Derek was a long time member of SAPFM, a two term member of the Board of Directors and a regular attendee of both the Williamsburg conference and the Midyear. He was a willing worker on the Board and was especially helpful in developing SAPFM's relationship with Winterthur. Derek was active at Winterthur and used his close relationship with its leadership to help SAPFM persuade them of the value of our organization and the benefits to both of closer cooperation. His work was important in creating the special program at Winterthur earlier this year.
Derek was an exceptional craftsman in his own right, a carver who focused on high style rococo pieces. He had a marvelous collection of period tools, especially carving tools and planes. He was active up to the point when his illness made working in the shop impossible and completed a tall clock last year.
Those who knew Derek well valued his wisdom, experience and especially his dry, British wit. Derek passed on 11 October, 2017. He will be missed.