On May 4, 2008, Bennington trustee and chairman of the College’s International Advisory Council, Richard Holme died at his home in West Sussex, England. Since 1959, Lord Holme had been a member of the British Liberal Party, which became the Liberal Democrats. He served as the Party President in 1981, and in 1990 became a life peer. Between 1990 and 1998, he was the party’s parliamentary spokesman for Northern Ireland, and served as Chairman of the House of Lords Constitution Committee. In 2000, Lord Holme was appointed to the Privy Council, one of the oldest bodies of the UK’s government, which among other things plays a role in that nation’s higher education system. Lord Holme also had an extensive career as a businessman, which began at Unilever and ended as Executive Director of Rio Tinto, the international mining company. He also has considerable publishing experience, including a directorship of Penguin Books. Lord Holme was educated at Oxford and Harvard.
Read full obituaries in The Independent, and The Guardian.