Obituary: Mr Tim Walton

Posted by ep273 at Jun 11, 2018 01:15 PM |
The University has received the sad news of the death of Mr T.J.H. (Tim) Walton.

Tim joined the Department of Physiology in 1969 as a trainee technician, working for a number of years in the research group of Prof Ron Whittam, FRS. During this period Tim acquired and honed skills to use ultracentrifugation to sub-fractionate biological membranes and to devise new methods to measure with exquisite accuracy transport rates across membranes. In the 1980s Tim supported the research endeavours of Dr Jose Cavieres, who greatly benefited from Tim’s specialist technical expertise. In his later years in the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, Tim took on the role of Health and Safety Officer and inducted a generation of physiologists and pharmacologists joining the department.

Tim was a man of few words, whose quiet unflappability was familiar to all staff. The fact that he was highly cultured and extremely widely read was only really appreciated by his colleagues during Christmas quizzes and collective attempts to solve a tough crossword. Outside of work Tim was a life-long ornithologist and also a keen equestrian.  Tim retired from the University in 2012 after more than 42 years of service.


His funeral will be held at St Peter’s Church, Market Bosworth at 3 p.m. on Friday 15th June. Tim’s family request no flowers, but ask for donations to be made to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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