I meant to post something about John Derrick, a long-standing and much loved member of the logic group at Leeds University, who died in December. I only knew John in his later years (some time after his official retirement), but would regularly see him at the Wednesday afternoon logic seminar, which was often followed by a trip to the pub. He was always a thoughtful and benevolent presence in the seminar room, and made for entertaining and knowledgeable company over a drink.
For younger members, he was also something of a link to an earlier era, the days when the group was led by Martin Löb (of Löb’s theorem fame).
It is a testamant to his strength of character, and his love of the subject, that he continued to attend and contribute to these seminars through many year of ill-health, up until only a few weeks before his death.
An obituary by Garth Dales appeared in the LMS news-letter and a longer one can be read on the University of Leeds website.