With great sadness we mark the passing of Ron Dennis, DT’s Project Coordinator for the past 12 years. Ron’s sudden death on 20th September only days after a diagnosis of cancer and a short stay in hospital was a shock to all who knew him.
Throughout his life, Ron was a hard-working and honourable man. He never retired as he enjoyed the work that he did and also wanted to provide for his family. His 60 year working career started with degrees at Nottingham University, working in engine design. He then moved to the West Indies followed by Australia, taking up faculty positions. He returned to the UK to work with charity, IT Transport. In the last 12 years, he taught and inspired students at Imperial College London and City University as part of work associated with Developing Technologies. This work ranged from low cost vehicles to smoke free cook stoves that generated electricity.
Ron made a number of visits to Africa with a special concern for emergency transport in rural areas. As finance became very difficult at DT, Ron continued to work on a partly voluntary basis putting his commitment to helping others less fortunate above all else. With Ron’s amazing design work, he has helped save many lives and his family, friends and colleagues will always remember the fantastic, caring work that he did. As a highly skilled and gifted engineer, Ron worked long and hard to design engineering artefacts for some of the poorest in developing countries. He will be greatly missed.