RIP John Leahy

Published 21st November

Sir John Leahy KCMG Légion d’Honneur has sadly passed away on November 17th at the age of 87.

Educated at Cambridge and Yale, he carried out a series of diplomatic posts, culminating with being British High Commissioner to Australia from 1984-1988. He was Chairman of the Britain-Australia Society between 1994 and 1997 and subsequently an Honorary Vice President. He also chaired the Cook Society in 1994.

Sir Roger Carrick described Sir John as “A good man and very professional diplomat”. On retirement from Public Service, Sir John was a Director of the Observer newspaper and then succeeded Tiny Rowland as Chairman of Lonrho in 1993, rescuing that company from the doldrums.

The family observed a private cremation in Sussex.

In 2007 Sir John published his autobiography “A Life of Spice”
See here if you are interested in obtaining the book.

 

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