Academic Year 1997/98
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Graduands in the academic year 1997/98:
Dr Graham Richard Brown
Dr Graham Brown was appointed to a lectureship in Physics at Canterbury Christ Church College in 1964. He became Head of Science, and subsequently in 1979, Head of Teacher Training. Under his direction, the College launched one of the largest INSET provisions in the country, providing access for practising Kent teachers to study for Bachelor of Education and Master’s degrees, diplomas and doctorates.
Appointed Vice Principal of the College in 1985, he played a significant role in the development of Paramedical Studies, and the establishment of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery Studies at the College. Just before his recent retirement, he instituted an innovative Bachelor of Science degree programme for serving Police Officers.
Graham Brown has a PhD in Metal Crystallography, is a Fellow of the Institute of Physicists and has published numerous scholarly papers.
Mr Benjamin Luxon CBE
Benjamin Luxon is one of the finest baritones of his generation. Born in Camborne, Cornwall, he was awarded a Countess of Munster Award and the Guildhall School of Music gold medal in 1963. He soon joined Benjamin Britten’s English Opera Group, receiving the unique honour of having England’s premiere composer write the TV opera “Owen Wingrave” for him. This role he subsequently sang at Covent Garden.
His international career has taken him to most of the prestigious opera houses of the world, in London, Vienna, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Milan, where he performed some of the greatest classical roles, including Eugene Onegin, Papageno, Don Giovanni, Wozzeck and Falstaff. He has also sung in oratorio, concerts, recitals and has recorded over one hundred discs. In the United States, he was a popular performer on the folk circuit.
Tragically afflicted by deafness in 1990, he has increasingly turned his attention to producing operas, especially at Canterbury Christ Church College, and training promising young singers.