Professor Ceri Peach (1939-2018)

Professor Ceri Peach (1939-2018) was Head of School of Geography from 1995 to 1997. Photo by Martin Barfoot.

We are very sad to announce that Professor Ceri Peach passed away on 2 October after a period of illness.

Ceri Peach (26 October 1939 - 2 October 2018) was an undergraduate, graduate and lecturer in geography at Merton College before being appointed to a Faculty Lecturership in the School of Geography and a lecturership at St Catherine's College in 1965. He became a tutorial fellow at St Catherine's College in 1969, was appointed Professor of Social Geography in 1992, and served as Head of the School of Geography from 1995 to 1997. He retired in 2007 and was awarded a DLitt by the University of Oxford in 2016.

His research focused on human migration and the segregation of minority groups, and was funded by various bodies including ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust. Ceri was a hugely influential figure in his field. He was nominated as the Ethnic Geography Distinguished Scholar of 2008 by the Association of American Geographers. He supervised many DPhil students who have gone on to become leaders in their fields and was a very popular, supportive and broad-minded colleague and friend to many people within the School and further afield.

He will be very much missed by us all.

Memorial Service

For those who would like to say farewell to Professor Ceri Peach, a memorial service will be held at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, on the High Street, at 14.30 on Friday 30 November. Refreshments will follow in the Hall at St Catherine’s, from 16.00.