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Douglas Henchley (5 Nov 1911 – 28 Oct 2010)

Monday 08 November 2010

The College is sad to announce the death of Brigadier Douglas Henchley who read Engineering here in 1930.   He was a keen rower and at a memorable Torpids in 1931 his crew bumped six other Colleges.  After graduating in 1933 he worked for the English Steel Corporation in Sheffield before being commissioned in 1937 with the Royal Army Ordnance Corp.   He retired from the Army in 1963 and in the early 1980s came to live near Oxford.  For 6 years In the 1970s he was secretary of the College Centenary Appeal raising much needed funds for an extensive restoration programme and went on to be Senior Treasurer of the Oxford Union Society.  Always very supportive of the College and particularly Engineering and Rowing, in the last fifteen years or so he rarely missed a Rowing Society Dinner, the Summer Dinner or latterly the Douglas Price Society annual event.  His wife, Persis, pre-deceased him; he is survived by three sons.  His presence at College will be sorely missed.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St Peter's Church, Wootton Village, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5LD on Saturday 11 December at 12 noon followed by a reception at the nearby Wootton Community Centre.