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, 11 July, 2008
Les Dennison

Les Dennison, one of only 400 survivors out of a group of 1,600 prisoners of war on the Burma railway during World War II, worked for reconciliation between Japan and Britain.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Norah Cook

At the age of 86, retired Bristol classics teacher Norah Cook wrote a book which is now in the libraries of almost every prison in Britain and has become an inspiration for many of the inmates.

Wednesday, 01 February, 2012
Oran Campbell

A quietly inspirational Christian. A man committed to conflict resolution. A skilled architect and acknowledged conservationist. A fearless rock-climber and danger-loving, west-coast sailor. A keen tractor driver yet also Jaguar driver. A piper. A reel-dancer extraordinaire. A story-teller, mimic and wit.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Charis Waddy

Charis Waddy was an Islamic scholar and writer, and the first woman graduate of Oriental Languages at Oxford University.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Hugh Elliott

The situation in Zimbabwe might have been different today had a bold initiative, of which Hugh Elliott was a key instigator, continued after the country's independence in 1980.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
George Walker

George Walker was for 20 years editor of The Industrial Pioneer, an independent and campaigning workers’ paper which aims to hold a ‘constructive shop floor view of British industry’.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Arthur Strong

Arthur Strong was a pioneering photographer who took rare portraits of CS Lewis.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Kenneth Belden

Kenneth Belden was chairman of the trustees of the Westminster Theatre during the 1960s and 70s when it was the centre of Christian drama in the West End.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Neville Cooper

Neville Cooper, founder of Britain’s Institute of Business Ethics, saw integrity as essential.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
William Jaeger

Bill Jaeger, a pioneer of Moral Re-Armament, was a confidante of labour leaders thoughout the world.