The Salopian community received, with great sadness, the news of the death of Richard Raven last week, at the age of 80. The son and father of Salopians, Richard married Elizabeth Armitstead, the sister of a third. He was a boy in Moser’s from 1945 to 1950. He was awarded the Sidney Gold Medal at the conclusion of his school career and he won a Classical Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. After National Service and a short spell teaching at Radley, he returned to Shrewsbury as an Assistant Master in 1960. He was resident tutor in School House and he edited the Salopian Newsletter: then, after a year’s sabbatical in Cambridge and in California, first as a Schoolmaster Fellow and then as a visiting Professor, he served as Housemaster of Severn Hill from 1968 until 1981, when he was appointed Second Master.
Richard retired from the staff in 1993 and was honoured by an invitation to serve a term as President of the Old Salopian Club. He also made a substantial, generous and varied contribution to the civic life of Shrewsbury, most notably as a magistrate. It is difficult to imagine the Salopian scene without him.
A fuller, worthier and more comprehensive appreciation than is possible in this brief announcement, together with details of a memorial service, will be published in due course.