Gregory, Robin James

Gregory, Robin James

Robin died on 19 October 1971.

At that time Robin was still teaching at the College and after doing his normal work he went to Sussex University to play his horn with the University orchestra. After the rehearsal, in which he was playing as accurate as ever, Robin returned to his car and collapsed and died immediately.

He came to Hurst in 1935 as Senior Biology Master: he also taught mathematics and other branches of Science. He was an excellent and natural games player – many will recall his speed and strength when he was in charge of rugby football. He was a Captain in the OTC and CCF; for his services he was awarded the Territorial Medal.

For nearly 30 years he was in charge of Star House – he retired as Housemaster in 1965. He was greatly respected and liked by the boys of his House. They knew him as a man who was always at hand to give them help and advice and that when they made mistakes his correction would be fair and sensible.

He came from a musical family and music was his main interest. In his early days at Hurst he gave first class solo performances on his oboe: but later he taught himself to play the French Horn. His book “The Horn” published in 1961 has become a standard work and it brought him an international reputation in the music world.

Robin was essentially a kind, gentle and modest person. He contributed so much to the life of Hurst and all who came in contact with him owe him a great debt. By his example he taught all to think before speaking and if in doubt to say nothing. He set a high standard for himself and he expected others to be equally thorough.

Robin’s widow, Margaret, still lives in the village [ See now her own Obituary in 2004 ] She has three children and seven grandchildren. Robin’s father was killed when he was a small boy and recently the third generation of the Gregory family has suffered another tragedy. Catherine, Robin’s younger daughter, lost her husband at the age of 33 in very similar circumstances.

Further information about their early days together at Hurst can be found in Margaret’s Obituary.

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