Sir Martin Jacomb (1929-2024)

Martin Jacomb in his office

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28th June 2024

Sir Martin Jacomb (1929-2024)

The College is deeply saddened to record the death of Honorary Fellow Sir Martin Jacomb (1949, Law).

Sir Martin read Law at Worcester after National Service with the Royal Artillery in Sri Lanka. He was admitted to the Inner Temple, practising at the Bar from 1955 to 1968, and built his reputation in tax and trust cases. After 13 years in Chancery, Sir Martin moved into corporate finance and would go on to advise on the privatisation of British Aerospace and BT. In its obituary, The Telegraph says that he ‘personified old-style integrity.’

Knighted in 1985 for services to the City, following his retirement Sir Martin devoted much time to non-executive boards. Among other roles, he spent six years chairing the British Council and served as Chancellor of the University of Buckingham from 1999 to 2010. He was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Worcester in 1993, sitting on the College’s finance group for several years, and generously donated to unrestricted funds across four decades.

Full obituaries may be read in The Times and The Telegraph. Our thoughts and condolences are with Lady Evelyn Jacomb MBE, who married Sir Martin in 1960, and their children.

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