Revd Professor Owen Chadwick, OM, 1916-2015

Members who have not read about it already will be saddened to hear of the passing of The Reverend Professor Owen Chadwick, OM, KBE, FBA, FRSE, on Friday 17th July. The elder brother of Henry Chadwick (EHS President, 1984-5), Owen's prodigious output as an author and editor spanned the Church of England, the papacy and European thought from the Reformation to the twentieth century. He was Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge, from 1956-83, during which time he was successively Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Regius Professor of Modern History. He also served as President of the British Academy from 1981-5 and as Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, from 1984-94. He also played a key role in reshaping the structures of the Church of England as chair of the Chadwick Commission (1966-70). As President of the Ecclesiastical History Society in 1988-9 his theme was 'The ministry:clerical and lay', published as SCH 26. Of the many tributes paid to him, John Morrill's obituary in The Guardian perhaps best encapsulates the breadth of a figure who, while being 'one of the most remarkable men of letters of the twentieth century', was also 'immune from arrogance and self-importance'.

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