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Old Andrean Obituaries in alphabetical order by surname

Harold Reginald Ainslie (Armstrong 1934 - 1938)

Harold Reginald Ainslie, born 24 November 1919, passed away on 11 June 2009 peacefully after a short illness borne bravely.

Harold was very involved with the vintage and veteran car movement, was a founder member of the Border Klaxon Veteran Car Club, had served on SAVVA and had been awarded life membership from a number of veteran car clubs.

Des Collier, one of Harold's life long friends who matriculated with him from College in 1938 attended Harold's funeral service, which took place from St Bernadette's Catholic Church, Walmer, Port Elizabeth. Click HERE for a copy of the eulogy Darrell Raubenheimer gave at the service.

Harold is sadly missed by his daughter Evie Raubenheimer (nee Ainslie, DSG) son-in-law Darrell, grandson's Andrew and Greg and son Alan (College 1969), daughter-in-law Elfriede and grand daughters Michelle and Angela.
Darrell Raubenheimer - June 2009

Timothy Kennard Allen (Armstrong 1951 - 1956)

Timothy Allen was originally from England and after the war he and his family came out to South Africa. His mother would have only the best, and so he was sent to St Andrews. After leaving school, he returned to the UK where he did his national service, bombing around Germany in a sports car. When that ended he horrified his mother by appling to the police forces of Kenya, Hong Kong and Southern Rhodesia - the best forces in the Commonwealth. The last replied first and he went out there expecting to do only a year or two. In true Tim style he was Best Cadet at his passing out parade in Morris Depot in Harare (Salisbury). His uniform was so immaculate they had to carry him onto the parade grounds.

He was stationed in Matabeleland at first. There he met my mother, Hilary Share, who had just returned from studying nursing in the UK. They were married and spent most of the 60s in posts in Matabeleland. In the seventies he was posted to Chinhoyi (Sinoia).
The war was intensifying at this time, and he was Officer Commanding of the Lomagundi area until Independence in 1980. He dedicated himself to his work, and we saw little of him during this time. He was in charge of the area when the two Air Rhodesia aeroplanes were shot down, and on many occasions avoided being shot out of the air or being blown up by landmines. It was not a life he had imagined, and he didn't agree with the politics, but once he was part of it he had to get stuck in. He was in a position of command and people depended on him.

After Independence he was posted to Harare and promoted to Assistant Commissioner. Many felt that in different circumstances he could have even made Commissioner. In March the following year, 1981, he was killed in a traffic accident involving his car and an army anti-landmine vehicle. He was just 42 years old, and left three children and his wife.

Rev Daniel (Dan) Alfred Thomas Auret (Day 1948 - 1952)

The Rev. D.A.T Auret retired as Vicar of the Church of St Peter the Fisherman in December 1999. After a lengthy, brave battle with cancer, Dan died quietly in Hermanus on 24 December 2009. He told his friends with a smile that he wanted to go before Christmas so that he could celebrate his Lord's Birthday with Him.

He had been Priest in Charge of the Chapelry of St Peter's, Hermanus; St Patrick's Church, Mount Pleasant and the Church of All Saints, Zwelihle from 1987. Previously he had been the Anglican Church's Vicar in Robertson and Ashton, also in Bredasdorp, and before that in 1975 in Mafeking, in the Northern Cape. He began his parish ministry as a Curate in Brooklyn, near Milnerton in Cape Town, having forsaken commerce for the full time priesthood, and completing his formal theological training at St Paul's in Grahamstown.

A dedicated and passionate golfer, it can be truly said he had a special mission to all on all the golf courses he knew so well - in the towns in which he worked – not least in Mafeking and Hermanus. Many, many golfers young and old will never forget his friendship, great sense of humour and the excellent fun of his company over the years. Many yachtsmen and sea fisher folk too throughout South Africa and in the U.K. will also recall his camaraderie with all those "who go down to the sea in ships and find their calling in deep waters".

At College from February 1948 to August 1952, in Day House, Dan matriculated in 1951 and was made a Prefect in 1952. After this he was a Trainee with Ransomes S.A., working for Simms and Jefferys until 1955 after which he became a Sales Representative working for the light engineering firm Mangolds Ltd until 1958.

Modest and unassuming, somewhat quiet and reticent by nature, his service as a part-time volunteer Army Chaplain in the South African National Defence Force was widely appreciated by many a lonely "Troepie" doing his Compulsory Military Service and "Camps" - and their parents. In the years 1988 to 1998, over and over again, Dan was happy to serve, often in December, flying up to Grootfontein at the busiest time in his Parish year, to do what he could in the forward areas, at that special time for "Our Boys on the Border", far from home.

Many will in truth remember him. "Vir niks het hy geskrik". "Regtig, altyd, 'n dapper "Boereseun", 'n ware Kind van die Karoo en die Kalahari ". In this life he never flinched in living out his Christian values in every sense of the College motto: NEC ASPERA TERRENT. He will long be remembered by all who knew, respected, appreciated and loved him.
Part time Lay- Minister, St Peter's, Hermanus
18 February 2010


Born in Namaqualand in 1934, Dan Auret came to College in 1948 after a two year stint at Bishops Prep. He matriculated in 1951 and accepted a learnership with Ransomes in Ipswich, England. There he remained for several years,"learning about lawnmowers, english beer and town-league rugby"!
Back in S Africa, a varied career saw him join the Anglican Ministry and complete his studies at St Pauls, Grahamstown in 1966.
Thereafter the Diocese of Cape Town saw him serving as rector of parishes around the country, including Bedasdorp, Mafeking, Robertson and Hermanus where he finally retired during 2000as a much loved and respected parish priest.
An avid golfer, Dan loved the time given him to indulge his passion. He relished the repartee so common amongst fellow golfers and very often the initial dismay when people realised they were playing with/against "a man of the cloth"! He used to joke that he converted more people to true Christianity on the golf course than he ever did from the pulpit!
Diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2007(?), he refused to alter his lifestyle other than as dictated by commonsense, his family and helpers. He played his last 9 holes barely 2 weeks before his death on 24 December, 2009
He is survived by Marty his wife, daughters Anita and Jennifer and 3 grandchildren.

John Alexander Hope (Kim) Bailie (Armstrong 1943 - 1946)

Aerospace engineer responsible for structural design of Polaris and Trident strategic nuclear missiles.

Kim Bailie, who has died at his home in California aged 79, was a British-trained world authority on the structural dynamics of submarine-launched ballistic rockets. His outstanding achievements in this difficult field included the structures of the Trident and Polaris strategic nuclear missiles. Since the 1970s these rockets have provided the United States and Britain with the power to launch a nuclear strike against any point on Earth from any point under the ocean. The technical challenge confronting Lockheed was particularly daunting in the area of structural dynamics, where no precedents existed for calculating the stresses, distortions and drag imposed on a big rocket launched from under the sea.

Lockheed assigned Kim Bailie to this task The operational requirement called for a structure strong but light enough to withstand the launch of the rocket from a submerged submarine, followed by a steady climb through water drag, a clean breakout from the sea into the air, ignition of the rocket engines and acceleration through the atmosphere into space on a ballistic trajectory to a precise target several thousand miles away. For everything to work, including the critical ignition and guidance systems, structural integrity was paramount.

Kim was always modest about his contributions to Polaris and Trident. A colleague described his work as "one of the most challenging pieces of engineering in structural dynamics one could imagine".

The Trident 1 and Trident 2 took Lockheed into the new world of composite materials, in which Kim became a world authority. He edited and largely authored Design Guide for Fleet Ballistic Missile Composites (1978-1981, 890 pages) and lectured at Santa Clara University on the theory of elasticity and composite structures and at the University of California, Berkeley, on these and allied subjects.

Kim met Georgina Gardner while they were training in England as aeronautical engineers. They married in 1956 and emigrated to the USA to join the Lockheed company in Los Angeles. Georgina too was a distinguished engineer and mathematician.

When Kim was assigned to classified projects the couple became American citizens, moving to Palo Alto in 1958 to join the newly formed Lockheed Missiles and Space Company and the top secret Polaris and Trident projects.

John Alexander Hope Bailie, always known as Kim, was born in Johannesburg on 2 February 1929. His parents, Sydney and Marjorie Bailie, were South African born. Forbears included John Bailie, one of the leaders of the 1820 settlers' group, and Alexander Bailie, who worked as a surveyor for Cecil Rhodes.

Kim grew up in Bathurst, Eastern Cape, and was educated at St Andrew's College School, Grahamstown. In 1947 he left for England to join the de Havilland Aeronautical Technical School at Hatfield for a four-year apprenticeship in aeronautical engineering. In later years he would often say how grateful he was for the D.H. Technical School's practical hands-on training as well as theoretical instruction.

Other projects in which Kim was involved at Lockheed included the Trident's rocket thrust-vectoring control system; design and analysis of the US National AeroSpace Plane leading edges; flutter and aero-elastic analysis; the role of "finite element" theory in design; and the damage-tolerance and durability of aircraft structures in day-to-day service. He completed his career at Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles.

His academic qualifications included MSc in aircraft structures (Cranfield, England); CEng, FRAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society); MS in engineering mechanics (Stanford); and PhD in aeronautics and astronautics (Stanford).

Kim declined to use the "Dr Bailie" style to which his doctorate entitled him, and he never claimed credit for his achievements. He would rather discuss rugby – he played full back for the de Havilland Aircraft Company – or aviation, a subject for which he had a lifelong enthusiasm. In retirement he helped to restore vintage aircraft at the Stanley Hiller Aviation Museum near Palo Alto, He also built houses for Habitat for Humanity.

Kim is survived by his wife Georgina, daughters Jane Baker and Caroline Fatemi, and grandchildren Gabriella, Catherine, Jordan and Taylor.

By J.M. (Mike) Ramsden

Prof Charles John Adkinson Barratt (Mullins 1944 - 1947)
John Barratt died in Johannesburg on Wednesday 8 August 2007.

CLICK HERE for his obituary.

John (Jack) Gary Barregar (Upper 1947 - 1949)
Sadly passed away on 24 December 2006.

John (Donnie) Beal-Preston (Upper, 1933)
Click here for a full tribute to Donnie Beal-Preston, who passed away on 12 December 2006

Ernest Molteno "Bob" Birch (Armstrong 1943 - 1947)

Click HERE for Obituary.

Ronald Charles Blagus (5145) (Upper 1947 - 1950)

RC Blagus, aged 69, died in Cape Town of heart failure on 5 March 2003 after a long illness bravely borne. Many are much saddened by his passing. He was a "Computer Boffin" of renown in the early days of IT; a Restauranteur and genial fun-loving "Mine Host" in the Grand Manner & Tradition; and a dedicated Golfer of varying ability much to his constant chagrin.

Donald Ernest Bragg (Armstrong 1935 - 1938)

The Death of Don Bragg
(as written in the Mossel Bay Advertiser in 1990.)
Donald Bragg OBE, died at the George Hospital on Saturday, March 3rd 1990 just 2 weeks before his 71st birthday and his courage during his long illness and his tranquil kindly spirit will always be remembered by his family and friends.

Don Bragg was born at Little Brak on 18th March 1919, the only son of Stella (nee Robertson) and Algenon Bragg, Auditor General for the British Government in Kenya and other colonial territories. Don was educated at St Andrews College, Grahamstown and at the outbreak of WW 11 joined the 3rd Transvaal Scottish 13th Platoon Vickers Gunners, serving the regiment with distinction. He was captured at the battle of Sidi Rezegh and was in POW camps for 3½ years in Poland and later in Germany. At the cessation of hostilities he and a group of fellow prisoners made the long march to Austria where they were contacted by American troops.

In 1946 Don joined the Colonial Audit Service and he met and married his wife Mary in Kenya before being transferred to Kampala, Uganda and then on to Kaduna, Nigeria.
In 1957 he was sent to Maseru, Lesotho where he was appointed Director of Audit for Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland. In 1960 Don was awarded the O.B.E. by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, for distinguished service with the British Colonial Audit department. On retirement in 1970 Don and Mary moved to Mossel Bay where he held the position of Administrative Manager of Peveco for 8 years.

An avid sportsman and very active in his younger days Don was the perfect example of an accomplished all-rounder, excelling at rugby, tennis, hockey and cricket.
He represented Uganda at international level playing hockey.
On his retirement he played golf and later was a keen member of the Mossel Bay Bowls Club where he was an accomplished player until ill-health forced him to cease playing 3 years ago.

An enthusiastic ornithologist and photographer of bird life, Don and his wife Mary accumulated a large selection of excellent slides of birds in the wild. During their residence at Santos Haven Retirement Centre for the past 3 years they spent many happy hours travelling the countryside in this area bird-watching.

Don Bragg is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Patricia Wallace of Evander, son Christopher Bragg of Bahrain and five grandchildren, Hazel, Timothy Wallace, Christy, Nici and Shelley Bragg.

Mary Bragg passed away in April 1997.

Larry John Brito (Mullins 1973 - 1978)

Larry Brito passed away tragically on Wednesday 3 March 2010.

Peter Venning Bryant (Mullins 1935 - 1939)

Peter Bryant died at his home in Cape Town on 6th August 2010, aged 89. He was the last remaining OA Bryant of his generation, surviving his brothers, Ted and Gordon (Mullins) and cousins, Rolfe, Tony, Phillip and Mickey (Espin).
Peter was born in East London in 1921 and attended Selborne Prep, before spending 5 years as a boarder in Mullins House. He was a House Prefect, awarded tennis colours, and was also a very good golfer while at College, later representing Eastern Province. After two stints at Rhodes University, interrupted by nearly 5 years of war service, including time in Egypt, Peter acquired the business Hewitt and Palmer in Grahamstown. Initially a fishing tackle shop, he built the business into a successful men's sports and outfitting concern.

This also allowed him to follow his great loves of golf, tennis, fishing and later, bowls. He was active in community affairs, being president of the Grahamstown Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of Round Table and captain of the Grahamstown Golf Club. He was also on the organising committee for the 1955 Centenary celebrations. Peter married Margaret Blaine in 1945 in Kei Road and enjoyed 53 years of marriage, before Margaret died in 1998.They moved to join family in Cape Town in 1979 where Peter became an active member of Royal Cape Golf Club and Claremont Bowling Club. Highlights of his golfing career included a Seniors' tour of the UK and shooting his age at Royal Cape -- scored 81 when he was 80, (his 81st year) and 74 when he was 72.

Peter was very devoted to his family and is survived by his daughters, Jenny McDonald and Sally Kilbey, and son John (Graham 1966) plus 8 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a loyal and trusted friend to many in Grahamstown and Cape Town.

Thomas Robert Byers (Upper 1954 - 1958)

Thomas Byers died suddenly in Manila, after a short illness, on 21 March 2009. After school, for 30 years Tom was involved in the publishing industry in Britain. His first employer was Cornmarket Press, thereafter a stint as General Manager of The Spectator and finally as Publishing Director of Decanter Magazine (a leading consumer wine magazine). He returned to South Africa for 4 years where he initiated various publishing projects. The last 13 years he had been based in the Philippines where he was involved in several business ventures but at the time of his death he was working for the Asian Development Bank.
He leaves three children Jessica (UK), Tibsie and Harry (France)

Anthony (Tony) Inglesby Cartwright (Upper 1943 - 1946)

Well known Kosmos resident Tony Cartwright passed away on 23 September 2007 at the age of 78 years. He lived in Kosmos longer than any current resident. He bought his property directly from Tolstoy Schoeman in 1955 for 275 pounds and built himself a weekend home. As a keen water-skier and yachtsman he loved Hartbeespoortdam.

Tony was a mining man with a mining family background. He attended St Andrews College in Grahamstown and Wits University. Following the family tradition, he started his mining career on the West Rand He was the youngest mine overseer on Luipaardsvlei when the first uranium seams were opened up in the 1950's. He did several stints as manager of a fluorspar mine in Naboomspruit and also worked at Union Plats in Northam. In 1971 he accepted a position at Western Platinum Ltd., which enabled him and his family to live in Kosmos permanently in a beautiful healthy environment. His sons Peter and Michael and daughter Karen were among the original "Kosmos kids" and still return to Kosmos at every opportunity.

He retired in 1986 and was very active in the community until his emphysema caught up with him during the past few years.

He was a founder member of the original Kosmos Residents Association, the former Kosmos Sporting and Recreation Club, and the Kosmos Marina Club.

The Kosmos Marina Club was founded in 1975, and originally the members themselves built up the grounds and the slipway. Tony did his bit, levelling the grounds with a bobcat machine provided by the local authority. He held the club's membership card no. 1.

When his wife Corrie became chairman and later mayor of the Kosmos Village Council, he was always at her side, giving great support. Often he was the only member of the public at council meetings. Kosmos had no official mayoral vehicle or driver, so Tony did the honours. When other drivers asked him how much his pay was, he told them "nil, but I do get to sleep with the mayor". He became so well known at municipal functions, that traffic officials reserved prime parking for him amongst cabinet ministers and ambassadors.

In spite of his deteriorating health, Tony always told enquiring friends that he felt fine. He remained cheerful till the end and that is how he will be remembered.

A memorial service was held on Monday 8 October 2007 at 10h00 in the Kosmos Garden Chapel.

Roger M. Clark (Staff 1953 -1993) Honorary OA 1975

Roger Maule Clark died on 3 July 2006 after a long period of gradually failing health. He served College for a monumental 40 years, and was an Honorary Life Member of the Old Andrean Club.
Educated at St John's College, Roger took his degree in Physics and Mathematics at Rhodes, did his HDE there, and was teaching in England when Ronald Currey appointed him to teach physics at College. He eventually became senior physics teacher, and also taught mathematics, and in times of need taught Latin, history and chemistry. He founded the scientific society, the Astronomers, and also ran the non-scientific society, the Alchemists, and the Chess Club. On the sports field, his main love was rugby: he coached U15 and U14As over a long period. He was immediately involved in cadets, becoming Officer Commanding in 1963. Also in 1963, he took over the newly founded Graham House as Housemaster. Roger retired from cadets in 1968, and left Graham House in 1971 to become Academic Tutor under Canon John Aubrey. He became Second Master in 1972. He held this post under Eric Norton and Arthur Cotton.
Roger continued for 20 years as Second Master. His was a remarkable career of commitment to a school that he served with love and with meticulous attention to getting things right.
Roger's son, Antony, served as College's 15th headmaster from 1994 to 2002.
In recognition of Roger's loyal and devoted service to the school, the staff common room has been named the Roger Clark Common Room.

CLICK HERE for the Headmaster's address at the memorial service for Roger Maule Clark

David Cullinan (Upper 1960 - 1965)

Thomas "David" Cullinan passed on Sunday 24 January 2010 at Unitas hospital in Centurion. David suffered heart failure nine days earlier. David was a third generation Cullinan to attend College and reside in Upper House.

He was a Prefect at College in 1964, played good rugby at centre but most importantly will be remembered for his massive contribution on the cricket field. He represented Colleges' First Rugby XV. But more impressively he represented the First Cricket XI for no less than four years. From 1962-1965.

David was probably, to this date, one of the finest schoolboy cricketers this country has produced. Representing his province for five years at The Nuffield Cricket week. From 1962 to 1965 for Eastern Province schools and 1966 for Transvaal schools. He was selected for The South African Schools XI on two occasions. In 1963 and 1966.

It was the 1963 South African Schools XI cap which he prized the most. The team which toured England is still regarded as on of the strongest schoolboy sides ever. It included the likes of Barry Richards, Mike Proctor and Hylton Ackerman. It is certainly his cricket accomplishments which David leaves as his legacy at College.

David continued to play cricket eventually representing his province, North Eastern Transvaal (now known as Northern Transvaal or The Titans), at a senior level.

David worked in the property industry from the village of Olifantsfontein. He served The Cullinan Group for 26 years where he held the position of Chief Executive. He eventually set-up his own property consultancy which he ran until his passing. David served on the Midrand Chamber of Business and Commerces' Executive Committee for 26 years. In 1997 David was elected President of the Midrand Chamber of Business and Commerce.

David Cullinan is survived by his beloved wife Jenny-Lee who he was married to for 36 and a half years. His children Thomas, Candice, Lawrence and Liza-Jane. He was grandfather to six children who bought joy to his life.

May you be playing on Colleges' fields forever.

Wilfrid Geoffrey (Geoff) Currie (Armstrong Day 1932 - 1936)

Geoff died in Auckland on September 2009, at the age of 91.
CLICK HERE for full Obituary.

Edward (Ted) Valentine Dicey (Armstrong 1942 -1945)

Ted, born 12 January 1928, died at his home in Helderberg Village, Somerset West on 4 October 2008. A fine Andrean, he is sadly missed and will be long remembered.

Ted was in Armstrong 1942-1945, I remember him well. Huge charm, lovely ersonality. I understood he and his great pal Ian Dinwoodie (Armstrong), extraordinarily, next number in College Register - 4657 !!, when they left College ventured to Canada to be Lumberjacks; when they got to the woodlands they were allowed to make the lumberjacks their tea !! Later they dug ditches together on construction sites in California !! Urban Legends ?? Ted later was in the Timber Business - Carst & Walker ?? Quite by chance, years later, recently ?, bumped into him when with Bruce Shepherd (AH 1941/44, d. 2000) we were on a walk along the Lieesbeck River down from Kirstenbosch, Ted still the same affable charming character. I believe he had been in the Timber business in South Africa for a long period of his life. Quite incidentally you can see an excellent picture of Dinwoodie, his pal, p. 282 in THE BOY IN YOU, top left in the fine Group Photo of Memorable College Swimmers of that period. By David Morrell

Anthony (Tony) Carden Doherty (Upper 1945 - 1946)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Anthony Carden Doherty on Wednesday 14th July 2010 after a long illness.

Tony was born in 1930. When his parents moved to Port Elizabeth he joined St Andrew's College for the last two years of his schooling (1945 and 1946). At the time, both his uncle and father were Old Andreans (Cecil William Allsop Doherty 1914-1917 and Ivor Vincent Doherty 1917-1920). Tony's brother, Patrick Elliott Carden Doherty, also attended St. Andrew's from 1946 to 1950. All were at Upper, as is Tony's grandson, James de Beer, who is currently (2010) in Grade 10.

Tony studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand during the late 1940s. In the early 1950s he joined a Pretoria-based practice that had been founded in 1904 and which eventually became Burg, Lodge and Doherty and then Burg, Doherty, Bryant and Partners. This practice still continues, now under the name of BILD.

Tony's career as an architect lasted over 50 years. During this time he was responsible for designing several architectural landmarks, ranging from private homes to large offices. Amongst his best-known works are the Pretoria Art Museum, the Pretoria municipal offices at Munitoria, the Workshop and Computer Centre for Rank Xerox in Isando, the South African Reserve Bank Head Office in Pretoria, the Palace Hotel at Sun City and his own house near Midrand.

Tony's talent for design, love of new technology and zest for life have influenced many colleagues and friends. He will be sorely missed. His buildings remain as a testament to his legacy.
Click HERE for a photo of Tony.

Jane Doherty (Daughter)