Harrow County Staff

Mr. Maurice G. Venn

"What about Maurice Venn - yersss that's right!! - with the famous cough, who taught Geology (best teacher I had - despite outer appearances)?" - Mike Deacon (HCS 1969-76)

A small contribution from a former pupil, who at the age of 12 in about 1952 or so was among the awestruck as the Vincent Black Shadow roared into the archway and the lean, leather clad figure parked it against the wall.
Later I knew Mr. Venn as a teacher, and when I expressed an interest in Geology  he  encouraged me to follow it up. 
No facilities existed at Harrow County, but in a very common sense and innovative way three of us were permitted to attend Ealing Technical School in the evenings to do A level Geology.
I am sure that this was because of Maurice's gentle persuasion of the powers that be at the time who were not noted for the openness of mind.
So it happened. Barry Ottiwell (sp?) Chris Paul and myself were given time to study and allowed to register at Ealing Tech.
Barry sadly lost his life while at Bristol.  Chris Paul, by far the brightest and most motivated of us went on to a distinguished career in academic geology and is currently Professor at Liverpool.
I went to Exeter, read geology and joined the British Antarctic Survey and following a Ph. D at Birmingham had a enjoyable career with Inco Limited  the mining company in Canada and other countries.
There are those who helped one along the way.  Such a man is Maurice Venn.  I have never thanked him; he probably does not remember me but I think of him from time to time  and always with gratitude for treating us as adults and with great good humour.   I wish him the very best.
Dick Worsfold
1951 1958

Maurice Venn, who was appointed CBE in 1978, is now Treasurer of the Sir John Cass Foundation.  He is Chairman of the Trustees of the Billingsgate Seafood Training School.


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