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Obituary - Brian Lewis (1951 W)

The following obituary for Brian Lewis, who died on 6th August 2015, comes from the Queen's College publication, The Record. 
Brian Hanson Lewis (1951 W) was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire before joining Sutton Valence in 1947. After four years as a boarder in Westminster, he completed two years of National Service in the Education Corps and the Intelligence Corps as a Russian specialist. Upon completion of his service, he joined Queen’s College, Cambridge to study English. 

He decided, upon graduation, to enter the teaching profession and he undertook a PGCE. Initially, he taught at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Credition, Devon, but had met a young lady from Tasmania and in 1960 he moved there to marry her. 

In 1963, he joined Mentone Grammar School in a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, teaching primarily English, but also French and Russian. He rapidly moved through the ranks to become a housemaster, Head of English, Commanding Officer of the school’s CCF and finally, Deputy Headmaster. As a school master, Brian focused on pastoral care, though he was also an excellent administrator and able teacher with an excellent self-deprecatory, ironic sense of humour. A compelling personality who believed in challenging his pupils, he enjoyed great respect and authority, but was always willing to put himself out to help a student in trouble. 

In 1984, he retired from Mentone to help in the early development of Newhaven College  on Phillip Island, about 90 miles from Melbourne, where the family had a holiday home. He was tempted back to Mentone though and returned to teach there from 1987 until 1989. There was then a final spell of teaching at Newhaven until 2002 and then from 2010 he helped in the archives at Mentone. 

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