Rhoden, John K
John died on 28 May 1987.
After leaving Hurst he entered the Administrative side of the Hospital Service becoming a Fellow of the Hospital Administrators and a Fellow of the institute of Purchasing and Supplies. He worked in hospitals in Littlehampton, Birmingham and London and at his retirement he was Supplies Officer for the North East Regional Metropolitan Board.
John was a keen sportsman; his chief love was cricket. He played in the H.J.Cricket Week and also for Buckhurst Hill C.C. He was a very keen and long serving member of the M.C.C. He was also a mountaineer of no mean standard, having experience in England, Wales, Scotland, Switzerland and the Dolomites. He made a recorded first ascent of a rock face in North Wales.
During the War John was in the Royal Artillery. He did a lot of work with Signals and then trained Commandos on rock assault courses.
John’s other great love was the theatre and amateur dramatics in which he had taken a considerable interest whilst at Hurst. While his work came under the London County Council he produced all the plays put on by its Dramatic Society. He excelled as a Director, taking charge of plays at Wimbledon and Buckhurst Hill.
When John retired he and his wife, Mary, moved to a small Dorset village where they spent ten happy years. They then moved back to Storrington, John’s birthplace.
John died at Storrington from lung cancer and in keeping with his strong character and determination he fought the disease for over two years. Had he lived just two weeks longer he and Mary would have celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.