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Trevor Rutter (1945-52)

Passed away in May 2019, aged 85. Trevor was a talented scholarship pupil who won a place at Brasenose College, Oxford where he graduated with a First in PPE. He developed a passion for literature, music, the countryside and architecture, as well as becoming a loyal supporter of the Labour Party.

During his National Service, he became fascinated by Germany and its culture: it was his second posting with the British Council, after the birth of his son, Orlando, in Indonesia. Trevor spoke German fluently and he and his wife Jo regarded it as their second home. He contributed to the mending of relations between Britain and Germany, after the War, and he was posted back to the country at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Trevor continued working with the British Council – in Singapore, Thailand and Germany – before becoming Assistant Director General at London HQ. He was awarded the OBE in 1976 and CBE in 1990 for services to ‘cultural diplomacy’.

Following retirement, he and his wife lived in Spain, Portugal and Germany before eventually settling in Totnes. He was a great friend of and benefactor to the School.

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