In today’s Oxford Mail, news that Colin Harris, one of our Vice-Presidents, has been awarded an Honorary Master of Arts degree by Oxford University, in recognition of his 50 years of “continuous and exemplary service to the Bodleian.”
The university said: “The outstanding feature of his career has been his truly dedicated service to all types of library reader – from senior academics to masters’ students, professional writers to amateur historians – whom he has advised with expertise and unfailing patience.”
Currently, Colin is Superintendent of the Special Collections Reading Rooms.
Congratulations, Colin, from Oxfordshire FHS!
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Author (or compiler) of a bible – “Oxfordshire Parish Registers and Bishop’s Transcripts” – now in its sixth edition.
Someone who was at the forefront of the indexing and transcription of parish registers long before the days of modern computers, Ancestry and FMP.
Someone who worked with other early Trojans such as Brigadier Goadby, Jeremy Gibson and Hugh Kearsey to make tracing your ancestors in Oxfordshire so possible for the masses.
Well done on your award, which is richly deserved, and enjoy your forthcoming retirement – you have certainly earned it !
Great news Colin and very well deserved. I remember when you started at the Bodleian and of course were a key member of the OXFHS.
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