Obituary – Edward Greene

November 2, 2018

It is with much sadness that Carfax have received news of the recent death at the age of 81 of Mr. Edward Paul Campbell Greene on October 17, 2018 at his home in Oxford. Mr. Greene was a tutor who founded Edward Greene’s Tutorial Establishment in 1967 and became a great influence on the Oxford tutorial college industry. Founders of most, if not all, tutorial and sixth-form colleges in Oxford and some further afield had worked or taught for Mr. Greene before setting up on their own.

Edward Greene in his study in Oxford c. 2010 This includes the founder of Carfax, who had been a pupil at Greene’s prior to joining its staff and eventually being appointed the Lower Master. Some years later, when our founder was thinking of a name for his new education enterprise and wanted one that would have a recognizable Oxford ring to it, it was Edward Greene who suggested the name Carfax.

Some of early Carfax pupils and tutors will remember having tutorials in Mr. Greene’s beautifully appointed home in Pembroke Street that he generously opened to Carfax before Carfax College was established in its own permanent premises. To many, having tuition in this house full of interesting books, artefacts and curiosities, roaring open fires in winter, excellent coffee all year round, and above all Edward’s kind interest and wise counsel on all matters, became a major part of their Oxford experience.

Edward Greene was a man of extraordinary kindness, wide erudition, sharp mind of a polymath, iron logic, inimitable style, impeccable taste, faultlessly correct form, genuine modesty, thoughtful tact, steadfast principles, and firm Christian faith. All combined with the deepest capacity for friendship and enjoyment of life in a true original like no other. Whilst his passing severs one of increasingly few links to a long-gone world of gentlility and elegance and marks an end of an era for those whose life he had enhanced and enlightened, his legacy will live on through the lasting influence on his many friends and pupils.

The funeral will be held in Oxford on November 14, 2018 starting with worship at 11 a.m. in Mr. Greene’s home led by Revd. John MacLeod, the Minister of the London congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, followed by burial at Botley Cemetery at 1:15 p.m.


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