Obituary: Professor Christopher Cornford
Tuesday 18 May 1993
My brief was to teach 'Creative Writing'. Neither Christopher nor I admitted that we could ever define what that really meant. His breadth of understanding of student needs, and mine, was paramount. He gave me a completely free hand and never interfered with my 'methods' - if such they could be called, giving me unlimited support in my attempts to interest a wide variety of students outside their college specialities. I have always felt that I learned more than the students in the process; and for that I am grateful to Christopher.
He and I shared an early mentor in Dorothy Bristow, who was Art Mistress at the school in which I was incarcerated for seven years. Earlier she had been companion/governess to Frances Cornford and her family. I like to think that we drew from her influence some of the qualities which made us what we became. Christopher, for certain, did. He was a man without rancour, spite or enmity; in fact a truly loving man.
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