who remembered him as a rather diffident youngster, made a real success of his position as Captain of the School. We had always fancied that he and Don would have to reign together, like the kings in The Gondoliers. When Steve reigned alone, our illusions about twins vanished. His mixture of shyness and frankness, his gentle firmness, his courtesy, his reliability and his sense of fun made him popular with Staff and boys alike. He took an active interest in all that went on in the School, among juniors as well as seniors--which partly accounts for his success as School Captain. We wonder if the Civil Service has yet found any flaws in his spelling, but feel confident about the future of the Air Force with Steve at the Ministry. We wish him every success in the future (which includes, of course, his military service) and hope often to see him dancing with his usual grave competence at Old Monovian functions. We know he will never forget us or the years he spent here.

RICHARD J. WALKER, School, 1944-52; member of Allpass House; Prefect, 1951-52 ; member of Dramatic Society, Radio Society, Film Society, Debating Society; Film Society Projectionist; County Major Scholarship.
Dickie Walker is one of those people whom it is very difficult to dislike. A most amiable person, he was able to converse intelligently about almost any subject, thus revealing a considerable background of wide reading, and it was most unusual in the sixth Form to find a discussion in which he did not take a leading part. His chief interest was in radio and any spare moment would find him tracing weird and wonderful symbols across an odd piece of paper, which obviously meant a great deal to him, but to a casual onlooker resulted only in a look of complete bewilderment. He will perhaps be best remembered for his keen sense of humour, which was very much a part of the Prefects' Room.
All those who knew him missed him very much when he left, but we wish him the best of luck and success when he goes up to Queen Mary College, London, where he is certain to make many friends.

P.J. GEORGE. School 1937-52; Prefect 1950-52; Whittingham House Captain; 2nd XI Football Captain.
Peter's main interests were science and sport - in that order. Other things came definitely third, but within that range he accomplished a great deal, successfully leading the Second Eleven and winning a State Scholarship in Science.
As a prefect he was a tower of strength, with a quiet sense of humour which made him much appreciated. We wish him all good hick in the Forces, where he is doing something abstruse connected with radio, and in his future career at Cambridge.

DAVID STANLEY. School 1945-52; Prefect; House Cricket Captain: Bulletin Editor; Member of Cricket First Eleven, Football Third Eleven and Table-Tennis Team; Member of Debating Society and Field Club.
Dave's unassuming manner and quick wit soon won him a place in the Prefects' Room, where he dwelt for a short time only before leaving School. Outside the Prefects' Room he was interested in sport, particularly cricket, and I am told he swung a wicked racquet at table-tennis. To demonstrate his versatility, he helped to edit the Bulletin and belonged to the Field Club and the Debating Society, where he spoke seldom but to the point. We wish him well in his National Service in Germany and in his life at Oxford.

P.B. COLLINS. School 1944-52; Prefect; Mallinson House Captain; Member of' Dramatic Society, Choir, Operatic Society.
Paul was a distinctive member of the Prefects' Room, and his dark complexion and noble bass voice made him no less prominent in the Operatic and Dramatic Societies. He was always impressive and powerful on the stage, in fact his dramatic-not to say impassioned-acting aroused almost as much controversy as his brother's playing of the Sergeant in The Pirates.
As a prefect he was always scrupulously just and popular with his fellows; his deliberate and unflagging way of delivering a joke will long be remembered. The R.A.F. has kindly reserved him a place at Padgate and we wish him the best of luck both there and in his future career at the London School of Economics.

JOHN BARRON. School 1944-52; Prefect; House Vice-Captain; School Football Captain; Athletics Vice-Captain; Member of School Cricket. and Tennis Teams; Captain of House Football, Athletics, Swimming, Cricket, Tennis; member of Science Society,
As the list of his attainments shows, John took a very prominent place in School sport, He was untiring in his work for the School's sporting success, particularly in football, in which he very ably captained the First Eleven. He was equally enthusiastic in athletics, of which he was School Vice-Captain.
Science took up nearly all the rest of his life, which paid dividends in the shape of a place at Christ's College, Cambridge. But he found time enough to be a popular member of the Prefects' Room. We wish him well at Cambridge and in the Forces.

P.D. ASHTON. School 1945-52; Prefect; Secretary of Art Society; Member of Debating Society and Local Studies Group.
Peter spent most of his time in the Art Room genially impressing the value of art on the collective wooden head of the School. His crusade was materially aided by an exquisite haircut, which allowed only of brief but tantalising glimpses of his face.
He was a Munnings fan in more than his outspoken attack on modern artistic decadents: an enthusiastic political Tory, like his brother, he campaigned, as they say, "in the Conservative interest" in the School Election. He is at present studying at the Goldsmith College of Art, where we wish him all good luck.

M. J. KIRBY. School 1946-52; Prefect; Member of Football Second Eleven and Tennis team; Whittingham House Vice-Captain.
Earnest students of the 'D . . y M . . l' will quickly grasp the reason for Kirby's nickname-Rip. Like his great namesake, Rip spent considerable time and vast mental resources on the solution of puzzles-only his were the crossword variety. He is believed to hold the local record (three and a half minutes) for solving the 'D . , y M . . . 1' crossword-a worthy memorial to a great figure.
He was undoubtedly the Prefects' humorist. Personally I liked best his impression of pure Inverness-shire Eng1ish-but there was plenty to choose from. In his spare time I believe Rip did a little work, and he duly won a State Scholarship to the London School of Economics, where we wish him the best of luck.

B. W. HALEY. School 1946-52; Prefect; Higham House Captain, School Councillor; Member of Cricket First Eleven, Football Second Eleven; Member of Local Studies Group, Geography Society, and Heraldry Society.
Brian (generally known as " Hackett," presumably for its alliterative beauty) was one of those staunch pillars of society who take part in practically every School duty. He won a place at University College, Oxford, captained Higham House, played for the First Eleven at cricket and the Third at football, and did many other jobs. He was incidentally a most stylish player of that noble game, Prefects' Room cricket; and an ornament of the societies he joined, the Local Studies Group and the Geographical and Heraldry Societies.
In the Prefects' Room he could seldom be brought to discuss anything seriously, and usually filled the role of ribald commentator. He was well liked throughout the School, and we all wish him good luck and plenty of scope in the future for his all-round abilities.

C. R. WALKER. School 1945-52; Prefect; School and Area Representative of the Council for Education in World Citizenship; Member of the Debating Society, Local Studies Group, InterSchools' Discussion Group.
Roy-as he was at all times willing to assure you, had a great brain. He was moreover politically inclined, with all a modern politician's beautiful regard for the Planners and sublime distaste for the Planned. But in spite of these - to an Englishman - alarming gifts, he was well liked, even winning that final mark of public esteem, a nickname.
He won a State Scholarship to Cambridge, though for the moment his invaluable abilities are devoted to the Army. We append his self-judgment, which was supplied free of charge on our asking for details of his life at School:
General Progress: Magnificent. Application: Unequalled in School history. Special Aptitudes: Incredibly varied. Character: Quiet, retiring, modest, yet confident. Conduct: Exemplary,

D. W. ANDERSON. School 1944-52; Prefect; Allpass House Captain; Captain of Football Third Eleven; member of Tennis team; member of Debating Society.
Like many of our most brilliant scientists, Don spent a very high proportion of his time on work, which was well rewarded by an Open Scholarship in Natural Science to Queens' College, Cambridge. But in spite of his labours he found time to be a good all-round sportsman, shining especially at tennis. He was for his sincerity and modesty one of the best-liked of the prefects, and he will be much missed. We wish him all the best at Cambridge and for the future.

R. J. TACAGNI School 1944-52; School Vice-Captain; Prefect; Co-Editor of The Monovian; Secretary of School Council; Secretary of Debating Society and French Film Club.
Ray's unremitting industry leaves a gap which the present writer, for one, feels most keenly. Many Societies, too, as the list above shows, moved under his guidance, and the quiet integrity with which he worked so hard and uncomplainingly received its reward when for some time in his last year at School Ray filled the post of Vice-School Captain.
The same uncompromising effort won Ray his place at Hertford College.. Oxford, where he will be going when he leaves the Army. At present, I am told, he is stationed in the Isle of Wight at a camp with the unbelievably abysmal name of " Dunroamin." We wish him strength.

C. E. B. STEERS. School 1945-52; Prefect; member of Local Studies Group and Geography Society.
Colin's attitude to life was coloured by a conservative and historical bias-the attitude of an unimpassioned Burke. He was one of the few of us for whom the age and history of the School had an important meaning, so that one tends to think of him as an apostle of Sir George Monoux, rather than as a character of the bloodless present.
Between sessions of the Local Studies Group, however, Colin did visit us mortals, notably making all too brief personal appearances on the tennis-court before a hypnotised audience. At present he is at Cambridge studying economics, and we wish him well in his work.