Richard Morgan 1940-2021

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Richard Morgan (Sherborne and Gonville & Caius), Captain of CURFC 1960-61. Richard was the most loyal supporter of Cambridge Fives and a regular attendee at the Past versus Present, which he organised in the year following the death of Jock Burnet.

Richard played in the Varsity Match three times, on the winning side on each occasion. He played little competitive fives after university but took a keen interest in the game at the schools where he taught and turned out happily in Staff sides, occasionally for the Jesters and at the Past versus Present.

After Cambridge Richard pursued a career as a schoolmaster, principally at Radley College where he was a housemaster for a decade (1969-1978) and later Warden from 1991-2000, interspersed with a period of 12 years as Headmaster of Cheltenham College.

One of many undergraduates heavily influenced by Jock Burnet, the legendary Bursar of Magdalene, Richard took it upon himself to put together a collection of essays in a privately published tribute to Jock, who died in 1989 after 40 years as President of CURFC. Contributors to this slim volume included Dennis Silk, Richard’s predecessor as Warden of Radley, and Jock’s eventual successor Bob Dolby, whom Richard supported unstintingly through the past three decades, particularly during the years where Cambridge fives was bereft of courts and under constant threat.

Richard was a gifted, witty speaker, his talent last heard to great effect in 2019 at the memorial service for his great friend Dennis Silk in Southwark Cathedral. He will be greatly missed.

Richard Morgan, Captain CURFC 1961, seated to Jock Burnet’s right