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Lionel Stephens

Lionel Stephens, Second Master of Pangbourne College 1967-86 and Honorary Secretary of the Old Pangbournian Society 1975-2009, died of sepsis in the Royal Berkshire Hospital on August 16th 2021, aged 95. He joined the academic staff at the Nautical College in 1954 and devoted his entire life subsequently to the well-being of the school and its former pupils. He leaves a son Nick (80-87) and a daughter Jenny and three grand-children.

Book Owner: Old Pangbournian Society
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Geoff Rae 1953-1956

My sincere condolences to Steve’s extended family. He was a stalwart supporter of the OP Society, extremely knowledgeable about our members and a tremendous communicator. The Queensland members of the society had the privilege of entertaining him at my home in Brisbane, whilst he was on his Grand Tour of Australia and New Zealand …

Tim Hamilton

A.D.M Duke (1964-1969) Illawarra

To you all, I am sending my condolences. You will be in my thoughts on the 14th September 2021.   …

A.D.M Duke

Chris Howgego

Lionel, THANK YOU .. you were very special, caring man for so many of us. Chris Howgego (62/67) …

Tim Hamilton


I last communicated with ‘Basil’ in the 1990swhen I ordered a copy of his book on the history of the college. He rememered meeting my mother and myself on the first day that I joined the college in Port Jackson division in September 1963. What a memory! He later taught me history and I …


Julian Owen

Steve was at Bedford school with my uncle and subsequently my housemater at Port Jackson. Later he taught me history A level. A truly inspirational man and a great teacher. RIP Steve …

Tim Hamilton

Thomas Roskill 1951-1956

He saw me through Pangbourne but I rarely saw him after I left but he was greatly respected for the work he did for Old Pangbournians and keeping them in touch with each other. …

Tim Hamilton

Brian Macdonald Staff 1979-1994

I became very fond of ‘Steve’ from the moment in his book when he referred to me as ‘the bearded Macdonald coming to add stability to the Geography Dept and coach on the river’.  He was a wonderful teaching mentor and a very good neighbour.  We lived side-by-side on Bowden, where I remember Pat …

Tim Hamilton

Mike Matthews

Delphine and I had the pleasure of hosting Steve when he visited New Zealand in 1991, Befure that I has always kept in touch with him and subsequently our friendship has continued via letters, emails, phone calls and occasional meetings at OP events. He had an immese depth of knowledge about us all. Nick …

Tim Hamilton

Colin Howard

A fine man and an example to all of us. RIP. …

Tim Hamilton

Richard Binstead

“Basil,” as l knew him, was my History master, at O and A level. l later became a teacher myself, and actually modelled my classroom teaching style on him. His was an extraordinary record in service to the College; which he lived and loved, and even married into. A veritable “Mr. Chips,” who knew …

Richard Binstead

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