Reporter 404, 16 June 1997


Mary Cawtheray

Mary Cawtheray died on May 21 1997

Mary was appointed in August 1967 as a part-time punch card verifier and became a member of full-time staff in 1971. She was promoted to Senior Computer Operator in 1975, holding that post until her retirement in September 1992.

Mary was a well-known figure to all who visited Data Processing and especially to staff from Central Administration. Before the installation of the present student admissions system, Mary processed all undergraduate admission applications and was always ready to provide additional support to any section within the Student Office at busy times of the academic year. Mary trained and supervised data entry staff and had a wealth of knowledge acquired in using previous systems, much of which was recorded in a ‘little black book.’ She was greatly respected by staff in her own office, the student offices and those in what was then the Bursar’s Office together with many admissions tutors. Following her retirement she was greatly missed. Mary died peacefully in Wharfedale General Hospital following a short illness.

Roy Shuttleworth

Dr Roy Shuttleworth died in May 1997

Roy Shuttleworth spent most of his academic life at the University, firstly as an undergraduate, then as a post doctoral fellow, from which he was promoted to lecturer and finally senior lecturer in the Department of Metallurgy, an appointment which he held until he retired in 1987.

He studied for his PhD at Bristol where he worked with Professor Neville Mott. After his PhD he conducted research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough and published a famous paper where he showed how a simple concept – the triangle of forces – could be applied to assessing grain boundary energies of metals and alloys.

Whilst at Farnborough he met Dr Petch, who later became first Professor of Metallurgy at Leeds. He persuaded Roy to return to Leeds in 1954 where he established a research group on solid state diffusion in metals. Roy took an active part in the growth of the Department. He took a heavy lecturing load, giving rigorous courses in thermodynamics and the electronic structures of metals and alloys. For almost thirty years Roy influenced the academic development of hundreds of students. The University benefits greatly from such members of its staff.

Emeritus Professor Jack Nutting

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