Captain Graham Robinson RN, OL, 1944-2024

Graham Robinson

It is with great sadness that the College hears of the death of one of its most loyal and respected OLs. Graham Robinson (Gibbs’ 1958–1962) passed away peacefully on Saturday 23 March 2024 at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester after a short illness. Graham had a long and distinguished association with the College; at school he was a Prefect and Head of House, and a keen sportsman playing football for the 1st XI. Graham’s support of Lancing continued when he sent his two sons to school here - Giles (Gibbs’ 1989–1994) and Angus (Gibbs’ 1991–1996).

Graham was Chairman of The Old Lancing Club for 13 years from 2001–2014, and his leadership and sense of humour were always in evidence at meetings and events. His dedicated service to the Club was recognised when he was made a Vice-President after his retirement from the committee. Graham was also a member of the Foundation Council and supported both the Foundationers Campaign and the completion of the Chapel in his seven years on the Council. He was awarded the honour of a Fellow of the College in 2015 by Dr Harry Brünjes, who was then Chair of the Governing Body.

After Lancing, Graham joined the Royal Navy in September 1963 and served there for 35 years. His sea service in ten ships included two in command HMS ARLINGHAM based in Gibraltar and HMS GALATEA. Among his shore appointments were four years in the Ministry of Defence, three years as Commander of Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and four years as the Director of Naval Physical Training and Sport.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family at this time. There will be a memorial service for Graham and we will send out details of this as soon as the date is confirmed. If you wish to write to Graham’s widow, Olwen, please contact the Foundation Office at or write to us at Foundation Office, Lancing College, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 0RW. We will forward any letters and emails to the family.