Author, science lecturer and musician, Michael White was the Head of Chemistry at d’Overbroeck’s in the 1980s. This year, the news of our former teacher passing away greatly saddened all the ones who were lucky enough to have met him.
In honour of Michael’s remarkable life, former colleagues, friends and family from Australia and across the United Kingdom gathered at d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form on the 15th of August and presented a commemorative bench for our former Head of Chemistry.
During the reunion, they paid their tributes to Michael, amongst which former colleague and best man at his wedding, Jaimie Tarrell, current Head of Biology at d’Overbroeck’s, who held a speech about his close friend, reminiscing about his time at our school and the memories they built together.
d’Overbroeck’s is honoured to have had Michael White as Head of Chemistry and will forever be grateful for his contributions to our school. The commemorative bench will remain at d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form as a tribute to Michael’s extraordinary life.
We would like to thank Mrs Kim Hurlry, Michael’s sister, for organising this memorable event.
Below are a few photos from the event:
Michael White (1959-2018)
Michael was born in Southend on the 16th February 1959. He was the sixth of seven children: Jack, Ann, Valerie, Barbara, Susan, Michael & Kim.
His parents Len and Flora were good, hardworking people, however at times it was difficult to make ends meet. Eventually, Len took a chance and opened up a builder’s merchants in Southend. Business flourished to such an extent that it made it possible to send Michael and his younger sister to a Private School and then to University.
Michael read Chemistry here at King’s College London and shortly afterwards became the Head of Chemistry at d’Overbroecks School, Oxford.
Michael was also an author of over 35 books on subjects as diverse as biographies of Newton and Einstein, to fictional works such as The Gateway, which was released as a film this year.
Michael was a talented musician and was part of the group the Thompson Twins in 1982. He must have inherited a special gene from his maternal grandfather, who was a brilliant pianist. Strangely none of his siblings have that gene.
In 1993 Michael married the love of his life Lisa and in due course became the proud father of India, George, Noah and Finn.
In 2005 the family relocated to Australia, where he was allowed entry due to his exceptional talent.
His early death has shocked all his family and friends. He was very much loved.