These obituaries, recorded here under Lives Remembered, are of those who have pioneered, or were associated with, the international work of Initiatives of Change, formerly known as MRA (Moral Re-Armament). These obituaries act, like a photo album, as a social history of a global movement which has laid claim to have changed the course of history in an extraordinary range of endeavours—politics and diplomacy, business and industry, theatre and the arts, sports and the media, race and community relations, education and healthcare, development and international affairs.

Given the history of MRA, the majority of these obituaries are of people of Christian faith, though Initiatives of Change now often acts as a bridge between the faiths and includes people of many faith traditions. As this compilation grows, it will more accurately reflect this trend.

Most of the lives remembered here have been deemed worthy of public record and published in national newspapers as they have played an important contribution to public life.

Michael Smith
Honorary member, International Association of Obituarists

Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
William Peters

William Peters, diplomat, and co-founder, Jubilee 2000 debt remission campaign.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014
John Rainbow

John Rainbow managed the central finances of the Oxford Group, the Christian charity that campaigned under the name of Moral Re-Armament (MRA, now Initiatives of Change) for five decades.

Monday, 09 December, 2013
David Phillimore

Cattle farmer, shepherd, beekeeper, carpenter, wartime pilot

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
George Richards

Norwich civic leader known as the ‘Lord Mayor with the drill’

Monday, 05 August, 2013
Margaret Jackson (Photo: Julian Roskill)

Personal assistant at the heart of the Special Operations Executive

Thursday, 04 July, 2013
Stephen Miles

Diplomat: Acting British High Commissioner, Tanzania 1964-1965; Consul-General, St Louis, Missouri 1967; Deputy High Commissioner, Calcutta 1970; High Commissioner, Zambia 1974, Bangladesh 1978.

Tuesday, 08 January, 2013
Don Loughman

Manager of the Westminster Theatre, London

Friday, 25 January, 2013
Russi Lala

Mumbai editor and author who ran India’s first publishing house in London

Friday, 25 January, 2013
Archie Mackenzie

Career diplomat who played a key role in several significant events in world history

Thursday, 01 March, 2012
Fiona Edwards

Builder of a pioneering interracial community in Jamaica

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