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

Friday, 15 May, 2020
Carol Sarsfield Hall with Sudanese Ambassador

Carol Sarsfield-Hall spent her childhood in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, where her father was governor of Khartoum until his retirement in 1936. In the 1950s she and her father were part of an MRA campaign in southern Africa that made the case for a multiracial philosophy of government. After her parents’ death Carol decided to return Ali Dinar’s rifle to Sudan.

Tuesday, 05 November, 2019

David Howden Hume of Helen’s Bay, County Down, who has died in Glasgow aged 87, was a great-great nephew of the founder of the international engineering company, Howden, which owned the Belfast Sirocco Works.

Monday, 10 September, 2018
Bob Webb in Ukraine

Newsman known for his vision for journalism as a force that could help heal the deepest hurts and bridge the widest divides.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018
Beverly Almond

American adventurer in Bletchley and the Middle East - as a young socialite shaken by Pearl Harbour, Beverly Kitchen asked her uncle in the Pentagon what she could do for the war effort. She was given a typing job there with military intelligence in 1942. By the end of next year she was in Bletchley Park, the top secret UK decoding centre.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018
Vendela Tyndale Biscoe

The Swedish actress Vendela Tyndale Biscoe might have become an internationally known Scandi Noir actor. She studied at the theatre academy in Malmo alongside such stars as Krister Henriksson (of ‘Kurt Wallander’ fame), who remained lifelong friends.

Monday, 18 June, 2018

Richard Hawthorne was a Nottingham businessman who became an unlikely champion of community relations. He was joint chairman of Hawthornes printers, a company that emerged out of a small printing works and stationery shops in the city owned by his father. This obituary was first published in the online edition of The Guardian, 17 May 2018.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018

Film distributor who played bagpipes on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Monday, 04 December, 2017

Secretary of the Oxford Group and Westminster Theatre trusts, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, and much loved mentor in IofC's London centre.

Thursday, 22 June, 2017
Frances Colquhoun

Artist, gardener, actress and campaigner. This article first appeared in The Scotsman, Edinburgh, 21 June, 2017.

Monday, 22 May, 2017
Guests to Peter Hannon’s homes, whether in Coleraine or Cape Town, could never be sure who they might meet

Bridge builder between antagonists – both in his native Northern Ireland and in South Africa.