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Henry Keeling: a message from the Head of Taunton School

Posted: 28th November 2023

Henry Keeling: a message from the Head of Taunton School

It is with the greatest sadness that I announce to the Taunton School community the death of Henry Keeling, former Chair of Governors. Henry died peacefully in the company of his family on 22nd November.

A proud Old Tauntonian, Henry was appointed to the Board in 2012 and served as Chair from 2015 until his recent resignation as a result of the advanced stage of his illness. His dedication and affection for the School was enormous, epitomised by his continued devotion, energy and commitment over the last several years, even whilst managing his illness.

In a typically gracious and moving resignation letter, Henry commented that “serving on the Board of Governors has been one of the most important and rewarding things that I have done in my life.’’ Henry selflessly served the community not only as Governor and Chair but also in his extremely generous support of both means tested funding for deserving and ambitious pupils and essential capital projects.

A memorial service will be held at Taunton School in April 2024 when we will attempt to do justice to Henry’s extraordinary contribution and celebrate his life.

Whether you knew him personally or not, I can assure you that this is an extremely sad moment in the history of Taunton School. We have lost one of the greatest supporters and servants of the School in our 175-year history.

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