Last month two City alumni from the class of 1944 returned to City University London to visit their old haunts. Jim Keat (right) and Nev Lees (left), both aged 85 and registered blind, made their journey here by way of the number 73 bus.
In 1944, City was still known as Northampton Engineering College and both men were sponsored by the Royal Navy to work on maintaining radar systems – something which was strictly top secret at the time!
Since leaving City, both Jim and Nev have remained firm friends and their time here continues to provide very special memories for them.
“The war was on, we were very bright young men, friendships were easily made and nostalgically kept. It was delightful to be surrounded by such bright people and the lively learning environment of the University.”
Nev Lees and Jim Keat
After demobilisation from the Royal Navy, Jim spent his career teaching at the Cornwall Education Authority in subjects with an emphasis in technology. Jim has four children and currently resides in Cornwall, in the four-bedroom house he built beside the one where he was born.
Nev also has four children and like Jim, taught after leaving the Royal Navy. However, Nev had a career change after studying Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University and worked for the de Havilland Aircraft Company and then British Aerospace for 11 years. Following a spell at English Electric Computers and a year in Paris with an international consortium bidding for a large N.A.T.O. project, Nev opened his own business, which focussed on computer based management solutions for engineering businesses.
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