Keele University Arboretum
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Trees Planted In Memoriam
Mr. Richard Aldridge - Student
A Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera planted in November 1984 by the boiler house of Lindsay Hall. Compartment 63H; square J10; tag 2068.
Professor Frank W Bealey (1922-2013)
A Flowering Cherry Prunus x yedoensis 'Anouck' was dedicated to his memory on September 30th 2017 by his three children Rachel, Rosalind and William; and by his wife Sheila (nee Hurst) who was a student at Keele from 1955 to 1959. The inscription on the plaque reads "'Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide’ A.E.Houseman. In memory of Professor Frank W. Bealey (1922-2013) Senior Lecturer in Politics 1952 -1964. A Founder Member of Keele University". See Photographs.
Victoria Bentley - Student (Geography)
An Plum Prunus domestica 'Victoria' was planted in her memory in the Memorial Garden by her parents Roy and Julie and her brother Alex. A plaque reads "In loving memory of Victoria Bentley; 9th October 1992 - 15th October 2016; B.A. Hons Geography; For ever in our hearts; Roy, Julie Alex XXX"
Jo Beverley (nee Dunn) 1966-1970 American Studies & History
A Flowering Cherry from the National Collection in the Memorial Garden Prunus 'Sunset Boulevard' was planted by her husband Ken (Keele 1966-1970 Psychology & Physics and 1975 PhD Communication). A plaque reads "In loving memory of Jo Beverley who became one with the Universe on May 23rd 2016; Aged 68 years". More here.
Richard Bohan - Keele Student
A Variegated Norway Maple Acer platanoides 'Drumandii' planted near Keele Village. A plaque reads "Acer Drumandii planted in memory of Richard Bohan 22nd October 1975 - 23rd January 2001. Graduated from Keele University 1997.
Robert Brown - Student (1967-1971 Geology & Physics and Cert Ed.)
An Apple tree (Malus) planted in his memory in the Memorial Garden by a group of his Keele friends. A plaque reads "In memory of ROB BROWN (1971) died 14.11.2013". See photograph.
Mike Buckmaster - (1959-1963 Geology & Biology)
A Maidenhair Tree Ginkgo biloba planted in his memory by wife Pat Buckmaster nee Fidler (Class of 1963) in the Memorial Garden in 2015. A plaque reads "Mike Buckmaster (1941-2007), Back to the Nitrogen Cycle". See photograph.
Dr. Thomas P. Burnaby - Lecturer in Department of Geology and Computer Science (1954 - 67)
Three Dawn Redwoods Metasequoia glyptostroboides planted in 1970 in his memory outside the William Smith Building. Square L8; compartment 34a.
Nicholas Jon Cartlidge - Technician in Life Sciences (1942 - 2007)
A Cyprus Cedar Cedrus brevifolia planted in his memory on 12th March 2008 to the side of Keele Hall see photograph. Square N11; compartment 21b. A brass plaque reads "This tree (Cedrus brevifolia) is planted in loving memory of Nicholas Jon Cartlidge (MRSC) 1942 - 2007.
Matthew James Chalk - 1987-2014
A Flowering Cherry Prunus sargentii (ex Waterers) in the Memorial Garden was dedicated to his name. Square K11, compartment 24B, tag 4274. A plaque reads "In loving memory of Matthew James Chalk; 08.09.07 - 02.10.14; Keele Forever". See photograph.
Tony Colduck - University Painter and Decorator (1997 - 2006)
A Flowering Cherry Prunus 'Accolade' planted in his memory by the Nursery (square N4); alongside the cycle path which is also named after him. A plaque reads " Tony Colduck Memorial Cycle Path; Painter & Decorator; Keele; 1997 - 2006". See photograph. Also Prunus serrula 'Branklyn' in the Memorial Garden was dedicated to his name. A plaque reads Tony Colduck; Painter & Decorator; Keele; 1997 - 2006"
Dr Mike G. Collison - Lecturer in Department of Criminology (1977-1996)
A Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa planted by his wife Helen towards the bottom of Clock House Drive. There is a plaque which reads "This tree (Castanea sativa) is planted in loving memory of Mike G. Collison and his mother Joyce". See photograph.
Blod Colquhoun - student
A Cork Oak Quercus suber planted on 30/9/2010 in her memory by family and friends in front of the Walter Moberly Hall. A plaque reads "Blod Colquhoun (Daniels); 1975; Remembered by friends and family". See photographs.
Mr Compton - owner of Mandley and Unett, Newcastle
Three Red Oaks Quercus rubra planted in front of the Huxley Building in 1977 by Mrs Compton in memory of her husband. Square K8; compartment 36b.
Professor F. Wolverson Cope - Founding Professor of Department of Geology (1950 - 1976)
A Maidenhair Tree Ginkgo biloba planted in his memory on 30/9/2000 outside the Moser Building. Square L8; compartment 34a.
John Curphey - student (1968-1972)
A Damson Prunus 'Merryweather' planted in the Memorial Garden in his memory in 2014 by John Davnall (1971) and Sarah Davnall (Norman) (1970). A plaque reads "In memory of John Curphey (1971) Died 24.05.1986". See photograph.
Ros Davies née Patton - Psychology and Russian (1967-71)
Five Rowan trees planted in her memory by her husband Professor Phil Davies (American Studies & Sociology 1967-1971) by the side of Lake 1. See photograph.
Ainslie Duffell (1967-2015)
A Black Mulberry Morus nigra planted in his memory in the Memorial Garden 2016. A plaque reads Ainslie Duffel; 1967 - 2015; "Live well, love well and laugh as much as possible and never forget, I love you to infinity and beyond".
Ben Elliman - 1.6.1994 to 16.3.2014
A Flowering Cherry Prunus 'Tom' in the Memorial Garden is dedicated to his memory. A plaque reads "In loving memory of Ben Elliman; 1.6.1994 - 16.3.2014; Forever Keele". Square K11, compartment 24B; tag 4243. See photograph.
Frank Entwistle - Stores Keeper in Department of Chemistry (1951 - 1984)
Two Hornbeams Carpinus betulus planted in his memory outside Lennard-Jones Labs in 2000. Square J8;compartment 37. A plaque reads "This garden is planted in memory of Frank Entwistle and his contribution to Keele 1951-1984".
Dr Ron Evans - Department of Biological Sciences (1951 - 1981)
A Cut-leaved Beech Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' planted on the lawn at end of Keele Drive in his memory. A plaque reads: Dr R.G. (Ron) Evans. Biologist & Musician. Founder Member of Keele University. First Secretary of Keele Society. Tutor and Friend. 1920 - 1988.
Casimir Fecher - Keele student (2003 - 2006)
Red Buck-eye Aesculus pavia planted 18th November 2006 at the rear of Barnes W and X blocks in his memory. See photograph.
Mike Fryer - Keele Student (1965-2011)
A Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa planted along Clockhouse Drive. A plaque reads "In Loving Memory of Mike Fryer 1965-2011; Keele Student (1983-1986); From his Family and Friends." See Photograph.
Mary Glover - Director of Social Service Training at Keele (1950 - 1965)
Common Yew Taxus baccata and Golden Irish Yew Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' planted in 1985 as part of the restored Victorian parterre by Keele Hall in her memory and in recognition of her contribution to Keele. She died in 1981/82. See photograph.
Mrs Cordelia Goodway - former student and wife of Keith Goodway
A group of Cedars of Lebanon Cedrus libani planted in her memory on Keele Hall lawn, beyond the fountain. Square M11; compartment 25.
Mr. J.G. Hall - Chief Education Officer for Newcastle and Council member (1903 -1990)
Two Fastigiate Hornbeams Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' planted at the rear of the Walter Moberly Hall in his memory. Square L7; compartment 42b; tags 288,289. A plaque on the wall of the building reads "These Hornbeams are planted in memory of John Graham Hall 1903 - 1990 a member of the Council of the University 1971 - 1989, and his wife Amy Elizabeth Frances 1914 - 1963". See photograph.
William (Bill) Hanna - (1932-2014).
Pioneer Class of 1957, President of the Students' Union of the University College of North Staffordshire 1955-1956, President of the Keele Society. Major, Somerset Light Infantry. A Flowering Cherry Prunus x yedoensis 'Caroline' planted in his memory on 10th July 2015 in the Memorial Garden. A plaque reads "In Memory of W.W. Hanna, President of the Union, 1955-56". See biography and photographs.
Ted and Doris Hay
A flowering cherry Prunus takesimensis planted in the Memorial Garden was sponsored in their memory in 2017. A plaque reads "Ted and Doris Hay; They loved seeing the flowering cherries and Ted donated his body to the Medical School".
15 Wild Service Trees planted in 1977 beside the running track in memory of his wife by Eric Hill of the Department of Classics. Compartment 56i; square i6.
Ron and Annie Hill - Union Bar Steward (1954 - 1974)
They were killed in an air accident in 1976 and a row of 6 Rowans Sorbus acuparia by the side of the Chapel was planted in their memory. Square M7; compartment 43a. See photograph.
John Hodgkinson - first Registrar of Keele University (1918 - 2004)
A Magnolia Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' planted by Keele Hall in his memory on 7th May 2004. Compartment 25, square M10, tag 2264. See photograph of the planting ceremony. The plaque reads "In memory of John F N Hodgkinson OBE, DUniv. 1918-2004".
Dr John Hodgson - Senior Lecturer in Physics
Group of Common Beech Fagus sylvatica planted behind Sneyd Hall in his memory by friends. A plaque on the wall reads "In memory of John Hodgson. Rambler 199". Compartment 63K, square J8; tags 2028,49,51,52. See Photograph of planting ceremony.
Mark "Sparky" Holtz (1989-1993 American Studies and Geography)
A Mulberry tree was planted in the Memorial Garden on 14th October 2017. A plaque reads "Mark ‘Sparky’ Holtz; 1970-2016; Keele student and tutor. An erudite, witty and compassionate man". The planting was attended by brother Elliot and a host of Keele friends from Sparky's lifelong connection to Keele and the Union. A bench was placed by the lakeside and a plaque placed in the Students' Union, organised by Nick Brace (1999) and Ceri Smith (1993). These memorials recognise Mark's commitment to volunteering and making the most of student life. Mark published the Keele Yearbook and was an active supporter of many societies until his untimely death in 2016, aged 46. See photographs.
Mrs Marjorie Howard (1923 - 2006)
A Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea planted by Firs Hill; compartment 25, square M10. A plaque reads "Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak). In loving memory of Mum. Marjorie Howard 1923 - 2006. "The gods who mortal beauty chase, still in a tree did end their race". See photograph.
Mr John Ivinson - Student 1963-67
80 varieties of Flowering Cherry have been planted at sites around the campus. These have been funded by Keele Alumni in his memory. A plaque reads "These cherry trees and others were planted in 2008 in memory of John Ivinson a student at Keele 1963-1967 By fellow students and friends, among them Rosemary Billings, Roger Buckley, Michael Corby, Ian Cutler, Jack Emery, Ann Felsky, John MacArthur, Terry Oliver, Philippa Paquett, Bob Riddett, Ian Taylor and John Vereker" See photograph.
Mr. J.B. Jones
Five Rowans Sorbus acuparia planted by Professor Gurnos Jones in memory of his father, in front of the Chancellor's Building. Square M6; compartment 49b.
Professor Gurnos Jones (1928-2016)
A Black Mulberry Morus nigra planted in the Memorial Garden in his memory. A plaque reads "In Memory of Professor Gurnos Jones 1928-2016; A dedicated teacher at Keele 1955 - 1994; Pat, Owen, Glyn and Bernadette". You can read an obituary here.
Mr Michael Knight (Keele 1969-74) graduated 1972 in English & History
A Flowering Cherry Prunus 'Pink Cloud' in the Memorial Garden was dedicated to his memory on 16/1/2016 by his daughter Suzie. Square K11, compartment 24b, tag 4299. A plaque reads "The wind that blows from God we must endure, and labour uncomplaining" - Marcus Aurelius. Michael Knight (Attended Keele 1969-1974). See photograph.
Dr Richard Vasek Kunc (1971 Mathematics & Psychology);1948-2008.
A Claret Ash Fraxinus angustifolia 'Raywood' was planted in his memory on 23 January 2012 by his widow Sue and daughter Helena and many of Sue’s and Richard’s Keele friends and contemporaries. A plaque reads "In memory of Dr Richard Kunc (1948-2008); Graduated in Mathematics and Psychology in 1971; Loved for an eternity by his wife SUE and Family". The tree is situated between the Walter Moberly Hall and Tawney Building; square M7; compartment 44d. See photograph of the planting ceremony.
Mr. Ray Lafford - Groundsman (1958 - 1986)
Pedunculate or English Oak Quercus robur planted in his memory on the lawn by the Clock House. Ray actually worked at Keele in the 1930s so knew the estate well before it became a University. Square M11; compartment 25; tag 754. See Photograph of planting ceremony.
Sir John Lennard-Jones - Principal of the University College (1953 - 1954).
Pedunculate or English Oak Quercus robur planted by him on the lawn to the side of Keele Hall. The plaque reads "Quercus robur, English Oak, planted by Sir John Lennard-Jones on 2nd June 1953". He died on 1st November 1954. Square M11, compartment 25.
Professor Donald MacKay - Founding Professor (1960-83) of Department of Communication & Neuroscience
Group of 2 Scots Pines Pinus sylvestris planted between the Tawney Building and Walter Moberly Hall. Square L7, compartment 44c. See photograph.
Hannah McAllister (1987 - 2010)
Hannah McAllister graduated from Keele in 2008 in Human Resource Management and Psychology. She was killed in a car crash on 20th October 2010, soon after graduating and beginning her professional career. A Cherry Prunus avium was planted in the Memorial Garden by her parents, Patrick and Joanne McAllister, who continue to support students at Keele through the Hannah McAllister Memorial Prize. The plaque reads "Hannah McAllister. 1987 - 2010. We will fill the gap she left in our lives with happy memories."
Janet C. MacKay (1892 - 1964)
An Atlas Cedar Cedrus atlantica (tag 3641) and two Deodar Cedars Cedrus deodara (tags 3642, 3643) planted in 1982 in memory of his mother by Professor Donald MacKay between Tawney Building and Walter Moberly Hall. Square L7, compartment 44c.
Nicola Martin (1981-1985, Geography & Geology)
A Flowering Cherry Prunus x subhirtella 'Fukubanana' was dedicated to her memory. Square K11, compartment 24b; tag 4250. Steve Mitchell (1987 Music and Mathematics) coordinated the planting and a ceremony on 27 February 2016 was attended by over sixty people, many of them Keele alumni including James Berriman (1984 Chemistry). A plaque reads "Nicola 'Nickibear' Martin; 17/02/1961 - 19/01/2016; Class of '84; Rock chick, biker, precious gem. A tale of sun-bright smiles forever in our memories". See photograph.
Elaine Owen (1948-2014)
A Medlar Mespilus germanica planted in her memory in the Memorial Garden in 2014. A plaque reads "In Loving Memory of Elaine Owen. 1948-2014. Greatly Missed Wife, Mum & Nana". Square K11, compartment 24B; tag 38. See photograph.
Rachel Parker Keele 1974; died 2007
An Atlas Cedar Cedrus atlantica (tag 1008), planted by friends in her memory in February 2008 alongside Lake 1. A plaque reads "For Rachel Parker, Keele 1974, died 2007. From her undergraduate friends.". See photographs.
Adrian Francis Quinn - (1968 - 2007)
A Beech Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyk Purple' planted in his memory to the side of Keele Hall. Square M11, compartment 21a. A brass plaque reads "Fagus sylvatica Dawyk Purple planted in memory of Adrian Francis Quinn (12 July 1968 - 19 July 2007) graduated from Keele University 1995 'at one with nature'". See photographs.
Professor Alexander Provaen Robertson (1925 - 1995) Professor of Mathematics 1965 - 1973
A Flowering Cherry Prunus incisa 'Kaki' in the Memorial Garden replaces a Weymouth Pine Pinus strobus planted by his daughter Rachel Robertson, on behalf of the family, in June 2008 on the far side of the top lake. A plaque reads "In loving memory of Alexander Provan Robertson (1925-1995) Professor of Mathematics Keele University (1965-1973) from his family". See photographs.
Les Roberton and 'Nan' Roberton
A Flowering Cherry Prunus 'Mikuruma-gaeshi' in the Memorial Garden was dedicated to their memory. Planted by Bill Stevenson (Class of 1967) and Ann Stevenson (nee Roberton) in memory of their parents. When Harold Springall, the founding Professor of Chemistry, came to Keele from Manchester in 1949, Les Roberton accompanied him with his wife Nan. Their daughter Ann grew up on campus and married 1967 graduate Bill Stevenson. A plaque reads " In loving memory of our parents; Les Roberton Superintendent of Laboratories Chemistry Dept 1950-1971 and 'Nan' Roberton Student Union 1957 - 1971; Very Happy years; Ann, Peter and Families". Square K11, compartment 24B, tag 4156. See photograph.
Iolo Francis Roberts 1925-2014
A Flowering Cherry Prunus 'Hokusai'; tag 4205; in the Memorial Garden was sponsored in his memory. A plaque reads 'Er Cof Annwyl; In Loving Memory of; Iolo Francis Roberts; 1925-2014; Dept of Education and Warden of The Hawthorns'.
Mrs Dawn Smith
A Flowering Cherry A flowering cherry thought to be Prunus 'Ariake' at the time but now in need of identification was planted in her memory behind the Chapel. A plaque reads "In memory of Dawn Smith UNISON Treasurer February 2007".
Thomas Dicky Suharlan - (Student, Keele 1996 - 1999)
A Chinese Tulip Tree Liriodendron chinense planted in his memory by family and friends by Lindsay S-Block on 10th September 2008. A plaque reads "In memory of Thomas Dicky Suharlan Keele 1996 -1999". See photographs.
Benjamin Allan Taylor (1979 - 2005)
A Beech Fagus sylvatica planted behind the Walled Garden. The plaque reads "In memory of Benjamin Allan Taylor 12 August 1979 - 30 November 2005".
Utpal Thakkar (1962-2013, Keele 1981)
Miss Aurelie Tees MBE- Domestic Bursar at Keele (1961-1996)
30 Scots Pines Pinus sylvestris donated by her sister and planted below the Clock House 23rd November 1998 in her memory. Square M11, compartment 21a. The plaque reads "This planting of Scots Pine in memory of Aurelie G. Tees Keele 1961-1995". She died in 1997. See photograph.
Donation of three Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur planted in Church Plantation Wood as a memorial by his father Dr Peter Thomas; lecturer in School of Life Sciences.
Helena Thorley (1966 - 2011)
A Paper-bark Birch Acer griseum planted on 28th May 2012 in her memory between the Chapel and Tawney Building. A plaque reads "In loving memory of Helena Anne Thorley 1966 - 2011; Keele University 1998 - 2011; Academic Registrar 2005 - 2011; Much missed by friends and colleagues at Keele". See picture.
Matthew Wale - student (1982-2004)
A Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa planted by his parents in his memory along Clock House Drive on 9th March 2012. A plaque reads "In loving memory of Matt Wale 1982-2004; As a graduate he spent many happy hours at this university. Forever in our hearts" See picture.
Pam Walker (Haworth) - student (1969-1973 Biology & Geology)
An Apple planted in her memory in the Memorial Garden in 2014 by John Davnall (1971) and Sarah Davnall (Norman) (1970). A plaque reads "In memory of Pam Walker (Haworth, 1973) Died 16.10.2004". See photograph.
Professor Richard Ward (died 2015)
Appointed Professor of Medical Entomology in 1994, he spent 21 years at Keele in the School of Life Sciences. Three trees were planted by Richard's wife Mary in his memory in the Memorial Garden on 15th April 2016. They include an Apple Malus 'Sunset', Apple Malus 'Kidds Orange Red' and a Bean Tree Catalpa bignonoides 'Aurea'. See more here.
Shalimar Ward - student (1986-1988 Electronics and Management Science)
Shalimar was an American student who lived in Z Block in Hawthorns. Sadly she was killed at the age of 27 in a cycling accident in late 1988. A Norway Maple was planted at a ceremony in her memory. This tree had to be removed and a replacement tree was found in the Memorial Garden Prunus 'Pink Favourite' tag 4290. A plaque reads "Shalimar V. Ward 1960-1988; A young woman with warm Hawaiian Aloha; who loved Keele and her adventures studying here! Taken in a cycling accident".
Janet Waye (Library Assistant 1995 - 2010)
An Apple Malus 'Golden Hornet' planted in the Memorial Garden in her memory.
Josiah Wedgwood (1899 - 1968)
An avenue of 20 Silver Willows Salix alba 'Argentea' donated in his memory by Wedgwood company and planted by the ring-road. Tags 958-981; compartment 60; square O7. The plaque reads "This plantation was donated by Wedgwood in memory of the Hon. Josiah Wedgwood (1899-1968). Founder member of Council and Court of Governors of the University of Keele".
Mrs Margaret Wheildon - Caretaker, with her husband Harold, of Horwood Hall
Hybrid Cockspur Thorn Crataegus x lavallei planted by the Keele road at the end of Keele Drive. A plaque reads "This avenue was planted in memory of Margaret Wheildon 1918 - 1980 who did so much for university, church and village".
Dr. Neil White - Lecturer in Computer Science (1975 to 2005)
Black Walnut Juglans nigra planted behind the Lodge by Barnes Hall and a Common Walnut Juglans regia planted at the rear of X Block Barnes Hall. The trees were planted by Messrs Colin and David White and Mrs White. A plaque reads "Dr Neil Howard White; He served the University selflessly over many years; January 2005". See picture of the planting and also a tribute.
David Whitlock - student (2008 - 2010)
A flowering cherry Prunus avium 'Plena' dedicated to his memory. Outside William Emes Building; compartment 50c, square K4; tag 2326. A plaque reads 'In memory of David Whitlock; Student at Keele; 2008-2010; Sadly missed by Family, Friends and Fellow Students'
Mr Eric Williams - Estates and Buildings (1950 - 1983)
Pedunculate Oak planted by the side of the top lake by his sons on 3rd January 2009. A plaque reads "In memory of Eric Williams, Keele University, 1950-1983". See pictures of the planting.
Mr Raymond Anthony Willis - 1954-2017
A tree has been planted in the Memorial Garden in his memory by his brother Andrew Willis. A plaque reads In Loving Memory of Raymond Anthony Willis; 1954 - 2017; Son, Partner, Father & Brother; Taken too Soon Rest in Peace.