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Maree O'Mahoney(Staff 90) worked for many years at UZ as an administrator in the Engineering Department and now lives in Cork, Eire.

We are sad to report thatDenise Osbornepassed away on 11 August 2009. She will long be remembered for her expertise and wonderful achievements in music. She was Director of Music at Ruzawi from 1969-1993 then joined the staff ot Peterhouse in 1994 as Music Secretary. In 1996 she moved to Springvale House. Her contribution to music in all the schools was enormous and she touched the lives of so very many of her pupils.

Bob Owtram(Staff 70-84) is one of only two members of staff to have been awarded an Honours Tie, the staff equivalent of the VC. This was for his tremendous contribution to the school as Bursar over 14 years when his skills were vital to the survival of the school during the "lean" years, 1977 to 1982. Bob andAnnleft to manage the family estate in Lincolnshire, UK. They moved to South Africa and Bob was Bursar at Phuteng School and retired to Johannesburg. Gauteng Petreans were delighted when Bob and Ann revisited a very different era at Peterhouse when enrolments fell to a level not large enough to field an U13 rugby team and Grinham had only 18 boys in it. See Bob's memoriesin Nostalgia. Bob was tragically shot and murdered by an intruder in his Johannesburg home on 23 May 2001.What a waste, Bob was a man who just gave and gave, and that to great effect.