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Gerald Moore - an Obituary

Monday, 23 April, 2018 -- joe

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that at the age of 91, Old Elthamian Gerald Moore died on the 24th March, peacefully at home in Devon.

A child actor in films such as Medal for the General (1944) alongside Petula Clark, he went on to study medicine, in London. After qualification he went to Dublin to take a further degree in Dentistry before ultimately having a surgery on Harley Street as an oral surgeon.

His career as an artist evolved over several decades. Since 1950, he has exhibited his work widely, including at Whitechapel Gallery (1950), the Scottish National Gallery (1959), at Heal's Gallery with David Hockney (1961), Bath Festival (1982) and Cooperative K (Germany, 1994). The largest single collection of his work is now housed within the walls of Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College.

Alongside his work as an artist, Gerry published several written works. This includes an anthology of poems entitled The Singing Dust (1976), children's book The Cuckoo Who Flew Backwards (1977) and in 1982 he published his autobiography, Treading in Treacle.

He was a great friend of the school providing us not only with the bronze statues in Old Quad but also financial support for the Gerald Moore Gallery.

There was a Service of Thanksgiving on Friday 20 April at St James the Apostle, Swimbridge near Barnstaple.