We use cookies for site personalization, analytics and advertising. You can opt out of third party cookies. More info in our privacy policy.   Got it

A fond farewell

David Pitt

For years the New Internationalist magazine was proofread each month by David Pitt, a retired principal of South Oxfordshire Technical College (now The Henley College). David volunteered his services and would make the journey from his home in Henley-on-Thames to our office in Oxford armed with a scalpel to weed out extraneous commas and apostrophes (these were the pre-computer days of paste-up). He also, regularly, had cuttings from newspapers about political and ideological issues of the day to show us and cajole us to get involved with some campaign or other. David was passionate about injustice. He was a long-time member of the Labour Party in Henley and was a strong protagonist for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. And he was a thorn in the side of pompous, arrogant politicians, writing letters of protest by the truckload to MPs at the House of Commons. Everyone at New Internationalist who knew David loved him dearly. He gave us all so much more than his proofreading, which we valued highly. He gave us an insight into the better side of humanity. He gave us all a massive lift with his warmth, energy and compassion.

Sadly David died on 24 March at home following a long, physically disabling illness. He was 93.

We all miss him very much.

And something tells me we will not see his like again.

www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=738571

Help us produce more like this

Editor Portrait Patreon is a platform that enables us to offer more to our readership. With a new podcast, eBooks, tote bags and magazine subscriptions on offer, as well as early access to video and articles, we’re very excited about our Patreon! If you’re not on board yet then check it out here.

Support us »

Subscribe   Ethical Shop