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John McAllister (Ridgeway 1957-62)

John McAllister grew up at Mill Hill, his father Percy being a key member of the teaching staff from 1925 to 1962 and then Hon Sec of the OM Club until his death in 1970.

John himself was a popular member of the school and was successful both academically and in a wide range of sports. He was awarded colours at rugby and hockey and was a member of the tennis team.

He read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he enhanced his reputation both as rugby player and bon viveur, forming a college eating and drinking club and hosting many sherry parties which were regularly attended by OMs. At Cambridge, he met Glen and they married in 1969. In the same year, he captained the OMs 1st XV and played for Middlesex.

He joined the History Department at Aldenham School in 1967 and served the school and its pupils with great distinction for the next 38 years, 13 of them as housemaster. His enthusiasm, commitment, friendship, fairness, openness and pastoral care, as well as his self-deprecation and humour, were inspirational to successive generations of pupils. After retirement, he continued working as an educational consultant.

First and foremost, John was a family man and immensely proud of his family. He died suddenly on 1st March 2012. He is survived by Glen and their children, Tim and Emma, and their grandchildren.

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