Issue date: 14 March 2001

Dr Robert Glendinning, UWE's Pro-Chancellor, died last Thursday, 8 March. He had enjoyed a distinguished career in medicine, politics and education.

As a family doctor Dr Glendinning worked for 40 years in full-time general medical practice, latterly from the St George Health Centre, in east Bristol.

A founding governor of Bristol Polytechnic in 1969, Dr Glendinning became Chairman of its Board of Governors and was responsible for steering the institution through a number of major changes, including the polytechnic's transition to university status. He was awarded the OBE nearly three years ago for services to further and higher education and, on his retirement from the Chairmanship of Board of Governors, became Pro-Chancellor.

Dr Glendinning had a long and distinguished record of political and local government service. In 1963, he was elected to Bristol City Council. It was there that he developed his interests in education. He was involved in many education initiatives. From 1965 he chaired Bristol City Council's Further and Higher Education Committee, during a period which witnessed the creation of South Bristol College and Brunel College of Arts and Technology, whose governing bodies he chaired for some years. In 1963 he became a governor of the West of England College of Art. He was chairman of the Avon County Council education committee from 1981-86. He also campaigned hard for nuclear disarmament, serving on CND's National Executive Committee from 1958 to 1965.


At the University and elsewhere Dr Glendinning was regarded with respect and affection. The Vice-Chancellor, Alfred Morris commented "He had strong values and principles which he applied uncompromisingly in his political and public life. He helped expand and improve Bristol's education services. In both medicine and education he had the satisfaction of improving the lot of others. There can be few people who live their lives with so much enjoyment and satisfaction. At UWE, we are proud to have benefited from his vision and energy."

Dr Glendinning had a great love of music. He supported the Bath Festival from its inauguration and was invariably present at concerts in the Colston Hall. Few things gave him more pleasure than the progress of UWE's choirs and orchestra. For that reason, the University will be dedicating a concert to his memory, to be held in Bristol Cathedral in November. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

For details of the autumn memorial concert, contact Sue Fox, tel 0117 93442608 or email Sue.Fox@uwe.ac.uk.


Editors Note:
Visual of Dr Glendinning available on jpeg format upon request.

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