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Obituary - Christopher Trinder

A few weeks ago, Chris Trinder passed away peacefully in Watford General Hospital. He was one of the cleverest men to have taught at Haberdashers’ in recent years. After being awarded a Double First Class Degree in Economics at St. John’s College, Cambridge, he had a distinguished twenty-year career as a lecturer at Essex, York and Oxford universities, and as a widely respected professional economist with many academic articles and books to his credit.  

In 2000 he changed direction, took a PGCE at London University’s Institute of Education, taught at Bacon’s City Technology College and at Stonyhurst College, before joining Habs in September 2003. He made an immediate impact on the school, dedicating himself to teaching sixth form students of economics, challenging them to think for themselves and encouraging them to follow in his footsteps and study at Cambridge. In one year six of his pupils were admitted and four of them were subsequently awarded first class degrees. 

His knowledge of business and finance led him to take responsibility for Young Enterprise teams and to inspire the students who took part to make innovative proposals which were awarded prizes at the national finals. He coached school chess teams and built-up table-tennis from scratch until it was a significant activity during senior school games. Known as an outstanding form tutor, he not only advised his tutees and wrote generous and supportive references, but also surprised them with his enjoyment of Dizzee Rascal’s music and devotion to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He had a lively sense of fun: few will ever forget his uproarious end-of-term tiddly winks competitions.   

After retiring from Habs in 2011, Chris was free to give his time to his many interests, not only his continued fascination with economics, and pastimes of chess, music and Wolves, but to his liking for cigars, fine wines and travel. It is a tragedy that he did not live long enough to enjoy them to the full.