Obituaries : reported in Bangoriad 2008

David Jackson Cooper

David Jackson Cooper graduated in Forestry in 1952. After several years working in South East England for the Forestry Commission as a District Officer David became Managing Director of a timber marketing company, and was also President of the British Timber Merchants’ Association.  He was a founder member of the Association of Professional Foresters and served for a period as Chairman. Later David was a forestry lecturer at Sparsholt Agricultural College and was involved with the Forestry Safety Council.

Always a keen natural history enthusiast David’s other interests were folk music and Morris dancing in which he lead teams at folk festivals and country demonstrations.  On retirement in 1985 he took up churchwarden clay pipe making and became one of the last exponents of this ancient craft practising at Amberley Working Museum. He leaves a widow, Paddy, whom he met as a student in Bangor, and their five children.
Kenneth Roberts

John Gray

An undergraduate in the late 1930s, John remained at Bangor to successfully undertake a Masters in Economics.
A popular student at Bangor, John had particularly fond memories of the period during the Second World War when students had to be evacuated from the cities to the Bangor campus.

Following his academic career, John would also go on to become a significant contributor to the development and modernisation of library and information services throughout the United Kingdom and for several tears, occupied the role of Head of the Research and Development Division for the British Library.  

Peter Gray

Beryl Hall (née Mitchell)

Un o ferched Rhosllannerchgrugog oedd Beryl ac aeth ag acen, bywiogrwydd, a rhadlonrwydd a diwylliant y pentref clodwiw hwnnw hefo hi i b’le bynnag yr âi. Daeth i Fangor yn 1942, a rhoes y gorau a oedd ynddi i’w gwaith academaidd a bywyd cymdeithasol y coleg – y Cymric yr Eisteddfod Ryng-golegol, y Côr, y Ddrama, y Canu Bore Sadwrn ac amryw Gymdeithasau Colegol, heb anghofio bywyd crefyddol y ddinas. Yn boblogaidd ymhlith ei chydfyfyrwyr roedd ganddi farn pendant ond goddefgar ar faterion gwleidyddol, diwylliannol a chrefyddol.

Wedi gyrfa dra boddhaol yn y Coleg a graddio mewn hanes bu’n athrawes yn Ysgol Ramadeg Llangefni (1947-50) ac yn Childwall Valley High School, Lerpool (1950-56) – gyda blwyddyn gyfnewid yn Hertford Junior High, Conneticut (1954-5). Yn 1956 fe’i penodwyd yn Ddarlithydd yng Ngholeg y Normal, lle’r arhosodd am bedair blynedd ar ddeg yn hyfforddi ei myfyrwyr yn ei dull brwdfrydig ei hun a gweithredu yr un pryd fel Warden yn un o hostelau’r Coleg.

O 1970 hyd at ei hymddeoliad yn 1981 bu’n darlithio yng Ngholeg Hyfforddi Athrawon, Caerdydd, ac yn ystod y cyfnod hwn cwrddodd a phriodydd â John Hall. Dros flynyddoedd lawer cafodd llu o gynfyfyrwyr Bangor y pedwardegau groeso cynnes are ei healwyd hapus yng Nghyncoed ac yn gwbl nodweddiadol ohoni cyfrannodd Beryl yn anrhydeddus i fywyd cymdeithasol y brifddinas. Bu farw ar Awst 4ydd, 2007.
Meredydd Evans

Daniel Gruffydd Jones

Daniel Gruffydd Jones was born in Aberystwyth in December 1933. He graduated from Bangor with a first in Welsh in 1954 and a second in Latin in 1955. After national service in the Royal Army Education Corps he joined the Civil Service in 1960 and had a successful and varied career in several departments, including the Department of the Environment, the Cabinet Office and the Welsh Office. He took early retirement as Regional Director, South East Region, Departments of Environment and Transport and went to the University of Wales Aberystwyth as Registrar and Secretary from 1990-1999. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, 1991-2001, and served as High Sheriff of Dyfed in 2000-2001. He and his wife Maureen moved to Chichester in 2002.

He died in Chichester in January 2007, and is survived by his wife Maureen, three daughters, Catrin, Branwen and Angharad, and by his two grandchildren who were both born in the last week of his life.   
Maureen Gruffydd Jones

David Knight

David Knight was tragically killed in a car accident in March 2007. 

All who knew him will remember his laughter, his deep and abiding love of his family, background and nationality, and his passion for the history of his country.  He graduated in History and Welsh History in 1993, having spent the previous years teaching physics. He went on to teach History following his graduation.

Those of us who were lucky enough to be counted amongst his friends will all remember his laughter, love of life and gentle but loving support given freely to those of us who sometimes needed it.  He was a special person and is greatly missed.
Siân Turner

Daphne Mary Clare Robinson

Her links with her birth place, Bangor, go far back in time, as she was the daughter of the late G. W. Robinson, professor of Agriculture Chemistry. (The Robinson Block is named after him).  He had come to Bangor as a long lecturer straight from Cambridge and his laboratory was in the old coaching inn near Port Penrhyn.

Daphne entered the University in 1934 and graduated in 1937 in Honours French. She then taught in a variety of schools and moved to France in the early fifties, where she taught diplomatic staff in the Foreign Office – the Quai D’Orsay. On retirement she was presented with a medal from the French Government for Services to France.

During her retirement she wrote a book about Bangor of her growing up years. Daphne was given a lovely ‘Book signing’ reception in the staff common room in October 1999. She had one more visit to Bangor when the Robinson Block was officially opened in 2000.

In her last years she battled bravely against failing health but she celebrated her 90th birthday in Brecon surrounded by friends and family. She passed away on 11 January 2007 aged ninety one.
Sylvia Hampson

Air Marshall Sir John Rowlands

John Samuel Rowlands was born on 23 September 1915 at Hawarden, Flintshire. He graduated from the University with a degree in Physics, and entered the RAF. During the Second World War he was an expert bomb disposer. He attended the first British Atomic Tests at Monte Bello Islands as Senior RAF Officer, and then served on the British Embassy in Washington as specialist attaché on nuclear matters.

He was invested with the George Cross by King George VI at Buckingham Palace on 20 July 1945. Promoted to Air Marshall in 1970, he retired from the RAF in 1973. Having retired from a highly distinguished military career, he entered academic administration at Sheffield Polytechnic where he was assistant principal from 1974 to 1980. John Rowlands was appointed OBE in 1954 and KBE in 1971.

Sir John was a man of valour, courage and national distinction. He is survived by his wife Constance and their two daughters.

Peter Wharton

Peter Wharton graduated from Bangor with a forestry degree in 1973. He then went on to train as an arborist at the Merrist Wood Agricultural College, emigrating to Canada in 1975, where he would take up his position at UBC Botanical Garden, where he remained for 30 years.

He died on  June 30th 2008 and is survived his wife Sarah and three children.

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