Martin Drury, SCR 1982-2016

Martin Drury, photographed in the Inner Quad

We are sad to announce that Martin Drury, Classics Master and former Head of White House, died on 4th January. Martin was a hugely gifted classicist who inspired many boys over 34 years at the school. He was highly respected in the field of Classics; after undertaking graduate work at Cambridge on Ovid, he contributed an impressive Appendix of Authors and Works and a splendidly concise and elegant Metrical Appendix to the Cambridge History of Classical Literature (1982), with his contributions gratefully acknowledged by the authors in their preface.

While Martin was always at ease teaching the most challenging of texts in Latin or Greek, he was also keen to make both subjects accessible to those pupils yet to master them. Indeed, his Greek textbook for beginners, Ganymedes, served as a superb introduction for a generation of MTS Hellenists, and is remembered with fondness by those who in this way first encountered the language. Martin was a popular and active figure in the Senior Common Room and during his time as President he also became the first representative of the SCR on the Governing Body. Martin will be sorely missed; he is survived by his partner Jill and children Izzy and Xander.

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