Obituary: Jack Goodison

BECAUSE it sounded apocryphal Graham Pollard, in his obituary of Jack Goodison (18 January), refrained from quoting the remark which was allegedly overheard by Sydney Cockerell and led to Goodison's appointment at the Fitzwilliam, writes Brooke Crutchley. True or not quite true, the story is too good to be lost. The remark attributed to the precocious young graduate was: 'Observe the rhythm of the chromes.'

When Reynolds Stone, after taking his degree, was serving a student apprenticeship at the University Press, Goodison formed the opinion that Stone was being starved by his landlady and arranged for him to have a wholesome lunch each day in his own digs in Bateman Street. That was typical of his concern for others and his very practical approach.