Walter Perry

Walter PerryWalter Perry (1921-2003, pictured right) was the first Vice-Chancellor of The Open University from 1969 to 1979. He was made a Fellow of the University in 1981.

Born in Dundee, Walter had been educated at Ayr Academy, Dundee High School, and the University of St. Andrews. Before joining The OU, he was Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 1967 to 1968.

He was awarded an OBE in 1957, a knighthood in 1974 and was created a Life Peer in 1979, becoming Baron Perry of Walton.

Prime Minister Harold Wilson described Walter Perry as:

The man who has done more than anyone to ensure the success of what is now recognised in Britain, and in the wider world, as one of the most important educational and social developments of this century.


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