It is with sadness that we report the passing of an ex-President of Aberdeen Grammar Rugby. Alex Forrester O.B.E. Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences and Chemistry and ex Vice Principal of Aberdeen University.
He was born in 1935, graduated from the then Heriot Watt College and had a highly successful career in academia. His academic career took him to Aberdeen to study for a PhD and he remained rising to Vice Principal. He married Myrna and had 3 daughters, Stephanie, Deborah and Melanie, as well as a son, Gregor. His sporting prowess included being a talented soccer player, turning out for Third Lanark and Partick Thistle, combined with great skill as a batsman for Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. His daughter Stephanie inherited his sporting ability, representing Team G.B. at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 as a tri-athlete.
Alex came to Rugby later in life and joined the committee of Aberdeen Grammar Rugby in the late 1990’s, becoming President of the club for the period 2004-2006. During this period he also acted as interim Chairman.
Gordon Thomson, our current Chairman, said “Alex was a fine sportsman and very humble of his achievements in life. He was a calm hand at the helm of the club and was a mentor to myself when I first joined the committee in 2004. Our thoughts are with his family at this time and he is remembered with great fondness by all of us who worked with him at the club”.