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Marion Mahon


Marion Mahon (early 1980s) from Ladybank is now working for 6 months as a lighting designer and technician with the Ballet Central School in London. She trained in Theatre arts at Kirkcaldy Technical College and continued to train for four years at Perth Theatre, under the artistic directorship of Joan Knight. Marion then studied for the Advanced Diploma in Lighting and Design at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She hopes to continue working as a freelance lighting designer, when she finishes her present stint. Marion returned to this area in 2001 to help with the first production at the newly refurbished Byre Theatre. She is a lighting designer whose normal working hours are spent at the Royal Court Theatre in London. She was invited by the Director of the Byre, Ken Alexander, to return for this special occasion and took 2 weeks' leave from her job to do so. On leaving School she took a foundation course at Fife College and then went to work at Perth Theatre as an electrician's assistant. This led to a course of study at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After her interlude at the Byre she was to return to her post in London. She was to marry the Assistant Director of the Almeida Theatre later in 2001.

Colin Mailer


Colin Mailer (MB ChB 1959) - Viola player with amateur London Community Orchestra; member of London Opera Guild; member of Canadian Ophthalmology Society; Fellow of American Academy of Ophthalmology. Colin is a descendant of William McGonegal.

Colin (mid 1950s) has a mention in the Edinburgh University Graduates' Association Newsletter. He is still practising Opthalmology and has been translating "L'Histoire Des Verres de Contact" par R. Heitz, Vol. I of which was published in March 2002. Sounds a formidable undertaking!

Morag Maillie


Morag Maillie (late 1970s) is off to Australia to pursue her nursing career. She was there 12 years ago, but more recently has been working in the Bahamas. This time she is going ‘down under' as an immigrant, having been offered work at 2 hospitals in Sydney. When she left home she had still to decide which offer she would accept. Earlier in her career she was a nurse in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Henryka Malecka


Henryka (Ryka) Evans (née Malecka) (1957) died on 8th January 2002 after a long illness. On leaving school Ryka trained as a Primary School Teacher and taught first in Mitchell Street Primary School in Dundee. After bringing up her family she returned to supply teaching. But her interests were wider, and she became a Psychology Research Assistant in Dundee University. She was also keenly interested in Scott's Discovery and for a time she acted as guide on board. She then studied for and gained an MEd with First Class Honours. She was about to embark on study for a PhD, having been awarded a University Scholarship, when she fell seriously ill in 1996. Tragically her older son, Gavin, died in 1997 as the result of an accident. She is survived by her husband and her younger son.

Alfred Malocco


Alf Malocco (1952) held an exhibition and sale of paintings at his gallery in Collessie in 2003. In the course of this he raffled a painting of a Jack Russell terrier which he had done himself. The raffle raised £610 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and for the Maggie's Centre. Alfred received the Shell Expro Award for his painting in 2002.

Joe Manson


Joe Manson of the Class of ‘54 took the opportunity to terminate his career in the Architect's Department of Fife Council following the reorganisation of Local government in 1996. Joe was Vice Chairman of the Former Pupils’ Association on its formation in 1991 and served as Chairman from 3 March 1993 to March 1996. He has been the Membership Secretary since March 1999.

One of Joe’s other claims to fame is his prowess on the rugby field. He was a member of Bell Baxter’s 1st XV and began playing for the Howe of Fife club in September 1960. When he finally retired in 1979 he had made 469 appearances in the blue and white hoops. He was also a goal-kicker and his tally of 1748 points remained the club’s record until the 21st Century.


Andrew Manzie


(1944-2008)

BBHS 1956-62

The Barony Hall at the University of Strathclyde was packed for the celebration of Drew Manzie’s life. The event was moderated by a colleague from the University Sports Centre, who introduced a number of people who spoke eloquently of Drew’s life and the impact he had on others. First of these was Drew’s elder brother, John, who spoke of the bairn of the Manzie family and of his growing up days in Cupar. Drew joined the staff at Strathclyde University after graduating from Jordanhill College and spent his entire working life there. Not unnaturally, most of the speakers concerned themselves with his sporting activities – boxing (Cupar Boxing Club, briefly), rugby – a life-long passion, started at Bell Baxter, and above all kayaking. Drew was peerless as a competitor and coach in this latter activity and through his efforts the University of Strathclyde gained a worldwide reputation. A slide show played throughout with images of his life and work, including a few from his schooldays.

The following appeared in the FPA Newsletter:



Drew Manzie (1956). Originally from Fife, Drew was educated at Bell Baxter High School in Cupar where his sporting activities started with boxing and rugby culminating in him representing the School Rugby 1st XV. He then moved through to Glasgow and the Scottish School of Physical Education at Jordanhill College where he graduated in 1965 with the Diploma of Physical Education and continued his rugby career with the successful Jordanhill Rugby Club. He was awarded full colours in rugby while at the SSPE and soon developed into a first-class coach. After brief teaching stints at Greenock Academy and Stow College, he joined Strathclyde University. A lifelong interest in canoeing accompanied his continued commitment to rugby, although he also gained coaching qualifications in various other sports. An enthusiastic and motivational teacher/coach, Drew was comfortable coaching the full range of abilities to be found in a University environment. Whether he was dealing with a World Championship canoeist, an aspiring international rugby player or someone wanting to learn to swim, they had his undivided attention and expertise. He had the ability to put people at their ease immediately and give them confidence.

While at Strathclyde he also filled committee roles in a variety of organisations, some related to the University sector and some not. At various times he was vice-president of the Scottish Canoe Association, Manager, Scottish Teams, Committee member of the Scottish Council of Physical Education, sat on the HE Consultative Committee of the Scottish Institute of Sport and President of the Scottish Universities Physical Education Association and coach and selector for Scottish Universities Rugby team. During this time Drew also continued to satisfy his thirst for knowledge by completing an ‘in-service’ BEd (Hons) at Jordanhill and involving himself in a number of research projects. Even after retirement he maintained his links with Strathclyde by co-ordinating the R&A Golf Bursary Programme on behalf of the University and sitting on the Sports Union Awards Committee.

Drew will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege to know him. He always had time for others and was genuinely interested in their activities. He leaves behind a legacy of great memories, good humour and a philosophy of honesty and fairness. He was predeceased by his wife Chris and is survived by a daughter and a son. (Contributed by Brian Samson).



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