Michael Keall (1931-2019)

Michael Keall (1931-2019)

Michael KeallCulford Foundation is sad to announce the death of Michael Keall, Old Culfordian (1946-1950) and former governor (1988-2004).

Born in 1931 Michael attended King's College School in Cambridge where he was a chorister from 1940-1945. In 1946 he came to Culford where he flourished as a pupil and was incredibly active within the School community; he was part of the Arts society, Geographical society, Choral society, played cricket and rugby, and edited The Culfordian. He was also a Prefect, Captain of Newman House, Chairman of the School Council and the School Captain. Alongside this he taught Latin to his fellow pupils in his final term as the Headmaster had asked him to replace the Latin Master after his sudden departure, an occurrence that foreshadowed his successful teaching career.

After leaving Culford in 1950 Michael undertook his one year of National Service as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. He then went on to King’s College Cambridge to study History as an undergraduate in 1951. After graduating Michael trained as a teacher and returned to King’s College School as a tutor. Michael then moved on to teach at Bedford School, before becoming Headmaster, successively, of the Junior School of Portsmouth Grammar School (1962-1969), the Preparatory School of Eastbourne College (1969-1977), and Westminster Abbey Choir School (1977-1987).

In 1989 Michael returned once again to Cambridge and became the Junior Bursar and a Fellow Commoner, as well as the Alumni Secretary; a role he worked in until 2012. During this time Michael was also appointed a Culford School Governor, a post he was dedicated to for almost two decades from 1988-2004.

Michael’s funeral will be held at Magdalene College Chapel at 1.30pm on Thursday 25 July. There will also be a memorial evensong at Westminster Abbey at 3.00pm on Saturday 28 September, at which Michael's ashes will be interred. He will be deeply missed by many.