Norman L Fost (1940-47)


Norman joined Holloway at Towcester in 1940 being one of the “evacuee” generation. His brother, Len, already a senior pupil, was billeted at Potterspury where Norman joined him and adapted to country life. He returned to London with the school in 1943, remaining there until 1947 having gained his Higher School Certificate. At school he became a prefect, vice-captain of Green House and a cadet in the Air Training Corps.

After a short spell working, intriguingly, at the “News of the World”, he joined the Army – not the most warrior-like of conscripts. Following National Service and a brief return to Fleet Street, he achieved his great ambition, becoming an undergraduate at St. Catherine’s, Oxford, where he became Chairman of the Junior Common Room and rowed for the college. University life suited him admirably.

After Oxford he embarked on his chosen career as a teacher, first at a South London comprehensive and then, following his marriage to Margaret, transferring to the more congenial surroundings of Devon. Here he spent many busy and rewarding years teaching at Kingsbridge, ending his career as senior history master.

Retirement provided happy times, divided between tennis, painting, choral singing and voluntary work with the Citizens Advice Bureau and, of course, spending more time with his family to whom he was devoted. Always genial and interested in people, Norman was guided by strong moral principles and a firm determination to accomplish whatever he undertook.

He leaves Margaret and their three daughters and his passing brings to an end a long association of the Fost family with Holloway School. As well as brother Leonard, a school captain, their uncle Alfred, was a pupil and a contemporary of Richard King.

Norman was born on 24th March 1929 and died on 22nd March 2006.