Rod and I used to meet on a regular basis over coffee at Warwick Uni and discuss issues of the UN and UN Association. I was with Rod at his house last summer, had tea with him and he looked well but was short of strength and we were able to reminisce about the old UNA days.
Both Ken Hall and myself first met Rod in the early 1970s when he delivered a series of lectures on War and Peace at Mid-Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa. It was through Ken`s persuasion that Rod agreed to become a member of the UN Association and joined then the very active Coventry Branch. Rod was an academic lectured on international relations at Nottingham Trent and later at Warwick University. He very soon was involved into holding various positions within the Branch, Central Regional and National UNA-UK and WFUNA . Perhaps Rod`s biggest legacy for the UN Association was the transition of the old UN Association around UNA Trust around 2000 to where UNA-UK is today.
For me it is a personal loss as I often turn to Rod and seek his advice and guidance on branch matters and general UNA-UK policy.