Guy Whitmarsh, BRLSI Convenor and group founder, passed away Tuesday 5th March.

‘We are very sorry to announce that Guy Whitmarsh an early BRLSI member and convenor died peacefully at his home in Brighton.
Guy’s wife Ann Whitmarsh, a scholar of Simone de Beauvoir (her book is in BRLSI’s members’ library) introduced French Civilisation to the Institution in October 1998, and the Group ran until the end of 2002 when Ann became ill. The Group was revived by Ann in October 2003 but by February 2004, Ann had to withdraw again because of her health problems.
Guy, who was fascinated by all things classical, formed an Antiquity Group in February 2004, giving the opening lecture on ‘Nero: Victim of an Undeserved Reputation?’ 
Because of Ann’s increasing health problems, Guy and Ann left Bath and moved to Brighton to be near their children. When Ann died in April 2009, Guy decided to become an active member of BRLSI, and moved back to Bath. Shortly after returning to Bath, Guy became co-convenor of Antiquity. Sadly, however, Guy also developed health problems and returned to Brighton, where he died at home on 5 March 2013 surrounded by his family.
We shall remember Guy’s dry sense of humour, his genial disposition and his gentlemanly modesty. He was a much loved member of the Institution and will be sadly missed.’
Marie-Louise Luxemburg
7th March 2013