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Eric Christopher Stanley Megaw

would have regarded that as a vindication of his own educational philosophy.

Eric Megaw married Terese Hija Veder of Amsterdam (who out- lived him by about half a century) on 29 March 1933. Tey had two sons: the elder, Vincent (born 1934), became Professor of Archaeology at Leicester University and later at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia; the younger, Edgar (born 1942) became Director of the Ergonomic Information Analysis Centre at the University of Birmingham. Megaw had three younger brothers, one of whom died relatively young. Arthur Hubert Stanley Megaw became Director of Antiquities in Cyprus, and Basil Richardson Stanley Megaw became an archaeologist and Director of the Manx Museum. Eric and his surviving brothers organised and attended their parents’ Golden Wedding anniversary in September 1955 in Belfast, the last occasion on which he returned home.

His wife was the recipient of some affectionate and laudatory trib- utes to her husband. One of his colleagues noted that “he was able to make contributions of the highest importance to the future of the Navy”. Appleton added: “Te wrench is so terrible for many, especially for those people at the Admiralty who found him the per- fect chief, stimulating, sympathetic, considerate, good-humoured – but all the time insisting on the highest standards in both work and conduct. You will understand how tragically I regard your hus- band’s loss in the circle of British science”. A memorial plaque was erected at the Ashby Institute of Queen’s University.


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