Chris Sibson

With deep regret we announce the death on 22nd January, after a long illness, of Chris Sibson, a founder and first secretary of the society. He was aged 68. Chris was one a group of British and Luxembourger Oxonians who came together in 2003 to set up the OUSL. Chris held the post of secretary of the society until ill health compelled him to retire.

Chris joined the European Investment Bank in 1973, left to run a financial market association in London, returned to the EIB, and became in time the first secretary-general of the European Investment Fund.

His personality was marked by an independent spirit, great linguistic powers, sharp powers of observation, and a creative sense of humour, among many other distinguished qualities. His active concern for the wellbeing of others took many forms, notably that of elected spokesman for the staff of the EIB and later that of official staff counsellor.

His fellow OUSL committee-members will miss his good company, his flow of ideas and the precise and diligent ways he performed his role. Not least among them was his inspiration for the Samuel Pepys evening of 16th January. We have expressed our sympathy to his widow, Ruth, and their sons, David and Robert. All members of OUSL are indebted for his work for us.

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