John Reed passed away on 15 November 2016. A Fellow for more than 62 years, he was one of the Society’s longest standing members. A Cornishman by birth, he served in the meteorological branch of the Fleet Air Arm during World War Two. He was a junior school teacher at South View School, Basingstoke for many years, later becoming a primary school headmaster at St Bede’s School, Winchester. In his retirement he became an accredited guide at Winchester Cathedral, a role about which he was very enthusiastic. In the later years of his retirement he wrote his memoirs tracing his Cornish childhood, wartime service, family life and experiences as a teacher and headmaster.