Dr Rex Walford OBE
Dr Rex Walford OBE
President of the Geographical Association (1983 – 1984)
Rex Walford lost his life in a tragic accident on the River Thames on Sunday 2 January 2011. The accident has been widely reported in the media and more details are available from Cambridge News, Sky News and the BBC to name but a few.
Everyone who met Rex knew very quickly they were in the company of an extraordinary man. He had a huge heart, boundless curiosity, sharp intelligence and above all commitment and enthusiasm which was infectious and mobilising. He is an enormous loss to the world of geography education.
The fact that he features, coincidentally, on the front cover of the Spring 2011 issue of GA Magazine is a testament to all of the above.
On a personal note he was my PGCE tutor (1973-4) at Cambridge University. It is impossible to exaggerate the impact this year had on me professionally. He invested in us relentless joy at the prospect of teaching geography and also why it matters: not only to do it, but to do it well.
One of his more recent and most important books was Geography in British Schools 1850-2000 (Woburn Press). Its subtitle is an appropriate summary of a remarkably full life: Making a World of Difference.
Professor David Lambert
Geographical Association Chief Executive
5 January 2011
Download the full obituary published in Geography, Summer 2011.
Download a copy of Rex's 1984 Presidential Address 'Geography and the Future' (PDF)
This speech was given by Chris Kington at Rex's memorial service on 16 February 2011.
An obituary was published in The Guardian on Thursday 10 March 2011.
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