Wednesday 18 May 2022

Remembering Graham Wood

We are sorry to announce the passing of Graham Wood (Common Room 1989-2003) on 3rd April 2022.

"A graduate of St John’s College, Oxford, Graham taught history at Framlingham and then for 15 years at Oundle. He arrived at King’s to succeed Richard Maltby as Head of the History Department in 1989. His family had Canterbury connections and his uncle Keith is commemorated on the School’s Second World War memorial.

On arrival he told The Cantuarian that he enjoyed ‘cooking, bridge, acting and playing cricket badly’. On his departure, Richard Hooper wrote that was the epitome of the ‘old-fashioned schoolmaster’ – in the best sense. A scholarly, enthusiastic, inspiring, and idiosyncratic teacher, he was fully committed to his role outside the classroom.

He was a tutor in The Grange and director of house plays. He directed (and appeared in) staff revues. His sporting involvement was wide-ranging and included rugby, hockey, cricket (boys and girls) and lacrosse. Among other activities were bridge, crosswords, and gardening. He will also be remembered for this pipe.

Outside the School he was Chairman and Treasurer of the Canterbury branch of the Historical Association and he served as a City Councillor from 2011 to 2015."

Graham's funeral is to be held at St Mary Bredin, Canterbury on 19 May at 10:30 am.


(Common Room 1989-2003)

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