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Holliday, Fred (3 of 14) National Life Story Collection: An Oral History of the Water Industry

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  • Recording date

    2009-08-13, 2009-08-20, 2009-11-16, 2010-02-09, 2011-02-02

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    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Holliday, Fred, 1935-2016 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Gilmour, Alison (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Comments on parents’ expectations when leaving school. Description of university routine. Comments on learning judo, joining societies. Remarks on feeling pressure to attain good grades. Chosen to attend oceanography course, Plymouth University. Description of holiday work in the hospital and in Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen as Student Assistant. Description of developing interest in the oceans; gaps in research. FH met his wife at the Aberdeen Laboratory. Comments on recruitment process for National Service: posted at Aberdeen Marine Laboratory for the Fisheries Research and Protection Service with the Secretary of State for Scotland’s private navy. Continued to work with fisheries research service after National Service was complete. Description of work routine, sea duty. Description of Willy the cook’s fish soup. Description of skipper, Jimmy Jackby. [14:10] Description of the ‘vastness of the ocean’. Comments on encouragement from Marine Laboratory Director, Sir Cyril Lucas. Mentions the Cod Wars with Iceland. The Head of Fisheries Science at Reykjavík, Jakob Jakobsson, was at Plymouth with FH. Description of reporting weather to the Met Office from the ship. [17:23] Description of undergraduate degree subjects. FH awarded Doctor of Science and other honorary degrees. Comments on attending Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in Rome and The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea in Copenhagen. [20:09] Comments on lecturing at University of Aberdeen, teaching vacancy offered by Professor Wynne-Edwards. Description of teaching work; development of Human Ecology course, involvement of Professor of Sociology Raymond Illsley. Comments on applying for Chair of Biology at newly founded University of Stirling in 1960s, age 30. Professor of Economics, Andrew Bain, also age 30. Comments on expectations of failure from those at Edinburgh and Glasgow. Charles Wilson, Principal at Glasgow University became a friend. Mentions Michael Swann at Edinburgh. Comments on recruiting friends. FH’s department linked to Oceanographic Department at Oban. Comments on success of the department. FH became Deputy Principal under Tom Cottrell [TC]. [27:00] Description of rioting during 1972 visit from the Queen. Comments on TC’s death. FH became Principal of University of Stirling. Comments on traumatic period at Stirling, revolution in Paris, United States, London School of Economics, Essex. Description of student disillusionment in 1960s and 1970s in Stirling: mentions the Vietnam War, student presidents Gordon Brown, Frank Folks, Malcolm Rifkind, Michael Connarty [MC]. Remarks on reaction of Lord Wheatley, Chairman of the Court, to the riots. Comments on becoming Principal following TC’s death. Comments on assistance provided by colleagues and Student President, John Reid [JR]. Returned to Aberdeen as Professor of Zoology. Comments on becoming Vice-Chancellor at Durham University. [35:00] Further description of meeting Philippa [PH] at Marine Laboratory. Comments on decision to marry PH in 1957. Two children: Helen [HH], a vet, and Richard [RH], an engineer in oil industry. Comments on RH’s family and HH’s family. Comments on feeling responsible for sister. Remarks on modern society testing alternative relationships: heterosexuality and homosexuality. Comments on creationism and fundamentalism. [41:14] Remarks on parent's reactions to FH's professional roles. [42:08] Description of feelings when becoming Principal at University of Stirling. [00:43:31 – 00:43:56 SECTION CLOSED UNTIL 01-01-2025] Comments on returning to University of Aberdeen. Comments on experiences at Durham. Comments on joining board of Shell and National Environment Research Council. Description of professional positions. Description of the need to 'act' in a new role. [50:54] Story about inviting students to FH’s home on Sundays as Vice-Chancellor of Durham University. Comments on Durham University. Comments on Catholicism, meeting Cardinal Hume. Comments on Chancellor Margot Fonteyn [MF] and her husband, Tito [Roberto Arias]. Story about awarding an honorary degree to Denis Rooke, Chairman of British Gas. Comments on writing Rooke's obituary. Comments on resigning from University of Durham after 11 years.

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    Life Story Interview with Fred Holliday, former chairman of Northumbrian Water Group

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