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Guthlac Ceri Klaus Peach, always known as Ceri, died aged 78 on 2nd October 2018 after a long illness. Born in Bridgend to Wystan, a Cardiff dentist, and Charlotte, his German mother in 1939, Ceri’s 60 years of association with Oxford University began in 1958 when he went up to Merton College to read Geography, initially as an undergraduate, then to do his DPhil.
In 1965 Ceri moved on to a lectureship at the very new St Catherine’s College, where he later became a Tutorial Fellow. He taught numerous undergraduates and research students, many from overseas, and undertook several administrative roles in College, alongside University posts, becoming Professor of Social Geography in 1992.
His pioneering research into the cultural impacts of post-war West Indian immigration to Britain, and into the cultural assimilation of ethnic and religious minorities into other western countries, is now more topical and valuable than ever, informing social, housing and educational policies in Europe.
After he ‘retired’ in 2007, his expertise and academic work continued to be in demand. He was a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester as well as being a member of the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Islamic Studies and the Centre for Hindu Studies in Oxford.
In 2016 Ceri was awarded a Doctorate of Letters by the University of Oxford, one of the highest academic awards that the university may confer in recognition of his lifelong work.
He and his wife Sue lived from 1972 in Iffley Turn, where they brought up their family. During that time they made many good friends, participated in and helped organise many community events, and were members of the Friends of Iffley. Their friends will miss them greatly and send condolences to Sue, Huw, Guy & Katie and to Sue and Ceri's seven grandchildren.
The funeral is for family and friends. Ceri’s Memorial Service will take place at 2.30pm on Friday 30th November at the University Church (St. Mary’s in the High Street) and afterwards at St Catherine's College. Please come.
Grimley Evans (Sir John G.-E.) died suddenly on 26th March 2018, aged 81. His distinguished medical career included epidemiology in Polynesia, New Zealand & London, followed by geriatrics in Newcastle. Appointment as Oxford’s Prof. of Clinical Geratology in 1985 brought him and Corinne to Meadow Lane where they participated fully in local activities. As well as family, Grimley enjoyed fly fishing, gardening and cultural pursuits. Long after retirement in 2002, he contributed to medical journals & committees, tended his allotment, participated in local archaeology and helped to run Iffley’s Music and History Societies. We offer deepest sympathies to Corinne, their two sons, a daughter & five grandchildren.