STRAND, Robert Alister

1922 - 2009

Robert Strand

Robert Alister Strand, was born at Kingston, Surrey in 1922, son of Alister Carmichael Strand (18 June 1891-6 December 1973), artist & teacher, and his wife Jane née McArthur (7 March 1892-16 June 1967), who married at Kingston in 1921 and in 1939 were living at 14 Lismore Road, Croydon. On leaving Christ's Hospital School in 1938, and having passed the National Drawing Examination, was accepted at the Croydon School of Art and in 1941 passed the entrance examination for the Royal College of Art but war service intervened and he served as an officer in the Royal West Kent Regiment serving with distinction in Burma. After demobilisation he then studied at the Royal College of Art in the painting school spending some time in the school of engraving. A number of teaching positions in art schools followed and in 1954, he married at Cheadle, Staffordshire, Kathleen Molly Craddock and the following year was appointed deputy principal of Stoke-on-Trent School of Art. In 1961 there was a return to the south-east becoming Principal of Epsom School of Art where he remained for some nine years. When the Council for National Academic Awards was formed in 1974, Strand was appointed Registrar for Art and Design, playing a major roll in the development of degree and postgraduate qualifications in these areas. He retired in 1982, having been awarded an OBE, and settled at Middleton, Suffolk where he continued his painting and wood engraving. A founder member of the Suffolk Group and produced a substantial amount of work during his time at Middleton and served as vice-president of Southwold Art Circle. He died at Middleton in 2009 and his wife, known as Molly, died the following year leaving a son and a daughter.

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