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BHA mourns death of former employee Tom Vernon

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has expressed its sorrow at the death Tom Vernon, the BHA’s Information Officer from January 1965 until early 1969.

Aged 74 Tom died at his home in France.  He had previously been a teacher, lecturer in music and English and press and publicity officer for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at its then London home at the Aldwych theatre.

Tom built good relations with the press and took charge of the BHA publications, creating a distinctive house style – when he left, to go to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he was described in Humanist News as a “pamphlet-designer-extraordinary”.  He later made a series of radio and TV programmes for the BBC, starting with “Fat Man on a Bicycle”.  He was also a folk singer of some note and what many will remember from more than one conference is his hilarious potted history of music, sung to his guitar accompaniment.



For further comment or information contact Pavan Dhaliwal, Head of Public Affairs at or on 0773 843 5059.


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