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Trubutes to Gordon Inkster II

07/27/2001 11:25:53

I have just received an email letting me know about Gordon's sudden death. I just wanted to let you all know how sorry I am. Gordon was a great character who cared passionately about what he taught. To this day, I carry with me much of what he taught me about Impressionism, and I always think of him whenever I visit an exhibition.

I know for a fact he will be sadly missed.

Oliver Burton (1990-94)


Receiving Inkytext in the blue yonder of South Africa kept me in touch with Lancaster, for which I was most grateful.

I am very sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

All good wishes

Greg Mills


The world seems a darker place. His span must have been almost exactly that of his beloved Proust, Balzac, and Hector McIvor, and his stature was no less.

Robert Samuels


I've just arrived for my sabbatical visit to the University of Melbourne.

It really is a great shock. Lancaster has lost one of its compass bearings with Gordon's death. He has been of immense importance to the character and development of the University and a good friend to many.

Paul Taylor


The news of Gordon's death greatly saddened me. Gordon and I go back to the very early days of the County College. In more recent times I greatly enjoyed reading Inkytext. Not only did this keep me in touch with Lancaster, but it reassured me that, working in a place that is even more troubled by anti-academic idiot managerialism than is Lancaster, that one could still maintain academic standards and free expression. If I am known in my university as an "awkward bugger", it is in no small part due to the influence Gordon has had on me. Of course I have in no way been able to compete with Gordon.

Both Linden and I send our condolences to Maggie and the family, as well as to all his many friends at Lancaster University.

Farewell, Inky, you made a difference.

Brian Salter-Duke.