Several Former Pupils and Staff Have Recently Passed Away

STAFF

Evelyn Allan former Physical Education and Guidance teacher passed away suddenly on 23 December 2017

Isabella Darroch former music teacher in her 100th year passed away peacefully at home on 24 January 2018

Robert ‘Bob’ Blyth former Technical teacher aged 91 passed suddenly but peacefully on 14 March 2018. He was a talented goalkeeper, playing for a number of Junior clubs and had trials for Dundee United and Hearts. He was involved in the Dundee Schools football.

PUPILS

Kenneth Gilroy aged 90 former Royal Marine Commando and architect with Hugh Martin & Partners of Dundee & Edinburgh

Jimmy Toner aged 68 former Principal Teacher of Music at Whitfield H.S. (now Braeview Academy) passed away in February 2018. He was heavily involved in all aspects of music in Dundee, in addition to organising school concerts he had a principal part in Tayside Opera’s Cavalleria Rusticana and was musical director of Gilbert & Sullivan productions in aid of Unicorn Preservation Society. He conducted the Dundee Instrumental Band, was founder member of Sweeny Toddlers barbershop group and was involved in Sounds Spectacular in the Whitehall Theatre.

Robert “Bob” Barnett aged 82 former owner of Barnetts Motor Group with 11 dealerships in Dundee passed away in February 2018.

Dr Douglas Landsman aged 88 passed away peacefully at home in Connecticut USA on 10 January 2018. He studied chemistry at St. Andrews and worked at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston before moving to Canada then USA where he worked in the development of fuel cells for the Space Program.

World War 1 Memorabilia

Thanks to the generosity of a number of anonymous FPs, two items of World War 1 memorabilia have been bought at a recent Auction Sale and donated to our archives.

The Death Penny, given to the parents of Second Lieutenant James Beaton McKinnon is very special. How it came to be in a local man’s Military collection remains a mystery. Perhaps someone reading this may know members of his family.  If so, please tell them that it can be seen in the Archives.

The Roll of Honour has been scanned and is now on a CD.  In the fullness of time the pages will be put on the gallery.

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Subscription Increase

Important message.

rbs10At the recent AGM, it was agreed that the annual subscription would be raised to £10 from 1 April 2014.

It will be necessary for members who pay by Standing Order to contact their Bank and authorise the change.

Life membership remains £100

Reunions

Association Co-ordinator for reunions Thelma Thornton is now acting as the coordinator for reunions.schoolreun

Anyone thinking of planning a reunion and would like advice from the Association please email scotsfolk@yahoo.co.uk

School Visits

School VisitsThe Association has come to an agreement with the rector that FPs visiting Dundee can have a tour of the School at a suitable time by prior arrangement.

These tours will be conducted by a member of your committee.

Your first contact when requesting a look round should be with the Secretary who will clear things with the Rector.

Please give two alternative weekday dates to allow for activities in the school.

The optimum time will be at 4pm after school.

This arrangement will work well and, with the prospect of the new Archives Room in the Tower opening this summer, will also fit in well with the FP’s commitment to that project.

Morgan Magazines

Morgan Academy Magazines c 1930 – 1970 have been scanned by George Stout and a band of very willing volunteers.

It is hoped that the magazines will be available for viewing on the Computer in the Archives Room, before too long.