Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Death of London Euro-candidate

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 30th September, 2007

john-stonehouse.jpgIt was with great sadness that I learned late tonight of the sudden death in Senegal of Dr John Stonehouse, who was running as one of the shortlisted candidates for the London LibDem list for the European Parliament. John was an agricultural entomologist and held the post of Research Lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College, University of London. He studied history at Oxford, but got his PhD in Natural Sciences from Imperial and was a valued advisor to specialists working in the field of agricultural pests in the developing world.

John had a pied-a-terre in Ladbrooke Grove in Kensington, West London, but his main home was at Ugthorpe Windmill near Whitby in Yorkshire, where his family had lived for generations. He acted as Liberal Democrat agent for the constituency of Scarborough and Whitby at the 2005 general election, and only this May was a local council candidate for the Mulgrave ward of Whitby. He would have brought unusual and valuable expertise to the London list, and my deepest sympathy goes to all those close to him.

6 Responses to “Death of London Euro-candidate”

  1. lunartalks said

    Thanks for that Jonathan, we’re all a bit shocked and upset up here. Just writing to Branch members with the news now.

  2. Yoav Gazit said

    On behalf of “Team” members,

    We were shocked to hear about the premature death of our friend John Stonehouse of Imperial College, who passed away last week on September 26th of cerebral malaria in Senegal, while working on a project there.

    It is a great loss to us all, and to the whole scientific community.

    We wish to send our deepest condolences to his family and relatives.

  3. Dr J. Mark Ritchie said

    Dear Jonathan,

    I was with John in Africa for three weeks, until 10 days before his tragic death. Sadly our itineraries diverged at that point and I came home, while he stayed on (having started somewhat later).

    I have been asked to prepare a short memorial piece on John which will appear in a francophone newsletter (about fruitflies damaging ACP countires’ fruit exports). This will be published by COLEACP a french organization. Would it be possible to use the picture of John that you have put up on your website? If so, perhaps you have a version which can cope with being enlarged slightly? I shall be very happy to send you a copy of the text for information before it is translated.

    Thanks in advance and kind regards

    Mark Ritchie

    P.S. This message is not intended for publication on your webblog

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  5. Duleep Kumar Samuel said

    John was a great expert on fruit flies. He had come to India and helped in the identification of fruit flies, He was a cordial and a qualified entomologist. I feel bad that he passed away. I am proud of his work. I express my condolences to his family. Samuel, Ind Inst of Hort Research, Bangalore, India

  6. Kirsty Shiels said

    I have known John since his Brussels days as a stagiaire in the EC but moreso as a brilliant human being, kind and caring friend with a wicked sense of fun. Cannot believe he is gone. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends – he will be sorely missed.

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