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KES welcomes large bequest to its bursary fund.

Last year, the school was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Anthony (Tony) Hall who attended King Edward’s from 1950-1955. Tony, along with his wife, Catherine, returned to King Edward’s for the first time in many decades in 2009 and was delighted to see the changes made to the school since the 1950s and revisit the Classics Department – a subject close to his heart.

Tony had always felt a deep sense of gratitude to the school as he maintained that the course of his life had been undeniably altered by the actions of the then Head Master Dr Stroud and his former Classics Master, Mr Thompson. In July 1955, despite his wish to continue with his education, Tony moved with his family to Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, where his stepfather had accepted a job with the Colonial Service, and his mother had found him an entry-level job in an insurance broker’s office writing cover notes for car insurance. Aware of the situation, and unbeknown to Tony, Dr Stroud and Mr Thompson applied for the Jagger Scholarship in Classics at the University of Cape Town on his behalf, so that he could continue with his studies. They were successful with the application and, in January 1956, Tony took up this opportunity, graduating in 1958 at the top of his class with a Bachelor of Commerce. 

Subsequently, Tony went on to have a very successful and illustrious professional career within the finance sector, moving from Africa to New York with his post at Pfizer in the late 1960s, then joining Bristol-Myers in 1971, where he later became Vice President of their International Division (1974), Assistant to the Vice President-Finance (1977), Assistant Treasurer and Head of the newly formed Fiduciary and Risk Management Department (1980) and finally, in 1984, he was elected Vice President and Controller of Bristol-Myers International. 

Following his visit in 2009, Tony established the Anthony Hall Prize for Classics and over the course of the next decade he and Catherine returned to KES on several occasions to attend the annual Thanksgiving Service and Prizegiving events, always enjoying the opportunity to meet and talk with the winners of the Classics prize. In the belief that his path in life had been changed irrevocably, and for the better, by the actions of Dr Stroud, and in recognition and gratitude for the opportunities that his actions had afforded him, Tony very generously bequeathed the sum of £500,000 to the King Edward VI Foundation in his Will as well as a further £12,000 to ensure the continuation of his Classics award. 

King Edward’s will now be able to use his very substantial bequest, along with those of other benefactors, to continue to fund means-tested bursaries for the children of Southampton so that they too can benefit from the very many opportunities and experiences that a King Edward’s education can provide and that they would, otherwise, not be able to afford. Our William Capon Club has been established to recognise those of you who have chosen to support the Foundation, either by leaving bequests in your will or by making regular or one-off donations. Members are invited to join us at school events and dinners so that we may recognise this generosity. 

Please consider joining with others to ensure that we can make a difference to other children. If you would like to make a one-off donation, set up a regular payment or include the Foundation in your Will, please contact the Development Office on edwardians@kes. hants.sch.uk, ring 02380 799212 or visit our website. 

Every contribution regardless of the amount can help us shape a child’s life story.