Sir Raymond Carr

Sir Raymond Carr

21 April 2015

We are very sorry to announce the death of Sir Raymond Carr, Second Warden of St Antony's College.

11/04/1919 - 19/04/2015

The current Warden of St Antony's, Professor Margaret MacMillan, made the following announcement: "Sir Raymond, who was born in 1919, had a distinguished academic career. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, he went on to lecture at University College London in 1945.  He has been, amongst many things, a Fellow of All Souls, a Fellow of New College, Director of the Latin American Centre, a Distinguished Professor of Boston University, and the King Juan Carlos Professor of Spanish History at New York University.  His many honours include the Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso el Sablo and the Order of Infante Dom Henrique.  He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 1987 New Year’s Honours List.  As Warden of this College he oversaw its growth and development into a major centre of regional and interdisciplinary studies. We do not know what arrangements are being made to mark this sad occasion and to commemorate his life but we will of course keep you all informed."

Dr Frances Lannon, Antonian (Modern History, 1972) and Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, said: "I am so sorry to learn of Raymond Carr's death. He is a great loss to St Antony's, to Oxford, to Spain, and to historical scholarship. Raymond's work will stand, even in the current ferocious politicization of the Spanish past - not least because of the personal stamp of independent intellectual exploration and individual understanding in everything he wrote. He lived life on his own terms. It is not given to many in any walk of life to do that. I feel a deep sense of personal loss. Raymond was always there as an intellectual guide - scholarly, hugely knowledgeable,  irreverent, provocative, enquiring - a powerful and quizzical but fundamentally benevolent presence. I can almost hear him say My dear girl (for this he spoke!), surely not benevolent ... I miss him very much already and like many others I owe him a huge debt of gratitude and affection."

Simon J. Manley, British Ambassador to Madrid, stated: "With a vast and unrivalled knowledge of his subject, sensitive insightfulness and eloquent writing style, Sir Raymond's books have inspired students and academics in the UK, Spain and throughout the world".