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Sir Brian Young, headmaster and polymath – obituary

Brian Young Credit: Charterhouse School

Sir Brian Young, the former headmaster of Charterhouse school who has died aged 94, was a polymath  who gave the numerous organisations he led a strong principled core and integrity of purpose.

Many in the postwar world feared for the future of Charterhouse when in 1952 Young was appointed headmaster at the age of 29. They were relieved to find that in Young they had found a wise head on young shoulders.

Tall, dark, strikingly good-looking and possessed of great eloquence, whether from the pulpit in chapel or speaking after dinner, he avoided the pitfalls of a young headmaster anxious to make a mark.

When he introduced changes, he did so only after mature consideration and after hearing as far as possible all relevant objections. In an age of wholesale reform, when it would have been have been easy to subject Charterhouse to educational experiment, his changes were generally received favourably....

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