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Thursday, 30 Sep 2010
the passing of Rowland Brown, the Royal Grammar School has lost not
only a true friend and an outstanding retired Headmaster, but more
importantly a man who always put the needs of RGS pupils to the
There can be no doubt that Rowland will be
remembered as one of the great Headmasters of the RGS and arguably on
the national arena as well. It was a privilege to work with
him and there are many who will testify to Rowland’s extraordinary
dedication to the RGS. Under his leadership the school
developed and raised its academic, sporting, social and cultural
achievements. Rowland always strove to achieve the best for
Although Rowland retired
as Headmaster in 1993, he and his wife, Jay, maintained a close
interest in the school. As a trustee of the RGS Foundation,
Rowland was fully involved in the school. Never a man for the
grand statement or gesture, but when Rowland spoke, it was always worth
paying attention and listening carefully. His quiet
authority, wisdom and passion for the school will be much
missed. Both Jay and Rowland were regular attendees at
concerts, plays, dinners and Prize Givings.
also contributed much to the life of the town. He was a
member of Rotary, serving as President and was recently awarded the
Paul Harris Fellowship. He served for many years on the local
Magistrates Bench and was a leading member and Trustee of the Union
Baptist Church in Easton Street.
remarkable public success Rowland enjoyed, he was an intensely private
man. A devoted husband, father and grandfather; Rowland was
always pleased to give the latest news on his growing family.
Two of his grandsons studied for their A levels in the Sixth Form at
RGS and I distinctly remember Rowland being present on Results Day;
always the proud and supportive grandfather.
was hugely respected by his fellow headteachers; frequently offering
quiet but pertinent advice to colleagues seeking his opinion on a wide
range of issues. There was even a ‘rumour’ based, I believe,
on good inside knowledge that when a new Government initiative arrived,
the Education Department at County Hall would frequently wait to see
what RGS (ie Rowland Brown) would do about it before acting.
Despite Rowland’s inherent ‘gravitas’, particularly remembered by many
OWs, underneath there was a wonderful sense of humour. His
fellow heads often suffered from the well planned and brilliantly
executed double bluff. His year as President of the Secondary
Heads’ Association was a notable success and he was their legal advisor
for many years. Rowland was awarded an OBE on his retirement
to acknowledge his contribution to education over many years.
was educated at Queen Mary School, Basingstoke where he was a
distinguished sportsman. He took his place as a scholar at
Worcester College, Oxford reading French. He then studied
Russian at Cambridge during his National Service in the Intelligence
Corp. He taught at Hampton School, Tudor Grange Grammar
School and was Headmaster at King Edward VI Grammar School, Nuneaton
before joining RGS.
There is no doubt that the
RGS owes a huge debt to Rowland Brown. We at RGS recognise
that Rowland was an exceptional Headmaster. We pay tribute to
a remarkable man and offer our sincere sympathy to his family.