We are writing to let Old Scholars know of the sad news that, on 28th October 2019, Mark Chamberlain died. Mark Chamberlain attended Friends' School Saffron Walden between 1936 and 1940.
Mark was born in Cheam in 1929 and, at the age of 7, was sent as a boarder to Friends' School Saffron Walden Junior School. In 1936 the Junior School was situated in the town, before its move into Clifton House on the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Debden Road. After only a year in the secondary school, in 1940, he transferred to Dorking County School, his mother having bought a bungalow in Great Bookham which was to become Mark's home for the rest of his long life.
In an era of National Service, Mark registered as a conscientious objector and joined the Friends Ambulance Unit's Post-War Service. After assignments in Germany, where he was engaged alongside Gerard Wakeman (1945) in work on a refugee home in Cologne, and at an orphanage in Paris. Mark began his long career in hotel management in 1949, and the following year he started hotel work in Cleveland, Ohio, which allowed him to travel widely in the USA, where he linked up with the American Friends Service Council and joined one of their work camps in Mexico before returning to England.
Mark's interest in food and food production led him to a job in the Food Hall of Bentall's in Kingston on Thames from 1951-54, but after a serious motorcycle accident in 1954, he was offered employment by G Costa & Co, an Italian form of food importers. He ended up working for them for 37 years, retiring in 1994. Among Mark's leisure interests were the Scout Movement and music, particularly jazz and big bands. As well as contributing to 'Jazz Journal' he was Chairman of Bookham Big Bands Society.
Mark married Betty Ellis, of Reigate Friends Meeting, in 1964. Their elder son, Andrew, is an accountant and lives close by in Surrey, and his younger brother, Roger, lives in the West Country. Mark and Betty were members of Dorking Meeting for well over fifty years.