Canon Anthony Phillips writes:
I was at King's College, London, when Professor
Christopher Evans and Dr Morna Hooker joined the teaching
staff. While Canon Professor Robin Gill (Recollections, Gazette, 24
August) captures the magic of their teaching, he cannot know the
total transformation that they brought to a moribund New Testament
department. Even as undergraduates, we used to joke about whether
Professor Evans's predecessor had heard of Bultmann. I shall never
forget the sheer excitement of Professor Evans's lectures on John,
nor the year with Morna Hooker studying just one verse, Mark 9.1.
Even then, we knew how very fortunate we were, as later years of
teaching and ministry have confirmed.
The Revd Jean Mayland adds: Professor Christopher Evans
was my New Testament Tutor when I read for a Diploma in Theology at
Oxford in 1958. He opened my eyes to the excitement and value of
critical approaches to the Bible, and gave me a lasting love of St
He also took a personal interest in his pupils, and was
delighted when I became engaged after meeting my future husband at
one of his lectures in Corpus Christi College.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
John Ewington writes:
SIR Bernard Lovell, who died on 7 August, aged
98, was an astronomer with a worldwide reputation, and Director of
Jodrell Bank. Perhaps less well-known was his great love of church
music and organs. He played at his parish church in Swettenham well
into his great age.
Sir Bernard was President of the Guild of Church Musicians from
1976 until 1988, when he was succeeded by Dame Mary Archer, who is
still in post. He was awarded the Hon. Fellowship of the Guild in
1986; and was a past Master of the Worshipful Company of
He was a kind and courteous man, and will be sadly missed by a
great many people. Lady Lovell predeceased him.