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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. 

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2 June 2021 - Eastbournian Society June newsletter

Development Director Emma Garrett writes:

I hope you have enjoyed this stunning Bank Holiday weekend and feel as energised and positive as I do after such glorious sunshine – perhaps this is the start of summer at last!

On Sunday, our golfers enjoyed an extremely hot day at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club where the Old Eastbournian Golf Society (OEGS) took on the Eastbourne College staff. They had drawn against the boys in a recent fixture and were back for more on Sunday. It was lovely to meet the secretary Chris Walker and catch up with the latest golfing news – if you would like to become a member please do get in touch via the OEGS website. Membership for under 25s is just £5 a year, with the opportunity to play on some incredible golf courses where the green fee is subsidised by the OEGS. So if you have recently left school and are not a member, please do consider this! We will be getting plans underway for next year’s Foundation Golf Day very soon – having missed out this year and last year because of the pandemic, 2022's event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Do let us know if you would like to get involved by emailing us at

As you will be aware, on finishing at the College, our U6 leavers automatically become members of the Eastbournian Society and on Friday 21 May the ES team hosted a leavers' reception to welcome our soon-to-be alums into the community.

This particular cohort has had an extremely testing year and it was rather lovely to be able to share with them the very real benefits that they can access as part of the ES. As I said in my short address, while some I know will be desperate to move on and leave school behind them, others will need all the support they can get as they leave the safe confines of the College. We are here to help all OEs on the next stages of their journeys and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our alums both in the UK and overseas for all they do to this end.

Inspiring others and connecting with people have been key components in my own 'squiggly' career which you can hear more about in an interview I recently recorded for the Leaders Who Love What they Do podcast. I have no doubt that Eastbourne College was instrumental in giving me the resilience, confidence and ambition to achieve what I have.

The Eastbournian Society is made up of many inspirational members, not least our young reps on the committee helping us to engage and connect with a new generation. Georgia Yarnell (Nugent 2013-18) very kindly joined us at our recent receptions to talk to the U6 about what the ES has done for her, and James Potter (Reeves 2012-14) is very involved as our sports rep and runs the Stags OE rugby team – you will be able to watch them play on College Field on Reunion Day, 11 September.

While on the subject of sport, Will Ripley is chairman of the Old Eastbournian Cricket Club and is particularly keen that our young leavers join the club and benefit from the OECC network, not only in terms of cricket, but also for careers advice and support, and business networking opportunities. OE Cricket Week takes place from 4 to 8 July at the College and the club has asked us to invite you to join in with Vice-Presidents' Day on Sunday 4 July, which will include a hog roast for all players, guests and families, making this a family-orientated social day to start the week. As a newly appointed vice-president of the club, I look forward to meeting some of you then. For more details email Will at Will is visiting the College for the MCC game on Thursday 24 June and talking to the leavers about the club. While this year there is no MCC Dinner following the match against the College, we will be hosting afternoon tea and drinks after the game from 4.00pm to 5.00pm so please do come for the last session of the game and stay for the trophy presentation and tea. The MCC dinner is an important one in our calendar and we look forward to hosting this again in 2022.

Incidentally, at the risk of overloading this email with yet another sports-related story, if you missed the recent write-up in The Guardian featuring OE Tawanda Muyeye (Gonville 2018-20) - it is definitely worth a read. He is an extremely impressive and talented young man.

With only a few weeks left of the summer term here are the most important dates for your diaries:

Speech Day is our next event when we will be hosting drinks for all Eastbournian Society members outside the pavilion; we do hope to see you between 12.15pm and 2.00pm on Saturday 26 June, no RSVP required, just turn up.

Due to the popularity of our Thursday 1 July 2.00pm guided walk, Margaret Thatcher's Chelsea, run by Rick Jones, Blue Badge Guide and brother of the current head of St Andrew’s Prep, Rick has kindly agreed to host a second walk at 11.00am. Rick is a journalist and former classical musical correspondent of the Evening Standard. Eastbournian Society members are urged to join us for this insight into Thatcher’s London – find out more and book your place here.

As ever we have lots of other events planned for the coming months – please see a full round-up here. Whichever events you choose to attend, please do make a point of seeking me out and introducing yourself, I look forward to meeting you soon.

One final thought - as we tentatively look forward to the easing of restrictions on 21 June, there is much to celebrate. Over the last year, ES members have achieved greatness in a number of ways despite the restrictions placed upon us all by the pandemic - and in some ways, because of them. Our archives volunteer Michael Partridge (Blackwater 1946-51) completed his updating of the Eastbourne College Roll of Honour earlier this year - no mean feat - and for that we are extremely grateful. You can download the document here and if you have any comments, additions or corrections, please do get in touch with Michael.

Books have been written, lives have been saved, businesses established, children born, marathons run and international awards won. We'd love to hear what you have achieved in the last 14 months or so, please do give us a call or drop us a line, and we'll include some of the stories in next month's newsletter.

With best wishes

Emma Garrett
Development Director

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