Ted Hollis Scholarship Appeal

11/06/1997


In October 1996 we sadly had to report on the death of Ted Hollis, Ted Hollisa leading figure in the international movement to promote wetland conservation as an integral part of sustainable development, at the INTECOL meeting in Perth. Subsequently, his colleagues, friends, and admirers around the world developed an appeal to establish a scholarhip in his name as a fitting memorial to his work. I'm afraid I didn't think to post that appeal on this site until prompted this morning by Dr J. S. Larson of the Environmental Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. What follows is a replica of the appeal notice that has actually been available since about December 1996. -- Web Editor.


Ted Hollis Scholarship Appeal

University College LondonDepartment of Geography
University College London

In September we were all saddened to learn of Ted's death from heart failure whilst attending a conference in Australia. He was just 49. He is already missed - as a colleague, teacher, researcher, adversary, and friend.

Finding an appropriate way to mark Ted's immense contribution to the Geography Department, UCL and the international research community is a challenge. After discussion with his family and colleagues, we have decided to raise a flind to endow a postgraduate scholarship in Ted's name. We know this is ambitious - we need to raise over £300,000 - but we believe the size of the project is a measure of Ted himself.

Corporate sponsors will be approached in the New Year. Before embarking on this task, we want to demonstrate the commitment of the academic community to the project. The Provost has already agreed to waive £4,750 pa, the difference between the overseas and home fees for the scholarship and the Geography Department will fund the research costs of the studentship - some £1,450 pa. This financial support will yield the equivalent of £137,000 to the capital sum - good news indeed.

With over one third of our target secured we are now inviting personal contributions. Together, we hope that colleagues and alumni will raise £50,000. It is always difficult to know what to give on these occasions, but as a guide, it is hoped that people who knew Ted well will be prepared to covenant between 1/2% and 1% of their gross income. If you prefer, single donations can be made by cheque payable to the 'Ted Hollis Scholarship Fund'.

If you would like to talk in confidence about the scholarship to me or to Lucy Rogers in the Development Office (0171 391 1643), please do call.

With thanks and sincere good wishes,

Julian Thompson


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