from the 1946 School photo
from the 1949 School photo: Lionel Fleet on left
from the 1956 School photo
from the 1960 School photo: Lionel Fleet is again on the left
Dick Housden was a pupil at SGS, entering in 1942. Lionel Fleet arrived the following year and also came to teach here a year after Dick came back (is this some kind of record?).
He wrote in 2012: "I was a lecturer then Hon. Research associate at ICS (Institute of Computing Studies) Gordon Square in the 1960s. I also lectured at Birkbeck and occasionally at UCL before moving to a senior position at UEA in 1969. From there I accepted a post at the OU."
At a ceremony in Ely Cathedral in 1998 he became an Emeritus Professor in the OU and was Pro-Vice Chancellor.
Please click here for the article Tough times in the black fens by another Soham Grammarian, Mike Petty 57, about Dick's research on the Housden family in the Cambridge News, March 5th 2012. Dick's book A Journey Through Family History is published by the Norwich Living History Group email@example.com
That article was spotted by Colin Fuller SG51: "I knew Dick as a young man as well as when he was my Maths teacher in my later years at SGS. As a young man he was known by me for his bell-ringing (campanology) at Burwell St Mary's Church. He would in the Winter load a lorry with sugar beet as well as doing bell-ringing on a Sunday morning. He taught me, John Brown, Michael Goodchild and David Reader."
Soham Grammarian Summer 1951
RWJ Housden has recovered from his illness and has now been invalided out of the RA. He will be going up to Selwyn College, Cambridge, in October.
Soham Grammarian New Year 1956
Here we would like to record our necessarily belated but equally cordial welcome to Mr Housden and Mr Jones as assistant Mathematics and English masters respectively; a happy circumstance in Mr Housden's appointment is the fact that he is an Old Boy. [Dick Housden joined the staff in September 1955].
Soham Grammarian Summer 1960
Sadly we record that Mr Waller and Mr Housden will be leaving us at the end of this term. Mr Housden's activities in association with Campanology will be remembered for a long time to come.
In 1983 Dick Housden was Professor R Housden, Computing Discipline, Faculty of Mathematics, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (source: New Scientist 26 May 1983).
We have lost touch with Mr Housden, as has Mike Petty (himself a Grammarian). Can you help?
If you can add memories of Mr Housden or provide other photos of him, please contact the editor.
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