In Memoriam

Remembering Oxford Brookes community members who have passed away recently

Lives of consequence

John Henry Brookes spoke of his desire to educate students for "lives of consequence." We are proud of the contributions made by members of the Brookes community, whose presence made the world a better place. We celebrate their lives below.

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Sylvia Denman

Sylvia was an academic, lawyer and public servant who worked hard to advance the causes of race relations and equal opportunities. She was a lecturer at Oxford Polytechnic and a governor of Oxford Brookes. Sylvia died in May 2019.

Professor Chris Hawes

Chris was an internationally recognised researcher who was passionate about passing on his skills and enthusiasm to others. He will be remembered by the many generations of students he taught and tutored. Chris died in July 2019.

Tony Lewis

Co-creator of the Duckworth-Lewis method for deciding the results of incomplete one-day cricket matches, and former Oxford Business School lecturer, Dr Tony Lewis sadly passed away in March 2020.

Andrew McNab

Andrew (Andy) McNab studied Town and Country Planning at Oxford Polytechnic. In a career that took him to different parts of the world, he specialised in environmental resource projects and strategic planning. Andy passed away in March 2020, and is survived by his wife Carolyn and their sons Andrew and Douglas.

John Neville

John was an Engineering lecturer at Oxford Polytechnic and the Oxford College of Technology, as well as founding the Neville Dining Club with his late wife, Kay. John died in January 2021.

Ken Selvester

Ken taught at the School of Business between 1990 and 2006. He was a cheerful, warm-hearted and generous man and is survived by his wife Norma, their three children and several grandchildren. Ken died in January 2021.

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