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Sir Peter Parker LVO KBE

Photograph of Sir Peter Parker LVO KBESir Peter Parker LVO KBE, Honorary Fellow, died on Sunday 28 April aged 77. 

The eleventh chairman of LSE's Court of Governors, serving from 1 July 1988 to 10 December 1998, Sir Peter Parker joined the School after an illustrious career as chairman of Mitsubishi Electric, Europe (1996-76) and chairman of British Rail (1976-83).

Sir Peter served alongside three LSE Directors, Dr I G Patel (1984-1990), Dr John Ashworth (1990-96) and the current Director Professor Anthony Giddens (1997-).

Professor Giddens said: "Sir Peter was an inspirational chairman of the Court of Governors and will be remembered by many academics, staff and students, past and present, for his leadership and commitment to the School."

Sir Peter was highly involved in the School's development. His decade spanned the launch in 1993 of the LSE Foundation (the fundraising arm now known as the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, currently coordinating the £100m Campaign for LSE), and most memorably, in 1995, the School's Centenary celebrations, which included over 130 academic and social events, and a dinner at London's Guildhall. On his retirement as chairman, a dining room in the Old Building was named in his honour, in which hangs a line drawing portrait of Sir Peter by artist Michael Noakes. He became an Honorary Fellow of the School in 1999.

He also hosted a visit by HM The Queen Mother to open the new Butler's Wharf hall of residence in 1989. On that occasion, he spontaneously plucked a lily from a flower arrangement and gave it to The Queen Mother, who was delighted by the gift.

Dr Christine Challis, School Secretary and Director of Administration, said: "It was a gesture typical of his style and sense of theatre. Even though he had so many commitments and interests - a true 'renaissance' man - I always knew I could reach him on some point when necessary. He was a wise counsellor, with a terrific sense of fun."

Other staff also remember him for his warmth and humanity. Adrian Hall, Deputy Secretary, said: "I worked with Sir Peter for 11 years and always appreciated his ability to see the wood for the trees, his incredible network of contacts, his enthusiasm for LSE and the social sciences, and his energy."

Postroom supervisor Tony Simpson recalled: "Sir Peter was a caring and considerate man who always took time to speak to people within the post room. He will be missed by those postroom staff who knew him."

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Updated 3 May 2002

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