REST WELL, ROBERT
THAT BRILLIANT, amusing man of letters Robert Kirby has gone to his reward. We were at Durban High School together and he was a year behind me, according to the school’s records. As I’m 70 he couldn’t have been, as a newspaper reported, 73.
Be that as it may, his is yet another illustrious name (present company excluded – I failed matric quite spectacularly) to have emerged from DHS, a school started in 1866. It has produced winners of the Nobel Prize and the Victoria Cross, poets, authors, editors, business leaders, politicians, a speechwriter for President Thabo Mbeki and an array of sports heroes, particularly in cricket.
In the new South Africa it continues to flourish on the legacy created by those such as Kirby. Deo fretus, Robert; rest well.