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Obituary: John Murgatroyd

It is very sad to have to report the death, on 4 July 2004, of John Murgatroyd.

A native of Leeds, John served in the Police for thirty years, receiving four commendations, including one for bravery. As a young constable in Leeds, the campus formed part of his first beat and, thereafter, his duties continued to bring him into regular contact with the University. It was perhaps not surprising, therefore, that, upon leaving the Police, John should have successfully applied for the post of Deputy Security Officer for the University, taking up his appointment at the beginning of 1986.

As Deputy Security Officer, Johns remit was a wide one and included the investigation of crimes and other incidents; staff recruitment, training and supervision; and advice on crime prevention; in short, the extensive array of responsibilities associated with protecting and preserving the security and safety of students, staff and visitors and University property.

Johns considerable experience and expertise in crime prevention were put to particularly good use in helping and advising schools and departments on measures to improve security. To this, and the other aspects of his work, he brought a high level of commitment and enthusiasm. Friendly and approachable, and with an infectious sense of humour, John was a very well-liked and respected colleague.

He retired from his post in March 1997 but retained his strong affection for the University and his keen interest in its progress and development.

The funeral will be held at St Peter's (C.E.) Church, Sicklinghall, at 12 noon, on Monday, 12 July. As a mark of respect, the flag on the Parkinson Building will be flown at half-mast on that day.

Published: 7 July 2004