Alumni notices Births
Keith Clarkson (BA ’07) On Saturday 18th June welcomed to their family Georgia Berlin Pamela Clarkson weighing in at 7lb 6 Oz. She joins the family as a sister to her two year old brother Christian. My wife Caroline & I are living in Sydney Australia where I run my own Audiovisual events company.
Imran Khan (MSc ‘08) celebrated the birth of his son, M. Hasim Khan, in September 2010.
Dimitris Orfanidis (BEng ’98; PgDip ’99) and Zoe Kotzamanidou (MSc ’01) welcomed their third child, Vassilis on 13 July 2011. He joins older siblings Maria and Antonia.
Helen (BSc ‘03) and Douglas Short (BSc ‘02), would like to announce the birth of their daughter Elisabeth Lucy Short, born on 26th February 2011. Elisabeth is the little sister of proud brother Ryan.
John Nicholson (BSc ’05) married Gemma Donald on 24 April 2010 in Cheshire.
Niall Donald (BEng ’99) married Louise Woolnough (BSc ’98) in Dublin on 23 September 2011. They met in Rosehill Halls, where they were neighbours.
On behalf of the University, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends who have lost loved ones this year.
Mr Frank Barnshaw (BA European Studies, 2008) passed away on the 30 April 2010.
Mr Paul Darbyshire (BEng Civil Engineering, 1992) passed away on 20 June 2011. The former Warrington player lost his battle with motor neurone disease at the age of 41. Paul Darbyshire spent 18 years at his hometown club, initially as a player and then as a member of the backroom staff until 2007
when he moved to Munster as a strength and conditioning coach.
Mr Roger Colin Fox (BSc Economics, 1975) passed away after a road accident on 22 July 2011.
Dr Derek Lee (BSc General Science, 1969) passed away in April 2011. After his degree in Physiology and Biochemistry (Salford), Derek went to Sheffield University and qualified as a doctor, MBChB; subsequently working as a Principal in General Practice in Wigan and serving part time as a Clinical Assistant in Dermatology. He served on many committees and was Chairman of the Postgraduate Medical Institute in Wigan. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his son Dr A W Lee, his daughters Jennie Bowles and Katharine Horry and nine grandchildren.
Staff Professor Christopher Morgan Professor Chris Morgan passed away on 10 August, 2011, in hospital in his native Derby.
Professor Morgan was a distinguished and valued Salford academic with a first degree and DPhil from Oxford University and Postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard, Stanford and Oregon.
Chris joined Salford’s Department of Biochemistry (now the School of Environment and Life Sciences) in 1980 and retired earlier this year after more than thirty years service to the university. He earned a well-deserved international reputation from his research in Biophysics, and from his particular interest in the area of luminescence spectroscopy, publishing widely on new experimental methods for fluorescence lifetime imaging.
Dr Mike Pugh Thomas Dr Thomas died on 22nd March, 2011 aged 78 after a courageous battle with illness.
Mike joined the University of Salford in 1967, lecturing in the Department of Biology and then the Environmental Institute before becoming Director of the Environmental Resources Unit in 1988. He retired in 1997 but continued to teach part-time at Salford and at Liverpool
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Hope University. Ever cheerful, sociable and warm-hearted, Mike was famously generous with his time and energy in both his professional and personal lives. He was vastly knowledgeable, with a well-honed sense of humour and a wide range of keen scientific and artistic interests.
Mike is survived by his adored wife, Julia Carter Preston, the renowned ceramic artist. She is tragically a victim of Alzheimer’s disease and was heroically cared for by Mike at home for several years, despite his own serious illness. A man who showed how to live a life well and whose work and humanity benefited so many people, he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and former students.
Written by: Andy Ayres, Stan Frost, Pam Goode, Joan Pask, Marion Porter, Shahed Power and Margot Sullivan.
Please contact: Andy at andy-ayres@O2.co.uk
to share your memories of Mike and the EI/ERU.
Professor Graham Wood Professor Graham Wood retired Head of the Directorate of Business Strategy, sadly passed away on 31 August, 2011.
Professor Wood joined Salford 33 years ago in 1978 to teach Economics and quickly broadened his teaching interests to that of Corporate Strategy and Business Ethics. The latter became a special research interest for Graham and led him to produce a number of academic papers on the subject. Before his retirement in 2009, Graham had performed many academic management roles at the University; prior to becoming the Head of Directorate in the Business School he had held the position of Director of Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Management. Graham is survived by his wife Chris, his son Gareth and his two stepdaughters, Anne and Suzie.
Full obituaries for Dr Mike Thomas and Professor Graham Wood can be read online at www.salford.ac.uk/alumni/publications
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