Class of 1920 - 1929

Arthur W Moore (PhD DIC Cheminal Engineering 1963)

A man of love, adventure, and integrity.
An accelerated primary and secondary education led to his early admission to Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the young age of 16. His aptitude and love for science, mathematics, and research steered him to M.I.T. in Boston, MA, where he obtained his chemical engineering degree. An engineering internship at a chemical company in Kingston, Ontario, followed, and his well spent time in academia eventually yielded a Ph.D. in science/chemical engineering from Imperial College in London, England. During the tail end of this extensive education, his life work with graphite and boron nitride was born.

Art’s career, which began at Phillips while in Eindhoven, spanned over 40 years, mostly at Union Carbide. His vocation of significant research, included presentations, and over 50 patents and publications, covering his work with pyrolytic graphite and boron nitride. He was also a frequent judge at school science fairs and often thrilled elementary school classes with science “tricks”, shattering a banana frozen in liquid nitrogen, a typical favorite.

Art enjoyed a variety of interests. Travel, photography, puzzles, games, word plays and puns, endurance pursuits, and time outdoors (mostly to walk or to shovel snow), among others. Family vacations were plentiful and included trips all over the US, Canada and Europe, with journeys back to Newfoundland a family favorite. Later in life, vacations with Edina (and other family as available) were also made to Alaska, Thailand, Myanmar, Peru, Panama, much more of Europe, and much more of Canada. These trips often included favorite travel companion, Art’s sister Dorothy, a well-travelled Moore herself. They also enjoyed Caribbean, Mediterranean, and European River cruises, and relished several extended family gatherings, Canadian family reunions, and Hungarian family reunions. Boxes of slides and many dozen photo albums, created by Art, document these trips and, indeed, his and his family’s entire life.

Art’s endurance quests are legendary. His long bike rides, walks, and drives were already well established before he realized his passion for ultra-running. At the age of 40 he ran his first 10K. He subsequently completed 895 official races, including a mind boggling 607 marathon or greater distance races. These comprised numerous 50 to 100 mile or greater runs, including 20 of his favorite Laurel Highland events, one of which apparently was not long enough. He turned around and ambled back to the start of the 70 mile run, completing maybe the only 140-mile version of this annual race. Three times he ran/walked the 258 miles between Cleveland and Cincinnati, each time joining only three or four others in this Ohio homeless shelter charity fund raiser. He is credited with established an ultra running event in Cleveland, which is now called the Art Moore FA50 in his honor. His endurance “magnum opus” included a 2,100 mile bicycle ride from chosen home Cleveland to birth home Grand Falls Winsor. He took three days off during the ride so that he could fly North from Montreal to run a 52 mile Midnight Sun race beyond the Arctic Circle. Upon his return to Montreal he hopped back on his bike and, joined by his nephew, completed the ride to Newfoundland. He combined two of his passions, travel and running, and ran a marathon or greater in all 50 states, all10 Canadian provinces, all three Canadian territories, and several other countries. Edina and other family and extended family members often accompanied him on the race related trips, and crewed for him on many occasions. Some, including his children, grandkids, and son-in-law, joined him at times, and he has inspired many family members, their friends, and his friends to share his joy of running.

He was a man of principles, and fairness, and lead a decent life. The lessons in civility and morality, learned as a child, were imparted to his children, and were evident to all who knew him. Many who met him in one or more of his walks of life, commented on his integrity. He was the “fairest of all judges, and the greatest divider of all things”.     
The loves of his life were his wife of 57 years Edina, and their children. Together, Art and Edina provided the family a loving home and great life, bursting with adventure, opportunity, laughs, and comfort. Art was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, mentor, colleague and friend.     

Frederick John Perry (MSc DIC Aeronautics 1970)

Provided by Jeremy Graham

Frederick John Perry died on the 17 February 2019 at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Always known as “John” to his friends and colleagues he will be best remembered as the aerodynamicist responsible for the unique BERP helicopter rotor and a key member of the small team of engineers that captured the helicopter absolute world speed record in 1986, which still stands to this day. His contribution to the development of analytical techniques, his grasp of rotating wing physical behaviour and the inspirational vision which led to the BERP blade has left a legacy that few can aspire to match.

John arrived from his native Canada in 1969 having just graduated from the University of Windsor in mechanical engineering. He came to the UK to take a prestigious Athlone Fellow research position at Imperial which allowed him to further his interests in aviation and where he gained his MSc and Diploma of Imperial College. At the completion of his studies, he moved to Westland Helicopters in 1971 as an aerodynamicist at a time when the Company was determined to achieve a step change in helicopter performance through the development of analytical tools that would better define rotating wing aerodynamics.

John stayed with the aerodynamics department throughout his career at Westland Helicopters rising to the position of Chief Aerodynamicist in 1981 and retiring from that post in 1999. During this time there, he was instrumental in the development of rotor technologies for all of the company’s products together with the supporting analytical tool development and aerodynamics research activities. He was recognised by the civil airworthiness authorities as responsible on their behalf for the independent assessment of design compliance with international airworthiness design codes.  John enjoyed a wide range of collaborative activities with Companies and Government organisations across the globe and he published many peer reviewed papers on topics related to rotor aerodynamics and noise. He is the author or co-author of eight patents relating to rotor configurations. In 1995 he was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Bronze Medal in recognition of his major contribution to the development of aerodynamic and aeroelastic analysis tools which provided the foundation for the development of advanced high performance rotor systems.

Following retirement from Westland Helicopters, he lectured at Bristol, Swansea and Southampton Universities and at Imperial. His expertise was a matter of international recognition and he was invited to present lectures in Europe, the United States of America and the Far East. He supported the industrial training of budding aeronautical engineers in Sweden and South Korea. Always inventive, his time in retirement was punctuated with the development of concepts to further improve the helicopter rotor including novel active flow control and methods to better understand the fundamental behaviour of the complex rotating wing aerodynamic environment.

His interests outside of work included aviation history, Canadian railways, photography and aero modelling, the latter allowing him to hone the aerodynamics of available kits for much improved flying qualities. The other members of the Pitney Club could often be seen to follow suit in the knowledge that his ideas would work well even if they did not fully appreciate why.

He is survived by his only son Rupert, but pre-deceased by his wife Jill who passed away in 1976. His colleagues and friends will all miss his confident and knowledgeable contribution to all matters of debate whatever the subject matter.

Dr Martin Alan Gay (MBBS 1975)

Dr Martin Alan Gay who died on 6th January 2017, trained at Charing Cross Medical School in the 1970s. After he qualified as a doctor he began his career at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, later moving to the Christie Hospital, Manchester, before settling in Birmingham in 1990 where he became a Medical Advisor, initially with the Civil Service, and later private companies.

Martin was a committed doctor throughout, working tirelessly for quality and fairness. His broad experience and knowledge gave him an ability to connect with many sectors, from patients and medics, to business managers and organisations, gaining respect wherever he was involved through the quality of his work. Many opportunities occurred during his time which he welcomed, enabling him to apply his expertise, adaptability and excellent organisational skills.

Alongside his medical career, Martin was deeply involved in the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, (renamed Crohn’s and Colitis UK). Through his work on various committees and research projects, his aim was always to make a positive difference to people’s quality of life and healthcare, offering his wisdom, support and personal insight. He was Vice Chair of the Charity from 2011-2014.

Martin had a passion for fixing things, be it people, buildings or vehicles. His Sunbeam S8 vintage motorbike was his pride and joy (even though it occasionally let him down!) He loved to ride around the country lanes of Warwickshire, and to church on a Sunday morning where he rang with a team of bell ringers.  He was a talented photographer, and always had a camera on his shoulder, whether on walks with the family Labrador or while travelling.

Martin was a loyal, courageous and true gentleman. He was devoted to his family, and family life with his wife Jan, and son and daughters, Tom, Amy and Grace. He is greatly missed.

Simon G. Horner (MSc Geology 1979)

Simon Horner

Provided by Stephanie Horner

Loving husband and devoted father

Simon Grenville Horner was born on 29 May 1956 in Oxford, England to Lionel and Audrey Horner. He was one of three children alongside his sister, Sonia Watsham, and brother, Max Horner.

He attended the University of Oxford pursuing a degree in Physics. He then went on to the University of London to pursue a Geophysics career. After graduating and working he realised he wanted to be in the Oil & Gas industry. So he went to Stanford University where he earned a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering.

Simon worked overseas traveling the world and pursuing his passion. While he was stationed in Peru, he met the love of his life and future wife, Yolanda Horner.

Simon is survived by his wife and three children, Christopher, Stephanie and Nicole Horner. 

Walter Kwok (Civil Engineering 1971, MSc 1972)

Walter Kwok, driving force in Hong Kong business and Imperial alumnus, has died aged 68.

Walter Kwok
Mr Walter Kwok (Civil Engineering 1971, MSc 1972) received an honorary degree from Imperial in 2007

Mr Kwok’s family announced in a statement: “We are saddened to announce the passing of Mr Walter Kwok, who left this world peacefully on the morning of 20 Oct 2018, with his loving family by his bedside.”

Born the oldest of three sons in 1950 in Hong Kong, Mr Kwok had a long-standing relationship with Imperial. He completed his BEng in Civil Engineering in 1971, followed by an MSc in 1972, and was later awarded an honorary degree by the College in 2007.

Mr Kwok became the Chairman and CEO of Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP), one of the world’s biggest property developers, when his father, Kwok Tak-seng passed away in 1990. Mr Kwok parted ways with SHKP before starting his own property company, Empire Group Holdings in 2014.

Mr Kwok was passionate about education and supported Imperial’s own President’s Scholarship Fund, both personally and through the SHKP Kwoks Foundation. The President’s Scholarship ensures talented students join the Imperial community and make the most of their studies and all the College has to offer. It provides students with the freedom to take up opportunities like unpaid internships or summer research opportunities to develop skills that will prepare them for the workplace.

In 1998, Mr Kwok was awarded the Legion d'Honneur Knighthood for his contribution to the economic and cultural development of France in Hong Kong and China. He was an Honorary Citizen of Beijing and Guangzhou and a Standing Committee Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.