Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist
Chapter 8: The Reading Years: Family and Related Matters
8. The Reading years: family and related matters Things were going extremely well for me in the mid-1960s. I had achieved, at a comparatively young age, a professorship at a prestigious UK university. I was given the challenge of building a new Department of Economics – and at a time when ample funding was available from the University Grants Committee.1 Together with four other professors and under the chairmanship of Victor Morgan, I was a partner in a newly formed London-based economic consultancy (Economists Advisory Group, EAG). I was deeply and happily involved in Hampshire church life, and an active lay preacher. For the ﬁrst two years of my appointment at Reading, I commuted most days from Southampton. However, in 1966, Ida and I moved to a lovely new house in Henley, which we had built for us. If there was a cloud on our horizon it was that our son Philip was now severely mentally retarded, and there was little sign that he would ever have a mental age of more than two. In Oxfordshire we found what were reputed to be, at the time, the best daycare facilities for his needs. To begin with, Philip went each day to Borocourt Hospital near Henley just 5 miles away from his home. Later, he became a resident in the hospital for part of the week. But for all his physical and mental impediments, Philip was growing up as a loving and cheerful boy. Most important to us, he seemed contented in...
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