Geoffrey Pollitt (F 34-38)
died in May last year. His son kindly provided the following tribute:

“An innovative psychiatrist in the prison medical service, Geoffrey Pollitt, who also tried to understand the motivation of arsonists, died peacefully at his Norfolk home, aged 88.
In a 40-year career, which began while serving with the Royal Navy, he was later involved as a medical expert in high-profile arson and murder trials in the north of England.
Dr Pollitt, who lived at Ingham Old Hall, near Stalham, retired as the deputy director of the prison medical service. He joined that service in November 1965 and served at prisons including Brixton, and later Armley, Leeds. He was also responsible for the medical treatment at many of the country's top-security jails including Durham and Wakefield.
His specialist knowledge and research into arsonists led to many invitations to address medical conferences.
He also gave evidence on behalf of the Crown in a murder trial on the island of St Helena in 1981. He made the long sea voyage, with the judge and trial lawyers, to the remote island where Napoleon Bonaparte died.
He was born at Bearsden, Glasgow, though the family had a long-established paper making business in Ulverston, Cumberland. He was sent to St Bees School in 1934 and left in July 1938 when he went to read medicine at Queen’s College, Cambridge. He qualified as a doctor in January 1945 and having completed his training, he joined the Royal Navy after hostilities had ceased.
He served as senior medical officer in HMS Concord, which had been earlier involved in the dramatic escape of HMS Amethyst down the Yangste river in July 1949. He saw action in the Korean war, when the destroyer came under fire, and sustained fatalities.
Later, Surgeon Commander Pollitt set up one of the first specialist units in the navy to improve psychiatric care when he was posted to Malta in 1961, and then on his return to Britain at the Royal Navy's detention centre at Portsmouth.
Later, he was a partner in a 100-acre dairy farm in the Yorkshire dales, which was run by his first wife, Judith Ann, between 1964 and 1973.He also served as chairman of his parish council, Menwith-with-Darley, in Nidderdale, for seven years.
They had three sons, Michael, who is the rural affairs editor of the Eastern Daily Press, Robin and Symon. When they divorced, the farm was sold and he married Jill, who died in 2003.
A family funeral service was held at St Faith's Crematorium, Norwich, on Thursday, May 21, 2009.”

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