Goodbye to Fred Booth

Fred passed away on August 29th at the age of 91. He was a stalwart of the Club and did much for the natural history of Kent for 30 – 40 years. He was chair of the Club’s Executive Committee from 1995-6, and from 2011-13, a committee member from 2007-10, and President from 2001-3. The Club elected him Honorary Member in 2020. Fred played a leading role in the Kent Wildlife Trust as its Chief Executive in the 1980s. He was awarded an MBE in 2011.

Fred’s funeral was held yesterday (September 23rd) at Vinters Park Crematorium and the cortège was accompanied by a police guard of honour as he served many years in the force, finally as a Chief Superintendent. Members of the Club attended and were able to celebrate Fred’s life.

The wake was held at the nearby Hilton Hotel where I was able to meet his sister, reminisce with her about his life with the Club and earlier days. She has kindly agreed for me to get in touch to complete a full obituary for Fred which is planned to be published in the next volume of the Transactions in the New Year. To that end, I would welcome from members information, anecdotes, memories of Fred and the Club that can be collated into a full article.

Ian Tittley

Honorary Editor

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Obituary - Eric Philp

Eric Philp, Keeper of Natural History at Maidstone Museum, 1958-1993, former President and Honorary member of the Kent Field Club died on 8th January 2013 aged 82.

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