We are very sad to announce the death of Sir David Plastow, an eminent Old Culfordian (1946-1950) and former Chairman of Governors (1979-2002).
Sir David had a distinguished Culford career in the years immediately after the war, becoming Head Boy in his last year. His illustrious professional life began with an apprenticeship at Vauxhall from where he progressed to Rolls-Royce Motors, becoming Managing Director and later Chief Executive and Chairman of the merged Rolls-Royce and Vickers engineering group. He was also Chairman of the Medical Research Council until 1998 and served as Chairman of the governing body at Culford for 23 years until 2002.
Sir David remained a dear friend and supporter of the School and continued to visit us each Speech Day up until only very recently. He was an avid cricket supporter and he inaugurated the event in which his team, the President’s XI, comprising OCs and talented local cricketers, play the School 1st XI each summer. The beautiful silver cup that he endowed to Culford is awarded to the winning team.
We remember Sir David both with gratitude and with great affection for all that he did for Culford. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his wife, Barbie and their two children, James and Mandy (OC 1975-1979).
Sir David died peacefully on Wednesday 5th June after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. A private family funeral has already taken place; there will be a service to celebrate his life on Friday 20 September, 2pm at Romsey Abbey, Church Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8EP.