David Webber 1936 – 2021

David Webber (left) with Princess Alexandra and John Clark (OP, 1961) in 1961

Today, the Perse flag flew at half-mast as a mark of respect for the funeral of David Webber, who worked at The Perse from 1959 to 1996.

After graduating from Sidney Sussex College with a degree in natural sciences, David joined The Perse in 1959 to teach physics. He was to stay at The Perse for the whole of his career, taking on the roles of Head of Physics, Head of Sciences and subsequently Second Master, upon the retirement of Keith Barry in 1978.

He was known and respected for his quiet efficiency, attention to detail, and involvement in all areas of school life. When approaching retirement, he agreed to serve a further year in order to facilitate the transition between two headmasters, Martin Stephen and Nigel Richardson, before retiring in 1996.

In retirement, David put his administrative ability to use in serving his local parochial church council, as well as bell-ringing and gardening.

David passed away on 7 November 2021 and is survived by his wife Win, and sons Andrew (1979) and Richard (1982).


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