Margaret Roper, philanthropist, dies aged 78

The University joins with the people of Bath in paying tribute to generous philanthropist Margaret Ann Roper, who died, aged 78, on Wednesday 5 July, following a long battle with cancer.

The Ropers in 2009, when Brian was made an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of the way he combined business success with a strong social conscience

Margaret was well-known in the city, together with her late husband Brian, who died in May 2014.

Following the success of their bathroom company, Roper Rhodes, the couple annually pledged a percentage of profits to local good causes, which enabled them to become significant benefactors in Bath.

Over the past 12 years, their generous gifts of over £750,000 to the University have had a huge impact, enriching the lives of thousands of individuals:

  • Roper Scholarships have given 185 young people from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to study at Bath, who might not otherwise have been able to do so;
  • Their donations funded the Team Bath School Club Programme, which over the years has involved thousands of local schoolchildren in various sporting activities;
  • The Ropers also supported our Arts at Bath programme.

In recognition of their tremendous generosity to the University, Margaret and Brian signed our Chancellor’s Roll of Honour at Charter Day in 2011.

To honour the couple’s remarkable support for students here at Bath, we renamed the Student Services Centre ‘the Roper Centre’ in 2015.

Margaret’s funeral will take place on Thursday 20 July at St Stephen’s Church, Lansdown.

Our thoughts are with their sons, Mark (a Bath alumnus) and Paul, who took over Roper Rhodes and continue to run it today, their families and the three grandchildren.

Bath Chronicle obituary

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