Alan Petford (1953 – 2015)

It is very sad to record another death in the WEA with the untimely passing of Alan Petford, a well-known and respected tutor. Alan was 61 years old and had been ill for several months before his death on 11 February.

Alan Petford (1953 - 1915)

Alan Petford (1953 – 1915)

Kenneth Wilson, the voluntary Treasurer of the WEA’s Yorkshire and Humber Region, described Alan as, “an inspirational tutor with the WEA and Leeds University who will be greatly missed by many staff and students.” Alan was a graduate of Oxford University and had been a history teacher in grammar schools in Lancashire and West Yorkshire before his early retirement from school teaching. He served as a school governor at Hipperholme Grammar School until his death.

Alan was an expert professional historian who shared an encyclopaedic knowledge of local heritage and architecture through teaching, research, writing, archiving and membership of voluntary groups such as the Chapels Trust, Saddleworth Trust and Hulme Archiving Team. He was generous with his time and his enthusiasm for his subject was infectious. He was the author and co-author of several books.

We extend our sympathy to his family and friends.