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Papers of Michael McCrum, Head Master 1970 - 1980



Administrative / Biographical history

Michael William McCrum CBE (23 May 1924 – 16 February 2005) was educated at Horris Hill School, Newbury and Sherborne School. During the 2nd World War, he saw service in the Royal Navy as an able seaman and sub-lieutenant. He then won a scholarship to read classics at Corpus Christi College, graduating in 1948. He then became a master at Rugby, before becoming a Fellow of Corpus Christi in 1950. From there, he went to Tonbridge School as Headmaster in 1962, and in 1970 became Head Master of Eton, where he modernised the curriculum, raised standards and abolished fagging. In 1980, he returned to Corpus Christi as Master, remaining there until 1994, and he also became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1987. He was awarded the CBE in 1998 for his work as chairman of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission.


1958 - 2005

Publication note

Dictionary of National Biography J. Roach, ‘Michael McCrum’, School and College Management (June 1963) D. H. Macindoe, ‘Michael McCrum: a farewell’, Eton College Chronicle (4 July 1980)
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