Tributes are paid to com­mu­nity cham­pion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

TRIBUTES have been paid fol­low­ing the death of Ge­of­frey Dowrick who worked tire­lessly in the com­mu­nity for more than a decade.

Born and ed­u­cated in Ply­mouth, he dis­cov­ered bi­ol­ogy as a stu­dent and fol­low­ing his school’s evac­u­a­tion to Pen­zance dur­ing the Blitz, he went to study Botany at Univer­sity Col­lege, Ex­eter.

There he was awarded his PhD, work­ing on chromo- some make-up in the breed­ing of chrysan­the­mums.

He re­searched and taught in Ghana be­fore re­turn­ing to Eng­land to un­der­take full-time re­search, and met his fu­ture wife Pamela.


Af­ter they mar­ried he spent a year on a Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment funded re­search post in Ottawa be­fore re­turn­ing as se­nior lec­turer in plant ge­net­ics at Wye Col­lege, and later Reader in the Bi­o­log­i­cal sci­ences De­part­ment at Wye.

While his fam­ily was grow­ing up he be­came ac­tively in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Start­ing with um­pir­ing stu­dent cricket matches and ref­er­ee­ing for the Kent RFU, he then joined the Wye Parochial Church Coun­cil and later be­came chair­man. He was also elected as an In­de­pen­dent for Ash­ford Rural Dis­trict coun­cil.

Mr Dowrick also gave his time to work with the lo­cal Sa­mar­i­tans branch.

In 1971 he was ap­pointed prin­ci­pal at Seale-Hayne Agri­cul­tural Col­lege, Devon, and worked there for 18 years be­fore join­ing Ply­mouth Univer­sity as As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor and sec­re­tary to the Board.

In 1990 he re­ceived an OBE for his work in Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion.


He re­tired in 1991 spend­ing some time in Wye. He en­joyed paint­ing, and fi­nally moved to Ton­bridge where he died aged 80 leav­ing his wife and two daugh­ters Susan and Sally.

Ge­of­frey Dowrick

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