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January 8, 2018 @ 17:58

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Peter Denis Sutherland KCMG, United Nations Special Representative on Migration and President of the St Benet’s Hall’s Board of Regents. 

Peter died at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin on Sunday January 7th, age 71, in the presence of his family.  He is survived by his wife Maruja, his children Shane, Natalia and Ian, ten grandchildren, his sisters Jill and Karen and his wider family and friends.   

He was a firm supporter of St Benet’s Hall and its particular focus on the personal development of undergraduate and graduate students in the spirit of the European Benedictine tradition and he was a hugely popular guest speaker at talks on Europe and integration in both Oxford and London.  In August 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his deep commitment to the academic and educational ambitions of the Hall.  His expertise and conviction has helped to shape the future direction of the Hall.   He was strongly convinced that Benet’s future lay in the acquisition of a second building, 11 Norham Gardens, which would allow the Hall to become fully coeducational and to expand in both student numbers and facilities.   His enthusiasm and determination was a tremendous support in this ambitious cause and it is a tribute to his vision that this plan has now come to fruition.  

He gave very generously of his time and experience and was a true friend to St Benet’s.  He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.