The Cut-leaf Beech
A farewell poem for Geoff
On Friday, 10 September, staff and Fellows gathered to bid farewell to Professor Geoff Ward as Principal. The first such gathering since pre-pandemic, it was both an opportunity for colleagues to reconnect, and a chance to recognise Geoff's enormous contribution to Homerton. As Vice-Principal Dr Louise Joy noted in a heartfelt speech, Geoff's personal warmth and approachability have shaped the atmosphere of the College, while his determination and ambition have seen it grow in confidence, stature and reputation.
Poet-in-Residence Dr Mariah Whelan read her poem, written for the occasion, The Cut-leaf Beech, and presented Geoff with a parting gift of the poem, beautifully illustrated by College Porter Alastair Meikle. The illustrated poem can be read here.