Roger went on study at Reigate Grammar School. He was very proud that, years later, his granddaughter Emily was able to do the same. He gained his BSc in Chemistry at Queen Mary College London in 1957. Sadly, he was unable to complete his PhD due to lack of funding, but this setback actually kick-started his teaching career. Roger made life-long friends at QMC. We are very grateful for their continuing support and friendship.
In 1959 Roger began his first teaching job at Crawley Technical College. His friend, first boss and mentor Ted Crunden said he took to it like a duck to water. In 1960 he took up his post at Hove Grammar School, later to become Blatchington Mill School. Roger guided the science department through multiple challenges including the switch to comprehensive education, the IT revolution, and countless education reforms before retiring as Head of Science in 1995. Roger was able to support numerous new teachers as they came through the school. After retirement he worked for the University of Sussex, mentoring and assessing PGCE students as they began their own teaching careers. The family was very touched to hear from many of Roger’s teaching colleagues after his death.
Roger used his retirement well and brought his investigative and analytical skills to bear on his family history, where he made great progress and discovered new family members as he went. He is much missed by his wife Joan, children Jan, Rosemary and Chris and grandchildren Tom, Alice and Emily, together with countless family members, friends, colleagues and pupils.