‘Loyal friend, val­ued col­league’ Pro­fes­sor died in his new home

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By JOHN HAWKINS

AWELL-RE­SPECTED pro­fes­sor at the Royal Agri­cul­tural Uni­ver­sity died af­ter be­ing elec­tro­cuted at a house he had re­cently moved into, a coro­ner heard.

John Al­lis­ton, of Burleigh, near Stroud, had signed a lease to the new prop­erty with Bledis­low Hold­ings in May.

He was killed on June 8 be­cause of what ap­peared to be a faulty elec­tri­cal cir­cuit, the Glouces­ter pre-in­quest hear­ing was told.

Se­nior Glouces­ter­shire Coro­ner Katy Sk­er­rett ruled that a jury will be needed to hear the full in­quest at a later date when all the nec­es­sary ev­i­dence about the tragedy has been gath­ered.

She re­quested fur­ther ev­i­dence sur­round­ing the con­di­tions of the prop­erty at the time of let­ting on May 17 to find out specif­i­cally what caused the fault.

She told a lawyer for the pro­fes­sor’s fam­ily that she would not be do­ing an “his­tor­i­cal ex­plo­ration” of when ex­actly the fault oc­curred but wanted to know what checks were made prior to Prof Al­lis­ton and his wife mov­ing in.

Prof Al­lis­ton was orig­i­nally the Dean of Agri­cul­ture at the RAU and had worked there for more than 20 years, re­ceiv­ing a recog­ni­tion award last year to cel­e­brate his 50-year ca­reer.

The uni­ver­sity said in a state­ment at the time of the tragedy: “John was part of the fab­ric of the RAU, a val­ued col­league and a loyal friend, full of en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion for life.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that this news will come as a ter­ri­ble sur­prise to staff, stu­dents, alumni, and friends of the uni­ver­sity alike, but we know that the RAU com­mu­nity will sup­port each other at this very sad time.

“Our thoughts and prayers must be with John’s fam­ily at this in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult time.

As well as work­ing as a pro­fes­sor at the uni­ver­sity he was course di­rec­tor for the In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­tural Man­age­ment Lead­er­ship Course, the Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Farm­ers Busi­ness Man­age­ment Course and for the John Edgar Trust Man­age­ment De­vel­op­ment Scheme.

He was a fel­low of the In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­tural Man­age­ment, a fel­low of the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­eties and the In­sti­tu­tion of Agri­cul­tural En­gi­neers.

The in­quest was ad­journed to a date to be fixed.

The coro­ner said that once fur­ther ev­i­dence is re­ceived at the end of Oc­to­ber she may re­quest an­other prein­quest re­view to en­sure they have all in­for­ma­tion re­quired be­fore set­ting a date for an in­quest in front of a jury, which she is an­tic­i­pat­ing will be around March next year.

Pro­fes­sor Al­lis­ton is sur­vived by wife Petey, sons Mike and James and sis­ter Jill.

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Pro­fes­sor John Al­lis­ton

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