Former Pupils

LEFT SCHOOL 1940-1949
Former Pupils

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Chalmers, Ann Craig Morrison Left school 1946.
Married name: Ann Scott

Ann married John Scott, a former Ardrossan Academy pupil. They emigrated to Australia in 1951. They had their daughter in 1955. In 1956 they joined Ann's parents in New Zealand where their son was born. Their daughter lives in New Zealand. Their son lives in Cornwall U.K. In retirement Ann enjoys gardening, playing golf, reading and battling with her latest toy, the computer. The girls in her class were Isa Brown, Jean Banks, Jean Goodwin, Moira Tomkins and Jean Goodall. She would be interested to hear from anyone who remembers her.
Cooper, Robert Left school 1947.
Robert served an apprenticeship with a civil engineering company in Glasgow. He took night classes at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, where he got his Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering in 1953. He then emigrated to Canada where he obtained the degree of 'Professional Engineer of Ontario'. He enjoys playing piano, windsurfing and ballroom dancing.
Hill, Kenneth Left school 1947.
During WW2, Kenneth was evacuated from London and joined the Primary Dept at Ardrossan Academy in Mr. Seggie's class. He then progressed through secondary education until 1947 when he moved south with his parents. He joined the RAF National Service. Kenneth was employed by an American company for 8 years and held positions with Armstrong Cork and Amtico. He became Company Director for a flooring contracting business for 34 years at Bedford, where he now lives. He married former pupil Ena Barclay in 1979. He plays golf, bridge, snooker and is still dancing. He would like to hear from Margaret MacVey, Jim MacFarlane, or anyone else who knew him.
Hutton, J. Gordon   Left school 1949.
Gordon died in October 2010. He was a Bank Manager.

He married Betty Kerr in 1960 and they lived in Argyll, Scotland.
Gordon is survived by three children, all former pupils of Ardrossan Academy.
Knox, June Left school 1947.
Married Name: June Cant

June married James Cant, lives in Derbyshire and is a mother of four.
She still plays the piano, loves country dancing and visiting her son, Ken, in Auckland, New Zealand. She would love to see pics and hear from anyone that knows her. She will reply via her son's email address, given above.
MacLean, Nan Left school 1949.
Married Name: Nan Wedderspoon

Nan attended the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen and obtained an M.A.
She has lived in Ottawa, Ontario since 1963. She taught in three high schools for 28 years. Now retired, she has plenty time to garden, play bridge, enjoy time at the computer and has started to do some genealogical research. If anyone is near Ottawa, Nan would like to meet you.
MacPhail, Bill Left school 1948.
Bill left school when his family moved to Canada. He completed his education at Queen's University in Canada where he obtained a F.A.S.E.T, C.S.T, Crim (Police Science) B.A. He is now a retired Professor of Police Science and former Coordinator of the programme at Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario Canada. He also taught at Sheridan University in Maryland U.S.A. He now teaches bagpipes and is the Pipe Major of a small pipe band made up from his students.
Maule, George Ashton   Left school 1948
George obtained an HNC in Mechanical Engineering at South Dorset Technical College. After doing his national service in the Royal Navy, he remained in South Dorset and married Margaret - a Weymouth girl. They have a son Iain and 2 grandsons, Jack and Harry. George served in the Royal Naval Scientific Service as a Experimental Officer and retired 1991 from M.O.D(N) Procurement Executive as a Senior Scientific Officer. Sadly, George died in July 2006.
McDowall, Eion Left school 1946
Eion obtained a Bachelors Business Administration degree at the University of Texas where he graduated in 1961. He is married with a son and daughter aged 33 and 31 respectively. Eion is a corrosion control contractor oil fields and offshore. He spent the best years of his life at Ardrossan Academy.
McGrath, James Left school 1949
James studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde His interests are golf (handicap 18) and bridge (Beckenham Bridge Club and Chislehurst Bridge Club). Photo of James and his wife, taken in 2010, on his 80th birthday.
McIver, Iain   Left school 1947
Iain came to Ardrossan Academy from Largs Higher Grade School in 1945. His 'best pal' at Ardrossan Academy was Harry Burns who died prematurely in 1972. They both joined 1138 Squadron ATC at Ardrossan. Iain started work in Lloyds TSB on his 17th birthday and was called up for National Service on his 18th birthday ! In 1966 he joined the RAFVR(T) thanks to his early ATC links. In 1985 he took early retirement from the bank and retired as Wing Commander RAFVR(T). He has lived in Ralston since 1964 and still has close ties with 602 Sqdn. R.Aux.A.F., Ralston Golf Club and Hawkhead Bowling Club.
McMillan, Eddie Left school 1949
Eddie retired in 1991. He is interested in contacting any FPs who are still around!
"How many of us, now in our eighties, do you remember?"

McVey, Margaret Left school 1947
Married name: Margaret Ronald

Margaret married John Ronald [also of Saltcoats, left Ardrossan Academy 1944] in 1954. They lived in Scotland and England until 1967 when they emigrated to the United States. They lived in Michigan until 1974 when they moved to Massachusetts. From there they retired to Maine in 1996.
Their three sons also reside in Maine. Ian, their eldest son, is in the Merchant Marine and is planning to marry in 2001. Their middle son, David, is married with three daughters and is a school teacher. Alan, their youngest son, was also in the Merchant Marine but left in 1998 to get married, is now also a school teacher and has one daughter.
Proudfoot, Elizabeth Left school 1940-49.
Elizabeth died in 1984 at the age of 50 years. She was a good runner, good at Reading, Geography and getting things done. She married Samuel Pllu from Saltcoats and left for Canada in 1957. They had seven children. Elizabeth started up Weight Watchers International in Australia and New Zealand. Her daughter would appreciate any information as she is writing a book about the family. Any childhood stories would be more than appreciated.
Skinner, Jim Left school 1947.
Jim attended both Primary and Secondary schools at Ardrossan Academy. He played rugby with 1st & 2nd 15's of that time and subsequently with the "Acies". On leaving school, he served two years with the R.A.F. in Germany. On return to civies, he worked for the Belmos Co. in Bellshill, while studying and obtaining a H.N.C. in electrical engineering. In his free time, he sailed at Largs Sailing Club. He married Beryl Hancock in 1960. Beryl had been a student at the Academy until 1944. They emigrated to Calgary , Alberta, Canada in 1960 and lived there for 19 years raising two daughters. They now live in West Vancouver B.C. Canada, close to their two married daughters and their five grandchildren.  Both Jim and Beryl are interested in making contact with any of their contemporaries from school.
Stewart, Alexander (Sandy) Left school 1947.
Sandy attended Ardrossan Academy Primary from 1935 to 1941 and Secondary from 1941to1947. He then served 2 years National service with the RAF.On discharge, he joined ICI Nobel HO in Glasgow. He met and married Barbara Kelso(also ICI) in 1953 and they celebrated their Golden Anniversary in December 2003. Sandy emigrated to Australia in August 1959 and settled in Melbourne, rejoining ICI after a brief period with Shell Australia. He retired from ICI in December 1987 and moved from Brisbane to Noosa Heads (6years) and subsequently to Corowa NSW, his current residence. He has made contact with two old  classmates: Jim Skinner and Ronald Tapp, both now resident in BC Canada.
Tapp, John Ronald Left school 1946.
After leaving Ardrossan Academy, Ron finished his high school education at King Edward VII School in Lytham, Lancashire. Next, he was Articled to a Borough Engineer and Surveyor until he was 21. On completion of Municipal Engineering Exams, he obtained a position as an Engineering Assistant with Lytham St. Annes, Lancs. until 1953 when National Service was required.     After attending the School of Military Survey, the rest of his service was in Iraq with 19 Topographic Squadron, R.E. with minor stints in Malta, Cyprus, Egypt and Jordan. On demob. in 1955, he returned to his Engineering position at Lytham St. Annes.    In 1957, he emigrated to Canada, having been hired by the Ontario Dept. of Highways as a draughtsman. On completing the professional engineering exams, he became a Registered Professional Engineer for the Province of Ontario ( P.Eng.). He continued to work for the Dept. of Highways as a Project Design Engineer until 1973 when he obtained a position as Design Engineer for Streets and Bridges with the City of London, Ontario. He stayed in that position until 1994 when he retired to his farm just outside London, Ontario.  Being all alone since his wife died in 1990 and his three daughters had grown up and moved away, two of his daughters persuaded him to sell up and move out west to the Vancouver area. Sadly, Ron died on the morning of 9 June 2012 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. His daughter, Audrey, can be reached at the email address above. Ron kept in touch with Jim Skinner and Sandy Stewart by e-mail, both former classmates, and gave John Watson a phone call now and again. He was devastated by the passing of Ian Macfarlane a few years ago. His interests were with computers and genealogy. He followed ice hockey very closely and often wished that he could still play rugby.  

Read Ron's account of an injustice he suffered at the hands of the teachers of 1944.

Walker, Betty Left school in 1940.
Married name: Betty Dalgleish

Betty was Largs Brisbane Queen in 1938. On leaving school, she worked for the Bank of Scotland until she married David Dalgleish on 5 December 1946. They lived in Largs. They had two children, Ian and Sheila. Betty had a long and happy life and died at the age of 79 on 23 January 2003. Her son, Ian, would love to hear from anyone who knew her.

Wormald, Ian Anderson Left school 1943
Ian attended Ardrossan Academy when he was five and left when he was six. He remembers only the sting of the sand, on his wintered, bare knees (and other places) when walking the beach and a strange eighteenth-century musical box at school. It has haunted him ever since. He remembers wearing the distinguished badge on a blue blazer even in wartime! During this time, Ian and his mother lived at Saltcoats where his Post Office Savings book was registered. He left Scotland in 1946 when his dad came out of the Royal Navy after command at sea. Ian obtained a BA Hons First Class at the Open University. His degree was in European Humanities with special interest in classical studies and plastic arts.He became a test pilot with British Aerospace and now lives near York.