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  • Arthur Hughes

    Date of Birth: 28/02/1924
    Date Of Death: 11/07/2017
    Location: Reading then Thornhill
    Profession: Merchandise Manager for John Lewis Partnership
    Burial Location: Roucan Loch Crematorium Dumfriesshire

    Arthur Christened Alfred but known by everyone as Arthur, was born on 28th February 1924 in Guildford Surrey. His father was a baker, owning his own business. Arthur's brother went into the family business but Arthur left school at 14 to become an apprentice in a local department store. He was called up in 1942 becoming an ambulance driver with the RAF for 5 years before returning to the Guildford store. In the early 1950's Arthur joined the John Lewis Partnership working initially at the Reading store for 7 years and then the Oxford Street Branch for a further 6 years becoming a department manager and then merchandise manager. He married Olive Crow and they had one daughter, Amanda, in July 1960. They lived in Redhatch drive in Reading, owning the house from new. In the 1970s Arthur moved back to the Reading store overseeing the complete modernisation of the shop in a project that lasted several years during which time Arthur was the Merchandise Manager at the store. During this time Arthur's marriage broke down and he moved to Bracknell with a work colleague, Marjory, who he later married. When Arthur and Marjory retired they moved to Queensberry Beeches in Thornhill Scotland where they lived for 29 years until Arthur's death, again owning the house from new. Arthur was a keen gardener with a great passion for garden birds and roses. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail always being neat and well presented and keeping everything clean, tidy and in order. He had a reputation for being just the same at work and his colleagues and employers put his success down to his obsessive eye for detail and high standards. He often commented proudly of his unblemished driving record with no accidents, points on his license or even a parking ticket.

  • Frances Kesel

    Date of Birth: 2nd July 1938
    Date Of Death: 23rd April 2016
    Maiden Name: Aaronson
    Location: Harrow Weald (NW London) England.
    Profession: Nursery School Teacher
    Burial Location: Hoop Lane Crematorium, Golders Green, London

    The daughter of Hyman and Bertha Aaronson, Frances grew up with her brother Ronald and sister Lynne in London. She lived for a period in Shiplake before returning to North London. She worked in clothing shops initially, becoming a popular Nursery School teacher in Stanmore in later years. She Married Henry Kesel on 22nd June 1958 and had been wed for 57 years when Frances died. Frances was a canny bridge player like her father, was an excellent cook and hostess. She had a caring and sensitive personality, and as a good listener, would always lend a sensitive or encouraging ear when it was needed and enjoyed sharing in the successes of family and friends. Frances was mother to Mark and Ben having her two children 20 years apart! Because she was told she could no longer have children after the birth of Mark, she referred to Ben as her miracle child. Between Mark and Ben, Frances cared for a foster son David Ellis who later moved to Australia. Frances was always very proud of her four grandchildren, David, Antonia, Zoe and Emily. She always asked that her granddaughter Antonia (a professional violinist) should play Schindler's List at her funeral and Antonia did so at the funeral ceremony.

  • Evonne Waissman

    Date of Birth: 08/05/1945
    Date Of Death: 01/07/2002
    Maiden Name: Kesel
    Location: Harrow Weald, London
    Profession: Manicurist

    Evonne was born Evonne Kesel on VE day, 8th May 1945, hence the unusual spelling of her name. She grew up in Nether Close, Finchley in London and almost died at the age of One when she contracted three fevers but fortunately recovered. She attended Henrietta Barnett School leaving at the age of 15 to become a manicurist. Her father died when she was 17 and her mother remarried a year later moving to Bournmouth. For this reason Evonne came to live with her brother (Henry Kesel) in Harrow Weald until she married Michael Waissman around 1964. Evonne was renowned for her remarkable good looks, she loved dancing and when a young girl did a lot of Ballet. Sadly Evonne passed away after a battle with Cancer in July 2002 and is survived by her three children Gary, Paul and Bradley.

  • Eugene Vielle

    Date of Birth: 29/04/1913
    Date Of Death: 02/04/2015
    Location: Lambeth, London, England
    Profession: Royal Air Force Pilot and Inventor

    Eugene Emile Vielle was a Royal Air Force officer who was involved in the development of new navigation and bombing systems during the Second World War. Vielle always believed that his ideas for the "Vielle Bombing System" with a television camera in the nose, developed after the war, laid the groundwork for the development of the cruise missile. It was reported by the Wiltshire Times that he flew as many as 150 different types of aircraft during his career. Eugene Emile Vielle was born on 29 April 1913 in the Lambeth district of London. His early education was at Dulwich College. Vielle was admitted to the Royal Air Force College Cranwell as in 1932 on a Prize Cadetship awarded by the British Air Ministry. He received his commission in 1934 from King George V. His first appointment was to 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill where he flewBristol Bulldog fighters. In September 1935 he was sent to the Fleet Air Arm where he flew from the aircraft carrier HMS Courageousin the Mediterranean. The ship had been converted from a battlecruiser to a carrier as a result of the Washington Naval Treaty. In August 1937, Vielle joined the Ferry Flight at RAF Cardington where he had the chance to fly many different types of aircraft and began to develop his interest in navigation and flying by instruments. He attended the air force's Specialist Navigation Course in 1939 and joined the Instrument Department of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough the same year. In December 1939 he piloted one of the three remaining Handley Page H.P.42 biplane airliners which were pressed into service at the outbreak of the Second World War. When the plane developed engine trouble—possibly due to icing in the engine cowlings due to the frigid polar air over RAF Lakenheath—he was forced to parachute from the aircraft. He landed awkwardly in a sheep farmer's field adjacent the runway, breaking both legs. He had flown the plane from Cairo, with at least one stop for fuel at Gibraltar, prior to the incident. The German invasion of Poland had already occurred in September 1939, so Vielle's flight plan called for a more circuitous route. Rather than taking a dangerous direct line crossing mainland Europe, he flew along the north African Mediterranean coast, finally vectoring to the north at Gibraltar for the last leg to Britain along the Portuguese, Spanish, and French Atlantic coasts. At the time, Britain was retrieving far-flung aircraft—both military and civilian—from distant bases and airfields for the looming war against Nazi Germany that would begin in earnest in June 1940 with the Battle of Britain. During the Second World War he was involved in the development of new navigation and bombing systems and came to believe that top scientists had conspired to hamper the British war effort. In 1950, he took his ideas for the "Vielle Bombing System", with a television camera in the nose, to the United States and he always believed that his system laid the groundwork read more

  • Ninan Koshy

    Date of Birth: 1 February 1934
    Date Of Death: 4 March 2015
    Location: India
    Profession: Political Theorist

    Ninan Koshy was an Indian political thinker, foreign affairs expert, theologian and social analyst. He was born in 1934 in Thiruvalla. Former director of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He was an LDF candidate from Mavelikkara Constituency in 1999 General Election. He is also well known as political commentator, thinker, social activist, author and orator. Koshy served on a committee to draft Kerala's policy on higher education in 2007. He died in Thiruvananthapuram on 4 March 2015, aged 81.

  • Virginia Luque

    Date of Birth: 4 October 1927
    Date Of Death: 3 June 2014
    Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Profession: Tango SInger

    Virginia Luque (born Violeta Mabel Domínguez; 4 October 1927 – 3 June 2014) was an Argentine tango singer and film actress. She made nearly 20 appearances in tango films of Argentina between 1943 and 1976. Born in Buenos Aires, she began her career in film in 1943 in La guerra la gano yo, later appearing in Arriba el Telón o el Patio de la Morocha(1951). She starred alongside Arturo de Córdova in La Balandra Isabel llegó esta tarde, a 1949 Venezuelan–Argentine film directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen, which entered into the 1951 Cannes Film Festival. Virginia Luque died on 3 June 2014 from natural causes in her native Buenos Aires, aged 86.

  • Orna Porat

    Date of Birth: 06/06/1924
    Date Of Death: 06/08/2015
    Maiden Name: Klein
    Location: Born: Germany, Died: Israel
    Profession: Theater Actress

    She was born Irene Klein in Cologne, Germany, in 1924. Her father, Willi, was Catholic, and her mother, Elise, Protestant, but she chose atheism and socialism in her youth. In 1934 her family moved to Porz, where she attended high school. She attended drama school and began her stage career at a repertory theater in Schleswig. She met her husband, Joseph Proter, in Schleswig. He was an officer from the British Mandate of Palestine in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army. In 1946, she moved to Palestine with Proter, and married him (in a civil ceremony). She converted to Judaism later, in 1957, and they held a Jewish ceremony before adopting two children. After being refused by the HaBima and Ohel theaters, she was accepted by the Cameri Theater. When she joined the Cameri, Yemima Millo suggested she change her name to a Hebrew-sounding one, Orna Porat. The suggestion was accepted. Yemima Millo also worked with Porat on her diction, aiming to soften her German accent. After the major financial and artistic crisis in the Cameri in 1958, Porat was appointed to the theater’s administrative board. She retired from the Cameri in 1984.

  • Gottfried Schatz

    Date of Birth: 18 August 1936
    Date Of Death: 1 October 2015
    Location: Austria
    Profession: Biochemist

    Schatz was born in Strem. Upon obtaining his PhD in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Graz (Austria), he did postdoctoral work at the University of Vienna and at "The Public Health Institute" of the City of New York. In 1968, he emigrated to the USA in order to assume a professorship Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Six years later, he returned to Europe in order to join the newly created Biozentrum at the University of Basel, which he chaired from 1983 to 1985, From 1984 to 1989 he was Secretary General of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). After his retirement in 2000, he presided the Swiss Science and Technology Council (SSTC) until 2003. He is the author of more than 200 professional publications as well as of two books of essays on the broader implications of science. His scientific autobiography "Interplanetary travels" was published in 2000. Work: Schatz played a leading role in elucidating the biogenesis of mitochondria and in discovering mitochondrial DNA. He recognized that this DNA encoded only a small number of mitochondrial proteins which was decisive for his further research on the import of proteins into the mitochondria and the degradation of proteins within these organelles. Schatz discovered a complex transport system that recognizes mitochondrial proteins made in the cytoplasm by specific signals attached to these proteins and then transfers them into the mitochondria. This system comprises two protein complexes, TOM and TIM, which are localized in the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes respectively. Mutations in these complexes can disrupt protein import and cause illnesses such as the neurodegenerative Mohr-Tranebjaerg syndrome, which leads to deafness. Schatz also demonstrated that the energy-requiring protease Lon regulates protein turnover within the mitochondria, thus maintaining the integrity and the proper functioning of mitochondrial DNA. Gottfried Schatz is the author of more than 200 scientific publications, three volumes of essays, an autobiography and a novel. His books have appeared in English, French, Greek and Czech translation.

  • William Arbuckle Reid

    Date of Birth: 1933
    Date Of Death: 02/09/2015
    Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Profession: Curriculum Theorist

    Born in Gloucestershire, Reid obtained his BA degree in languages from Cambridge University, after which he taught in English high schools. He went on to conduct curriculum research at the University of Birmingham, where he obtained his Ph.D and subsequently taught M.Ed. students. He took early retirement from the University of Birmingham in 1988 and was appointed as a visiting professor at the London Institute of Education, and subsequently the University of Texas, Austin. He also undertook collaborative projects with colleagues at the University of Oslo and taught summer schools at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Some of his reminiscences were published in 2009 in "Leaders in Curriculum Studies", edited by E.C. Short and L.J. Waks (Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2009). In retirement he self-published pamphlets and books concerning archaeology and other local history in his native Cotswold landscape, as well as memoirs, articles on chess, books of poems and a novel. A series of articles published in "Glevensis", a journal of the Gloucestershire Archaeological Society were formed into a self-published book (Chantry Press; Windmill Print and Graphics) entitled "From Roman to Saxon in a Cotswold Landscape" (2006). Reid's major academic works elaborated on curriculum theorist Joseph Schwab's notion of "curriculum deliberation". He was the author of numerous scholarly articles and several books, and was a regular contributor to the Journal of Curriculum Studies of which he was European Editor from 1975–83 and General Editor from 1986 until the mid-1990s. He regularly presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Education Research Association. Reid had a penetrating grasp of the nature of learning and a deep understanding of the link between theory and classroom realities - an approach both philosophical and practical. Few writers in the field combined his intellectual edge with a solid perspective on teaching and a readiness to address complex issues. In 2007 his article "Strange Curricula: Origins and Development of the Institutional Categories of Schooling" (JCS 22, 203 (1990)) was selected as one of the seminal articles that had appeared in the Journal of Curriculum Studies in the previous 25 years. In 2014 Reid moved to Nottingham to be close to his family and he died there in September 2015.

  • Vilmos Zsigmond

    Date of Birth: 16/06/1930
    Date Of Death: 01/01/2016
    Location: Born: Szeged, Hungary & Died: California, United States
    Profession: Cinematographer

    Zsigmond was born in Szeged, Hungary, the son of Bozena (née Illichman), an administrator, and Vilmos Zsigmond, a celebrated soccer player and coach. He studied cinema at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. He received an MA in cinematography. He worked for five years in a Budapest feature film studio becoming "director of photography." Together with his friend and fellow student László Kovács, he chronicled the events of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in Budapest on thirty thousand feet of film and then escaped to Austria shortly afterwards. This early chapter of his professional life, with some of their footage of the revolution, constitutes the opening segment of the bio-documentary by PBS's Independent Lens (2009) called No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos. In 1962, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He settled in Los Angeles and worked in photo labs as a technician and photographer. During the 1960s, he worked on many low-budget independent films and educational films, as he attempted to break into the film industry. Some of the films that he worked on during this period credited him as "William Zsigmond," including the classic horror B-Film, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. The first film he worked on in the United States was The Sadist, starring Arch Hall, Jr. In 1964 working with a favorite crew which included László Kovács, Jim Enochs, and Ernie Reed, Vilmos shot the European style, neo-noir, black and white film Summer Children (aka A Hot Summer Game) which has recently been fully restored digitally for DVD release. He gained prominence during the 1970s after being hired by Robert Altman as cinematographer for McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Subsequent major films he shot include Altman's The Long Goodbye,[2] John Boorman's Deliverance and Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the latter of which won him the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Zsigmond worked with Brian De Palma on Obsession, Blow Out, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and The Black Dahlia, with Michael Cimino on The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, with Richard Donner on Maverick and Assassins, with Kevin Smith on Jersey Girl, with George Miller on The Witches Of Eastwick, with Mark Rydell on Cinderella Liberty, The Rose, The River, and Intersection, and with Woody Allen on Melinda and Melinda, Cassandra's Dream, and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. In 1974, Zsigmond was dismissed as DP on the Barbra Streisand musical Funny Lady, released in 1975. Columbia executives—not Streisand or director Herbert Ross—felt his style (although patterned after 1930s musical cabaret, accurate for the period of the film) was too dark. He was replaced by veteran cinematographer, James Wong Howe. He was a longtime user and endorser of Tiffen filters, and is also associated with the technique known as 'flashing' or 'pre-fogging'. This involves carefully exposing the film negative to a small, controlled amount of light in order to create a muted colour palette, pioneered by cinematographer Freddie Young read more

  • Claud Raymond

    Date of Birth: 02/10/1923
    Date Of Death: 22/03/1945
    Location: Mottistone, Isle of Wight, UK
    Burial Location: Taukkyan War Cemetery

    Claud Raymond was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Claud Raymond CIE, MC, and Margaret Lilias Nancy Raymond (née Brown), of Fulham. He was 21 years old, and a Lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 21 March 1945 at Talaku, Burma (now Myanmar), Lieutenant Raymond was second-in-command of a reconnaissance patrol when they were fired on by a strongly entrenched enemy detachment and the lieutenant at once led his men towards the position. He was first wounded in the shoulder and then in the head, but continued leading his men forward, when he was hit a third time, his wrist being shattered. He still carried on into the enemy defences where he was largely responsible for capturing the position. In spite of the gravity of his wounds, he refused medical aid until all the other wounded had received attention. He died the next day, aged 21. Raymond grew up in Seaford, Sussex, and is remembered on the town's war memorial. A road in the town is also named after him.