Syahrie Anggara

Posted by rmt22 at Sep 27, 2017 12:03 PM |

The University is very sad to hear of the sudden death of our recent MSc graduate Syahrie Anggara, who passed away in Italy on 22 September.

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Professor Gerry Bernbaum

Posted by rmt22 at Sep 18, 2017 08:25 PM |

The University announces with great sadness the death on Saturday 16 September of Professor Gerald (Gerry) Bernbaum, after a period of illness.

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Patricia M Boswell

Posted by pt91 at Sep 18, 2017 03:50 PM |

We have learnt, with great regret, of the death of Patricia Boswell on 31 July

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John Baden Fuller

Posted by crm28 at Aug 30, 2017 09:34 AM |

The University has learnt with regret, of the passing of John Baden Fuller who passed away peacefully on Saturday 12 August 2017.

John Baden Fuller, a Cambridge Graduate, joined what was then the very new Department of Engineering in 1964. Arriving at the University from GEC-Marconi, who were based in New Parks, Leicester, John brought unparalleled expertise in Microwave Communication to the Department of Engineering. John was a dedicated and sensitive undergraduate teacher, his book on “Electrical Fields” became a best seller for undergraduate courses and it was translated into several languages.

Retiring in the 1990s, John was a committed Christian serving in the Church of England as a Reader. He was elected to the General Synod of the Church of England and served for several sessions on this body of church governance.

John is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, son Tim and daughter in law Pauline.

John's funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, Gilmorton on Friday 1 September at 11.00 a.m. The service will be followed by a private cremation. Family flowers only but donations can be made for Parkinson's UK and Seafarers UK online at or sent to J Stamp & Sons, Funeral Directors, 15 Kettering Road, Market Harborough, LE16 8AN. Tel: 01858 462524.

Dr Xiaowen Yang

Posted by crm28 at Aug 29, 2017 02:13 PM |

Friends and colleagues of Dr Yang are welcome to attend his funeral service which will take place on Wednesday 30 August. Full details are in the final paragraph of Dr Yang's obituary.

It is with great regret that we must announce the untimely and unexpected death of Dr Xiaowen Yang, at the age of 52.  Xiaowen was not only a hugely valued and respected colleague, but also a friend to many in the College.

Xiaowen joined the University in 2006 to establish a cloning and protein expression facility (PROTEX) in the Department of Biochemistry.  He had obtained his PhD in China in 1998 followed by a post-doctoral appointment in the Chinese Academy of Science. He came to the UK in 2000, working first at Rothamsted Research and later at the University of Oxford, where he contributed to solving 27 new protein structures.  Leicester was fortunate indeed to recruit such an excellent and highly-skilled scientist to establish the PROTEX facility.

Under Xiaowen's leadership the facility has grown to become a major asset not just for the Department, but for the whole College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology.  Indeed, PROTEX is now one of the most successful facilities within Core Biotechnology Services.  Xiaowen not only continued to develop the facility, but also was highly innovative in introducing new technologies, including novel vectors for gene-editing. As a result, PROTEX has contributed enormously to the success of multiple research programmes at Leicester.  More recently Xiaowen was also working to expand PROTEX to serve the needs of our partner Universities within the Midlands.

Everyone who has worked with Xiaowen will know what a helpful, "can-do" and kind person he was.  He will be sorely missed and his premature death represents a great loss to the University.

Xiaowen is survived by his wife, Guixiang, and daughter, Betty, of whom he was incredibly proud - especially of her success in gaining a place at the University of Oxford.

Guixiang and Betty welcome friends and colleagues to attend the funeral on Wednesday 30 August at 10:30 at Great Glen Crematorium, 9 London Road, Great Glen, LE8 9DJ followed by interment at Oadby Cemetery at 11.30 and a reception at A.J. Atkinson & Son Funeral Home, 12 London Road, Oadby, LE2 5DG.

  • Obituary written by  Professor John Schwabe

Tim Wragg

Posted by crm28 at Aug 15, 2017 11:56 AM |

The University has learnt, with regret, of the passing of Mr Timothy Ronald Wragg.

Timothy served the University for over a quarter of a century, arriving in 1980 and retiring from his position as Director of Residential and Conference Services in 2007. During Tim's tenure, Residential Services at the University were overhauled, notably Tim oversaw the development of John Foster Hall in Oadby Student Village in 2006.

Following his retirement, Tim moved to Suffolk where he spent his final years chatting, laughing and travelling the world with his partner Alan.

A quirky and friendly character, Tim will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues at the University of Leicester.

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