The Old Boys' Association regrets to announce the passing of the following Old Boys. The Association offers it's sincere condolences to all Old Boys, their families and friends who have been struck by their great loss.
Jeffery Peter Bindon (1956)
It is with deep sadness that we inform the university community of the passing of Professor Jeff Bindon, who has been a part of this university for the past 47 years, on 15 October 2016. Jeff Bindon completed his schooling at Pretoria Boys High School before entering the University of Pretoria where he obtained his BScEng. After gaining experience at the South African Railways he decided to study further overseas and entered Imperial College in London where he completed his Masters in Engineering, and then his PhD in 1970. In the latter research he was amongst the pioneering researchers developing computer code for predicting flow behaviour; a process we now take for granted.
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Francois Coenraad Theron (1955)
I am sad to report that Francois died in Cape Town on 5th August 2016, just short of his 79th birthday.
Francois underwent knee surgery which resulted in rendering him a cripple for the past couple of decades, and he was virtually bed-ridden for the last two years of his life.
He was a very talented athlete and shared the Hannan Cup for Victor Ludorum in 1954 with Coenie Groeneveld. In 1955 he broke the School mile record and also won the Cross-country. After matriculating, Francois was awarded an athletics scholarship to Oklahoma University.
Francois held Masters' degrees from the University of Cape Town and from Cambridge University.
He taught at the University of Cape Town for 16 years, and at the Boston Language College in Cape Town for two years.
He authored several published books, mainly on the teaching of correct English to second or foreign language students, but also a history of the Huguenots and a few novels.
Our sincere condolences go to Rosemary Kehl, Francois' partner for decades, who lovingly cared for him until his death.
Rest in peace, Francois.
Jacques Henri Malan (1957)
The convenors of the 1957 Matrics 60th Year On Reunion only learned recently of Jacques death in Australia on Easter Sunday 2014, from his ex- brother-in-law, Ray Dunn. Both were members of the Class of 1957 and remained life-long friends and had family connections with Jacques's wife, Lyn being Ray's sister.
Jacques developed early marketing and business experience to earn his pocket money whilst still at school, by selling flowers from his mother's farm at Derdepoort and products from his own woodworking hobby. These skills would stand him in good stead throughout his life.
Jacques completed his BSC Agric at Tuks, working for Union Carbide in their agricultural division in the citrus field, specialising in micro- irrigation systems, which he studied in Israel and Morroco. In 1972 he moved to Australia, but after only a year there, for personal reasons, returned with his family to SA. His woodworking and entrepreneurial skill saw him start his own custom made furniture manufacturing company, which expanded into a successful shop outfitting business in the Johannesburg area. He imported some state of the art equipment for post forming laminate and his prestige contract for the new Stock Exchange building was a ground breaking development at that time. He sold his company to Murray and Roberts in the early 1980's, working for them as MD for a year to hand over the business.
In 1983 he returned with his family to Australia, eventually settling in Brisbane, where he joined the agricultural division of ICI, working for them until 2000. He then moved to Moree, NSW, again starting his own successful business 'Frames and Prints', which he moved to Tamworth in 2005. He finally retired in 2012 to Yarrowitch, near Walcha, NSW and enjoyed his retirement there with his woodworking hobby and his dog Jessie until his death in April 2014
Thanks to Ray Dunn, Old Boy ex Solomon House and Jacques eldest daughter Liesl in Bendigo, Victoria for this information.
Edward Richard Kew (1958)
We regret to report the passing of an Eastern Cape Old Boy on 31 July 2016. He will be sadly missed by his widow, Jocelyn, four children and seven grandchildren. After qualifying as a CS (SA) in Pretoria, he moved to Knysna where he practised for some years before moving to Port Elizabeth. He was Financial Director of Welfit Oddy, for many years. They manufacture stainless steel shipping containers.
- Mark Muttitt
Daniel Schalk Smith (1961)
Died in Durban on 14 November 2015 sadly missed by his wife Pam and sons Gerard and Gregory. Whilst at school with his three brothers, Johann, Peter and Gus, Dan took part in all the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, often in principal roles. He matriculated at school in 1961, and enrolled at TUCS medical school. During his school days he became a Queen's Scout as well as a cadet officer. He also played hockey for PBHS as well as for TUCS.
After being called up for military service in 1963, he soon became an officer in the military police and retired with the rank of Captain. From 1964 to 1971 he was very active with the Lodge Players in Pretoria where he often played a leading role.
After having moved to Durban, working as an insurance broker, he was very active in the Durban Men's Choir and produced many musicals for charity, playing the leading role.
RIP my little brother.
Geoffrey Michael Woodman (1962)
Geoff Woodman of the matric class of 1962 passed away at his hometown, Benoni, in June, following a courageous fight against cancer.
As a schoolboy, he lived in Albert Street, Waterkloof.
His wife, Jeanne, rightly recalled him as having had an amazing presence, was fun-loving and a force of life. His first love was for his family, and then in no particular order he loved aeroplanes, the bush, the sea and sport.
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Hugo Durand Ackermann (1954)
I have the sad task of letting you know that dad passed away suddenly on Friday, 8 July 2016. He leaves our mom, Ann and four daughters. Hugo was Head boy at Boy's High in 1954 and taught Maths and Latin at the school between about 1961 and 1971. He was a faithful Old Boy, in every way and was very involved with his Class of '54.
The funeral will take place at the Glen Methodist Church, corner Keeshond and Hilda Botha Streets, Garsfontein on Saturday 16 July at 10.00am.
Tracy (Ackermann) Symmonds
Arthur Harris Bouwer Chandler (Chick) (1938)
It is with great sadness that I inform you that a Pretoria Old Boy Arthur Harris Bouwer Chandler - fondly known as Chick passed away on the 1 June 2016.
Born 15/11/1920. He matriculated from Pretoria Boys in 1938. He was head of Solomon House, played first team rugby and was captain of the shooting team in 1938 when they won the Dewar Shield in 1938.
Colin Mackenzie Lang (1944)
I report with sorrow the death of my brother, Dr Colin Lang, at Knysna on 26th April. He was the third son of James Lang who was housemaster of Solomon House from 1911 until 1928, when he left Boys' High to be the Rector of the Grey, PE. Dad was vice-principal of Boys' High in his latter years, and returned, after retirement, to teach at the school in 1943 -1944. Colin had his last two years of schooling at Boys' High, matriculating in 1944. He qualified as a medical doctor at Wits, and then, following in the footsteps our older sister, Dorothea, practised as a much-loved and respected GP in Pretoria until his retirement to Knysna in 1992. An accomplished pianist as a boy, he broadcast over the SABC in 1944. In addition to his love for, and wide knowledge of music, Colin was a knowledgeable and devoted gardener, establishing a garden in Knysna of ultimately some 3000 indigenous plants. He fought a life-long battle for political fairness in South Africa, first for the Liberal Party, (he was a parliamentary candidate for the Pretoria constituency in 1958), and later for the PFP and the DA, being undeterred by 3 months of imprisonment without trial in Pretoria Central Prison, immediately after Sharpeville. He was in recent years an outspoken critic of the scandalous misgovernment of the ANC alliance. He was, for the last 60 years of his life a loyal and active member of the Anglican Church.
Yours sincerely, Andrew Lang (Brother)
Grenville Camps (1960)
Grenville Camps passed away in Johannesburg on Monday April 4, a victim of cancer. His illness was short-lived.
Donald Jones who spoke as the Old Boys' representative at Grenville's Memorial Service on Saturday April 16 reflected on his many qualities - humility, sense of humour, vision, faith, loyalty and above all love for so much that was important to him.
Grenville was a man of impressive integrity, Donald added, incapable of putting on the sort of flashy public act which is often so common today. To know his personality was to know his character. What you saw is what you got. People spoke of his wisdom and understanding, his shyness and diffidence, and the supporting kind of person that he was.
Another School friend at the Memorial recalled that in discussions with his peers, "Grenville often seemed to be seeking their advice, but really offered them his. These were the times that senior boys began to appreciate his true wisdom".
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Tos Du Toit (Ex Master)
Tos du Toit lavished his generous, effervescent humanity on generations of schoolboys, students, film buffs, business associates, readers, family and friends. Rich in learning, always carried lightly, precise in vocabulary, unerring in insight, his inexhaustible friendship was a vivid presence in each of our lives. His life, like Tos himself, was beautiful - but it was also fun, filled with his infectious laughter and bubbling over with his joy in living. In all this, Tos offers us an instructive and comforting example.
We all, I think, have felt tremendous shock at Tos's death. He was so vital, so energetic, so full of life, so in love with life, that we thought he would keep on going indefinitely.
But his body proved mortally frail, after all, and now we are left to mourn his absence - but also to rejoice in the rich gifts he gave us each - as schoolmaster, lecturer, business associate, writer, producer, editor, family member and friend.
I had the privilege of knowing Tos for nearly fifty years. He was my schoolmaster at Pretoria Boy's High in 1967, when I was in Form 2.
He taught us both English and Afrikaans, two periods a day, five days a week.
You would have thought this length of exposure in a class of fidgety adolescents was a recipe for boredom and distraction. But no!
Tos enraptured us. He was endearing, funny, intriguing, knowledgeable, and extremely entertaining.
He called us "troglodytes" - and forced us to find out that the word meant "cave-dwellers".
When he invited us to respond to a question, he would say "Now, boys, raise your reptilian little hand if you know the answer".
Tos loved words, both English and Afrikaans. But he loved especially English words. His eyes would sparkle, a smile would light up his face and he would share with us the delight of a word whose meaning he thought we should know.
He gave us advice - some of which, till today, I still remember and use. He said - "There is no excuse for being bored. Remember, only boring people are bored."
So today, I remind myself not to be boring, and I advise others, from time to time, that only boring people are bored.
We were all in love with Tos. And I mean all of us - not only those of us who passed through the fusty furnace of adolescence to find that we were same-sex orientated. Every one of the 26 or 27 schoolboys in 2A adored Tos, looked forward to his classes and laughed excitedly through a large part of all of them.
He was undoubtedly the most glamorous, handsome and socially delectable teacher on the staff at PBHS.
After all, Tos was a famous model. It was his beautiful nut-brown hand with its perfectly manicured fingernails that appeared on the back cover of every issue of Huisgenoot and Personality, clutching an enticing-looking pack of Rothmans cigarettes in the emblazoned uniform of a senior pilot. Not just Rothmans - but Rothmans of Pall Mall.
Tos brought the sophistication and polish of the age of international jet-travel and marketing right into our classroom, twice a day.
And he revealed fascinating details about his modelling. We thought, of course, that, to make the Rothmans advert he had to dress in a full pilot's uniform. No, he told us. The producers of the ad had a tailor make up only an elbow-length sleeve.
We were crestfallen. Not an entire uniform? No peaked cap? Thus did Tos initiate us into the complex realities of form, appearance, substance and gloss.
We thought then that there was no end to Tos's talents. He had a way with words. He had a way with women. He was a film star and a model. He wrote film scripts.
And, indeed, the world of Pretoria Boys' High was too small for Tos. He went on to teach English at the University of Pretoria. There he became legendary for the hordes or first-year women students who would crowd into his classrooms just to breathe the same air as this beautiful man.
Tos went on to a successful career as a glamorous film actor, then as a director, and then a producer of films.
For we were right in thinking that there was no end of his talents. For Tos was a superbly accomplished, witty, polished, urbane man of innumerable parts.
Just two years ago, after celebrating his 80th birthday, he published his novel - a touching, poignant, vivid and funny, patchwork of incidents from tender adolescence, integrated a selection with Tos's most beloved and informative quotations.
The riches of Tos's own life were packed into this book. They included the exquisitely witty and tender drawings that Walter Battiss prepared for him. Art and text, words and language, were deftly interwoven to produce a literary and visual feast.
But through it all the real theme was the transcendent importance of the pedagogue - the benign, learned, richly knowledgeable teacher who is dedicated to the well-being and the moral and intellectual development of his charges.
In this, Tos was speaking about himself. And in his fictional character, we saw the life and work of Tos himself.
Even though he was a teacher and then a lecturer only for a relatively few years, his didactic genius pervaded his life and his friendships.
Its greatest richness again revealed Tos's own fascination with words. Words are the indispensable components of our communication as humans. Their beauty and complexity and creative power are endless.
It was this fascination and joy that Tos conveyed to us grubby 14 year-olds in Form 2A in 1967. My own love of words, as entities that signify meaning suggestively, without ever fully exhausting it, comes directly from Tos.
It was an enduring gift to each of us and one for which I have been particularly grateful in my life as a lawyer.
His life was one life of constant enterprise, creation, innovation and creativity - all woven through intense and joyful friendships.
To them, he brought the infectious delight that he brought to everything he did. For that was his principal and most surpassing characteristic - his delighted enjoyment of human company, human engagement and human warmth.
No dinner party, no bridge table, no meeting and no social engagement where Tos was present could fail to fizz with the fun that he brought to everything he did.
Tos taught me nearly fifty years ago. But I felt privileged to nurture a friendship with him throughout every year since then. He was a role-model, hero, friend and support.
But above all, he was wittily, infectiously, subversively funny.
It was a delight to know him. May his joyful life energies continue to effervesce around us for many years to come - a human life so extraordinarily rich in fun, in laughter, in delight.
- Edwin Cameron
Colin Sandys Lilford (1975)
(Washington) Peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family as he wanted on the 23rd February, aged 58 years, Colin, beloved husband of Maureen, proud dad of Craig, Steven, Russell and Dale and their respective partners Katherine, Jasmin and Katie, treasured son of Frank and Eileen, cherished son-in-law of nana, precious brother of Neil and family, dearly loved brother-in-law of Peter and family. He will be greatly missed by all family and friends. Please meet for Funeral Service at Sunderland Minster on Wednesday 2nd March at 1.30pm, followed by a private cremation. Afterwards please join the family at "As You Like It" Archbold Terrace, Jesmond to continue the celebration of Colin's life.
Bruce John Macfarlane (1965)
Bruce John MacFarlane was born in Johannesburg on 18th April 1948. His father, Wally, was teaching at Jeppe Boys High at the time. After a 2 year spell in Vanderbijl Park, the family moved to Potchefstroom when Wally was appointed Headmaster of College. While living in Milton House, Bruce started school at Central School, where many Old Mooi boys will remember him. Because Wally thought it appropriate, he went as a boarder to Solomon House at Pretoria Boys High. As a left hander he was a good cricketer and was awarded coloursfor shooting.
After school Bruce did his obligatory National Service in the Military Police. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! He had, typical of Bruce, a colourful career. Nevertheless he completed his brief Military Service in the Officers School.
Then followed Wits University where he graduated with a Civil Engineering degree. After graduating Bruce worked for the Railways on projects such as the building of Sterkfontein Dam. When he had saved enough money he took his 'gap' few months in Europe, as we all did, and the stories of his adventures, particularly on Greek islands, are legend!
On his return he joined Bechtel which was the start of a successful career in the project engineering field.
In the boom years of the 80s, he chose to use his skills working for a stock broking firm as an investment analyst. Following the market crash in the late 80s, Bruce returned to the project engineering business, specialising in feasibility studies for major mining projects and was involved in the Hillside Aluminium Smelter in Richards Bay and on the Skorpion Zinc project in Namibia, amongst others.
Bruce married Claire Willson in 1989 and they were blessed with their much loved son Paul who they educated at Pridwin Prep and Hilton College, and who is presently studying at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
Bruce had a particular skill in identifying properties with development potential and alongside his professional engineering career, he and Claire bought, lived in and profitably sold a number of select properties, where they had created beautiful homes.
After moving to their present home in Natal, Bruce continued using his professional status on various projects in KZN.
He died too soon on the 2nd March 2016, playing golf with his son, Paul, and close friend Gavin Townsend.
Bruce was loved and will be remembered by all for, amongst other things, his 'Peter Pan' forever young spirit, his delight in being contentious and his late night philosophising and his death leaves a large void in the lives of his wife and son, family and friends.
REST IN PEACE DEAR BRUCE.
Anthony Vernon Field (1960)
(Passed away in mid-February 2016)
Difficult for many newer generations and in the current negative commodity environment to grasp, is that modern South Africa was built largely on gold. More often than not its contribution to economic growth was more than 65%.
The industry hit a crescendo in the 1960s; went into serious decline from the1980s onwards; and today is only a fraction of what it was then. In fact, domestic gold production is already 87% down on 1980 levels. Resources are expected to be exhausted during the next 30 years at current production.
One would have thought against that setting the gold mining industry would have been a major attraction to Boys High school-leavers in the sixties, but intriguingly that wasn't the case.
Four exceptions of the Class of 1960, however, were Richie Lamb and Anthony Field of Solomon House, Allan Stilwell of School House, and Jack White a day-boy. All engineers, they engaged in the richest and deepest mines in the world and made major contributions.
Though Tom Main of School House studied commerce at Natal University, he ended up as President of the Chamber of Mines. In fact, he was the natural successor to earlier luminaries such as Hermann Eckstein, Lionel Phillips, George Farrar and Percy Fitzpatrick.
Sadly, we reported recently of Richie Lamb's death. And in February his close friend and house mate Anthony Field passed away in Johannesburg. Which brings us to the essence of this tribute.
Born in Pretoria in 1942, Anthony became a life-long friend of John White (renamed 'Jack' by Larry Robertson) who worked at Venterspost Gold Mine before pursuing other engineering and scientific pursuits.
Said Jack: "Our parents were friends and we were paraded together in our prams by our mothers, so indeed I knew Ant for a long time. He used to joke that he had known me longer than he had known his brother, Peter (also later of Solomon House)".
Both Anthony and Jack were enrolled at Sunnyside School and at a certain point the Field family moved to Canada. In aviation, Anthony's father was posted there before being appointed Manager of the former Jan Smuts Airport. This resulted in the Field boys acquiring Canadian accents, but these moderated when they completed their primary schooling in Kempton Park. Anthony and Jack met up again at PBHS.
At Boys High and particularly in Solomon House, Anthony was very well-liked, recalled Brian Taverner, another of his close peers. A tall, thin and quiet guy, and though inoffensive, he was always game for excitement.
" On the mischievous side he sometimes engaged in 'stealing' fruit from the homes adjoining the school and on one occasion was seriously traumatized when cornered and walloped by a gardener.
" On another occasion in the dark of night when he was illegally on the phone in the Staff Common Room to his girlfriend, Mr Roger Petty walked past and sensed something untoward. Having been the School's 100 metre champion in his day, he immediately set up a chase, but Ant outsmarted him by slipping into an obscure spot. Shortly after, Ant emerged from one of quads whistling and as if nothing had happened".
Brian's younger brother, Tony, recalled Anthony having been an excellent skid (bicycle) rider down S-Bend below Rissik House following the rains. That was until he hit a pine tree and badly gouged his leg.
" Skid-riding was illegal and although Ant was seriously injured, he never revealed it to the Housemaster, Mr Willy Brooks, or assistant housemasters Terence Ashton, Tos du Toit and Larry Robertson. Forty years later I reminded him of it, he pulled up his trousers, and proudly exhibited the scar".
A good sportsman, Anthony was fondly remembered by his Solomon House mates as having been a valiant winner of Inter-House matches. In one critical cricketing situation he was sent in as 'night watchman' and in little time bludgeoned the house to victory. Not different to Chris Morris' recent performances against England!
In a rugby match, he was given one mission only - 'don't worry about getting the ball; your only role is to mark the School's star wing (a day boy) and take him down every time he takes possession of the ball'. Anthony did that mercilessly and Solomon won comfortably.
Anthony continued to enjoy sport after school; switched from rugby to cricket in the mid-sixties; and aimed to play into his nineties. He was also a keen golfer, boat and car enthusiast, and loved the bush.
"I gained the impression from him that the primary purpose of his outdooractivities was always to work up a thirst", remarked his wife Tina (vonMaltitz).
He married Tina in 1967 and they had three children and four grandchildren. The eldest Nadine, lives in Houston; John lives in Perth; and Robyn has remained in South Africa.
In Anthony's mining career, the focus was initially on leading West Rand gold and uranium mines Western Reefs and Western Deep Levels. Thereafter to the continent's leading diamond mines, namely Consolidated Gold Mines (CDM) in the former SWA; Finsch mine in the Northern Cape; Orapa and Jwaneng diamond mines in Botswana; Aredor Diamond Mine in Guinea; Ghana Consolidated Mines in Ghana; and finally Williamson Diamond Mine in Tanzania.
Said Grenville Camps, also of the 1960 leaving group: "The last time that I met up with Anthony was a luncheon I shared with him and some of our old PBHS pals a few months ago. He was already quite overcome with his illness, but his wit and personality were still there, sharp as ever".
In tributes to Anthony at his well-attended memorial service in Parkview, Johannesburg, it was said that he was a highly rational personality; had incredible emotional balance; was a good listener; had the ability to comprehend all sides; was exceedingly fair; he keenly sought solutions to people's problems; and this even included a persistent willingness to assist distressed motorists on the side of the road.
In fact, he had the ability to engage with people from all walks of life, and no less important, knew when and how to stop the world, laugh and have fun.
Gustav Arthur Ernst Heinze (1951)
It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that I write to inform you of the death of my brother Gus in the early hours of Saturday the 16th January 2016, a month short of his 82nd birthday and 6 weeks short of his 60th Wedding Anniversary and 65 years after meeting his wife Yvonne.
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Julius Rice (1941)
It is with great sadness that I advise you of the passing of Prof Julius Rice on the 1st May 2015, three weeks short of his 93rd birthday, in Great Neck, New York, where he had been living these past fifty three years.
Born on the 22nd May 1923 in VOLKSRUST he and his older (one year) brother Sidney were sent to PBHS by their parents in 1936 and placed in Rissik House Julie was at the time 12 years old and in Standard five. He attended the local English primary school in Sunnyside. (cycled the 4 miles to school daily) Julie's brother left school in 1939 to join the army and saw action in the second World War
In his matric year Julie was appointed HEAD Prefect of Rissik House. He was also chosen as a school prefect. Something that had always bothered him though, was the way the new boys (Julie used the word 'New Pots') were bullied in the hostels. At times the coercion was brutal and they were forbidden from reporting what they were subjected to. Initiated behavior was therefore not allowed in Julies year as head prefect of Rissik House.
he represented the school first team in standard nine and ten, was awarded his colours in matric,(1941) the year he represented the North Eastern Transvaal schools team that played in the Nuffield Week.( he was a reservethe year before) In std 8 he had received his second team cricket colours.
Julie played first team, position fly half, in Std eight, nine and ten. Awarded his rugby colours in both Std nine and Matric.
In 1936 Julie won the U13 220 yards title. At the time he was in standard five but as he stayed in Rissik House he was allowed to take part .
1937- std six u14 -won the 80yds hurdles, 2nd in 100 yards, third in 440 yds.
1938 - std 7 u15-2nd in 100yds, 3rd in 440 yds.
1939 - std 8 - u16-won the 220 yds hurdles, 2nd in 100 yds, and 2nd in 110 yds hurdles. Interschool 3rd in low hurdles.
1940 -Std 9 - open-2nd in 220 yds hurdles, 3rd in 100 yds
1941- Matric - won the 100 yards, 3rd in long jump. Interschool event against KES -- 3rd in 100 yds.
Represented the school from 1937-1941. No mention in the school records of who was awarded athletics colours at the time.
He started boxing in standard eight.
Matric - he presented the school against St John's --won his fight on points.
CADETS --the 141st Cadet Detachment
He was appointed a student officer in Matric
To add to Julies versatility it appears that he had the voice for the following productions
1938-- Gilbert and Sullivans 'THE MIKADO'. Julie was part of the chorus of nobles, guards and ?
1939-- Once again a member of the chorus of production THE GONDOLIERS. The President and Secretary of the Federation Of Amateur Theatrical Societies of South Africa attended and in a letter received by the school afterwards wrote "although we had some misgivings before we arrived, we were enthralled by the production from the rise of the curtain to its fall. Magnificent with the chorus rising so wonderfully to the occasion. Same sentiments apply to the orchestra, settings, costumes and principles"
Mr ALAN McDONaLD
Head of Solomon House Mr McDonald taught Maths at the school and was very involved in Sport and Stage productions. To his colleagues his cheery kindness was always an inspiration. He saw sport not as an aim in itself, but as an instrument for the inculcation of a co-operative spirit, courage and fortitude in adversity and a social sense. He encouraged freedom with discretion and scope for the development of individuality. He would not tolerate lionization or unwholesome egotism and made regular organized sport available to every boy, not just gifted players.
Julie had a lot of respect for him for not only was he the Sports master he also often tutored Julie during the week. Mr McDonald taught Julie HOW TO LEARN, NOT WHAT TO LEARN. Thanks to him Julie attained the grades that permitted his entry into Medical School. In America Julie said many times - 'if you meet up with a McDonald you will be a winner.'
After twenty years ( 1921-1940) Alan McDonald left PBHS to become a highly respected headmaster of Potchefstroom Boys High (1941-55) Sadly passed awayin 1958.
Julie Rice met VALERIE (she was from Kloof, Durban, sadly orphaned at 11) when she was 16, he 18 years old. A love story of note they got married four years later - (7th July 1945 ). Val worked hard to support Julie through his medical studies at Wits university. His passion though was Psychiatry which he later specialized in. Julie was head hunted by Pilgrim State Hospital (now known as Pilgrim Psychiatric Center), Long Island, America. Julie, Val and their two young daughters Beverley and Leonie arrived in New York on the 1st April 1962. Julie studied Psychiatry at the Pilgrim State Hospital and the New York School Of Psychiatry.
At one time he served as Medical Director of Suffolk County Hospital, NY and was appointed an Associate Professor of Kings Park State Hospital in 1980. He also worked at Long Island Jewish Medical Centre (1980-2007)
At the same time Julie ran a very successful Psychiatry practice from the ground floor of the block of flats the family stayed at in Great Neck, New York.
He retired a few months short of his 89th birthday (November 2011)as his memory had started to fade. His family by this time had grown, both daughters married, 3 grand children, 3 great grandchildren all living in close proximity in New York.
Valerie predeceased him, passing away on July 30th, 2013 after a fairy tale marriage of SIXTY EIGHT years. What a privilege and pleasure to have got to know them both as I did in their twilight years
Julius Rice wrote a book UPS AND DOWNS, DRUGGING AND DOPING Much information was shared in his book including the full story of the drugs that are used and abused in our society today. A number of questions asked as well, for example who is likely to take what kind of drug, how does the addict conceal the problem from his family, the effect of drugs on the embryo and fetus, the effect of drugs on tissues and genes of the user, how safe are stimulants like caffeine, nicotine and tranquilizers, and how effective and dangerous are 'diet' tablets?
GOLF - time permitting this became Julie's passion. Judging by his onetime low handicap of four he certainly demonstrated a talent for the game. Behind the door of his office he positioned thick soundproof foam that helped soften the impact of golf ball hitting padding whilst his patients sat in the waiting room.
A unit on the carpet did wonders for his putting as well.
Julie had a wonderful sense of humour and always found positives in all situations and people.
I ASKED HIM if there was ONE MESSAGE he would want to share with the scholars attending Pretoria Boys High today what would that be. His reply - Tell them everybody is different to everyone else. Everybody is unique. Be yourself. Do the way you believe is right for you, then it is right for everyone.
RIP JULIE RICE ONE OF PRETORIA BOYS HIGHS FINEST SONS
- BASIL KLETZ (My late dad Issy Kletz (Rissik House 1936-41) and Julie were very close friends at school, and afterwards, when they went their respective paths Julie continued to share stories about him. Julie said that recalling the companionship with my dad was an uplifting memory and unforgettable)
Dylan Grant Casey (1996)
I regret to inform you of the death of Dylan Casey, Solomon House, 1996.
Some lives are lived in the present. It is hard for me to think of someone, anyone, who more embraced the present.
We were walking out from our final assembly, Mr Schroder understood occasion better than most and delivered a perfect end to our lives at PBHS.
Solomon House in the early nineties had few joys. There were some friends, there were some cheering masters, the rest seemed bleak. Elwyn van den Aardweg, Paul Ewart-Phipps, Dave van Suilichem and Andries van Wyk were great Solomon masters, amongst others, they took their charge as their own. It was a time when masters assumed the role of parent, and interestingly, disciplined accordingly. Casey, what we'll call him from here on out, thought Elwyn the best man alive. Fully twenty years later he was still astounded by him. He was an inspired housemaster of Solomon, and even if you did not always agree with him, at the very least, you admired him.
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