Goldfinger, Peter (22 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 22: PG’s engineering career. Colin Benham leaving partnership, change of name to Dale Ewbank. 1978 Ken Dale and PG left Ewbank organisation and set up as Dale & Goldfinger. Remained thus until Dale’s death in 1998. PG’s loss of eyesight. Cessation as active partner/director. Details of eyesight problems. PG’s reaction to them. Help and support from wife and Islington social services. Details of initial symptoms and treatment at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Subsequent complications. Details of help from local authority. PG’s membership of club for visually impaired. Meeting with Ian Gentle who persuaded PG to take OU course. Details of help from OU. Learning to touch-type. 3 years study of history at OU, degree. Attending monthly meetings of club. PG in his early ‘50s when loss of sight occurred. Impact on his finances. Able to continue working a few more years with help of various office aids, details. Later gave up working and acted as practice consultant. Support from colleagues. Able to draw disability allowance, State Pension etc, details. Changes in PG’s lifestyle. Dependance on wife, driving an example. Details of his campaign work as management committee member for Disability Action in Islington. Advocate on behalf of young male victim of cerebral palsey. Battles with Social Service department. Relationship with young man and his guardian. Details of latter and her role in young man’s life since his early childhood. Details of local authority’s inefficiency. PG’s role as feisty letter-writer. Examples of other problems resulting from loss of sight. 1967 PG and wife Faith buying house. Their needs vis-à-vis space. Details of his marriage to the already pregnant Faith. Registry Office in Liverpool Road, missing witnesses. Meal in their flat afterwards. Risks to Faith during pregnancy. daughter Pippa’s childhood and growing up. To university to study engineering. Work with consultant engineering firms. Now project manager for structural engineers on stage-set designs, details of work involved. Details of daughter’s children and her partner. Details of Faith’s family. Louis Cox, American poet, married to one of Faith’s sisters.

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