The Eastbournian Society brings together our extended family of Old Eastbournians (Eastbourne College), Old Androvians (St Andrew's Prep), Old Aschamians (Ascham Prep), parents of both current and former pupils, current and former staff, and local people and businesses and other friends and supporters. Our aim is to maintain close links with any person or organisation who wishes to be associated with Eastbourne College and St Andrew's Prep.

Through a range of events, we keep in touch with and support our members, offering cultural, social, sporting, career and networking opportunities. We also look after those benefactors who so generously support our schools. 


14 June 2021 - Peter Homburger (School 1942-47) 

We are sad to announce the death of Peter Homburger (School 1942-47), one of our most loyal and generous Old Eastbournians.

Peter, 93, died in hospital on Thursday 10 June after a short illness. Along with his two brothers, Peter came to the UK in 1939, having escaped Nazi Germany through the Kindertransport scheme.

He spent five years at the College before moving to the USA in 1947. He was drafted in the 45th Infantry Division and served as a chaplain's assistant in Japan and Korea in 1950-52.

He later married and raised four boys, settling in Denver, Colorado, where he worked for the local electric utility company for 33 years, before retiring in 1984.

Peter was always a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of the College which had given him refuge during the war. For him, the College's motto, Ex Oriente Salus, had real resonance, in its wider interpretation of 'Salvation from the East[bourne]'.

He was one of our longest-serving OE worldwide representatives, from 1961 to 2018, was a frequent contributor to Foundation appeals, and was a member of the Devonshire Society. There are two Homburger Rooms in the College, one in the Birley Centre and one in the Winn Building, part of the Project 150 development.

In October 2019, Peter visited the College with his four sons (pictured above) and spoke to pupils studying history about his experiences in Nazi Germany, his escape to England and how he coped with being separated from his parents. He then took part in a question-and-answer session with the pupils in which he made it clear that despite all that he had experienced in his early life, he held no bitterness. You can read about the visit and Peter's life in this article from the 2019 OE magazine.

Peter will be remembered by many in the College community for his good nature, loyalty, generosity and support. The OE flag is flying at half-mast this week as a tribute to this inspirational Old Eastbournian.

We send our condolences and thoughts to his family at this sad time. 


14 Jun 2021    Peter Homburger (School 1942-47)
2 Jun 2021    Eastbournian Society June newsletter
29 May 2021    Tawanda Muyeye (Gonville 2018-20) could become 'the best cricketer in the world'
21 May 2021    Year 13 leavers are welcomed to the Eastbournian Society
20 May 2021    OE golfers play College pupils at Royal Eastbourne
14 May 2021    G7 summit to be hosted by events agency Identity, run by Michael Gietzen (Reeves 2001-03)
6 May 2021    Eastbournian Society May newsletter
1 May 2021    Jamie Atkins (Wargrave 2018-20) makes first-class debut for Sussex v Lancashire

> Click here for all 2021 news headlines and our news archive

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Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures

A new fully-illustrated souvenir book, Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures, is now available to buy from the Eastbournian Society.

Exploring the history of the College with a series of themes, covering art, buildings, the cadet force, chapel, charity, drama, houses, personalities, science, sport, the war years and much more, the book is packed with photographs and drawings sourced from the College archives.

With a soft cover and 108 pages it is available to buy for just £5.00.

You can buy it in person from the Eastbournian Society office or the school shop, or order a copy to be posted to you.

The price including postage and packing (UK) is £7.70. For postage costs outside the UK please enquire for details.

Contact David Blake at 01323 452262 or drblake@eastbourne-college.co.uk .

You can pay by credit card over the phone or send a cheque, made payable to Eastbourne College Incorporated, to Eastbournian Society, Headmaster's House, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JX.

Forthcoming events

We organise social and cultural events, including lunches, dinners, theatre trips, walks, talks and visits to places of interest. These are for all Eastbournian Society members: Old Eastbournians, parents, pupils, staff and other friends of the College. In addition there are career and business networking events where OEs, parents and current pupils can meet to offer and receive advice and build up business contacts.

Comprehensive details are in the listings on our Forthcoming events page.

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