Luff, Richard W P
Richard died in October 1993 after being ill for several months. He was Captain of his House and a School Prefect and he gained a Higher School Certificate in 1944 and 1945. He was the seventh member of his family to attend Hurstpierpoint College.
His education “for life”, as he put it, was continued in the Royal Artillery and later, for his profession, at the College of Estate Management. He entered the profession as a trainee in the Estates and Valuation Department of the (then) Middlesex County Council, where he qualified for membership of the RICS.
In 1979 Richard was appointed City Surveyor to the Corporation of London where he served with distinction for nine years. In 1984 he became Director of Property for British Telecom at the important stage of the company’s privatisation. On his retirement from B T in 1987 he became a Board Member of the Commission for New Towns, Deputy Chairman of London Regional Transport Board and the chairman of the Judges in the administration of RICS Awards. His passion for high standards led to directorships of London Housing Standards Company, and London Wall Litigation Claims. Richard was a distinguished President of the RICS in 1982-83 and a founder-member in 1977, and Master in 1985, of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors. He was also President of the Association of Local Government Valuers and Estate Surveyors.
He enjoyed a remarkably full life – he was a member of the M.C.C. and Surrey County Cricket Club and took a positive interest in numerous charitable bodies He was a generous host, an amusing raconteur, and a very articulate speaker.
His main hobby was the appreciation of British furniture and antiquarian objects he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Furniture History Society. His publications included “Furniture in England – the age of the joiner” and about fifty articles on furniture history He was also much in demand as a lecturer on English furniture.
Through these interests. Dick met his first wife, Betty Chamberlain, whom he married in 1950. Their successful and happy partnership continued until Betty died in 1959 from injuries suffered in a tragic road accident. From his second marriage in 1990 to Daphne Andrews, who survives him, he again derived great happiness.
Richard was the Vice-President of the Hurstpierpoint Land Society, formed by OJs who are surveyors or professionals involved in property.