John Burrows RIP

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    liverpool annie New Member

    My goodness ... he worked on the Enigma !! .... I bet he was a fascinating man to talk to ... RIP John Burrows



    10:30 - 11 September 2008

    Tributes have been paid to a "brilliant" man who was Chief Inspector of Schools under Margaret Thatcher.

    Lionel Burrows, known by his middle name, John, died on August 28, at the age of 96.

    He rose to prominence in the 1960s and '70s and worked under Lady Thatcher when she was Education Secretary. He was at the forefront of some of the major changes in schools in England and Wales, and was awarded a CBE for services to education in 1974.
    During the Second World War, Mr Burrows worked on the Enigma code-breaking machine at Bletchley Park and, in 1945, received a commendation from the US Army Chief of Staff.

    He and his wife, Enid, settled in Ratby, in 1981 after his retirement and until five years ago, he was a methodist preacher.

    Despite working with some of the country's most influential figures in education, friends and relatives were struck by his unassuming nature.

    His daughter, Rosalind Goldson, who lives in Desford, said: "A neighbour of my father's in Ratby described him as so many others have as 'such a gentleman'.

    "He was so unassuming despite his brilliant mind that he was a gentleman in every sense of the words.

    "He was a very compassionate man. You would never have thought he was such a high-flyer.

    "He had incredible intellect but hid his light under a bushel."

    Mr Burrows attended adult education classes, where he pursued his love of history and poetry, well into his 80s.

    He went to school in Southampton and earned a first-class degree from Cambridge in modern languages before becoming a teacher in Devon, London and Surrey.

    When war broke out, he worked in the Intelligence Corps at Bletchley Park but in peacetime found teaching jobs hard to find.

    He entered England and Wales' Schools' Inspectorate at a time when Leicestershire was seen as a pioneer in setting up its middle school system.

    In 1978, he analysed the system in a publication called The Middle School: High Road or Dead End.

    Before he retired, he worked overseas, selecting and training teachers for British Forces Schools.

    He was vice president of the National Association of Gifted Children and Who's Who listed his interests as national history and fell-walking.

    Mr Burrows, whose funeral took place at Ratby Methodist Church last week, had two children and three grandchildren - one of who has followed in his footsteps and is a teacher in Leicester.

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