Saturday, July 17, 2010

John Berridge

There's an appreciation of the life of West End resident John Berridge by David Torrance, in today's Herald - see http://tiny.cc/berridge. John passed away last month and the obituary in today's Herald (together with an earlier one in the Scotsman) highlights his distinguished academic career, his significant contribution to Scottish devolution, and his many interests, including painting and birdwatching.

John was one of my politics lecturers at the University of Dundee in the 1980s. Many years later, it was a pleasure to be invited by John to open Dundee Art Society's summer exhibition last year and present the Roseangle Cup and other awards in its schools' competition and its McCartney Awards. John was a past President of the Society and a measure of his
painting talent can be seen on their website. The watercolour below - The Red Umbrella - is an example of that considerable talent.

David Torrance rightly describes John as "a genial man who gave willingly of his time and reflections" and he will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.