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In Memoriam

If you would like to make a personal tribute to a former student, graduate or staff member linked to the University of Bradford, please email the Alumni team.

Dr Barry Worthington, PhD European Studies 2000

1949 to 2017

Former University of Bradford student Dr Barry Worthington died on 22 May 2017, aged 67. He suffered a heart attack at his home in Bury, Greater Manchester, an event which was unexpected, and which came as a terrible shock to all who knew him.

Barry received his PhD in European Studies from Bradford in 2000. Whilst studying for his doctorate, he lectured in Travel and Tourism at Bolton and Bradford; subsequently he went on to lecture in the same fields at Dundee Abertay University, where he stayed until his retirement in 2010.

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Dr Jim Brooks, BTech Industrial Technology 1969, PhD Structural Chemistry 1970, DSc 2015

Chair of the Alumni Association 2013-2016

Jim Brooks was a classic example of a local boy made good. From a working class background in the Saltaire part of Shipley, he went to a village primary school and the Salt Grammar School, specialising in chemistry. He was the first of his family to go into higher education, enrolling at the Bradford Institute of Technology, which became the University of Bradford in 1966. He continued his school sporting prowess, playing football and captaining the University cricket team. 

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Dennis Martin, BTECH Mechanical Engineering 1971

Student Union President, 1971, and Lifelong University Patron

In December 2015 the University lost a dear graduate, friend and associate.  Dennis Martin sadly lost his battle with mantle cell lymphoma. At his funeral, Dennis’ wife, Margaret, gave the eulogy and reminded us, “Den wanted a party not a wake!” and I was reminded of what an exciting and amazing life he had and the times he had shared with the University when I caught up with past friends of his who he studied with.

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Sumayya Patel

1987 - 2015

In memory of our friend Sumayya Patel

The death of former Optometry student and dear friend Sumayya Patel at the age of twenty seven is a cause of sadness to all that remember her fondly. Sumayya passed away on 3 January 2015 after a short illness.

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Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie

1938 - 2005

BSc Business and Administrative Studies, 1967

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie descended from two prominent families of the Benin Kingdom, the popular Oloke family and on his mother's side the notable Bazuaye family.

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