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Chelsea College

Jeff Breslaw
I run a charity called caring4carers. We give 11 week courses for family carers with a member who has severe mental illness and have taught nearly 300 people. We need more funding to expand our courses.

Salomone Venezia
Chemistry, 1970
I would like to receive news from classmates of 1962-165 Chelsea College of Science and Technology - Chemistry Honours Degree.


Dr Anthony Atkinson
Medicine, 1955
Anaesthetist, retired in May 2014 after suffering a stroke
almost fully recovered.

Dr John Moorshead
Medicine, 1955
At 86 I neither have nor want a computer. I wonder for how much harm they are doing to my grandchildren and great grandchildren? I practice the piano two hours a day, sail my yacht, read and speak four languages, go on two or more cruises a year and spend about six weeks a year in our apartment in Madeira. My wife and I have been married 63 years in November. Who needs an e-mail?

Dr Christopher Stephens
Medicine, 1979
I have worked in the NHS since 1979 and the University since 1994
initially part-time but then full-time since 1999. I led the team expanding the medical student numbers, working with different NHS partners and creating new programmes - BM4, BM6, BM (EU), BMedSc, MMedSc as well as all the developments in the BM5. I have had huge opportunities to work with others across the world - Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Brunei, Malaysia as well as Europe and the USA to help colleagues develop their medical curriculum. I have moved from being a practitioner doing a bit of education in my early career, to an educator doing a bit of general practice now. I will certainly miss students, friends and colleagues but I think it will be a good transition to the next stage of my life. I am married and have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Dr Nigel Dickson
Medicine, 1980
I have decided to retire two years early from full-time general practice, following the merger of my single handed Southampton City practice as a result of increasing workload and taxation changes to NHS pension scheme.

King's College London

Betty Dass
Geography, 1947
Miss Betty Dass passed away on Wednesday 9th September, very peacefully, in her sleep. Betty was a University Lecturer with degrees in Chemistry & Geology 1945, Geology 1946, Geography 1947, Inst. of Ed. Dip. 1948, Full Colours Rowing and Non Theological A.K.C. Diploma. 

Basil Walby
Mathematics & Chemistry, 1949
Chartered Mathematician (FIMA); MSc (Melbourne); HPS MA (Deakin) History of Science; Former Editor-In-Chief CSIRU Australia (1971 - 1987).

Michael Dale
Mechanical Engineering, 1953
Still happily married to my childhood sweetheart and are nearing our 58th anniversary. Enjoying two children, six grandchildren and areospace interests – particularly on areo-engines and as a volunteer at the Jet Age Museum in Gloucestershire, airpost and archiving.

John Bryant
French, 1954
Cercle Francais at King's #9 and VP of University French Society; Association Football; Squash Rackets

Stuart Duncan
Law, 1957
After graduation I qualified as a solicitor and practised in London until retiring aged 62. I then continued working part time as an employment judge finally leaving the law aged 72 and a few months. My main occupation now is playing golf– rather badly, but I have recently completed writing some reminiscences of my time in the law called In and Out of Court

Charles Berkoff
Chemistry, 1958
I'll always remember our halcyon days together. Then again, maybe I won't. I'm still active as President and CEO of CEBRAL Inc., a drug discovery and development consulting group in Sarasota, Florida, but with time to purseu my two true passions: "Old Man Tennis" and, at 83, a new writing career. My first novel, Premedicated Murder, a humourous medical murder mystery written primarily in King's English, is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and e-book editions. See also and If you're still alive, and remember me please email me before it's too late.

The Revd Canon Michael Woods
Theology, year unknown
Now voluntarily teaching theology for the training of church leaders and ordination candidates in Kuching Sarawak.

Dr David Bruce
Physiology, 1979
I graduated from KCSMD in 1984 having previously gained an MSc from KCL in 1979. I was awarded the OBE in the New Years Honours List 2015 (having previously been awarded an MBE in 1993) and was asked to attend an Investiture at Windsor Castle in May of this year. 

Janet Reeve (now Colson)
English, 1988
I graduated with first class honours in English in 1988 and received an MA with distinction the following year in English and American 19th Century 
Literature. I went on to became one of London's leading arts fund-raisers. I was Development Director for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sadler'Wells. Following that, I became Director of Somerset House Arts Fund where I worked with Lord Rothschild and Sir Timothy Sainsbury to raise funds in the UK, US and Russia to redevelop the site adjoining King's (the Safra Fountains and the Seaman's Hall which the Weston family helped to restore). From 2002, I ran an arts fund-raising consultancy working with a range of clients including the RHS, Southbank Sinfonia and the Hayward Gallery. I now live by the sea in Wellington New Zealand with my kiwi husband, ten year old son and a border terrier and have recently had my novel The Shark Party published. It's a fast-paced psychological drama set in the New York art world, its title a reference to Damien Hirst's work which features in the plot. A recent review calls it 'a brave, enthralling first book' for its handling of the theme of domestic violence. As well as developing my second novel - to be set in London in the nineties - I work with the Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington to raise funds to support their ground-breaking chemistry leading to cures for unmet medical needs such as lung cancer, asthma and ebola.There's more information on my website.

Richard Byrne
Philosophy, 1989
After a few years of getting back into the performing arts I’ve just finished a 3 month run on stage at the National Theatre in Carol Churchill’s “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire”. Put on in time for the General Election “Light Shining…” tells the story of the political failures at the end of the English Civil War. With that over I have moved on to a different theatrical project where I’m designing and building an Internet of Things device for a consortium, including the BFI and Leicester University, to enhance appreciation of the performing arts for people with problems recognising emotional states. In my spare time I have a job as a contractor to the sub-contractor of the principle contractors of the Ministry of Justice; where I write code.

Sharad Keskar
Religious Education, 1990
Retired, now a writer. I have written two novels and I am about to complete my third.

Rabbi Professor Walter Homolka
Theology and Religious Studies, 1992
In 2015 you find me as alumnus on the German Honours List with an OBE equivalent. The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, honoured me with the Officers Cross of the Federal Merit Order. On February 27 2015, the Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg, Dr. Dietmar Woidke, handed over the insignia in the state chancellery in Potsdam. Woidke thanked me for the establishment of the Abraham Geiger College in 1999 as the first rabbinical school in Continental Europe after the Holocaust. My initiative in 2013 was to also form the School of Jewish Theology of the University of Potsdam, Germany's Jewish Divinity School. I am a professor of Modern Jewish Thought there. On the day of the honour Germany's nationwide tabloid BILD voted me "winner of the day".  

The Revd Dr Benjamin McNair Scott
Theology, 1998
I recently had my PhD (completed at King’s College London) published as a book.
Are apostles amongst us today? According to a growing section of the church, the answer is yes. My book Apostles Today: Making Sense of Contemporary Charismatic Apostolates: A Historical and Theological Appraisalinvestigates and appraises that idea seeking answers to the following questions in the context of the church in the USA and particularly Britain: Is there a robust scriptural justification for the charismatic apostolate (CA) that most charismatic groups are proclaiming? How widespread is this belief and why has it become more commonplace? What kind of apostles are being advocated by influential popular teachers? What does church history and tradition have to offer to this idea? Is there a way to endorse and embrace ecumenically the CA? Does the CA have a future in the universal church? These are important questions to answer for the sake of the church's mission and health.

Dr Neel Burton
Medicine - MBBS, 2002
My new book,
Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions has just been published. Today more than ever, the education doled out in classr
than our emotions, or hurt us more. Yet many people lumber through life without giving full consideration to their emotions, partly because our empirical, materialistic culture does not encourage it or even make it seem possible, and partly because it requires unusual strength to gaze into the abyss of our deepest drives, needs, and fears. This book proposes to do just that, examining over 25 emotions ranging from lust to love and humility to humiliation, and drawing some useful and surprising conclusions along the way. ooms is cold and cognitive. But, once outside, it is our uneducated emotions that move us, hold us back, and lead us astray. It is, at first and at last, our emotions that determine our choice of profession, partner, and politics, and our relation to money, sex, and religion. Nothing can make us feel more alive, or more human.

Anna Rae
Family Psychotherapy, 2002
I married Thomas Bennett at Fountains Abbey in 2010 and now have a lovely daughter, Heather. I work for the United States Marine Corps Behavioral Health Headquarters helping run mental health programs
it's good fun. I also work in private practice.

Dr Katie Williams
Clinical Sciences, 2002
I went on to study medicine after graduating from and I am currently in Nepal volunteering and running a remote mountain rescue post in the Himalayan village of Pheriche. It has been a truly amazing experience
we have evacuated over 30 patients so far this season and have been kept very busy dealing with altitude illness as well as the local population. I volunteered at a similar post at the end of last season in a village called Machermo.  

Matthew Gee
Music Mmus, 2004
I am just about to release a solo trombone album. The disc contrasts twentieth-century showpieces with nineteenth-century songs. It is dedicated to David Trendell, with whom I worked on the lieder for the disc. More information can be found on my website

Claire Karet
Visual and Performing Arts, 2004
Please can Professor Deathridge, Music, contact me regarding "symphony" 4x TV Progs. 

Clare Sample (now Catford)
Theology and Religious Studies, 2005
I have my own communications consultancy and train a wide range of businesses, from individuals to groups in public, private and third class sectors. I occasionally host Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2 and Would Love Your Say on BBC World Service.I also do mental health programmes as I now have an MA. 

Simon Desbruslais
Music Mmus, 2005
A major solo recording of mine, was released on Signum Classics last year. More information can be found on my website

Melissa Douglas
Law, 2005
I am a director of Conrad Douglas & Associates, Ltd, and Environmental Science & Technology, Ltd, a premiere environmental management company in Jamaica. I am also a sole practitioner, offering a wide range of legal services in Kingston, Jamaica. I am also a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, class of 2013 and have completed the AKC.

Ashraf Uddin
Biomolecular Sciences, 2006
During my time at King's I took up muay thai (thai kickboxing). I have since gone on to become English Champion, competed as part of the English national team winning numerous medals and recently became European Flyweight Champion. I have a few more fights lined upand then I have a world title bout in November. 

Zoe Holbrook
Music Mmus, 2011
I'm doing a Masters at Southampton University in Marine Biology. I am currently on an Erasmus exchange at Gothenurg University in Sweden!

Emma Van Der Veen
Medieval History, 2013
I am Advertising Manager for Time Inc's upmarket women's portfolio (classified) and I am Editorial Consultant for the Southwark Arts forum.

Marie Barbier-Mueller
Environment and Development, 2014
I am about to graduate in Environment and Development (I submitted my thesis in August) and I am now part of the team preparing for the first Round-The-World flight of a solar aircraft: Solar Impulse. The aircraft launched its record-breaking journey in March and I am travelling alongside it as part of the online media team with a continual behind-the-scenes insight.

Roksana Nikoopour
Molecular Biophysics, 2014
I have started a PhD at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine.

Royal Dental Hospital

Charles Ethrington
Dentistry, 1972
I am now retired from all professional work

St Thomas'

Gervase Dawidek
Medicine, 1980
St. Thomas' Hospital Boat Club; St. Thomas' Hospital Ski Club


Dr Benjamin Pocock
Medicine, 1997
I got married on 18 October 2014 in New York City to James Schneider PhD, Stock Analyst at Goldman Sachs.



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