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Dr Gordon Whitham (Pembroke Fellow 1965 - 1996)

4th December 2017

The College is saddened by the news that Gordon Whitham, formerly Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry at Pembroke, has died.

Dr Whitham arrived at Pembroke in 1965 and served the College and its students tirelessly until 1996, when he retired from his Fellowship.  During his time as Senior Tutor the tradition of an annual Scholars Dinner was introduced, and he worked hard to put Pembroke firmly on the Oxford map as a College of choice for Chemistry. 

Dr Whitham was an excellent and well-loved tutor.  He instilled in many hundreds of students over the years a great love of Chemistry, and while they ended up all over the world many kept in touch.  In 2013 a group of former students together honoured Dr Whitham by donating a room to the College's new buildings which now bears his name.

The College flag will fly at half mast on Thursday 7th December in tribute to Dr Whitham, who will be much missed.