We are very sorry to hear of the death of Mr Philip Sawyer, a former pupil at RGS from 1941 until 1949, and then later a School Governor for 35 years and Chair of Governors for 21 years.
His School report described him as a ‘very hard worker’, which was a theme that continued throughout Mr Sawyer’s life, his achievements being a testament to this. He was a driving force behind the Grammar School becoming an independent school and was instrumental in setting up RGS The Grange.
As Chair of Governors, Mr Sawyer was at the forefront of the School’s commitment to community projects for local, national and international charities as well as working tirelessly to ensure that free education at RGS through bursaries could be offered to more children from the City of Worcester. RGS Worcester had one of the highest proportions of pupils on subsidised places of any Independent school in the country during Philip Sawyer’s time as Chairman. His unerring support for the School was honoured by the School library being named after him and his portrait can be seen there today.
Philip Sawyer was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognising his work with the Six Masters Charity, formerly the governing body of RGS Worcester and the seventeen almshouses that are split between the Schools Upper Tything site and Infirmary Walk, as well as his fund-raising work for the Memorial Hall in Ombersley, where he lived.
Mr Sawyer also gave a lifetime of support and professional expertise to many Worcestershire associations, including Honorary Secretary of The Three Choirs Festival, Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, Worcestershire Rowing Club, and governor of Worcestershire NHS Trust.
The School would like to extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to the Sawyer family at this time.