December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 14, 2013
A former head boy at Exmouth Grammar School who went on to be rewarded with an honorary doctorate and an OBE for his voluntary work, has died aged 87.
Dr Reg Colman, described by his family as a ‘true English gentleman’, was born in Croydon in 1926.
He and his family moved to Exmouth, Hulham Road, in 1939 after his house was bombed out - his father was a railway worker with Great Western Railways.
He and his family quickly fitted in and in 1943 he was appointed head boy at the grammar school.
It was there he met Marjorie, his wife of 65 years. He joined the RAF in 1944, and when the war ended during his pilot training, he went into the Royal Navy as an education officer, teaching younger recruits at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth.
In 1948 he left Devon to go to Jesus College, Cambridge, to read history, and in 1956 he joined Dulwich College where he became house master.
In 1968 he was appointed head of Dover Grammar School, a post he held for 21 years.
In 1988 he founded Kent European Youth Association (KEYA) helping hundreds of young people visit various parts of the world in a wide range of cultural activities.
He was recognised for his work with an honorary Doctorate by the University of Kent in 1996 and with an OBE in 2002 in recognition of his dedication to young people.
After he retired in April 1990 he kept busy with various projects including the local Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.
A distinguished historian, he was well known for his lectures on Winston Churchill.
He devoted his last years to hearing appeals for school placings in Kent, a role he continued right up until a few months before his death.