Sir John Horlock: Thanksgiving Service

It was a great honour to attend a thanksgiving service for Sir John Horlock, The Open University’s second Vice-Chancellor.

In their tributes, Tim Horlock, Sir John’s son, and Joe Clinch, past University Secretary at the OU and Sir John’s right-hand man, brought to life Sir John Horlock’s character and contribution. He was so clearly a strong family man, a loving husband, father and grandfather, a distinguished academic and a very fine colleague. I can see why he will be so deeply missed.

Lady Horlock, Sir John’s wife, their three children and eight grand-children were all present.

So many people I spoke to afterwards found the occasion very moving. It made me feel so very proud of Sir John and his generation and what they together achieved. The Open University faces a new set of challenges and opportunities. I drew inspiration from Sir John’s leadership at a critical time in the OU’s history, his integrity and his lifelong commitment to education for all.

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