Funeral notices

Colleagues will be very sorry to learn of the recent deaths of these former members of staff - Lynn Halliwell, Cedric Abbott and Peter Geach.

Mrs Lynn Halliwell, former Technician in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, died on 26 December 2013.

Mrs Halliwell was appointed in 1985 to what was then the Department of Biochemistry. Initially engaged on a range of catering and cleaning tasks, her responsibilities steadily increased over the years to incorporate duties within the teaching and research laboratories, including the setting up of practical classes and preparation of solutions for use in research projects. Mrs Halliwell was a warm and generous presence, whose contribution, not least to departmental social events, went well beyond those associated with her formal responsibilities.

The funeral service is to be held at 11.40am on Monday 13 January, at Lawnswood Crematorium, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 8AA.  In Mrs Halliwell’s memory, the flag is to be flown at half-mast on the Parkinson Building on that day.

Dr Cedric Abbott, former Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in the Department of Pathology, died on 31 December 2013.

Dr Abbott came to Leeds in 1963, as Registrar in Clinical Pathology in the Leeds General Infirmary.  In the following year, he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Pathology. He went on to establish himself as a much-respected histopathologist , whose diagnostic abilities were highly regarded by his colleagues.  He was accorded honorary Consultant status by the local health authority in 1981 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer by the University in 1990. 

In addition to his clinical commitments, Dr Abbott was extensively involved in teaching pathology to undergraduates and postgraduates, and was also active in research; in the latter part of his career, his research interests centred on cardiovascular disease.  He retired in 2002.

The funeral service is to be held at 11.00 am on Friday 17 January 2014, at Lawnswood Crematorium, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 8AA.  On that day, the flag will be flown at half-mast on the Parkinson Building, in Dr Abbott’s memory. 

Emeritus Professor Peter Geach, former Professor of Logic in the Department of Philosophy, died on 21 December 2013.  

One of the foremost British philosophers of the twentieth century, Professor Geach produced seminal publications in the areas of logic, language, mind, religion and ethics.  Spanning some six decades, his corpus of published work is acclaimed, aside from its scholarly content, for its clarity and precision of language. 

Professor Geach taught at the University of Birmingham from 1951 to 1966, becoming Reader in Logic in 1961. He took up his Chair at Leeds in October 1966. His external distinctions were many. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1965, held the Stanton Lectureship in the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge from 1971 to 1973, was elected an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1979, and was much in demand as a visiting professor in other parts of the world.  Professor Geach retired from his Chair in 1981.

Full obituaries are being prepared.

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