Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Kt., President of the Royal Institute of Philosophy

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of our President, Lord Sutherland of Houndwood on January 29th 2018.

Stewart Sutherland had been our President since 2009, and prior to that, since 1983, a long-serving member of the Institute’s Council, including serving as its Chair from 1988-2005.

He was a person of immense distinction in the academic world. After having had teaching posts in philosophy in the Universities of North Wales and Stirling and then at King’s College  London, he became Principal of King’s College, London and then the Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. This was followed by a period at Ofsted as the Chief Inspector of Schools for England, the first in fact, and then he returned to his native Scotland as the Principal of Edinburgh University. He also served as the Provost of Gresham’s College and as the President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh. His public service roles included chairing the Royal Commission on the Long Term Care of the Elderly.

Amid all these weighty commitments, he was always assiduous in discharging his responsibilities to the Institute, which he helped to guide with great wisdom and integrity for over thirty years, during which many significant changes and developments took place. He had an enviable ability to run meetings and discussions firmly, professionally and decisively, but without leaving anyone feeling that their view had not been heard and taken seriously. He will also be remembered with affection for his approachable and genial manner and his genuine friendliness.

Within the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Stewart Sutherland will be sorely missed, and we would like to extend our condolences to Lady Sutherland and to his family.