demeanour, Alan was said to hold strong opinions. When in 1979, the then Labour Government declared its intention to phase out free school places for the town’s children, he was said to have been “almost boiling over with rage”. Alan married Rosemary Broadribb in 1950 and they had two sons, Richard and Tony, and one daughter, Deborah. Rosemary died in 2012. Alan travelled widely throughout his life, lecturing on mathematics in Ceylon, Nigeria, South Africa and USA, and his expertise was regularly in demand on television and radio. He was also a major contributor to many books and articles, and he delivered the Royal Institution’s Mathematics master classes from 1982 to 1994, as well as being president of the Mathematics Association in 1978/79. Frank Vincent Tilsley [1943-50] 03.06.1931 – 29.09.2013 Vincent Tilsley was born in Levenshulme, Lancashire, in 1931, the son of novelist and broadcaster Frank Tilsley and his wife Clarissa Holding. At Easter 1943 the family moved to Streatham Hill, London, and Vincent arrived at the College for the Summer term 1943 from Baine’s Grammar School in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. At Dulwich he was in Sidney, was Secretary of the Alleynian (magazine), as well as the Debating and Mermaid Societies, and ended up as Head of the History side. He was also very involved in the College’s Dramatic Society, appearing in numerous productions during his time there. The Dramatic Society’s shows were produced by Philip Vellacott, known
After leaving school, Ted followed his father into accountancy and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then did National Service in the Army for two years as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Pay Corps. He was initially appointed partner with Tansley Witt & Co, but later moved to Baker Tilly, where he remained until retirement, including a period as Partner in charge of International Client Development. For more than fifty years, he was Treasurer of the Hollington Club. Ted married Betty Gray and they produced one son and one daughter. Ted’s main sport and interest outside work and his family was golf, and he played for many years for the OA Golfing Society, regularly playing in the Halford-Hewitt tournament. Dogged by ill health in later life, he never complained about all the surgery he had to endure and kept bouncing back to play more golf and to return to smiling and laughing again. He is survived by Betty and both of their children.
his commission as a Lieutenant in 1947. He then went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA in Mathematics in 1950. He became a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, from 1950 to 1955, returned to Dulwich College as an Assistant Master from 1956 to 1958, during which time he was awarded an MA degree by Emmanuel College in 1957. He then moved to become Head of Maths at Abingdon School from 1958 to1967, followed by being appointed Master of Magdalen College School, Oxford in 1967. He remained in Oxford for four years, before moving to become Headmaster of Sevenoaks School in 1971. During his headship of Sevenoaks, the school continued to expand and flourish. When he took over the O level pass rate was just 76 per cent, but he managed to increase this by one per cent a year during his ten years at the school, despite a declared intention not to cram or confine students to a narrow exam-based curriculum. He also took key decisions which continue to influence the school today. The sixth form became co-educational in 1976, the Girls International House opened in 1977, and the International Baccalaureate was introduced in 1978. An appeal yielded a period of generous gifts from individuals, families and organisations and enabled the school to build a range of new facilities including the Marley Sports Hall, the Sackville Theatre, new Biology laboratories, an extension to the Aisher Hall, and the Johnson Hall was converted into the school library. Alan and his wife Rosemary did much to cement the ties of friendship between the town and the school. He had an acute sense of the school’s responsibility to the community, offering use of the facilities to a range of local organisations. Behind his quiet
Fellow golfer Barry Lane (OA) contributed significantly to this obituary.
Alan Richard Tammadge [1936-39] 09.07.1921 – 25.02.2016 Alan Tammadge was the son
of a company director who grew up in Keston between
the wars, came to Dulwich from Bromley County School and was in Marlowe. After leaving the College, he joined the Royal Navy as a Paymaster Cadet, but was soon commissioned, served most of the war with the Mediterranean Fleet, and remained in the navy after the war, resigning
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