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Birley, Sir Derek Sydney (1926–2002), educationist, was born at 27 Northfield Street, South Kirkby, Yorkshire, on 31 May 1926, the son of Sydney John Birley, colliery timekeeper, and his wife, Margaret, née Beaumont. He was educated at Hemsworth grammar school before enlisting in the ...

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Christine Mary Elizabeth Burrows (1872–1959) by unknown photographer Principal and Fellows of St Hilda's College, Oxford

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Burrows, Christine Mary Elizabeth (1872–1959), educationist and college head, was born at New Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on 4 January 1872. She was the only and posthumous child of Henry Parker Burrows (1833–1871), a partner in Langton Burrows Breweries, Maidenhead, and his wife, ...

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Duff, Sir James Fitzjames (1898–1970), educationist and academic administrator, was born in Cambridge on 1 February 1898, the second of three sons and two daughters of James Duff Duff (1860–1940), a distinguished Latinist who was a fellow and classical tutor of Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Sir (Thomas) Gregory Foster, first baronet (1866–1931) by Sir William Orpen, 1930 The College Art Collections, University of London

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Foster, Sir (Thomas) Gregory, first baronet (1866–1931), university administrator, was born in London on 10 June 1866, the eldest son of Thomas Gregory Foster (1815–1903), barrister, of Clapham and Lincoln's Inn, and his wife, Sophie (d. 1911), daughter of John Farquhar Allday...

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Keenan, Sir Patrick Joseph (1826–1894), educationist and educational administrator, was born, probably in Dublin, the son of John Keenan of Phibsborough, Dublin, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Patrick Sherlock of Dublin. He had at least one sister. He was educated at Ratoath national school, Meath...

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Schonell, Sir Fred Joyce (1900–1969), educationist and university administrator, was born on 3 August 1900 in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Edward William Schonell, a headmaster, and his wife, Agnes Mary, née Mawer. His early education was at Perth modern school. Having taught between 1921 and 1922, he graduated BA in English from the ...

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Tomlinson, John Race Godfrey (1932–2005), educationist, was born at the nursing home, Sandiway Road, Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire, on 24 April 1932, the only son and eldest of five children of John Angell Tomlinson, a man of independent means, and his wife, Beatrice Elizabeth Race, ...

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Sir Percy Frederick Ronald Venables (1904–1979) by Walter Bird, 1963 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Venables, Sir Percy Frederick Ronald [Peter] (1904–1979), educationist and university administrator, was born on 5 August 1904 at Birkenhead, the second of the seven children of Percy Venables, a Post Office clerk, and his wife, Ethel Kate Paull. Peter, as he was known, was educated at ...

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Willis, Sir (Zwinglius) Frank (1890–1974), educationist and YMCA official, was born on 29 August 1890 at Stoke Green manse, Wherstead Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, son of Richard Elgar Willis, Congregational minister, and his wife, Edith Mary Legate. He was a foundation scholar of Ipswich School...