Obituary Robert Julier


From his arrival in 1968 from Victoria College in Jersey, Robert touched Blundell's at all points. Principally as Head of Art and History of Art, with all its extracurricular commitments (often in unsocial hours) and as a charismatic, inspirational teacher. As an outstanding House Tutor in Westlake (where he brought a new approach to House Prayers) and then again as, with Mary, home-maker to early 6th form girls; further as the inaugurator of the 17 Club and furthermore as performing violinist and co-founder of the Camerata. He also found time to design the new cross in the chapel. Eventually, as Governor, he retired in 2001.

In the wider community, he was an Art adviser, inspector, examiner and adjudicator. He lived life to the full, as Francophile, food and wine lover, party-giver, party-goer and ever-generous host. He never forgot a name and everything he did was characterised by a meticulous attention to detail, never pedantic but always insistent on the best standards of observation, application and delivery.

Enjoyment and enrichment were the watchwords and in Mary he found the best ally. As befits his vocation, he was truly a Renaissance presence in the life of Blundell's and beyond.