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Sir Antony Acland: 12 March 1930– 08 September 2021

Sir Antony Acland (1949), alumnus of Christ Church, passed away on 8th September 2021.
14 Jan 2022
Written by Olivia Tan
Alumni

Sir Antony Acland, who has died aged 91, read PPE at Christ Church from 1949 to 1953. Having joined the Royal Artillery with a post-war 'emergency commission,' Acland began his career in the Foreign Office upon graduating, where he would remain for nearly 40 years. 

Acland's career included positions as the UK Mission to the UN and Head of the Diplomatic Service, and he served as the British Ambassador to Luxembourg, Spain, and the United States. Upon leaving the Foreign Office, Acland served as Provost of Eton College, between 1991-2000. In 2001 Acland helped to found the Rothermere American Institute, which aims to promote 'greater public and academic understanding of the history, culture and politics of the United States,' within Oxford and beyond. 

Acland was given the rare honour of appointment as a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 2001. He leaves behind his wife, Jennifer McGougan, and three children. 

Sir Antony Acland (1949), alumnus of Christ Church, passed away on 8th September 2021.

A memorial service will be held on 4th February at 2.30pm in College Chapel at Eton, where he was Provost in the 1990s.  Members and Friends are most welcome to attend.


Click here to read Sir Anthony's obituary in The Telegraph

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