Phil Renold (1949-2012)
Whilst searching the internet for former members of the Society, I came across the obituary for Phil shown opposite. It was on an American site http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer/obituary.aspx?pid=161982240
Phil was a member of the S.H.S for many many years, filling most of the different roles over the years, from expedition member (Jura 1965, Lewis 1966) then on to Assistant Leader (1967 Colonsay) and Leader (Vatersay 1968, N Uist 1970, Rhum 1971, Harris 1973, Colonsay 1975 and finally Lewis Mealista 1977).
His roles on the committee where numerous and varied, I spotted he was in charge of stationery, updated clothing list and by 1968 was in charge of stores. He became a director in 1969 (unfortunately my scan of the 1969 report has him as P Resold -one to correct when I get time!).
By 1970 and the retirement of John Abbott, Phil took over as Chairman of the Society. Search pretty much any of the annual S.H.S reports from his first trip in 1965 and you will find mention of Phil, he was a driving force in the success of the S.H.S. He was Chairman from 1970 until 1976 when he stood down and Roger Weatherly took over, but he remained with the society as a director. He again took the helm as Chairman from 1983-1986. It was in June 1986 that Phil had to manage the task of trying to save the society by calling an EGM requesting people to bring proposals to the meeting on how attract new members and keep the expeditions running. [See the letter on the reports and documents page].
Phil, like so many others, worked exceedingly hard to help run the S.H.S and almost certainly didn't receive the thanks due to him at the time so I hope this will act as a reminder to all of the work that he put in to making the S.H.S the success it undoubtedly was.
Phil Renold, Lathrop High School exchange teacher in 1978-79,
recently passed away, according to Don Gray, his exchange
partner. Both were participants in the Fulbright Exchange
Program between American and British teachers.