Lough­bor­ough Uni is left £2.5m by former stu­dent

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - By David God­sall david.god­sall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MAS­SIVE £2.5m legacy do­na­tion has been given to Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity - the largest be­quest the univer­sity has ever re­ceived.

The ma­jor gift has been used to de­velop a new un­der­grad­u­ate ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gramme, which has just wel­comed its first stu­dents. The pro­gramme will be based in the Keith Green Build­ing on cam­pus, and a new suite of stu­dios will be named after Regi­nald W.J. Hew­son to recog­nise his in­spi­ra­tional gift.

Regi­nald Wal­ter John Hew­son, also known as John Hew­son, was born on March 25, 1917, and died on Septem­ber 20, 2010, but the legacy has just been re­vealed.

While rel­a­tively lit­tle is known about Hew­son, he has for­ma­tive links to Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity where he be­gan study­ing at the Ju­nior Col­lege in 1931. He then pro­gressed to the Se­nior Col­lege in 1934 to study civil en­gi­neer­ing.

His fa­ther, Regi­nald J B Hew­son, was an ar­chi­tect born in Bom­bay, In­dia in 1880. He later re­turned to Lon­don with his mother and si­b­lings and mar­ried Mary E Houfe in Bar­net, North Lon­don in sum­mer 1915.

John Hew­son was a regis­tered civil en­gi­neer who set­tled in South Africa around the 1960s. Through­out his life, he amassed an es­tate worth in ex­cess of £12m, the ma­jor­ity of which was from in­ter­na­tional shares in a range of com­pa­nies – from fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment to en­ergy and min­ing.

He was is­sued with a South African iden­tity book in 1976 and was liv­ing in South Africa at the time of his death.

With no re­main­ing fam­ily, Hew­son left his en­tire es­tate to five char­i­ties: Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Lon­don, In­sti­tu­tion of Civil En­gi­neers, Royal Na­tional Institute of Blind Peo­ple, and the Na­tional Trust.

Dis­cussing the gen­er­ous do­na­tion, Rachel Third, head of phi­lan­thropy at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity said: “As John was a civil en­gi­neer and his fa­ther an ar­chi­tect, in­vest­ing in the new ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gramme feels like a fit­ting way to hon­our the Hew­son legacy.”

Pro­fes­sor Tony Thorpe, dean of the School of Ar­chi­tec­ture, Build­ing and Civil En­gi­neer­ing, said: “Due to John Hew­son’s gen­eros­ity and fore­sight, we will be able to of­fer our new ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents state of the art fa­cil­i­ties which will put Lough­bor­ough at the fore­front of ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tion in the UK.”

Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

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