Glyn Davies obituary
12 December 1925 – 11 April 2023
My Father Glyn Davies died on 11th April, 2023 after a short illness. He had been an RSC member since 1950.
Glyn became interested in Chemistry at Stockport Grammar School probably when he wasn’t being distracted by prototype Avro Manchester and Lancaster bombers being flown overhead! He left school aged 16 years to become a laboratory technician. Aged 18 years, he had tried to join the Fleet Air Arm but was rejected because of weak vision. Through many years of further study and night school, he was awarded his BSc in Chemistry in August 1949 by the University of London.
Between 1950 and 1973, he worked initially for ICI but was mainly at Monsanto Chemicals in the role of analytical chemist. Still at Monsanto, he moved to London in 1967 with the title of ‘Trade Relations Manager Europe’.
A career change and more house moves beckoned [!] as, then, he became a Lecturer in Science at Aylesbury College of Further Education till his retirement in 1991.
He was a creative person with a woodworking skill for marquetry and the production of toys for grandchildren. He was the repair shop before ‘Repair Shop’ existed! Ever the analyst, when he took to winemaking, there would always be a reflection on any below-standard fermentation!
He kept a sharp intellect and recall which undoubtedly contributed to a long and independent retirement. He is survived by Francine, his wife of 68 years, and three children Christopher, Marie-Paule and Jerome. His first son Nicholas predeceased him in 2019. He has ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed.
Written by Dr Christopher Davies
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