Alumni engagement and philanthropy

Stephen Savage (died 12 November 2017, aged 84)

Extract from obituary in the Down Recorder; a full version of the article is available here.

Stephen P Savage was a native of County Down, but spent the greater part of his adult life in London. An only child, he had been predeceased by his parents some decades earlier.

From Loughinisland Primary School he went on to board at St Colman’s College, Newry, and from there he proceeded to University College, Dublin, where he graduated with a degree in law. Stephen served Articles with a Belfast firm of solicitors, also attending law lectures at Queen’s University.

From the mid-1960s he lived in London, where he pursued his many, mainly academic, interests for the rest of his life, including sociology, social psychology, general philosophy and ethics.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, Stephen played a leading part in the activities of London’s Irish Community. He was involved with the work of the Council of Irish County Associations, including of course that of his native County Down.  And he made an important contribution to London’s Irish Club in Belgravia, of which he was Chairman in 1990 and Hon Secretary in a number of earlier and later years. 

In the 1970s and 1980s he was a keen participant in the weekly debates of the world’s oldest debating club The Society of Cogers, and he had also been for a time chairman of his local parish council.

Stephen Savage was a man of noble nature who will be greatly missed by all who knew him in London.  

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