It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of Dr Richard Cooper, recently retired Reader in Plant Pathology from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry.

Having gained his BSc, MSc and PhD from the University of London, Richard was appointed to a Lectureship in the University in 1974, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1986 and translated to a Readership in 1990. Outside the University he served as a board member and was a past President of the British Society for Plant Pathology, of which he was recently made an Honorary Member.

Following a funeral for family only, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Richard’s life to which everyone is invited will take place at 2pm on Thursday 1st November. This will be held at St. Swithun’s Church, Church Street, Bathford BA1 7RS. Afterwards, all are welcome to continue the celebration, with light refreshments, at Bailbrook House Hotel, BA1 7JD.

We know that Richard’s death will affect colleagues, friends and students and a range of support is available for our students and staff: