Derek Pearce (1934 – 1939)


We are saddened to learn of the death of Old Cryptian Derek Pearce who we heard from last year when he wrote to tell us of his meeting a fellow Cryptian in his care home in Norwich.

Despite leaving school aged 14, without any qualifications, he won a scholarship to the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester – and won the best student of the year award. In 1961, he went to the United States and became the first farmer in Britain to graduate from the advanced management course at Harvard University’s Business School.

The Eastern Daily Press has a full obituary of Derek who lived an interesting life and was well respected in the farming community.