The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 90



Renaissance man
Remembering Michael Fisher (1932-2010): College staff (1958-1995),
head of French, housemaster of Kidd House, Sports Day announcer,
Citroën driver, man of mystery…
Michael Fisher as Private Morgan
and Ann Wallis-Brown (wife of
Melvyn) as Penny Raymond in
a publicity shot for the 1967 staff
production of Reluctant Heroes.
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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BRIAN DE KOCK
“Spike” was a teacher to
some, a mentor to others
and a mystery to most: the
plight of the polymath! One
moment he’d be listening to
his epic collection of classical
music and planning a Magic
Circle show, the next he’d
be coaching cricket straight
out of Wisden or tying up
his judogi with a black belt.
An Oxford graduate and
ex-British Army officer, he
wielded understatement like a
weapon underpinned by a love
of language most memorably
enunciated on Sports Day
when introducing the fourby-100-metre “ruh-lay”. For
Spike, only the serenity of a
hydropneumatically suspended
white Citroën gliding over the
Avenue speedbumps would do.
– Brandon de Kock (1986K)





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