Obituaries and tributes

Emeritus Professor Eric Dunning

It was with great sadness that the University has learned of the death of Emeritus Professor Eric Dunning. Eric was a pioneer in the sociology of sport and the founder, with Patrick Murphy and John Williams, of the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research.

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Vikki Orvice

We have learnt with deep regret of the sad passing of eminent sports journalist and Leicester alumna Vikki Orvice (BA English, 1984). Vikki passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 56.

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Ken Ford

We have learned with deep regret of the death of acclaimed artist, sculptor and academic Ken Ford. Ken was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University in 2010 for his contribution to the artistic life of Leicestershire and the UK.

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Wilf Dillon

We have learnt, with regret, of the death of alumnus Wilf Dillon. Wilf graduated in 1973 with a BA (Hons) Sociology. Wilf served as president of the SU between 1971 - 1972.

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William Bootle

We have learnt, with regret, of the death of William Bootle on June 22, 2017. William gained a Diploma of Education from our University and was the President of the Student Union from 1951 - 1952.

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Remembered for his ‘quiet confidence’, integrity and friendship, Alumnus Sam Owori

Content provided by Rotary International. Written by Ryan Hyland and Abby Breitstein, re-purposed by Taylor Crosby (University of Leicester)

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Leicester remembers honorary graduate Tim Pigott-Smith

The prominent actor was educated in the city and honoured by the University

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In Memory of Margaret Mallett 

In memory of Margaret Mallet FEA who died on 28 March after a brief illness, we have created a new webpage where friends and colleagues share their memories of Margaret.

Margaret joined the Association's English 4-11 Editorial Board in 1999 after speaking at the Association's Primary Conference in York in March 1988 - Non-fiction: the Cinderella of children's books? She was elected a Fellow of the Association in 2005 and served as a member of the Association's Fellowship Committee until 2016. Margaret was also the co-founder, with Fellow Eve Bearne, of the Association's very successful Children's Literature Interest Group.

An inspiring teacher and author, Margaret's books include Choosing and Using Fiction and Non-Fiction 3-11: A Comprehensive Guide for Teachers and Student Teachers (winner of the 2011 UKLA Academic Book Award), The Primary English Encyclopedia: The heart of the curriculum and Early Years Non-Fiction: A Guide to Helping Young Researchers Use and Enjoy Information Texts.

Margaret was also a regular contributor to Books for Keeps - the online children's books magazine - where you can see an impressive catalogue of her articles and reviews.


Crime writer and creator of Inspector Morse dies

University pays tribute to honorary graduate Colin Dexter

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Mike Fentiman

We have learnt, with regret, of the death of Mike Fentiman on 22 February. He was an English student at the University of Leicester who would go on to become a successful television producer and writer, championing the idea of ‘community programming’.

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matthew lanyon profileMatthew Lanyon

We have learnt, with regret, of the death of alumnus Matthew Lanyon. Matthew passed away on 6 November, 2016. He was 65. Matthew graduated in 1972 with a Bsc (Hons) Geology with Biology and Biochemistry,

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Professor Andy Furlong - Tribute

Tributes have been paid to a Leicester graduate who was renowned in the field of youth studies in the UK and beyond.

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Dr Mark Sims

We have learned, with regret, of the death of University of Leicester alumnus Dr Mark Sims. Mark passed away surrounded by his family and fiancée, on 19 January 2017. He was 28.

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Dame Frances Patterson OBE

We have learnt, with great regret, of the death of graduate and honorary graduate Frances Patterson.

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Michael Nicholson OBE

We have learnt, with regret, of the death of Michael Nicholson on 11 December. Michael was a television journalist who studied at the University of Leicester.

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