The Baker Street Irregulars has lost its oldest member. Ronald Mansbridge, BSI ("A Case of Identity") has passed beyond the Reichenbach.
His first BSI dinner was in 1936, but he didn't receive his titular investiture until 1998. An Englishman by birth, he traced his family's roots to the Mansbridge Hundred, a pre-Norman district along Southampton Water in Hampshire.
His obituary, courtesy of the New York Times:
MANSBRIDGE-Ronald, 100. On September 1, 2006, peacefully in his home in Weston, Connecticut. Born 11 November 1905 in England, son of George Frederick Mansbridge, inventor of the Mansbridge electrical condenser, and Florence Quye Mansbridge. Educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Mansbridge founded the American Branch of Cambridge University Press and served as its manager for 40 years. Beloved husband of the late Georgia St Clair Mullan (d. 1988) and Janet Dunning Van Duyn (d. 2003). Greatly loved by his two children, Jane and Bruce; his two grandchildren, Nathaniel Mansbridge Jencks and Travis Marshall Mansbridge; and by his stepdaughters, Barbara Van Duyn and Ruth Pratt. A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 24 at 2 PM at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Amnesty International, 5 Penn Plaza, NYC 10001 or the Tyndale Society, 1000 Regent University Dr, Virginia Beach, VA. 23464.And an additional obit, from the Independent.
As fate would have it, the Summer issue of The Baker Street Journal contains an article about Mansbridge, written by Marshall Berdan, who visited with him in his home last November. As a service to the loyal readers of this blog, I'm making that article, Senior Fellow, available for download as a PDF.
Thanks to Susan Dahlinger and Roger Johnson for the obits.