Agen Sabung Ayam – Peter Farquhar obituary

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A character in the film Think – Dr Farquar, a traditionalist master in a northern independent school – was partly primarily based on Peter Farquhar

Few people taught by Peter Farquhar, as I was, would ever neglect him. A strong character, who taught English for 34 years at Manchester grammar college and Stowe school in Buckinghamshire, Peter, who has died aged 69, gained unusual respect and affection from his students. Dozens became close close friends for life.

Peter was born in Edinburgh, the son of a GP. He was educated at Latymer Upper school in London and Churchill College, Cambridge, where his English tutors included George Steiner.

Bird-like in look, and slight in stature, he was assumed initially by some pupils to be a pushover, but they only attempted once. “He would be absolutely withering if you attempted to be silly,” says a former colleague. Peter’s size was more than compensated for by his intelligence and tenacity. He once punched a man at a bus-quit, it is mentioned, for becoming rude to an old lady.

“Peter was fragile, formal however friendly, precise but not pedantic,” says one more colleague. “He had an attractive warmth, mixed with intellectual rigour.” For a lot of students he inspired a really like of literature and poetry he would spot pupils’ possible and gently push them to fulfil it. Regardless of his old fogey image, he had an acute understanding of the difficulties of modern day adolescent boys. For some, he became practically like a second father.

Peter resisted the progressive components in English teaching in the course of the 1970s, and had hoped to turn into a headmaster. He was once told he was about to be appointed head of a south London college, but the governors then changed their minds.

After retiring from Stowe, he became a guest lecturer at the independent University of Buckingham. Peter also started writing novels, which he published and sold via Amazon. His 1st book, In between Boy and Man (2010), largely primarily based on Stowe, issues a school chaplain who struggles to reconcile his Christian faith with his gay impulses. His third book came out this August.

In 2014, he was astonished to see Toby Stephens in the film Think, playing Dr Farquar, a traditionalist master in a northern independent college. It was directed by a former Manchester grammar college pupil, David Scheinmann, who admitted the character was partly primarily based on Peter.

An evangelical Christian, Peter once regarded as entering the church, but his father stated he didn’t “have the patience”. For 20 years he belonged to the ministry group at Stowe parish church, where he often preached.

He is survived by a brother, Ian.