King’s College acknowledges the sad passing yesterday of Old Collegian Sir Douglas Myers KNZM CBE (School, 1952-56).
Sir Douglas was an outstanding, loyal Old Collegian and former parent who not only generously supported the College and the Foundation, but who also gave of his time to mentor many fellow Old Collegians in their professional lives.
As a student, Sir Douglas embodied our philosophy of achieving the best all-round education it is possible to obtain. He was a School and a House Prefect and a member of the 1956 First XV Rugby team, described in the King’s Courier at the time as “‘[a] fine, fast, unsmiling lock with excellent hands.’” He was also Captain of Swimming and a member of the Senior A Tennis team.
We are forever grateful to Sir Douglas for establishing the Margaret Myers Fellowship in memory of his mother. This fund provides the opportunity each year for two King’s College teaching staff to attend study courses at overseas institutions and is highly sought after.
Sir Douglas maintained his strong connections with King’s through successive Headmasters, Board Chairs, as well as his school contemporaries. He was especially connected to the teachers through the reporting of those staff members receiving the Margaret Myers Fellowships.
An Honours Tie Recipient, Sir Douglas was a passionate businessman and visionary leader, who will be warmly remembered for continuing to be forthcoming with his advice to any person connected with the College.
Our thoughts are with his family both in New Zealand and overseas.