Sir Roger Young : 1923 – 2017

Published on 16 February 2017 by Mrs Fiona MacFarlane Categories: Senior School,  Junior School

Sir Roger Young, while he was Principal of GWCIt is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the death of Sir Roger Young at the age of 93.

Sir Roger took up his post as Headmaster of George Watson's Boys' College in 1958 after war service and a time teaching at Manchester Grammar School.

It was under Sir Roger's leadership that the plans to merge George Watson’s Boys' College and George Watson’s Ladies' College came to fruition, forming the large co-educational school that Watson's is today and of which he served as Principal until 1985.

Sir Roger pioneered a number of the features of the School that we now take for granted, notably S3 Projects and international links, especially with Hamilton College in the USA. 

Sir Roger had a significant influence on educational matters more broadly in Scotland and beyond and was Chairman of the Headmaster's Conference in 1976. He also served as a Governor of the BBC in Scotland and was knighted in 1983.

Our condolences go to Sir Roger's family – he was a truly remarkable man.

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