REST WELL, ROBERT

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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.

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