Obituaries

Professor Sims’ portrait which hangs in Firth Court.

Alumni and friends of the University may submit obituaries – for an alumnus/alumna or former member of staff – to Development, Alumni Relations & Events for inclusion on our website. Please email alumni@sheffield.ac.uk


Professor Geoffrey Sims OBE, FREng (Hon LLD 1991)

Professor Sims was the University’s 10th Vice-Chancellor, serving from 1974–90. He oversaw a period of great change and left an institution transformed in its physical appearance with a proud reputation for its excellent teaching and research. He took seriously the involvement of the University in the local community, playing an active role as a governor of local schools and as a member of the commercial and cultural bodies of the city. He was also devoted to his work for higher education, active in both the work of the British Council and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He remained a close friend of the University following his retirement.

Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/alumni/sims-tribute for a full appreciation.


We have been informed of the following deaths of University staff in the past year:

Malcolm Clements (BEng Civil Engineering 1940)
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, and a member of staff from 1957–82.

Professor David Fenton 
Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and a member of staff from 1973–2003.

Professor Edward ‘Teddy’ Garden 
Head of the Department of Music from 1975–93.

Emeritus Professor Bob Hale
Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and a member of staff from 2006–15.

Dr Sarah Hyde (BA Japanese Studies 1993)
Lecturer in the School of East Asian Studies, and a member of staff from 2002–03.

Professor Roy Jennings
Professor of Medical Microbiology in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, and a member of staff from 1972–98.

Dr Steve Ludlam (BA Politics, Economics and Social History 1985, PhD Politics 1991) Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, and a member of staff from 1993–2016.

Professor Josephine Maltby
Professor of Accounting and Financial Management in the Management School, and a member of staff from 1987–2006 and 2014–17.

Dr John Roberts
Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and a member of staff from 1980–2009.

To read the University’s full list of obituaries and tributes, visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/alumni/our_alumni/obituaries

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