The Marlowe Society
15 March 2007

A New Chairman

Peter Wales elected as new Marlowe Society Chairman at AGM

At February's AGM, Michael Frohnsdorff announced that he was standing down as Chairman of the Marlowe Society after six years in that role. In his place, Peter Wales was elected as the new Chairman.

Mike joined the Society in 1994, becoming a committee member the following year, first briefly as Secretary, and then taking on the role of Treasurer. In 2001, when Dolly Wraight stood down due to ill health, she recommended him as Chairman. Mike's lifelong interest and study of Marlowe have given him a remarkable knowledge of the poet and his work, but he has also undertaken an immense amount of administrative work on behalf of the Society. His legacy includes the memorial window to Marlowe in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, and the Marlowe Society Library in Faversham, both of which came to fruition with the aid of a considerable amount of characteristically unstinting behind-the-scenes effort from Mike.

As a token of their gratitude, the committee recently held a lunch at the Garrick Club to thank Mike for all the work he has done for the Society. It is also the manner in which he has performed his duties that have endeared him to one and all, with our Patron Professor Christopher Miles summing up the feelings of many by thanking Mike for being such "a superb, scholarly, sweet-natured, staunch supporter of the Society." After serving for six years as Chairman, Mike has stood down in order to devote more time to his work as Research Officer.

The new Chairman therefore has a very hard act to follow, but we have been very fortunate in securing the services of Peter Wales, and are delighted to welcome him to the Marlowe Society.

Peter taught history at King's School, Canterbury, and at Kent College from 1984 to 2003, and is now semi-retired. For twelve years he was a member of the Canterbury City Council, and served as Lord Mayor in 1998/99. Peter's interest in Marlowe dates from his own school days, and was particularly developed later on during the course of his civic duties as he promoted awareness of the poet and playwright as a famous son of Canterbury whilst speaking regularly at public functions. Peter has already got stuck into his new role with relish, and has been much involved in making the arrangements for Marlowe Day in May.

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