Sir Robin Buchanan passes away

It is with regret that we announce that Sir Robin Buchanan, Co-opted Treasurer at the University from 1996 to 2001, passed away last month after a short illness.

There will be a service of celebration and thanksgiving at Bath Abbey on Thursday 31 October at 3pm, all those who knew him are welcome.

Sir Robin was University Treasurer at a time of great change for the University. He was Treasurer when major developments of the campus were planned and approved which transformed the look and capacity of the University – the £25 million development of the Sports Training Village, the Marlborough and Solsbury Residences and major extension to the Chemistry building. His financial experience and advice were invaluable in the successful initiation of these projects.

Sir Robin had a keen interest in the financing arrangements for capital projects and in the management of the University’s investments, areas in which the University benefited greatly from his financial acumen. His time as Treasurer saw the first two spin-out companies from the University, ingenta plc and Vectura plc, aided by Sir Robin’s business experience and shrewdness.

Diane Aderyn, Director of Finance & Commercial Services said: “It was a great privilege for me to work with Sir Robin; I learned a great deal from him and he was unfailingly supportive of the University, its staff and students."

Sir Robin was happiest with his family and leaves behind three daughters - Jo, Jane and Sarah – 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Jane said: “Over the last few weeks Robin has been described in many ways by his friends and colleagues all over the world. There has been a common theme. He was known to be wise and canny, full of sage advice and a certainty that he was right - which he usually was.

“He was always the centre of any social situation and regularly offered advice on how to behave at a dinner party, 'sit furthest from the kitchen and closest to the bar'. He adored his family regularly arranging get-togethers and checking that everyone was on the right track. He was generous with words of wisdom, support and advice. He packed each of his 82 years and 355 days full. He had a love of life and embraced each day with good humour. He has left us a legacy - be honest, live every day to the full and never be late for anything.”

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