Published: 21 June 2016

Chemical Engineering graduates celebrate 50th anniversary

In the autumn of 1962 five new undergraduates (Harry Beale, Peter Eyles, Brian Harris, Peter Moxham and Keith Ward) commenced a four-year Chemical Engineering sandwich course at the Battersea College of Advanced Technology (CAT) at a time when Professor Russell Tailby was Head of Department.

In 1966 they each successfully completed the course. This coincided with the granting of the Royal Charter through which Battersea CAT became the University of Surrey. Consequently, the five became the first Chemical Engineering graduates of the University.

They have each had very successful careers and are all now retired. This year has marked 50 years since their graduation and the quintet recently held a reunion together with their wives. Windsor proved to be a convenient location with Peter Moxham and his wife, Jenny, flying in from their home near Edmonton, Canada and the others arriving from West Sussex, Oxfordshire, Cheshire and North Yorkshire. In perfect weather, after lunch in Windsor, they cruised the Thames and then retired for dinner at Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor.

They recalled:-

  •  ‘Freshers’ week in 1962, which involved a number quirky activities around London
  • All-night college balls at which key bands such as The Dutch Swing College Band and Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen performed,
  • Weekly trips to East Putney for engineering drawing tutorials,
  • Beer in the SU bar was a shilling a pint (5 new pence)
  • And much more…

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