MCB - the class of '67 ...



Several classmates have expressed interest in compiling a voluntary register of those who attended the reunion,
as a means of keeping in touch.

Brian Cairns

I have lived with my wife Kate and family in the lovely Cotswold town of Dursley since 1976, and have worked in teaching, social work, and within the Justice system as a Tribunal member, which still occupies me for about 10 days a month. The rest of my time is filled with supporting our family business training people who work with vulnerable children, a bit of choral singing, and sitting on our Town Council.
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* Bill Chew (William Teik Ee Chew) * just added

Bill Chew is a chartered architect and director of Bill Chew Architect Ltd. Bill is married with a daughter and son. He has a grandson who is 5. He and his wife, Pauline, has lived in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk since 2011. Originally Bill came from Penang in Malaysia. He attended Methody from 1965-67 to do his 'A’ Levels before starting architecture. Bill has worked in Qatar and UAE for 12 years over 3 separate periods. His interests include design, cinema design, writing, politics and travel. He is writing a book which he hopes to publish end of 2019/ early 2020.

Michael Clemitson

Michael worked for BT in exchange planning, and later as a project manager, working on projects as diverse as the Millennium Bug, and the new Cardiff Arms Park stadium, before retiring in 2008 as a Senior Project Manager in IT.  Married with 2 sons, he & his wife Dorothy live in Cardiff.  His interests are genealogy, fencing (which he took up originally at MCB), and electronics.  When not tracing former school-mates, he relaxes by playing the guitar ...
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Morton Corbitt

I read civil engineering at Queens after Methody from 1968-71, then worked initially in Belfast with McLaughlan & Harvey contractors for a couple of years and then left at the end of 1973 for London. I currently work for Kajima, a global Japanese construction company whom I joined in 2002, and have now lived in Surrey since 1979. Married to Eva with two daughters, now aged 27 & 29. I hope to fully retire next year and no doubt to join many other like souls attending the reunion.
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Roy Fox

I am living just north of Sydney in Australia. My wife Primrose and I have been here for some years and I have run a specialist dental practice, worked with cleft palate kids, and taught as a senior tutor at Sydney university. I and Primrose are semi-retired and have a Bed and Breakfast which we run at our speed when we like to open it. We meet many interesting people who come from all over the world to see our vintage aeroplane collection. If interested check out on Google “the missions 1937”. We would love to hear from any passing through Sydney or interested in old aeroplanes.
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Chris (Fiffer) Green

From VI Form and 1st VIII to Freeman of the City of London via Glasgow and Harper Adams University and forty years as Director co-owner of Seed and Plant Breeding Company in Cambridge. Now non-executive Director Whites Speedicook Ltd. Retired teacher wife and two sons - one a lawyer and one a marketer. Past golfing Captain and active with charity work RBL, Papworth Trust and Children's Society. Happy days and Carpe diem.
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David Johnston

David is director of Musicale Ltd based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, a very busy music leisure centre for the whole community, and beyond. Married with four children, all of whom have become professional musicians, life is never dull. David plays clarinet in London with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra and the Salomon Orchestra, enjoys a couple of rounds of golf a week, and loves travelling as often as possible with his wife, Gill.
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Ed Lees

Methody 1960-67 Trinity College Dublin studied Medicine 1967-1974 GP Newtownards 1978-2009 Married 43 years, 3 children, 6 Grandchildren Grumpy old man (but actually very pleased to have been a baby boomer member of Golden Generation).
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Michael Megarry

Michael worked in industry - in Richardsons Fertilisers in Belfast - for half his career, including a 4 year secondment to the Industrial Development Board for NI. Then spent 17 years in the Civil Service, in the NI Environment Agency. Married to Barbara and has 2 daughters, one of which went to MCB and one that didn't. Still living in Belfast having taken to retirement like a duck takes to water.
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Iain Mitchell

I read Modern Languages (French and German) at Clare College Cambridge 1968 - 1971 and have lived in Cambridge more or less continuously since then. I taught Modern Languages in various Cambridgeshire schools 1973 - 1990 and then became Adviser for the teaching of Modern Languages for Cambridgeshire LEA. In 1993 I set up my own business offering advice and training to Modern Language teachers in all parts of the UK,which included many visits to Northern Ireland. In 2009 at the age of 60 I became civilly partnered to Sandy Paul, the sub-librarian of Trinity College Cambridge, and we converted this into a marriage in 2015. I finally retired from full-time work in 2014 and now enjoy an active retirement with much travelling, music making and generally carousing.
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Gerald Sillery

I was an RUC officer for over 30 years. I was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty in 1999 New Year’s Honours List. Ken Reid was kind enough to send me a letter of congratulation the final sentence of which read, “….and Pete Nicholls will be turning in his grave”

In the course of my duties I encountered a number of my MCB contemporaries in legal, medical, political & civil service circles but only one who ended up in the dock and then prison. As I recall he was sentenced to seven years for drug dealing.

When I retired from the police I worked for ten years on European Union policing and security related projects in accession and pre-accession states. I could give guided tours in such places as Vilnius, Sofia, Prague, & Istanbul !

Interests : birdwatching & horse racing.
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Ian Young

Presently living in Nottingham with wife, Liz. Previously worked in various NHS and University posts in Paediatrics and Clinical Genetics before retiring to enjoy the good life. (Thanks to MCB for making this possible). Family - one long suffering wife, two sons and two grandsons. Favourite pastimes - 1) watching Nottingham Forest's rare wins, 2) trying (unsuccessfully) to beat grandsons at computer games and 3) complaining about Brexit.
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Margaret Barnes (née Montgomery)

After managing to spend 6 years at Queen's, Margaret moved to Halifax, West Yorkshire with the intention of returning to NI after a couple of years However that never happened - she still lives in Halifax where she worked as a Town Planner and Historic Buildings Officer for Calderdale Council until retirement in 2008. Married to Geoff and has 3 "children" and one grandchild. Spends her time doing a whole range of voluntary activities, including church, inter-faith links, town twinning, as well as trying to learn Mandarin - following on from interest in languages instilled at Methody - from Messrs Weil, Bown and Nesbitt.
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Margaret Calvert (née Crowe)

Since leaving Methody in 1967 and after completing teacher training, I taught for twenty years - nineteen of them in MCB, and twelve of those as Head of Department. In 1990 I changed career and until 2008 worked as a student counsellor in the University of Ulster. I continued some part-time work until 2012, although I still work voluntarily for a bereavement organisation which I've been connected with for over twenty five years
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Linda Downie (née Shannon)

We came to South Africa in 1972, Brian, as a Civil Engineer and I as a teacher. Both of our girls were born in Durban. Justine studied Veterinary Science in Pretoria and now has a practice in Auckland. Simone studied Business Science at University in Cape Town and has just relocated to London.
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Sally Hewitt (née McIntyre)

Sally lived in Germany for 13 years and France for 6 months, teaching German and English. She now lives with her husband in Salisbury, Wiltshire where she taught French and German until retirement. Her 2 daughters went to school wherever they happened to be and moved with them frequently. Sally enjoys retirement and plays tennis, swims, skis, does Pilates, theatre, helps at the local food bank and is involved with activities at her local church and enjoys an active social life.
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Ruth Kirby-Smith (née Brown)

Went to Queen's where I did degree in Social Sciences then a MSc in Town and Country Planning. Worked Stormont and London as Town Planner then became an academic at Cambridge for 4 years in Department of Land Economy. Started business in 1986 having designed a baby changing bag for my daughter as there was not a good one on the market. Recently retired after selling business which I started and ran for 30 years. Married to Peter for 47 years and living in Leeds.
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Barbara McDermott (née Forsyth)

Barbara pursued a career in biomedical science spending some time in Canada and the US and is currently an Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University Belfast. Seemingly best remembered as a chess player, she gave this up after too many years competing in smoky clubs in the north of England. More suited to her style now is the ballet studio, where it’s back to preparing for exams. Barbara is married to Ken Jones and they have a son Timothy who also got much out of time spent at Methody.
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Kathleen Mudd (née Nixon )

Brief resume of life since MCB and graduation. Moved to London - got married. Moved to Coventry - daughter born, now a violinist with BBC Welsh Orchestra. Back to Belfast - son born, teaches climbing/ 1st aid & health and safety round the country. Moved to Liverpool (still here) - divorced and remarried. Taught French and Geography in all 4 locations - thankfully now retired.
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Rosemary Russell (née Gray )

Rosemary became a primary school teacher in Belfast, specialising in Special Needs and Reading Recovery. She and her husband live on the outskirts of Holywood and have one daughter. Rosemary enjoys keeping fit through personal training and taking long walks.
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Barbara Thompson (née Houston)

Barbara became a healthcare social worker, based originally at the Finaghy Health Centre. She and her husband Kenneth live in Lisnabreeny, and their 2 children attended MCB in the 1980/90s. Barbara keeps herself busy with keeping fit & gardening. Now retired, Barbara keeps herself busy with keeping fit,gardening and regular visits to her grandchildren in Edinburgh.
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Yvonne Hill (née Thompson)

A wonderful time was had at Trinity, where I not only got a degree but also a husband ! We went on to have a son and a daughter and I turned my talent to opening my own ballet school which became the largest in South Dublin. After 30 years of teaching, I retired and my star pupil took over the school and now teaches my 2 granddaughters. I have remarried and now spend the winters in Tenerife and the summers in West Cork.
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Barbara Troy

Barbara moved to France, married, had two children and worked as an Embassy secretary till she retired in 2010. Her time now is taken up with country life and grandchildren (these grandchildren being great Harry Potter fans and having seen pictures of Methody, uniforms, McArthur Hall etc are convinced it was a sort of mini Hogwarts and are much impressed).
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