Creed, A. Lowry

Born on 16 July 1909 at Tunstall, the son of Albert H. Creed (1881-1963; e.m. 1904), he was educated at Kingswood School (1920-1928) and Downing College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences. During a Methodist Laymen's Missionary Conference at Swanwick he heard the call to Christian service and to local preaching. He began his teaching career as a science master at Stretford, then taught maths and science at Bishop's Stortford. From 1939 to 1942 he was a housemaster at Christ's Hospital. His first headship was at Staveley Grammar School, Derbyshire, and he then moved to Truro School, where he was headmaster from 1946 to 1959. He served on the West Cornwall Hospital management committee for eleven years, becoming its chairman, and was on the BBC's West Region Religious Advisory Committee. For five years he was a circuit steward. He was first appointed a representative to Conference in 1953 and elected Vice-President in 1962. He served on the Commission on Candidature, Training and Probation and the committee on Women and the Ministry. In 1957 he and his wife toured the USA, visiting Methodist Churches, Schools and Colleges.

From 1959 to 1970 he was headmaster of Kingswood School. The 'permissive' '60s were a difficult period for public schools, but his headship saw the changes made under his predecessor A.B. Sackett consolidated and extended, while the school premises were enlarged by the Moulton Hall annex, the completion of the Ferens Science wing and the Arthur Dixon building. After his retirement in 1970 he compiled a comprehensive register of Old Boys, did voluntary educational work in Botswana and from 1975 was President of the Kingswood Association. He died on 3 February 1987.

  • Conference Handbook, 1962
  • Methodist Recorder, 5 July 1962, 12 March 1987
  • Kingswood School Magazine, September 1970, September 1987
  • Gary M Best, Continuity and Change A History of Kingswood School 1748-1998 (1998) .. 219-34