John Simopoulos 1923-2015

John Simopoulos 1923-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that John Simopoulos (BPhil, MA), Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, died on 4 March 2015 aged 91.

Tutor in Philosophy at St Catherine’s Society from 1953-60, he was a Founding Fellow of St Catherine’s College from 1960, before becoming an Emeritus Fellow upon his retirement in 1988. John served as the College’s Dean of Degrees until his death, a role he performed 'with all the authority of tradition and lightness of youth'.

John was an unforgettable character around the College, and alumni and students will remember him from the matriculation ceremony each Michaelmas Term, and the ten degree ceremonies per year, for which he was responsible.  

John was the son of Greek diplomat Charalambos Simopoulos, who was ambassador to the Court of St James in London. An alumnus of Magdalen College, John taught at Christ Church Cathedral Choir School and worked as a Special Commissioner for Oxfam in the early 1950s, reporting on the plight of Hungarian refugees in various refugee camps in Italy. Upon his retirement he indulged his lifelong fascination with telephones and became a telephone consultant in London.

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