Osborn, George Robson
1905-1979; e.m. 1928

Missionary in China, born at Sheffield on 25 March 1905. At The Leys School he was an outstanding sportsman and a prefect and won the James Hope Moulton Greek Testament Prize. He read Classics at King's College, Cambridge and served in China from 1930 to 1951. He worked with the YMCA, as a teacher and as superintendent of a refugee camp which became a prison camp after the Japanese invasion. After Pearl Harbour he was interned at Langwha. Under his headship the Camp School achieved high academic standards. Latterly he served under a Chinese head and subject to communist surveillance. Back in England, from 1951 to 1970 he was Secretary of the Education Department. He renewed collaboration with the Government, developed teacher education, supervised Westminster College's move to Oxford and nurtured the early Methsocs. As Chairman of Governors at Westhill College, Birmingham, he encouraged the development of Religious Education and the training of teachers of pupils with learning difficulties. He died at Teddington, on 24 October 1979.

See also Education

  • Clyde Binfield, in WHS Proceedings, 55 p.159