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31 October 2013
Trevor Waldmeyer 1912-2013

The University of Nottingham’s oldest known alumnus, Trevor Waldmeyer, has died peacefully at his home in Maidstone, Kent, aged 101.

Trevor studied Chemistry at the University from 1931 to 1935 graduating with a First Class degree under the famous Professor Frederick Kipping who became the first Sir Jesse Boot Professor of Chemistry at the University.

Trevor, who first came to Nottingham from Geneva in 1927, attended the Mundella School and helped out in the University’s science laboratories, then in Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, in order to pay his way through his college studies. He met his wife Amy Linday through the University’s then International Society.

After graduating, he obtained a post as Assistant Chemist at Manchester Corporation’s Daveyhulme Sewage Works specialising in activated sludge of which Daveyhulme was a pioneering plant. There followed years as an analytical chemist at various water treatment plants before he saw service in the WW2 with the Royal Navy from 1943-46. He then went into aero research before becoming a water and effluent chemical engineer for Albert Reed and Co (Reed Paper Group) and then Chemical Inspector at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.

Trevor was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which he joined as a member in 1948. He also became a member of the Institute of Water Pollution Control and also the Institute of Public Health Engineers and he sat on the bodies of several river authorities in the 1960s and 1970s.

Trevor kept in touch with the University over the years regularly attending the famous Colonel Brian Shaw lecture on explosives and he had recently been the proud recipient of a University tie and a personal card from the Vice-Chancellor to mark his 101st birthday in January.


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