The Perse School

Richard Crabtree 1952 – 2014

7 Jul 2014

The School is very sad to report that Richard Crabtree died peacefully in Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Sunday morning at the early age of 62 after a long battle with ill health.

Richard joined the School as Head of Geography in 1985 following a decade with the British Antarctic Survey, a period during which he was awarded the Polar Medal. He later became Director of Studies and held other senior posts at the School, before retiring in 2011.  He was an undoubtedly  inspiring teacher, but he will be remembered above all by alumni, colleagues, governors and parents for his unceasing commitment to the 5th Cambridge Scouts  (which he led from 1971 while still an undergraduate at St John’s) and as an extraordinarily knowledgeable, impressive and inspirited leader of expeditions – particularly to Iceland, the Alps and East Africa – for generations of Perseans.

The funeral will take place on Monday 21 July 2014 at 4.30pm at the Cambridge Crematorium (West Chapel) (no flowers please). There will also be a celebration of his life at the School on Saturday 20 September 2014 at 2pm, with refreshments to follow.

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