Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017

finally securing a BSc degree in Economics in 1970 after four years of studying. He then moved to teach economics at Eltham College, before finally arriving at Dulwich in 1974, also to teach economics. He remained at the school for 24 years, serving as head of the Economics department between 1985 and 1995. He successfully pursued an exchange scheme with Scots College in Sydney, Australia. He also used his love of sport at Dulwich, running the tennis at the school for over 12 years, and coaching countless rugby teams. He was also a formidable competitor at sailing, on the golf course, as well as at snooker and squash. Even after retirement, he was still committed to the College, being a notable supporter of the Hollington Club and the Alleynian Sailing Society, as well as returning to teach in order to cover for staff absences. brother Michael, plus an older and a younger brother were all sons of Chenk Hing Ng, a consultant surgeon from Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia. Colin started his education at Alice Smith School in KL, Malaysia until 1975, followed by one year at Brighton College Junior School and then one year at Elmhurst School in Croydon. He came to Dulwich from Elmhurst School and was in Marlowe. After leaving Dulwich, he went to the University of Liverpool to study Medicine. During this course, he also gained experience with elective periods in KL, Malaysia and Boston, USA. After graduating MB ChB in 1989, Colin gained a wide-range of Colin Leong Liong Ng [1977-84] 01.08.1965 – 26.07.2015 Colin Ng was one of four brothers to attend the College at the same time. Colin and his twin

experience at hospitals in the wider Merseyside area until 1993, when he attended a Surgical Science course at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the Imperial College of Medicine in London in 1993/94 and was awarded an MSc degree. He then followed this up by gaining more experience at hospitals throughout the UK until the end of the year 2000 when he returned to Malaysia. Here he threw himself into performing surgery, and also into lecturing and being an examiner at the University of Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine. He was appointed Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Malaya in 2008. Since then, he had been a General Consultant and Colorectal surgeon at both Pantai Hospital, KL and Tropicana Medical Centre, Petaling Jaya. Colin married Sabrina Thi Hoa Binh, another doctor, who had previously been a GP Registrar in Gloucestershire. They had three children, Nicholas, Sebastian and Cathryn. The eldest child, Nicholas, is currently at Colin’s former school, Alice Smith School in KL, and is hoping to come to Dulwich to study for A levels in a few years’ time.

to study Chinese, but as the most pressing need was for Japanese linguists he was offered a scholarship to study Japanese, which he accepted. He was one of 90 boys sent to live at Dulwich College and study Asian languages intensively at SOAS in Central London. One of his contemporaries in the group, known as the ‘Dulwich boys’ was Peter Parker (later Sir Peter Parker) who went on to have a distinguished business career, culminating in being Chairman of the British Railways Board from 1976 to 1983. In late 1943, Patrick left Dulwich and was sent for basic naval officer training before joining HMS Maidstone, a submarine depot ship, for passage to South-East Asia. After a short stay in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, he was sent to Australia to work in the Allied translation and interrogation section of General MacArthur’s South-West Pacific Headquarters. In August 1945 he was sent to Hong Kong where he worked on the repatriation of Japanese forces, before finally getting to Japan in December 1945, where he was reunited with old friends from Dulwich and had his first taste of Japanese life in the hot-spring resort of Atami. In the summer of 1946 he was demobilised in time to return to SOAS in London to become one of the first students to work for a degree in modern Japanese. He graduated with first-class honours in 1949 and was immediately appointed to the staff of SOAS as a lecturer in Japanese. Over the next thirty-seven years at SOAS, he studied for a PhD there and was appointed Professor of Japanese at SOAS in 1968, remaining in post until retirement in 1986, by which time he had helped to make SOAS the pre-eminent school of Japanese in Britain.

Colin’s widow, Sabrina, contributed this obituary.

Patrick Geoffrey O’Neill 1942-43] 09.08.1924 – 19.01.2012 Patrick O’Neill, but known simply as Pat,

was born in 1924, and in early 1942,

after he had already applied to join the Royal Navy, he was persuaded to apply for a scholarship to study a foreign language in preparation for war service. He originally wanted


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