Dr Jeremy Catto 1939-2018

  • Dr Jeremy Catto
    Sketch of Dr Jeremy Catto which sits in the Oriel College Senior Common Room
20 August, 2018

The College is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Dr Jeremy Catto, Emeritus Fellow in Medieval History, on Friday 17th August 2018.

An influential and much-loved figure for generations of students, Jeremy arrived at Oriel in 1970 as a Tutorial Fellow in Medieval History, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. Jeremy was a very active member of the College’s Governing Body and held a variety of posts, including Vice Provost, Senior Dean, Steward of the Common Room and Editor of the Oriel College Record.

Jeremy was also very involved in wider university life in Oxford, and was for a number of years the Senior Librarian of the Oxford Union and later a trustee of the Union and its associated charity. He also co-edited volumes I and II of The History of the University of Oxford, published by Oxford University Press, and was a trustee of the Dacre Trust, an educational charity concerned primarily with the promotion of historical and classical studies at Oxford University.

Even after his retirement, Jeremy remained closely engaged with Oriel, and oversaw and edited a comprehensive history of the College, Oriel College: A History, which was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. Also in 2013, the College announced that the Fellowship in Medieval History would be re-named the Catto Fellowship in recognition of all that Jeremy contributed to the College during his over 40-year association with Oriel.

A dedicated friend of the College, Jeremy will be very greatly missed and our sympathies go to all his friends and family at this sad time.

Jeremy’s funeral will take place at 11am on Tuesday 11th September at the Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga, 25 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HA. A reception will follow at the Oratory parish hall, to which all are invited.

A Memorial Service for Jeremy will take place on Friday 2nd November at 2.30pm at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, followed by a reception at Oriel.