Tribute to Honorary Graduate Dr Leonard McComb

Friday, 13 July 2018

Oxford Brookes pays tribute

The University recently learnt the sad news that Dr Leonard McComb has passed away at the age of 87.

Dr McComb’s achievements in art were recognised by Oxford Brookes in 2004 when he was awarded an honorary doctorate.

After studying at Manchester School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, Dr McComb went on to teach at various art schools including a predecessor institution of Oxford Brookes University. 

In 1974 he founded the Sunningwell School of Art and was elected as a Royal Academician in 1987.

His work is represented in a number of national collections including the Tate Britain, V&A, British Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: “Leonard McComb was greatly respected for the quality of his work and for mastering a range of different art forms. 

“This included sculpture and his depiction of our modern founder John Henry Brookes is seen every day by students, staff and guests on campus. The University was proud to recognise Leonard’s career and his dedication to education with an honorary doctorate. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”