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TheLinguist 58,3-June/July 2019

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@Linguist_CIOL JUNE/JULY The Linguist 33 INSTITUTE MATTERS Visit events for contact details for CIOL's membership networks (divisions, societies and associations), and for the calendar of events. BE INSPIRED Above, clockwise from left: Speaker Valeria Aliperta; members Carolina Casado Parras (l) and Isabel Cobo networking; CIOL discussion; CIOL President Richard Hardie talks to the Scottish Society's Eneida Garcia; and the organising team: (l-r) Deborah Butler, Anji Thomas and Monica Solanki Below: Attendees applaud John Mitchell 1925-2019 Dr John Mitchell CBE FCIL has died at the age of 94. He was a great supporter of the Institute for over 40 years, becoming a Fellow in 1989, Chair of Council in 1996, President in 2004 and a Vice-President in 2007. He was a driving force behind the Danbury Park Conference in 1998, which laid out the future development of the Institute. For many years, he oversaw the award of the Threlford Memorial Cup (which is currently awarded for the encouragement of language learning) and directed the Threlford Committee with verve and aplomb. After wartime service in the Royal Navy and Army, where he worked as an interpreter, John studied at both Oxford and Cambridge, obtaining an MA in Modern Languages from Queens College, Cambridge in 1947 and a PhD in Vienna in 1949. His main career was with the British Council, where he rose to become Deputy Director General, serving in places as varied as Austria, Egypt, Germany, Japan and Pakistan. He was appointed CBE in 1976. John was a man of immense personal charm, high integrity and unfailing civility. Blessed with a powerful intellect, he published a book on international cultural relations, wrote collections of poetry and short stories, and translated from French and German. His gentle style allowed him to convey firm thoughts and clear ideas, even when he held a position that was not in line with the thinking of others. He had the ability to look ahead and his main concern was always the best interest of the Institute, which was clearly demonstrated on so many occasions during his time on Council, which ran from 1990 to 2004. The Institute was fortunate to be able to draw on the services of such a man over so many years and he will be sadly missed. Obituaries by CIOL Vice-President Tim Connell FCIL Michael Cunningham 1940-2019 Michael Cunningham MCIL, who died in March at the age of 78, contributed massively to the detailed work of CIOL's committees and Council. He joined CIOL in 2006, sitting on the Trust Board for 11 years and becoming Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Professional Conduct Committee and Translating Division. As a member of Council, he made a useful contribution to strategy days, and represented CIOL on the International Standards Organisation panel on translation. In 2011, he made a major contribution to the ITI/CIOL Rates and Salaries Survey for Translators and Interpreters. Michael's negotiating skills and experience of conflict resolution, aquired through his main career focus as an official for the GMB and NUPE unions, were of particular value to CIOL. After taking early retirement, he became a translator not only in French and Spanish, which he had read at New College, Oxford, but also in Italian, reflecting his lifelong interest in opera. He worked on a range of projects for the European Commission, which involved visiting member countries. But his roots were based firmly in England, given his passion for County Cricket (supporting Hampshire through thick and thin). His professional experience was put to good use in the educational sphere, as he taught business skills at Judge Business School, Cambridge and was a valued external examiner in translation at the University of Westminster and City, University of London. Michael was an affable man who was incisive in his views, clear in his opinions and had a remarkable eye for detail. His jovial manner and social style always made him welcome, and was greatly appreciated by those who worked with him. With an infectious laugh and a mischievous smile, he was a man of the world who had not been tainted by it. He will be remembered for his courtesy, competence and wit, and with affection by those who knew him. IMAGES © CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU © CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU

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