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Peter Beeley

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, on 8 September 2019, of Dr Peter Beeley, former Senior Lecturer in the Department of Metallurgy.

Peter was a native of Sheffield and so it was no surprise when he chose to study metallurgy at his home university.  He then followed in his father’s footsteps to work in the Sheffield Steel Industry.  An earlier wartime interlude had given him an interest in the production of castings and, with the easing of employment constraints at the end of the war, he returned to Sheffield University in 1946 to complete a PhD on steel founding for which he was awarded the Brunton Medal.

Peter was appointed to a lectureship at Leeds in 1958 and came with considerable industrial experience and a tremendous fund of common sense which was the hallmark of his subsequent academic career.  At that time, the Metallurgy Department was undergoing a period of rapid expansion and Peter threw himself wholeheartedly into the development of new courses, the equipping of an experimental foundry and the initiation of research activities.  He was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 1964 and, in 1972 he published a book entitled Foundry Technology which became an international best seller, leading to many invitations to lecture abroad.  His research activities were crowned in 1986 by the award of the degree of DMet by his alma mater.

Alongside his academic achievements, Peter also led a full life within the University.  He was Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science (1970-72), a member of the Council (1979-81), and a member of the Senate (1975-88);  and he has been a member of the Court since 1989.  He was made a Director of ULIS shortly after its foundation and, in 1983, became its first Vice-Chairman.  Peter was unstinting in his support of the Senior Common Room, and Wine Club, and a stalwart of the Walking Club.

Peter retired in 1988, at which time, the title of Life Fellow of the University was conferred upon him.  Since retirement, Peter has been in regular attendance at various educational and social functions.

The funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Thursday 26 September at Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge, Leeds LS16 7LW.   This will be followed by cremation at Lawnswood Crematorium, Otley Road, Adel, Leeds LS16 8AA, and afterwards at Weetwood Hall Hotel from 1.30 pm.  The flag on the Parkinson Building will be flown at half-mast on the day of the funeral in Peter’s memory.