The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Among the many tributes to Ge­orge Wei­den­feld, I was most touched by the one in the JC by Michael Gove (Jan 22). It re­ally got me think­ing of how ir­re­place­able he is.

He was a founder, to­gether with BenGu­rion, of the Ben-Gu­rion Univer­sity of the Negev, to which he gave end­less time. To­day, it is a world-class in­sti­tute lead­ing the way in sci­ences, en­gi­neer­ing and medicine with ter­rific Jewish, Be­douin and over­seas stu­dents.

In the 1980s, when I was a gov­er­nor there, Ge­orge gave won­der­ful evenings at his Chelsea home and I was al­ways amazed at the col­lec­tion of peo­ple gath­ered to lis­ten to our ap­peals for help to fur­ther this seat of learn­ing.

With­out any boast­ing or bravado, he would say to me: “If you ever need me to make a call to any­one that you

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