Soham Grammarians - Geoffrey D Watts, Biology 1955-1961

Geoffrey D Watts (dob 22 Aug 1927) died 27 February 2005. We are grateful to his widow, Elizabeth, for the following:

After leaving the Perse, National Service in the RAF followed, from 1945-1948, serving overseas in Egypt and Italy. Geoffrey graduated from Fitzwilliam College in 1951 and began teaching Biology at Purley County Grammar School, Surrey.

He moved on to Soham Grammar School until in 1961 he began lecturing in Biology at Keswick Hall College of Education, Norfolk. He became co-director of the B.Ed and Certificate Courses in preparation for the merger with the University of East Anglia.

Following early retirement in 1981 he continued his active participation in the Norfolk Naturalist Society and the Naturalist Trust. He also continued to sing in various choral groupsand eventually founded the South Norfolk Singers.

1956 School photo

1960 School photo

His legacy to the countryside which he loved is a small mixed woodland of five acres which he planned and planted from 1975 onwards and which is becoming a haven for wildlife in the midst of a largely arable landscape.

He is survived by his wife, son Nicholas and daughter Jacqueline (Dr Birnie, Department of the Environment, Gloucester University) so the work for the countryside goes on as he would wish.

from the Old Persean, January-July 2005, provided by Peter Askem

Soham Grammarian New Year1956

This term we welcome ... also Mr Watts, who has joined the staff as Biology Master.

Soham Grammarian Summer 1961

We record with regret the departure of Messrs Thomas, Watts, Fleet and Frampton

If you have any anecdotes or memories relating to Mr Watts, please contact the editor

last updated 10 Nov 2007