Crawford A. Mathers

Died 1957, aged 60.
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Mr. Mathers at 55.
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We of Morgan Academy have lost one of our best-known members of Staff in Mr. Crawford A. Mathers, senior assistant in the Science Department.

A pupil of the School and subsequently a member of Staff for some twenty years, Mr Mathers had become a recognised part of a cherished tradition, and pupils, past and present, will remember with gratitude and affection his many acts of help and kindness during their sojourn in the School.
Mr. Mathers passed through the School as a pupil and at the conclusion of his Senior Secondary Course, like so many of his colleagues at that time, found himself in the Army during the desperate years of 1917-18. Wounded in the latter year, he eventually quit the service and resumed his interrupted studies at University College, Dundee, where he had a distinguished career.

A born teacher, he took up his first appointment in Kirkcaldy High School, but soon returned happily to his old School as an assistant in the Science Department. Here his real life's work began, and there were few aspects of the corporate life of the School which did not benefit greatly from his interest and enthusiasm.

During the Second World War he gave unstinted service as a Gas Identification Officer, until an unfortunate illness curtailed his activities in many fields. The resulting infirmity he bore with his accustomed cheerfulness and devoted himself with energy to those tasks which still lay within his powers. Especially we remember with gratitude his unfailing interest in this Magazine.

Mr. Mathers was probably at his happiest in his beloved Angus Glens, and nothing pleased him better than to wander in Clova and Prosen or pass the summer hours with rod and line by the banks of the Esk.

He was a man who would never countenance the second best, who abhorred the shoddy and who at all times put his work for the School he loved in the forefront of his mind. Kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic and cheerful in adversity, we who are left are much the poorer for his passing.

Source: School Magazine, 1957.