Tributes paid to respected academic

Dr Tony Rich Tony Rich earlier this year with Colchester's sporting champions Dominic King, Louis Present, Scott Moorhouse and Hannah Stodel

Dr Tony Rich Tony Rich earlier this year with Colchester's sporting champions Dominic King, Louis Present, Scott Moorhouse and Hannah Stodel

First published in North Essex

TRIBUTES have been paid to respected academic Dr Tony Rich who has died of cancer.


Dr Rich, who was 58, was described as an exemplary and popular registrar at the University of Essex, a post he held for 12 years.


While based in Colchester, Dr Rich played a key role in community life.


He served as a governor at Colchester Institute, was chairman of the Colchester Partnership for London 2012 and was on Colchester‘s local strategic partnership Colchester 2020.


Dr Rich left to become registrar and chief operating officer at the University of Bristol last year but took medical retirement after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.


Essex Vice Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: “Tony was admired and respected throughout the sector as an exemplary registrar and secretary and he made an immense contribution both to the university and to the broader community."

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10:57pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Reginald47 says...

Sad to hear this. He did a lot of good work for the people of Colchester.
Sad to hear this. He did a lot of good work for the people of Colchester. Reginald47
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2:03pm Thu 19 Jul 12

G.Speel says...

My honest and sincere condolences to Tony's family. I worked with him on a professional basis and had a great deal of respect for him. I knew he was ill some time ago but did not realise just how ill he really was as he was a private and unassuming man. Thank you Tony for all the good you did for Colchester. Your commitment was honest, heartfelt and sincere. May your cycle be with you (I know you would like that comment. Those who knew you will have a grin at that I'm sure).
My honest and sincere condolences to Tony's family. I worked with him on a professional basis and had a great deal of respect for him. I knew he was ill some time ago but did not realise just how ill he really was as he was a private and unassuming man. Thank you Tony for all the good you did for Colchester. Your commitment was honest, heartfelt and sincere. May your cycle be with you (I know you would like that comment. Those who knew you will have a grin at that I'm sure). G.Speel
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