Dr Brian Hudson (BA Hons Geography 1960, MCD 1962) donated a selection of his photographs to the National Library of Jamaica. He took these photographs between 1968 and 1985 when he worked on the island as a town planner then as a lecturer in geography at the University of the West Indies. Other photographs of his are in the collections of the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Record Office and Teesside Archives, Middlesbrough.
Emeritus Professor Colin Matthews (MBChB 1960, MD 1968) received an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Adelaide, South Australia in 2019.
Professor Emeritus Lawrence Barton (BS Hons Chemistry 1961, PhD Chemistry 1964) did postdoctoral research at Cornell University (1964-1966) and began a career as Chemistry Professor at UM-St. Louis in 1966, retiring in 2007. He spent 1970-71 as a Research Fellow at ERDE in Waltham Abbey, Essex. Lawrence was Department Chair from 1980 - 1998 and Interim Director of the Center for Molecular Electronics from 1998-2006. He has been very active in the American Chemical Society, serving a Councilor for 28 years at the national level and substantially at the local level. He enjoyed a productive research career in the chemistry of boranes and metallaboranes and has received several honors.
Dr Ben Bowman (BSc Hons Physics 1961, PhD 1965) worked in the steel industry, specializing in arc furnaces: 1965-71 in Sheffield, 1971-93 in Geneva, 1993-2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.
William Solesbury (MA Civic Design 1961, pictured above) has recently published two books on cities through Cambridge Scholars Publishing: World Cities, City Worlds: Explorations with Metapahors, Icons and Perspectives and Modern Cities: Ten Variations. He is presently working on a third book provisionally titled Today's Cities: Shaped by Time and Space.
Dr John Graham (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1965, PhD 1968) has spent his 50-year research career involved in the purification of mammalian cells, subcellular particles and viruses. About 25 years ago, he had the privilege of working with Professor Tony Hart, here in Liverpool, on the development of methods for purifying viruses that preserved their function; these have now been applied to more than 90 different viruses. An exciting recent development is the purification of exosomes from blood plasma. These membrane-bound particles shuttle between different tissues carrying metabolic messages; the aim is to engineer these exosomes to deliver molecules to specific diseased cells to render them inactive.
Anthony Ostrin (LLB Hons 1962) having retired as a solicitor and been in practice for more than 50 years Anthony's time is mostly spent on working in the voluntary sector. This includes: arranging and adjudicating moots for the City Law School (University of London), mentoring for the Faculty of Law University of Liverpool, sitting on a committee that considers transport and amenity problems in the area of London where he lives, work in freemasonry, assisting with the administration of his local synagogue and sitting on a charity committee. More importantly he spends as much time as possible with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Geoff Pullin (BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering 1962) in Liverpool, Geoff learned not to get my front bike wheel in a tram track and saw shuttered shop fronts and police walking in pairs with long batons for the first time! After graduating he became a Tilling Bus Group graduate trainee with Bristol chassis manufacturer and then remained with bus companies in that group and throughout the life of the National Bus company via Norwich, Maidstone, Ribble and United Counties before redundancy from where he entered management in the frustrations of underfunded Further Education at Tile Hill College Coventry training bus apprentices. Geoff came to Liverpool as a recently trained Church bellringer, was a founder member of the Liverpool University Society of Change Ringers and learned a lot and has rung ever since occasionally returning for annual dinners.
Andrew Carmichael (BDS 1963) published a case report of considerable recovery after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's with this degree of recovery maintained for 18 months so far was the trigger for seeking alumni help to advance this work. Interested alumni please contact Andrew via the Alumni team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oded Nir (Markusfeld) (BVSc 1963) after being a dairy practitioner in large dairy farms in the Western Galilee region of Israel for 25 years, Oded became the Chief Veterinarian of Hachaklait (an Israeli national cooperative for veterinary services which employed 60 veterinarians and served more than 90% of the dairy population in the country) while still practicing in his dairy herds. Oded Nir retired on 30 April 2004 after serving for five years as the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and was acting as a consultant to Afimilk.While acting as a dairy clinician, and later as the Chief Veterinarian of Hachaklait, Oded Nir initiated an Integrated Herd Health Program, which has been assimilated through Post Graduate Workshops and being practiced in Israel and in other countries (including Denmark, Italy and Spain). New Herd Health regulations were adapted in Denmark (2006) based on the Israeli models. Oded Nir retired on 31 July 2019.
John Griffiths (BSc Hons 1964, PhD 1967, DSc 1988) is an Emeritus Professor of Combustion Chemistry, Leeds University.
Anthony Hyde (BSc Hons Metallurgy 1965, MSc 1987, pictured above) stayed in education teaching Physics in the UK, Australia, India and Switzerland. He has been the instigator of and mentor for community service projects in Ladakh, Peru and Kenya. He is a consultant for risk assessments of educational conferences worldwide and is presently a supply teacher, workshop leader and examiner in Physics (IB). He has climbed and trekked in many of the greater mountain ranges of the world.
Richard Saxon CBE FRIBA (BArch 1965, MCD 1966) had a 40-year career with international architecture and engineering firm, BDP, peaking as its chairman from 1996 to 2002. Since 2005 he has been a construction client adviser, digital built environment guru and non-executive director. He was made a CBE in 2001 for services to architecture and construction, mainly for championing reform of the industry. Richard co-founded and led the British Council for Offices and was a vice-president of RIBA. He has published five books on Atrium Buildings and Building Information Modelling. Find out more: www.saxoncbe.com.
David Hughes (LLB 1967) was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Freemasons by the command of the Most Worshipful the Grand Master, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent in 2019.
Roger Mitton (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1967) worked for some years in the intellectual property field in Canada, and then became a foreign correspondent in the Far East where he interviewed most of the region's leaders, including Lee Kuan Yew, Benazir Bhutto and Aung San Suu Kyi. He also served for several years as the US Bureau Chief for the Singapore Straits Times and interviewed the likes of President George W Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Away from journalism, he wrote two novels: Thirteen Days, 1978, and Master and Son,1980, and had a play staged, La Segunda, 1981. He lives in Bangkok.
Philip Mellor (MSc 1968) obtained a PhD from the LSHTM in 1971 and a DSc in 1996. He became chief Arbovirologist of the BBSRC based at the Pirbright Institute where spent most of his career. UK representative on several EU committees and working groups. Elected World Health Organization for Animals (OIE) international Expert on five diseases. Became Honorary Professor at Aberdeen University. Then successfully led the fight to eliminate bluetongue virus from the UK & N Europe. The then PM Gordon Brown said, in one of his speeches (at Oxford University) that Philip's work had saved around £500 million and 10,000 jobs in the UK, alone, in a single year. Philip received an OBE in 2009. Lectured at Cambridge until 2015, now at last fully retired.
John Smuts (BSc 1968) graduated in Chemistry and Physics, returned to London as a teacher for a year or two, then as a technical officer with a building products quango. Left for New Zealand in 1973, working as a Patent Examiner for two years, then to Brisbane, Australia after seven months in Melbourne. Got a job as a scientist in a Chemical Pathology lab in a major hospital for the next 36 years until retirement. Married with two daughters, two German Shepherds and living in paradise on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane.
Christopher Sorby (BA Hons Economics 1968) went on to Birmingham University and McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) after leaving Liverpool. He has been a resident of Canada for 51 years and is still gainfully employed! After graduation he went to Birmingham and then McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) MA (Economics) and MBA (Finance). He has lived in Canada since 1969 and for the last 39 years has been self-employed in the tax and finance field. Currently, he is the CFO and partner in a small private equity company with holdings in Manufacturing, Construction, Medical Devices and the Internet.
Selina Springbett (BA Hons Combined Studies 1969) found a new role in retirement as Chair of the Community Library in Lingfield which is run by volunteers for residents of the surrounding area. Selina is also still involved in archaeology on the Thames foreshore, come rain or shine!
Martin Walker (BA French 1969) celebrated the 50th anniversary of his graduation by organising a reunion for the French Class of 1969 you can find out more about the reunion here.