We are saddened to have heard of the death of Donald James Bush (YG 1948).
Donald died on 14th February 2020 at his home in Belper, Derbyshire. Donald and his brother, Roger (YG 1952), were both at Friends' School Saffron Walden during the Second World War.
Donald was at FSSW from 1940 to 1946, going from the Junior School, then in Clifton House, right through the Senior School, but transferring after General School Certificate to Bootham School, York on a Rowntree Scholarship. From Bootham he went Clare College Cambridge, graduating with an MA Hons. In Chemistry (see picture). Following National Service work in research at Hammersmith Hospital, he married Gillian Clothier, and in 1958 joined Boots in Nottingham. His entire career was spent there as a management chemist, specialising in consumer products and regulation, and he retired in 1992.
After speaking with Roger, I learned that the last 10 years of Donald's life had been clouded by progressive dementia, but as a young man Donald had developed a keen interest in music. At both Friends' and Bootham he sang in the choir and played the violin. Indeed, I'm told he became something of a virtuoso on the recorder. In Derek Barbanell's "Whatever Happened to ...?", a 1995 snapshot of those at School during the War Years, Donald wrote: "I have been active in choral singing since school days and now sing regularly with 3 or 4 local choirs".
Having earlier sung with London Bach Society, he completed 50 unbroken years with the Nottingham Bach Choir. In addition, he played the horn regularly from 1963 to 1992; in 1972 he responded to Richard Sturge's appeal for OS orchestral players in his Brahms Requiem performances at Walden and Thaxted.
Long-distance walking and running were among his other pursuits. He ran three London Marathons, twice walked the Pennine Way, and walked many of the national Long-Distance Footpaths with colleagues who formed the walking club appropriately named Boots.
He was a man of many interests, which included, in no particular order, entomology, mathematics, ferns and sundials, of which he designed several for friends and for his own garden. He and Gillian, who survives him, had four daughters, all married and with families, giving him 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.