Bell baxter lives section I former Pupils Contents

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Margaret C Rodger

Mrs Margaret Lang (mid 1930s) died very suddenly on 2nd November 2011. When she left School, Margaret worked first with D M Rollo, Solicitors, before moving to the County Treasurer's Department and then to the office of the Medical Officer of Health. She gave up work when she married William Lang of Drumnod Farm and became a farmer's wife - a full-time job as it then was. On retirement they moved back to Cupar.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband and is survived by a son and a daughter.

Mary Rodger

Mary Wilkie (née Rodger) (1972), daughter of the late John Rodger and of Mavis Rodger, has been appointed a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Mary graduated from Edinburgh University in 1983 and became a research registrar at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh.

Matthew Rodger

Matthew Rodger of Falkland and Robbie Macaulay won the Intermediate Guitar Ensemble in 2000 at the Fife Festival of Music in the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy. Matthew was appointed School Vice-Captain for Session 2001-2. Matthew was awarded the annual R M Adam Memorial Prize for being the student with the highest marks in Higher Mathematics in the 2001-2 diet of exams. The award is made in memory of the late Robert Adam, who was Rector of Kirkcaldy High School from 1948 until 1971. Matthew is also an accomplished guitarist and was one of Bell Baxter's participants in the final of the Centenary Music Competition. He intends to study Philosophy at Glasgow University.

Thomas Rodger

Tom Rodger indicated in 1998 that the 200 year long family connection with flour milling in the town would soon come to an end. The Burnside Mills were up for sale. They had been used only for storage following a major fire a number of years previously. The family's other business, The Pet Shop, was also up for sale. Semi-retirement obviously beckoned, with the Aberfeldy Water Mill the sole remaining connection with the trade.

In August 2001 Tom (1937) was honoured for 62 years service to the oatmeal milling industry. He was presented with a silver salver by the President of the British Oat and Barley Millers' Association, Mr Colin Brown, of Quaker Oats. Tom has now retired and the family business has been closed. Tom is the seventh generation of the family to have made a career in the industry, the family business having been established in Balmerino in 1774. Tom and his wife, Kathleen (née Morrison), are still very much involved in the working mill in Aberfeldy.

Tom died very sudedenly on 12th August 2002. As well as his work in the mill, Tom was an Elder of Cupar Old Parish Church and a Commissioner of Income Tax. The Burnside Mill was sold in 1999, as was the Pet Shop and Meal Shop in Cupar, although the St. Andrews shop continued. The Water Mill in Aberfeldy was put on the market recently, to bring to an end Tom's 63 years as a miller He is survived by his wife Kathleen (née Morrison).

William Rodger

William (Bill) Rodger (1925 approx.) died on 7th December 2002 in Ninewells Hospital after several years of illness. Bill was born in Ceres and left school to work as a message boy for William Watt, Seedsman. In 1955 he married Patricia Watt. He continued working with his now brother-in-law until the firm closed in 1989. He became well known to the farming community because of his work. He was a keen fisherman and curler and was a member of Cupar Angling Club and Ceres Curling Club. He is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter.

Joseph Rogers

Disabled in First World War; retired to Burnbrae, Pitlessie.

Kathleen M Rogers

Mrs Kathleen Falconer entered BBS in 1938. She worked for six years in the Electricity Board Office. She later lived in Leven.

Margaret E Rogers

Mrs Margaret Beattie entered BBS in 1936. She became a Clerical Officer in the Civil Service and lived in Perth.

David M D Rollo

For the first time in the history of the School (and of Howe of Fife Rugby Club) one of our Former Pupils, Dave Rollo, played for Scotland in an International Rugby match on 21st March 1959 - the Calcutta Cup match, at Twickenham. The score was a draw, 3 all. Rollo's play was highly praised by the critics and commentators.

The following has been gleaned from the Howe of Fife RFC’s Hall of Fame:

Dave, a formidable front row forward, was capped 40 times for Scotland during the period 1959-68. An excellent ambassador for Scotland and the Howe, his list of representative honours is huge. He toured South Africa with the 1962 British Lions, played for and captained the Barbarians and represented Irish Wolfhounds. Dave toured South Africa with Scotland in 1960 and Canada in 1964.

Dave was no slouch at seven-a-side playing in winning sides for the Howe and also featuring in a Scottish Co-optimist Seven that won a Murrayfield tournament. Dave, nicknamed ‘Prince’ throughout the rugby world, is modest about his rugby prowess and is grateful for the local support he received throughout his rugby career. He is appreciative of Howe cancelling their 1st XV game on 19 March 1959 in order to support him on his international debut at Twickenham and the assistance he received in his early years in the game from the Howe, in particular J C Michie, W W Law and T Pearson (qv).

The 1970 School Magazine contained three profiles of former pupils. These were the result of inteviews conducted by Sally Edmunds and Margaret Wallace.

Dave Rollo, who was capped 40 times for Scotland, thus equalling the record held by H Macleod, kindly allowed us to intrude on his privacy, and told us how school had influenced him.

My favourite teacher was Miss Watt, the geography teacher — geography was one of the subjects I liked more than anything else other than gym maybe. She was always an easy-going person, never tried to hurry you on or anything like that.

My wife and I were up two years ago, and were shown around the school — I must say it's vastly changed from the time I was there. The big classrooms, so much glass, the swimming pool, your very modern canteen and kitchen too must all help to make the school a wee bit more pleasurable.

Another one who was quite strict was Mrs Sinclair, the History-English teacher. And there's Miss Livingstone, she's the super now, isn't she? She was quite a good sport. And Miss Robertson too. It's funny, I think we had more of the lady teachers than we had of the men teachers then.

I got on quite well with all my teachers, no real complaints at all — on my side, I don't know about the teachers - they thought I was a bit lazy maybe. The last part, before I left, I don't think I was at school as often as I should have been.

I'm afraid I didn't take the school lunches then, I went down to the Temperance Hotel. On the way down, we went into the Co-operative, the Bakery, we had a sausage roll there.

I didn't play rugby at all at school, I played football. I didn't particularly like the game at that time, I don't think.

To be at school is something that's a must in someone's life, to get away from your own way of life at home, and meet other people. I've found this all the way through from and after leaving school, what I've enjoyed most is meeting other people from other places, just to find out how they live compared with yourself. If you are a wee bit shy, if you are in strange company, the thing to do is to force yourself to speak to people.

No, I don't think the fact that I went to Bell- Baxter had any influence on my life and career. I still like to see what's going on though.

I’m sure Bell-Baxter has as much to offer as any school at all. I don't think school really mattered all that much to myself, it was a thing you had to do. You had to be there for so many years and that was it.

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