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Obituary: George Rainnie

We are sorry to have to let colleagues know that Mr George Rainnie, MA, Life Fellow and former Senior Lecturer the School of Economic Studies, died on 19 November.

Following a distinguished undergraduate career, interrupted by war service as a navigator in the RAF, George Rainnie graduated from the University of Aberdeen with First Class Honours in Economic Science in 1949. Shortly afterwards, he joined Leeds as Assistant Lecturer in Economics. This was the start of a career here which was to span forty years, and which was notable for its breadth and range. George Rainnie was not only an excellent and stimulating teacher, and a generous and kind colleague, but was also prominent in departmental and University affairs.

Between 1974 and 1981 he was, successively, Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the School of Economic Studies. He served on a broad spectrum of University bodies, including the Court and the Senate, and, as the first Warden of Clapham House at Bodington Hall, an office he held for thirteen years, was a profound influence on the lives of its residents.

George Rainnie retired in 1989 when, in appreciation and recognition of his many valuable contributions to the University the title of Life Fellow was conferred upon him. As Honorary Lecturer, he also continued to maintain an association with the School in retirement.

The funeral will take place at 11.00am on Friday 26 November at Lawnswood Crematorium. The flag on the Parkinson Building will be flown at half-mast in Mr Rainnies memory on Friday.

Published: 24 November 2004