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ANNOUNCEMENTS & INVITATIONS
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WELCOME TO THE NEW Thouron Community. Exclusively for current Scholars and Alumni, this spot offers multiple ways for Thourons to stay connected. Features here include:
  • Thouron Directory
  • News from Scholars and Alumni on both sides of the Atlantic
  • Opportunities to get involved
  • Archived newsletters
  • Photo galleries of past and present Scholars

 

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IN MEMORIAM

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SIR PAUL JUDGE

1949 – 2017

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Sir Paul Judge, (British, 1971) who died in London May 21, 2017, credited his years as a Thouron Scholar at the Wharton School with his professional success. Paul regarded Wharton as a model for what was needed in British education and made the founding gift for the Judge Institute (now the Judge School of Business) at Cambridge.

Paul’s commitment to business education was equaled by his commitment to civic activities. He was governor general of the Conservative Party and served as a ministerial advisor to the Cabinet Office. He was an Alderman of the City of London and the Aldermanic Sheriff of the City for 2013-14. Among his many other activities were the chairmanship of the RSA and the presidency of the Association of MBAs and of the Marketing Standards Board. His list of affiliations goes on and on. He was at home both at formal Buckingham Palace receptions and at boisterous parties for the Ward of Tower which he represented as Alderman.

Paul never forgot what he owed to the Thouron Award. He served on the British Selection Committee for decades, bringing incisive questions to candidates appearing before the Academic Panel. He also encouraged promising undergraduates—particularly from his Cambridge alma mater—to apply for the Award.

Whenever there was a UK Thouron celebration in the offing, Paul took responsibility for ensuring its success. He was instrumental in securing the Globe Theatre Undercroft for the 40th anniversary party and arranging for the reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Not only did he host a party at his spectacular flat, but his personal office handled invitations and responses to all 40th anniversary events. He enjoyed it all so much that he flew over to Philadelphia for the American celebrations at the Reading Terminal Market and Glenroy, bringing his son Michael with him. Ten years later he hosted a 50th anniversary lunch at his apartment and savored the opportunity to reconnect with Thouron friends and family.

It is hard to imagine future Thouron events without Paul Judge. He fulfilled the founders’ hopes for the Thouron Award and became an important part of its history.

Sir Paul Judge’s full obituary.

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MARTIN SMITH

1955 – 2017

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Martin was a Thouron Fellow (1978-79) attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he received his LLM Degree. Martin passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 after a sudden diagnosis of terminal cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife, Helma, and his two daughters, Phillipa (age 27) and Hannah (age 25). Martin met Helma when he was studying at Penn, leading to a 30 year marriage, which is proof positive of the transformative experience of the Thouron Fellowship.

During his career, Martin advised clients on complex competition law investigations, on large mergers, and on resulting litigation. He wrote a highly regarded book on EU competition law — Competition Law: Enforcement and Procedure (2001) — and contributed to other publications. He always led by example and set for himself and others the highest standards. He cared greatly about mentoring and developing more junior lawyers and took great pride in the achievements of those he helped.

His early death was mourned not only by his family and his professional colleagues and clients, but also by a wide circle of friends. He will be sorely missed.

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IAN DAVIES

1942 – 2014

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William Ian Rees Davies, (British, 1966) who died on July 24, was a dedicated member of the Thouron family from the time he received his award to continue studies at the Penn Dental School until a serious heart condition severely limited his activities. After Penn, he returned to University College London, but not for long — he became director of periodontology at the Royal Dental Hospital until 1980, when he accepted a position at the University of Hong Kong. Over the next 22 years there his roles included public orator, dean of the dental faculty, pro vice-chancellor, registrar and, finally, vice-chancellor. The University conferred on him an honorary doctorate in 2006.

Ian joined the British Selection Committee in 1973 and was so devoted to its purpose that he remained on the Committee for the next 35 years, becoming chairman in 1993. Every January he would fly in from Hong Kong to help select Thouron Scholars and, not incidentally, to create a sense of occasion with his oratory skills and magnificent voice. To hear Ian introduce a meeting with “Ladies, gentleman, my lord…” was to know that you were in for something special. And to receive a big hug from this great bear of a man was to feel yourself someone special! The diplomatic skills that served him so well as a university administrator made him the ideal committee member and chairman.

UPDATE – Ian left a generous legacy to Hong Kong University which will endow a Professorship in Ethics in his name, to be marked by a ceremony on March 20th Ian was Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and Director of the Prince Philip Dental Hospital in Hong Kong, but also pro-Vice Chancellor of the University from 1991 to 2000 and Vice Chancellor  from 2000-2002.  Of course, he also chaired the UK Selection Committee for over 10 years.

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IAN DAVIDSON

1942 – 2015

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Ian Davidson (British, 1966) died unexpectedly at home in March. He was a longtime staff member of the School of Arts and Sciences Computing at the University of Pennsylvania; he was an enthusiast for opera and foreign film, an avid consumer of media and an enthusiastic recreational reader of history and the history of science. Ian is survived by his ex-wife Caroline Richards, also a Thouron Scholar, three children – Jenny (New York, NY), Jonathan (Austin, TX) and Michael (Rutherford, NJ), and two grandchildren. Ian’s daughter delivered a short eulogy at the memorial service held at Penn in April 2015.

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SIR DAVID WATSON

1950 – 2015

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Sir David Watson (British, 1966) died in February, after a short illness, at the age of 65. Principal of Green Templeton and a professor of higher education at the University of Oxford, David was a prolific writer and broadly influential leader in higher education. Sir David was knighted in 1998 in recognition of his services. A library will be named after him at the University of Brighton, where he was vice chancellor and was instrumental in helping the former Brighton Polytechnic achieve university status. Sir David’s scholarly career began at Cambridge, where he read history; the Thouron Award brought him to Penn, where he earned a doctorate in intellectual history. In one of his many books, The Question of Morale: Managing Happiness and Unhappiness in University Life, he distilled decades of wisdom, into his typically pithy and droll Laws of the Academic Jungle.

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PHOTO GALLERIES

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