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Name:
Dr Gordon Mungeam
Photo:
Academic Field:
History
Years at RTC:
1956-1968
Town of origin:
England
Recent Residence:
Kent, England
Life after RTC:
I joined the RTC as an Assistant Lecturer in History in 1956 and departed in 1968. It was exciting to have been one of the founder members of the college and to have contributed to its growth and development. I had the satisfaction of handing over to one of my old students, Gideon Were, who with Alan Ogot was able to develop suitable new courses in Kenyan history.

I moved to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

This too was a wonderful experience, training young officers of the Royal Navy as well as those of Foreign and Commonwealth navies, including some from Kenya, which was great. I was also able to visit the Far East, where I took a group of RN officers to study the British withdrawal at first hand. Alas, this too came to an end when courses changed.

I had grown interested in policy making in Whitehall while doing research into the early colonial history of Kenya. So after passing the required tests and interviews I entered the Home Civil Service and was appointed to the Ministry of Defence. This lead to a series of demanding jobs, first in Bath and then in London, with occasional visits overseas, to the USA, Europe, Australia and ? yes ? even Kenya. The work was challenging and, for the most part, very rewarding.

On retirement I was fortunate enough to be offered the post of Director of Greenwich Hospital. This is a Crown Charity, founded in 1694 as a home for wounded and distressed seamen. The Hospital supports a large boarding school and retirement homes, financed from a range of assets. My task was to oversee the charitable giving and to nurture the assets. It also fell to me to organise the Tercentenary celebrations in 1994. The highlights of these were a Dinner in the Painted Hall at Greenwich, and a visit to Greenwich from Her Majesty the Queen, at which she took the salute as the whole school marched past with guard and band ? a memorable occasion.

Elizabeth and I now live in a small village in Kent. We are greatly blessed with three splendid children and six lovely grandchildren. And in a strange way the wheel has turned full circle. In a nearby village lies the grave of Sir Arthur Hardinge. Who was he, you ask?
None other than the first Commissioner and Consul General of the East Africa Protectorate, today?s Kenya. In 1895 he arrived in Mombasa and proclaimed the protectorate. But that?s another story?

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