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BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 8, 1966 — The head­boy of Mil­ton School, Peter Jones (18), is to fly to South Africa to­mor­row to at­tend the funeral of Dr Ver­wo­erd on Satur­day. Dr Ver­wo­erd was one of Mil­ton’s dis­tin­guished old boys.

Con­firm­ing this last night the chair­man of the Mil­ton PTA, Mr A Knight, said that the de­ci­sion had been prompted by the many phone calls he re­ceived dur­ing the day. Peter, he said, would fly in the spe­cial SAA plane leav­ing Sal­is­bury to­mor­row. Peter is a Mil­ton boarder who lives in Sal­is­bury.

“As Dr Ver­wo­erd is an old boy of Mil­ton we feel it is only fit­ting that the school should be rep­re­sented at his funeral”, said Knight. Sym­pa­thy for the peo­ple of South Africa As­so­ci­a­tion, Bu­l­awayo branch, sent a cable of con­do­lences to the South African Pres­i­dent, Mr CR Swart, said the chair­man, Mr Solly Jos­sel.

It read: “Please con­vey our deep­est sym­pa­thy to Mrs Ver­woed and her fam­ily and all South Africans in the tragic and un­timely loss of their leader.”

Mr Charles Har­ri­son, chair­man of the Old Mil­to­ni­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion, ca­bled the act­ing South African Prime Min­is­ter, Dr E Donges.

“Dis­tressed tragic news. Sad con­do­lences to Mrs Ver­wo­erd and be­reaved fam­ily”, it said.

Mr Har­ri­son said he would call a com­mit­tee meet­ing of the as­so­ci­a­tion soon to de­cide whether it should be rep­re­sented at the late Prime Min­is­ter’s funeral.

Dr Ver­wo­erd was a pupil at Mil­ton School and won a Beit Schol­ar­ship from there to Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity in 1915.

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