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Death of Richard Vyvyan, former Head of Maths and Foundation Archivist

dimanche 23 octobre 2016   (4 Comments)
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Richard VyvyanRichard Vyvyan passed away at the Hopital Universitaire de Genève this morning, Sunday 23 October 2016, after a prolonged illness that he made light of, even during its final and least comfortable phase. He was aged 78.

Until the end, he received visitors with cheerful equanimity and entertained them with his characteristically well-informed conversation and a wealth of anecdotes from a life rich with social, cultural and historical observation and reflection. Richard joined Ecolint in 1966 and went on to become Head of the Mathematics Department at La Grande Boissière.

He was subsequently appointed as the first Foundation Archivist. The latter position was entrusted to him in the light of his outstanding historical knowledge about the school in particular and the world in general.

He was an extraordinarily well-read and learned person, far beyond the realm of Mathematics. Richard's famously aristocratic English accent and manners only superficially camouflaged a multicultural sensibility and range of interests that over the decades, in a mutually beneficial relationship, were partly shaped by Ecolint and also helped to shape Ecolint.

Alejandro Rodriguez-Giovo, Foundation Archivist


The photograph above is taken from the LGB Yearbook 1991.

> A memorial service for Richard Vyvyan will take place on Tuesday 1 November at 15h in Holy Trinity Church, Geneva.

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Robin Dormer says...
Posted dimanche 30 octobre 2016
Alejandro Rodriguez-Giovo's vivid picture well captures Mr Vyvyan, who stood out as an individual even in the Ecolint of the 1960s (when I was a student), which was not short of characters. He meticulously deflected personal inquiry, but I believe he came from an old West Country family; one gradually realised that without any snobbery he seemed to know everybody, and to be related to many of them (I learnt only from a casual aside that the actor Rupert Everett was a cousin of some kind). He appeared to be without guile or vanity. One was left in no doubt as to his views, fearlessly expressed in his inimitable cadences, about any number of things (or people). I suspect not everybody took to him; but the many who did found him delightful company. He had a devoted following of former students, of whom I am one. His angular (in every sense) presence was unmistakable; to me he seemed hardly to change from one decade to the next. I was lucky to have been able to visit him in September. RIP.
Jennifer L. McDermott says...
Posted vendredi 28 octobre 2016
RIP Mr Vyvyan. I will always hear your voice...
Joanna Clemens Hayne says...
Posted mardi 25 octobre 2016
Very sorry to hear this. A scholar, a gentleman, a humanist. One light less in the world.
Todd D. Saunders says...
Posted lundi 24 octobre 2016
Such a wonderful teacher and a beautiful human being.

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