Graham Gower, 1947-2017

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Graham Gower, who passed away unexpectedly on 10th May just a few weeks before his 70th birthday, from complications linked to chemotherapy.

Graham began his international athletics career in 1971 representing Great Britain over the 60m Hurdles in the European indoor athletics held in Sofia, Bulgaria where he placed 5th in the final. After winning the prestigious CAU Intercounties title over 110m Hurdles in 1971, he went to win 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals in the AAAs National outdoor championships. From 1970 to 1975 he medalled in every AAAs National indoor national championship, winning the title in 1972. Graham represented England in the 1974 Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch, New Zealand over the high hurdles where he went through to the semi-finals.

His lifetime outdoor best of 14.1s which he ran at Crystal Palace in 1972 still ranks him 71st on the UK all time list, and would still be good enough to place amongst the top 10 fastest men in Britain in 2017.

Graham joined Watford Grammar School for Boys in 1972 and during his time here had a great impact on the boys in his various roles; including as an inspiring geography teacher and games teacher.

However it was in his role as Head of Sixth Form that his influence was greatest and where many alumni will remember him with particular fondness.

Graham supported countless boys in their applications to university. Under his guidance, many achieved places at the top universities over his years in this important role. 

Graham retired in 2007 after a distinguished career at the school but stayed in contact with many at the school. He will be remembered with great respect and affection by us all, particularly for his professionalism, kindness  - and for his famously dry sense of humour.  He will be missed.

Published on 08/06/2017

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