Distinguished Friends of Oxford

Initiated in 1997 the DFO award provides the University with a means of formally recognising individuals who have acted as exceptional volunteers for the benefit of the wider collegiate University

The first awards were presented in 1998 and recognise those who have given of their time, contacts and influence in support of an initiative beyond that which can be recognised through traditional channels. Their impact will have been profound and the results would have been impossible to achieve using current available resources. Separate from any financial contributions, their legacy will have had a lasting impact on the collegiate University and they will be perceived as role models to other volunteer contributors.

2020 Recipients

 

DF2020 Colm Kelleher

Colm Kelleher (Oriel, 1975)

Colm Kelleher has been a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for Oxford since February 2010, while also serving as a leading benefactor and volunteer for Oriel College. As a highly respected global  financial executive, Colm has provided AFO, Oriel, and the University leadership with extremely valuable advice and insights over the years.  He has become one of our most trusted and respected Oxonians in North America.

In recognition of his long-standing and generous support, Colm was elected an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College and has been very helpful to the College in numerous ways that go beyond his philanthropy.  Colm actively promotes the cause of the University on a global scale, using his strong Asia connections to establish meaningful connections for the University.


DFO2020 John and Margaret Leighfield

John Leighfield (Exeter, 1958) and Margaret Leighfield

John and Margaret Leighfield have strong ties across the collegiate University. They are longstanding and generous supporters of Exeter College, having supported various projects and initiatives across the College. John has assisted the Development Office from the beginning and helped to create the first "virtual network" of college alumni. John was also a member of the Campaign Steering Group for the College's 700th anniversary fundraising campaign to enable the building of the Cohen Quad. Since then, he continues to serve as a trusted sounding board. In addition, he has also been deeply involved with Exeter’s Access and Outreach initiatives.

Both John and Margaret are much-loved friends of the Classics Faculty as well as the University’s gardens, libraries and museums. In addition to their generous financial support they are always willing to discuss fundraising strategies and introduce potential donors. Their influence can be felt through exhibitions at the Ashmolean and the Bodleian, in the enhanced presence of the Museum of Science, in the digitization of specimens within the Natural History Museum’s collection and via the Friends of the Botanic Garden and Arboretum.


DFO2020 Dr William Ming Fung Wong SC, JP

Dr William Ming Fung Wong SC, JP (Wadham, 1994)

As a Rhodes Scholar and alumnus of Wadham College, William has been outstanding in his support of talented young Law scholars and a generous host and convener of Wadham alumni and the Oxford Law alumni communities in Hong Kong. A generous donor to the Hackney Law Fellowship at Wadham since 2009, William also established the Hackney BCL Scholarship at the College in 2015. Wadham has one of the largest alumni groups of any Oxford College in Hong Kong and for more than a decade, William has hosted numerous talks and alumni reunions in the city, both with a view to stimulating intellectual engagement and exchange between the UK and Hong Kong Law communities, and to nurture wider collaboration and friendship.

In 2015, William established the Des Voeux Chambers Scholarship for the BCL programme open to any student considering entering the legal profession in Hong Kong.  Known for his great encouragement of young talent, William established the Oxford Hong Kong Law Fellowship inviting academic exchange between the Law Faculties of Oxford and Hong Kong University. Not only is William a great example of an Oxford lawyer and a Wadham alumnus, he is a shining example of a Rhodes Scholar, consistently demonstrating the qualities that the Rhodes Trust looks for in its Scholars, namely a principled character and service to others. As a testament of this, he is very generously supporting a second Rhodes Scholarship for scholars from Hong Kong going forward until such time as it can be endowed.


DFO2020 Alan Todd

Alan Todd

Alan is one of the UK’s leading experts in microscopy, and his love of microscopes and microscopy has underpinned the University’s research and teaching using these instruments for more than sixty years. His technical knowledge, expertise, generosity, kindness and humanity has allowed multiple researchers to build their careers, and generations of students to receive the very highest level of education.

His generosity has been felt across numerous departments, including Earth Sciences, the Dunn School of Pathology, Zoology and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Those who have been on the receiving end of his guidance and support have commented, “Without Alan's tireless efforts and recommendations Earth Sciences would not have been able to replace its undergraduate teaching microscopes." He not only takes an interest in the microscopes but also in the people who use them. He has helped train classroom demonstrators and technicians in the proper use of light microscopes and assisted with undergraduate student practicals.

He interacted not only with PIs but with the graduate students and postdocs, providing them with valuable insights into the optimization of microscopy.  No challenge was too large and his generous spirit meant he was always at hand to help. Alan Todd is a great advocate of the University, and prides himself in helping it to achieve its goals.


DFO2020 Barry and Deedee Wigmore

Barrie Wigmore (Worcester, 1964 ) and Deedee Wigmore

Since 1992, Barrie and Deedee Wigmore have been actively involved with the University – a period of almost thirty years.  In that time, they have become the embodiment of loyalty and generosity, providing financial support, as well as time and energy, to Worcester College, the Ashmolean and the Bodleian.

Barrie has had numerous, productive, in-depth conversations regarding philanthropy, fundraising, and alumni relations with every Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor who has held those posts since the mid-1990s.  He is unfailingly generous with his time and resources and his wife Deedee has complemented Barrie’s efforts through her own work on behalf Oxford for many years.

Over the years, Barrie has helped Worcester reinforce its relationship with alumni in the USA, planning and executing well attended events.  These gatherings are noteworthy for their inclusiveness and their multi-generational appeal. Deedee is very much involved in Barrie’s work on behalf of Worcester, hosting numerous gatherings for the College in their home.  As an accomplished art dealer and gardener, Deedee has been particularly supportive of Worcester’s programs that focus on these areas, providing both financial support and guidance.

While both Barrie and Deedee are great fans and supporters of the Ashmolean, Deedee has an especially close link to the Museum.  She took classes at the Ruskin School, which was then based in the basement of the Ashmolean, while Barrie was completing his degree in PPE.  Fittingly, there is now a Deedee Wigmore Gallery in the Museum.  In addition to providing a benefaction, Deedee and Barrie worked with curators to select items from their personal collection of ceramics to form the core of this permanent exhibit.

The Wigmores also have a strong link to the Bodleian, dating to the time they spent there earlier in their lives.  These memories helped to inspire a significant gift to the Bodleian early in the campaign to rebuild what would become known as the Weston Library.

2019

  • Richard Cockram (Brasenose, 1962)
  • Oliver Franklin, OBE (Balliol, 1967)
  • Joe Horn-Phathanothai, MBE (Trinity, 1993)
  • Jackyung Moon Lambert (St Hugh’s, 1976)
  • Bernard and Sarah Taylor (St John’s, 1975) and (Wadham, 1976)

2018

  • Lorna Carter, OBE
  • Christopher Mack (Pembroke, 1983)
  • Howard Rosen (Exeter, 1974)

2017

  • Mr David Boyle and Mr Colin Wyman
  • Mr Gus and Mrs Jenny Rose Carey
  • Professor Virander Chauhan
  • Mr Stephen Dixon
  • Mr Gordon Orr
  • Sir David Tang KBE
  • Mr Takashi Uyeno

2016

  • Shahnaz Batmanghelidj
  • Michael G. McCaffery
  • Gabriel Moss QC
  • Sir Michael Pakenham
  • Dr Jin Park
  • Professor Nicholas Steneck
  • Mrs Terry Wykowski and Mrs Nancy Brown
  • Dr Tan Yang

2015

  • Dr Paul Brankin OBE
  • Ms Sein Chew
  • Mr Victor Chu
  • Mrs Irene Chu
  • Dr Keith Lloyd
  • Mr Andrew Moore
  • Mr Ralph Smith II MStJ
  • Revd Canon David Stanton
  • Ms Anna Stuttard
  • Mr Trevor Yang
  • Mrs Dominica Yang

2014

  • Dame Helen Alexander DBE
  • Mr Elliot Gerson
  • Dr Bettany Hughes
  • Mr Andrew Lo
  • Mr Dean Lush
  • Dr Noboru Maruyama
  • Mr Guy Monson
  • Mr Richard Salter QC

2013

  • Mr John W Adams
  • Mr Timothy W Faithfull
  • Mrs Krzysia Gossage
  • Mr Alan Green
  • Ms Judith Hibbert
  • Mr André Hoffmann
  • Mr Robert Kay
  • Mr Julian Ogilvie Thompson
  • Professor Tim O’Riordan OBE
  • Mr Geoffrey Redman-Brown
  • Mr Ian Senior
  • Mr David Vaisey CBE
  • Mrs Linda Wachner
  • Mr Andrew Whitehouse

2012

  • Mr Ivor Agyeman-Duah
  • Mr Desmond Cecil CMG
  • Mr Paul Chellgren
  • Mr Francis Finlay OBE
  • Miss Rosalind Hedley-Miller
  • Mr Mark Loveday
  • Mr Nigel Lovett
  • Mr William R. Miller CBE
  • Mr Allan Myers AO, QC
  • Professor John Poynter AO, OBE
  • Mrs Nicola Ralston
  • Ms Catherine Roe
  • Mrs Joanna Rose
  • Ms Louisa Service OBE
  • Mr Stephen Stamas

2011

  • Mr Derek Benham
  • Mr Thomas Böcking
  • Mr Christopher Drake
  • Professor Sir Roy Goode CBE, QC, FBA
  • Mr Francis William Johnston
  • Mr Alastair Lack
  • Professor John Ledingham FRCP
  • Mrs Lillian Martin
  • Mr Peter Paine Jr
  • Sir David Scholey CBE
  • Mr Michael Steiner
  • The Rt Hon Lord Waldegrave of North Hill PC
  • Mr Graham White

2010

  • Sir David Akers-Jones KBE, CMG
  • Mr Sathi Alur
  • Mr Nicholas Barber CBE
  • Mr Michael Boyd
  • Mr Robert McKelvey
  • Mrs Anna McNair Scott
  • Mr Stewart Millman
  • Mr Jonathan Moynihan OBE
  • Mr Michael Warburg
  • Dr Jan Willisch

2008

  • Mr Paul Dodyk Esq

2007

  • Mr David Hopkinson CBE
  • Mr Michael Howarth
  • Professor John White

2006

  • Professor Thelma M Holt CBE

2004

  • Mr Michael S Malone

2003

  • Mr David Sherriffs

2002

  • Mr Vyvyan Harmsworth LVO
  • Mr Malcolm Mitchell
  • Mr John Prodger
  • Mrs Dinah Reynolds

2001

  • Mr Lawrence Bachman
  • Sir David Goodall
  • The Lady Goodhart
  • Mr Dennis Greig
  • Dr Hamilton Hess

2000

  • Professor David Alexander Jr CBE
  • Mr Arthur Scace
  • Mr Peter Thring TD

1999

  • Mrs Rochelle Aschheim
  • Dr Joseph Aschheim
  • Mrs Anne Heseltine
  • The Hon Nicholas de Katzenbach
  • Mr John R Price Jr

1998

  • Dr John Brademas