Thursday 4 July 2019

George Richardson

We are very sorry to announce the death on 2 July 2019 of George Richardson, CBE, DCL, Hon LLD and Warden of Keble from 1989 to 1994.

He unusually combined academic distinction as an economist and Fellow of St Johns from 1951 until 1989 with a practical business sense, responsible for the transformation of Oxford University Press as Secretary to the Delegates and its Chief Executive from 1974 to 1988. That skills set, combined with the forthrightness of the Scotsman he always was, made him an ideal person to provide the healing and settling qualities needed to deal with the sometimes fractious community he encountered at Keble. He will be warmly remembered by students, fellows, and staff for whom his practical wisdom was always welcome. A fuller appreciation will be published in the Keble Review and Record in November.

His funeral was held on Friday 12 July at St John’s College.