A memorial stone honouring the legacy of former senior lecturer Robert Rawson and his wife, Dilys Rawson, was unveiled today (Tuesday 4 August) in the Atrium of the Student Services Centre at LSE.
The memorial stone commemorates both the commitment that Bob and Dilys gave to students during their lives, and their generous legacy bequest to LSE, which will be used to endow a scholarship in the Department of Geography and Environment.
Bob Rawson (1916-1996) joined the Geography Department at LSE in 1945, after having met Dilys (1917-2009) during their studies at Aberystwyth. Both Bob and Dilys dedicated their lives to education, Bob through teaching Geography at LSE and Dilys through teaching Biology at Queen Elizabeth College.
Speakers at the event included Emeritus Professor Michael Wise, who was a close colleague of Bob Rawson during his time at LSE.
Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, head of the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE, said: 'We are very grateful for this very generous legacy which will provide scholarship assistance for postgraduate geography and environment students for many years to come.'
Before coming to LSE, Bob had served as a Squadron Leader in the RAF, from 1941 onwards in the Middle East and Far East, specialising in air photographic interpretation. He had a number of achievements which earned him a mention in despatches and was joint leader of an expedition into Tibet.
Dilys, like Bob, always had a close connection with her students and she recalled the pleasure of teaching the young David Attenborough about tape-worms! Bob went on to publish The Monsoon Lands of Asia, to write many papers, to contribute to studies of aerial photographic interpretations of land use problems, and to supervise many LSE graduate students from Asian countries.
The Robert and Dilys Rawson Scholarship will support postgraduate students in the Department of Geography and Environment.
4 August 2009