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I deeply regret Sir Arthur Powell's death, my heart is with his family.
Please inform us about the memorial service in order to assist.
Dear Frank & Cristina,
Sincerest sympathy on the loss of your father today. I am sure he will be greatly mourned, and missed.
Having each lost both parents, we understand very well the sadness you must be going through.
With best wishes y un abrazo muy fuerte,
Sarah & Jonathan Stordy
I just want to convey a sincere feeling of gratitude to Mr. Arthur Powell, for a life long dedication to our education and that of our children.
Class of '76
Dear Runnymede family,
This is indeed sad news; Arthur Powell has been a very important person in my life and the lives of so many others.
All our sympathies and thoughts are with Frank, Julia, Cristina and the grandchildren. I will never forget Mr Powell’s encouragement, support and constructive criticism during 7 tears at Runnymede. He never (ever) gave up on me, and was always a source of wisdom and inspiration.
Our deepest condolences,
Gonzalo de la Vega
After my father, Arthur Powell was the only other 'adult' person to discipline me or otherwise 'get angry' with me while a young adolescent. It is with much regret that I never found the opportunity to go back and thank him for the 'extra chances' he afforded me at the time and to share a moment of reflection on what came to be after that. Unlike the fictional Mr. Chips, Arthur Powell managed to have children of his own, with whom he surely had his issues as well, but at times I like to think that I was one of Mr. Powell's 'little people'.
Arthur Powell will not be missed, because he will always be with us in our memories.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family now. Please pass on my condolences to them.
Bsc(Hons) PGCE (PCET) PG Dip. Ed. (SEN)
Me gustaría dar el pésame a la familia Powell. Aunque ya no ejerciese como director del colegio todos los años que pasé en el Runnymede, siempre era un placer cruzarse con Arthur Powell por recepción o por donde fuese. Siempre saludaba amablemente, sonreía, preguntaba que tal te iba todo y te deseaba los buenos días a los alumnos. Algo que sin duda se agradece en el día a día.
Mi mas sincero pésame a la familia Powell.
Sebastian Laiseca Segura
Oh my God, what an enormous feeling of sadness suddenly. I don’t have enough words to describe what a wonderful person he was. He was so special,.... he was the BEST! Un abrazo enorme for his family.
Renée van de Graaf
Arthur was my mentor and much loved father figure for many years. He was a man of the most generous spirit, highest intelligence, warmth, kindness and humour. To the very end he sustained his interest in all his students, politics, philosophy, economics and almost anything that makes the world go round. And, in no small measure, Arthur's enduring legacy through Runnymede College, will go on making this world a better place.
I share Julia's and his family's loss and will miss him badly. However, I will always be grateful to Arthur and will continue trying to live up to the high standards he set.
With sadness and love.
Beatriz Aspiazu Montgomery, her children Joe III, Terrell, Lautaro, Thomas, Andrew Montgomery and Helene Marie Shafran have been deeply saddened by the loss of Arthur Powell who will forever remain in our highest esteem. We will treasure many fond memories and send our warmest wishes to the family at this difficult time.
This is very sad news indeed. Presently I am not in Madrid but all my love to Mrs. Powell, to Manolo, Charles and Paloma. Un beso muy fuerte para todos,
Maria Luisa Penabaz Arguedas
Very sad news.....he will live long in the memory of my time at Runnymede.
My deepest sympathies to all the family.
How sad and thankyou for letting me know. Please, as one of his first
students, please pass on my condolences to all the family.
We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Arthur Powel our hearts are with the family at this sad time.
With our deepest sympathy and affection,
Daniel and Julie Oakford
My deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the family.
Very sad to hear this news.
My condolences to the family, specially Paloma who I knew at Runnymede.
A man who definitely left a mark on me has just left us, and I must say, this has affected me in more ways than I thought it would.
I can’t say I had a special or any kind of relationship aside from a normal headmaster/pupil relationship, but evidently I’m wrong. Suddenly, when I received the mail, memories from my brief time spent in the Runnymede College invaded my mind and the first image that came to me was of me, my dad and Mr. Powell sitting in his old office in Calle Arga, and talking about the school. The school that was something completely new and strange to me (because of the uniforms), the school that would become a part of me, and the school which (I think) made me (in a lot of ways) who I’m today.
I remember Mr. Powell telling me not to worry. Of course I was worried, but the way he said it made me think that maybe I was taking all of this too much to heart. I thought... This guy is cool. He expects the respect he deserves being the headmaster of the school, but at the same time, he’s treating me with respect, he understands my problems... Bottom line, he cares. And he cared throughout my four years in Runnymede. If I had a problem and asked him for advice, he would always find time to listen to me and try to help me out. This was all I needed. At that time, and as I’ve learned much later, and in much worse situation (at the frontline during the war in Croatia – but this is a completely different story), Mr. Powell was in my mind and thoughts.
When I heard of his death earlier today, I suddenly felt the urge to write this. I was never good at writing, and I’m not one of those sentimental guys, but I just couldn’t help it. Obviously, Mr. Powell deserves a few words, even if they are written by someone who is not very skilled or eloquent.
I wish to express my sincere condolences to Mr. Powell’s family and close friends, and of course to everybody who came to know this extraordinary gentleman.
I was quite sad to hear about Mr Powell's demise. I was in Runnymede from around '92-'94 and remember him well as a kindly and well respected headmaster, though he did have his comical side, if my memory doesn't fail.
He took my first interview on arrival at school and I remember him as being friendly and interested while treating us as equals. He made us (my sis and I) write an essay, the theme being life as a diplomat's daughter or something and was highly complimentary on our efforts, which helped us: new as we were, in school and in Spain.
Well, I am sad that he has gone but though I didn't know him personally, I feel that he certainly led a rewarding life and has certainly made his mark. He was a part of an important phase in my life and my memory of him will always be of his bright eyes, grey suit and hair.
This is a time to grieve but also to rejoice: for a person is the sum of our memories and we all have wonderful memories of him.
Will he be reincarnated? Will he be in heaven? Who know? the important thing is that he will be remembered and thanked.
All my support and regards to those left behind,
Julie Peate née Singh
Por favor hagan llegar nuestro más sentido pésame a toda la familia, en
especial a Julia y Frank Manuel.
Arthur Powell fue un hombre que deja un gran recuerdo de sabiduría y amistad
en nuestras vidas.
Jorge Gamio y Familia
Laura Gamio Raluy
To The Powell Family
It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Arthur this morning. It is always hard to lose a family member, especially when a family is as close as yours. You are in my thoughts.
My deepest condolences to the Powell family.
I must agree with most Runnymedians that Mr. Arthur Powell inspired great respect and it must be noted that his life efforts to educate are greatly appreciated by those of us who had the chance of studying in the school he dreamed of and eventually created.
I send my deepest feelings of respect to all the family, who allowed the dream of Mr. Arthur Powell to continue.
Dear Powell Family,
I am very sad to hear about the death of Arthur Powell and would like to send you my condolences.
I am so sorry to hear about Mr Powell – my thoughts are with his family. His memory will live on forever, he was a great man – please pass on my condolences to his family
Dear Julia, Frank and Cristina,
We were deeply sorry to hear of Arthur's death this morning and send you our sincere condolences. As a family we have a huge debt of gratitude to Arthur and to the school he created. We always appreciated his humour, sincerity and down-to-earth approach to education and life, and have many happy memories of our contact with him over the years.
Alan, Carol, Jamie and Hannah Matthews
Queridos Julia, Manolo, Carlos y Paloma,
Siento muchísimo vuestra enorme pérdida y no poder acercarme hoy para despedirme de Arthur y acompañaros un rato.
No me cabe duda de que Mr. Powell ha pasado a mejor vida, pero se lo duro que es para la familia que queda. Julia, me acuerdo especialmente de ti y de mi compa, Manolo, que queda con la enorme responsabilidad de llevar el colegio y con un listón muy alto.
Nos veremos en el funeral, un fuerte abrazo,
Paloma Pan de Soraluce
Dear Julia, Manolo, Charlie and Paloma,
Cuanto siento la muerte de Mr. Powell. Quisiera poder estar allí con ustedes pero la vida no lo permite. Estaré rezando hoy por él. Saben que lo quería muchísimo. Fue como un padre para todos nosotros. Julia, te quiero mucho. Besitos
I am very sorry to learn about the death of Arthur Powell.
Even though I didn’t know Arthur Powell very well since during my school years he already spent most of his time away from the school, I only have very good memories of him. He was a good man with a warm heart and he will be greatly missed.
As were my old Runnymedian classmates who today remain some of my best and closest friends, I was very saddened to hear the news.
My thoughts are with his family and close friends,
Dearest Powell Family,
It is with great sadness that we have learnt about the loss of our dear Headmaster, Sir. Arthur F. Powell. Our thoughts are with all of you at this sad time and we express our sincere condolences and feeling of gratitude for his ever-lasting guidance, support and dedication.
Sir. Arthur F. Powell will be in our hearts and memories, and his human and ethic standards lead our steps.
With our deepest sympathy and affection,
Tariq Y.B. Attar
"Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger Generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life".
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for the loss of Mr. Arthur Powell.
He has given us the greatest gift one can ever receive...he has given us a good education.
Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to his family.
Mai, Nouf, Sara and Mohammed Al-Sabbagh
We were very sad to hear of the sad demise of Mr. Arthur Powell, and we express our most heartfelt condolences to the Powell family, Runnymede, and all fellow alumni.
We pray that his soul may rest in peace and that his spirit may continue to live on in this institution where we all became young men and women.
May God Bless You, Sir.
Daulat and Veena Khatwani
I am very saddened to hear that Mr Arthur Powell passed away today.
He was a wonderful Headmaster and I have very fond memories of him helping me though my years at Runnymede. He was always very kind, just and honorable man - always looking for the good in everyone. A truly kind man.
My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
With much love
Karen J Bartolome
(Former Pupil of Runnymede College from 1986 - 1988)
I would like to send my condolences to the Powell Family and to Runnymede College.
I attended Runnymede from 1995 until I left Spain for University in June 1999.
Mr Powell taught me Spanish when I first arrived in Year 9.
I look back on my years at Runnymede with great affection and that has a great deal to do with the sense of family and community that comes with attending the school.
I also send this message on behalf of the rest of my family. My parents Bob & Michele Cooke, my sister Annabel and my brother Nick.
I have just received an email from Adrian with the sad news about your father.
Please receive, with all my heart, our most sincere thoughts of peace and faith in this difficult moment.
Un fuerte abrazo,
Queridos Julia, Manolo, Charles y Paloma,
Mr Powell ha sido el ‘padre’ de tantos de nosotros y una leyenda para toda la comunidad de Runnymede. Todo un señor. Su pérdida dejará un vacío muy grande. Me alegro tanto de haberle visto en la última cena de Old Runnymedians. Le echaremos de menos.
Un abrazo muy fuerte a todos,
We were very saddened to hear that Arthur passed away this morning.
Arthur, Runnymede and the Powell family have been a constant in our lives since we moved to Spain in 1993 and he will be greatly missed.
Our condolences to Julia, Frank, Charles, Paloma and their families.
Carolyn, John, James and Megan
Our sincerest condolences to all the friends, colleagues and loved ones of
Mr. Powell. His generosity of spirit and kindness lives today at the heart
of Runnymede College. May it and him continue to be celebrated every day
within its 4 happy walls.
Rest in Peace
Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to all the family
Please accept our sincerest condolences for the passing of Mr Arthur Powell. A true gentleman.
Claudia, Miguel & Myra Briones
I offer my sincere condolences and extend my deepest sympathy to the Powell family on the sad loss of Arthur, forever ‘Sir’ to me.
The most impressive legacy and recognition he has left us with are all of us “Runnymedians” around the world.
Without him none of us would have had the privilege and benefit of such a broad and rich education, an education that was more than just academic achievement. A Runnymede education enriched us all with social values, culture, tolerance, appreciation and above all wisdom.
A truly great man, forever in our thoughts.
My wife, Frances, and I are saddened by the news of Arthur's death but are heartened by knowing he died peacefully and with the people he loved and who loved him.
Arthur provided me with my first teaching job when I had just qualified in 1973. We have many wonderful memories of the 3 years we spent - very happily - in Madrid. I am due to retire in August this year and yet my memories of the school in Calle del Arga are vivid and fill me with pride. Although we have not visited the school in its new setting we have been back to Madrid on several occasions and keep in touch with Frank and MariJose Murphy.
I am much envied by my colleagues and by my pupils for my sojourn in Spain and it has never failed to be a source of pleasure and fascination. Our sincere condolences to Julia, Manolo, Charles and Paloma. In this time of sorrow we hope there is some comfort in the knowledge that Runnymede has had a tremendous influence in the lives of so many - and not just students.
Colin and Frances Mail
Dear Julia, Frank and Charles, Cristina, Manuel and Georgina,
I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to you all at this sad time.
Arthur was a blinding beacon of inspiration to the students of Runnymede College, past and present, and his dedication and wisdom will undoubtedly continue to influence future Runnymedians for the better.
My kindest regards and love to you all,
I was privileged to be at Runnymede during the first few years of the school and
enjoyed being part of a wonderful close-knit community which Arthur (and
Julia) created. Arthur's knowledge, enthusiasm and enjoyment made Runnymede
into the school it is today. He played a huge part in my life - and thousands
of others. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Julia, Manolo, Charles
To the Powell family,
I wanted to express my most sincere condolences for the loss of an indubitably great and noble man.
His memory will live in the founding spirit of the school, and all of us who have grown as people and citizens as a result of it.
I offer you all my warmest thoughts and greetings.
Adrian Cachinero Vasiljevic
My deepest condolences to the Powell family. It is a very sad day for all of us who went to Runnymede. We will always keep the warmest memories of him. He created a wonderful school, which was always run like a big family; those of us who live abroad will always strive to find another "Runnymede College" for our children and that is his legacy! My heart goes out to Julia, Manolo, Paloma, Charles and their families.
Pamela Misrahi Crystal
De parte de Miguel y en mi nombre sentimos mucho la pçerdida de tu padre. Te enviamos un mensaje de apoyo y cariño
Un fuerte abrazo
Betty Guereta y Miguel Botella
Dearest Julia, Manolo, Charles and Paloma,
I was very sad to hear the news today. My mother sends her love.
Arthur has always had a special place in my life, he is one of those legends that you tell stories about in the pub (all good I hasten to add!). I am very glad that I saw him in 2006. He will be missed.
My love and thoughts go out to you and the grandchildren.
I hope to see you all some time this year.
lots and lots of love
Caroline (Bubblz) Ainslie
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Jorge Cachinero & Nevenka Vasiljevic
Dear Powell family,
My heart is with you during this "goodbye". I take the opportunity to thank Mr. Powell for all he has given us, taught us, and shared with us. He was not only a creative pioneer and believer of big dreams, but a man with a big heart. He remains the symbol of Runnymede and of school years that each of us treasure for guiding us towards our own, individual paths and adventures. He now rests in peace just as does my father who passed away a few months ago....may this thought comfort you during this difficult moment.
With all my sympathy and prayers,
So sorry to hear the sad news. My sincere sympathy for the loss of Arthur Powell.
Our most sincere condolences,
Frances Jones and family
It is with great sorrow that I received the news of the demise of Mr. Powell today, and I extend my sincerest condolences to all the Powell family as well as to all the Runnymede teachers and staff.
Above all, I extend my condolences to all of us who have had the great fortune of studying at Runnymede, a school and environment that have shaped me in many ways and have had a profound and positive impact on my life, as I am sure on the lives of many of my classmates and friends.
This is thanks to the relentless and dedicated life that Mr. & Mrs. Powell have expended toward the high quality education cause. In doing so, they never failed to convey their parental warmth toward us all, thus engraving Runnymede in our memories despite the elapse of almost 30 years to our days there.
May the memory of Mr. Powell remain alive through the generations as a tribute to his and Mrs. Powell’s great contributions toward educating us and bringing such good fruits to our lives.
A long time had passed since my children left Runnymede College. But I will never ever forget the support I was was given when my husband got sick and passed away. Support of every possible kind and from all the members of the Powell family. I wish now I could give you back at least some of the warm comfort I received from you all. Julia, Cristina, Frank, here I am for whatever you need. Un abrazo fuerte fuerte para todos vosotros.
Cuanto lo siento. Karen y yo os acompañamos en el sentimiento por vuestra pérdida. Arthur fue un pionero en el liderazgo de la educación bilingüe en Madrid y con mucho éxito. Yo personalmente le agradecí su trato conmigo y me encantó trabajar como 'head invigilator' para los GCEs durante esos años.
My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Un fuerte abrazo para todos,
Diana Davies Burr and Karen Burr
Dear Powell Family,
I would very much like to extend my condolences to all the family for your big loss.
Mr. Arthur Powell was really a great man, and was always very sweet to me.
I am really lucky to have got to know him during my 6 years at Runnymede. He kept me very busy in some detention sessions, telling me very funny stories of the family!!
I have many great memories of him, and he will not be forgotten.
May he rest in Peace.
Class of '98
I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I will never forget your dad he was such a lovely man. I often used to talk to him in the office at Runnymede. He had such a kind face and when I was feeling homesick (which was quite often!!!!) he cheered me up!!
Love to your family.
Dear Mr Powell,
We were very sorry to hear of the death of your father. Although we didn’t know him personally we heard from many acquaintances who did, that he was a remarkable man.
Our sincere condolences are with you and your family at this sad time.
Heather and Christopher Wyburd
Querida familia Powell,
Toda la familia García-Miñaur queremos envíaros un cariñoso abrazo y nuestro más sentido pésame en estos momentos tan tristes.
I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Powell’s death but grateful to have had the privilege of his presence in my life. He was a remarkable human being who touched all of our lives with a legacy that has lasted through the decades. A man of courage and perseverance, not only with his RAF service during WW2, but also in starting a British school in Madrid in the late 60s; this last with his right-hand lieutenant, Mrs. Powell, by his side. A fantastic teacher, he made history come alive and his classes were a joy. I loved his morning assemblies as well in Calle Arga where the whole school would listen to him first thing in the morning. Inspirational and so accessible, through his kindness and compassion, he was there for each and every one of us. He had great integrity and one felt his decisions were always just; he brought a smile to our face with his ready wit. Having visited Mr. and Mrs. Powell with my three children some years ago and gone out for tapas is such a wonderful memory. My heart is with Mrs. Powell and all the family at this time and may you find comfort and strength in the overwhelming love and respect so many of us have for Mr. Powell and for Runnymede College.
Patricia Kelly (de Wess)
Our sincere condolences to the Powells. It is very sad to hear such news; Mr. Arthur Powell was very much loved and respected, a real inspiration to us all.
Varshaa, Parvesh & Sundeep Chugani
My deepest sympathy goes to the Powell family at this very sad time. Mr Powell was a legend in his own right. To set up a school in a fantastic City for many generations to enjoy from all backgrounds! It was a fantastic school which taught you not only a good education but the most important lesson - it taught you how to get on with any religion, any nationality and not judge people. He created a close community where people of all ages got on together and generally enjoyed life. I for one enjoy many happy memories from Runnymede - for one my very first spanish lesson where Mr Powell taught us "playground Spanish" so that we could understand some of the more "popular" vocab exchanged by kids! I now regret not having visited in so long! Some people I guess you think will be around forever!
Best wishes to the family.
Lindsay Graney (Class of '98)
Los hermanos Hörbye, Elizabeth (desde Málaga) y Peter (desde Oxford, England) enviamos a la familia Powell nuestro más sincero pésame y un fortísimo abrazo en este triste día. Recordamos con cariño a Mr. Powell y siempre estará en nuestros corazones.
Un beso especial a Paloma de Betta.
Our sincere condolences to all the family Powell, remembering the support he gave us.
Frans and Mª Carmen Busser de Casas
Deep sadness, here, from California. Arthur Powell was a towering figure for me, literally and morally, when I was growing up and well after I left Runnymede. I hope he was able to recognize that his hero, John Maynard Keynes, was finally returning to received wisdom in economic circles after all these decades of craziness.
We'll miss you, Don Arturo, and thank you for your convictions: in delight, in ornament, in ability.
Abrazos to all from the Laws.
Alison Law Kent
Siento de todo corazón esta noticia. Mis mas profundo pesame a la familia Powell.
Es tambien un día muy triste para toda la "familia Runnymede" que nos criamos con Arthur. Fue nuestro gran mentor y se le echará mucho de menos.
Con todo mi cariño,
Compartimos tu duelo por el fallecimiento de nuestro querido Arthur.
Además de una familia que era su orgullo, creó también una gran familia de todos los que conformamos el Runnymede de ayer y de hoy, que le hemos admirado siempre por su rectitud y su bondad. Ojalá encontréis fortaleza y consuelo en el recuerdo entrañable que ha dejado en nuestros corazones.
Un fuerte abrazo de nuestra parte también a tu madre.
Con todo nuestro cariño,
Moisés, Susana, Yonatan, Aaron y Noa Israel
My depest sympathy to the family of Mr. Powell... He will always be remembered...
My best regards,
Dear Mr and Mrs Powell,
I send you my deepest condolences from England. I hope that Runnymede continues being the great school and a home to many as it was to me.
Un beso muy fuerte,
Mrs. Arthur Powell
Please accept my humble condolences on the passing of your beloved husband Mr. Arthur Powell.
I was deeply saddened to hear about Mr. Powell's death, he was a delightful and compassionate gentleman; a superlative educator and an inspiration to us all.
May God grant you and your family solace during this trying time.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Amer A. Al-Hilal
Class of 1980
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Dear Powell Family,
I am very sorry for the passing away of Arthur.
I attended Runnymede from 1989 to 1994, and just wanted to say what an extraordinary school he founded, and what an incredible legacy he has left. Although I later moved to Buenos Aires and finished school there, I always remember the love of learning and life lasting friendships that Runnymede gave me. They accompany me still.
Wishing you peace,
Dearest Powell family and Runnymedians,
My deepest sympathies to Julia, Manolo, Charles, Paloma and all the Powell family on the passing of Arthur Powell, my dear headmaster who we all cherish so much. It is with tears in my eyes and great sadness that I write these words. I will always remember with great fondness and gratitude my years at Runnymede, under the wise gaze of Arthur Powell, for whom I will always have great admiration and respect.
I remember him as a brilliant gentleman and a role model. I loved his sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye at seeing himself surrounded by a gaggle of beautifully uniformed students. Those were the early days of Runnymede at Calle Arga 9, 11 y 13, in El Viso.
Jose Carlos Delgado
Class of 1978
To Mrs Powell & family
May I, on behalf of my family extend our regrets at your loss. No doubt his wisdom will be felt at the school for years to come.
Dear Julia, Manolo and Charles,
I am very saddened to learn of Mr. Powell's passing. I have so many fond memories of the years spent at Runnymede and his kindness - the horse-riding trips, the trip to Italy and so many more. He was a wonderful man and an inspiring headmaster. I send you my most sincere condolences.
We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Arthur Powel.
We send your our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the family.
Isabelle, Miguel, Sara and Miguel jun. Arias
My sincerest condolences to the Powell family at this time.
Arthur was a huge presence around Runnymede, particularly when I was younger, and he always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I think it's fair to say that nobody who has posted in this book would be where they are today without his dedication and enthusiasm to education and to Runnymede itself for so many years - his name will certainly live on through the school.
Once again, my deepest condolences to you all.
Dear Julia, Manolo, Charles and Paloma
What can I say? Irreplaceable in all aspects. We shall miss him dearly.
My warmest wishes
It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of Arthur Powell. He was my employer and friend for seven very happy years in the seventies. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Please convey my condolences to all of the Powell family.
Brian Ashworth (deputy head and teacher 1970-1977)
Dear Mrs Powell Senior,
Dear Mr and Mrs Powell Junior,
It is with great sadness that I have received the news today of Mr Powell's death.
Please allow me to send you with this email my deepest condolences.
He was a great man, and above all, a great teacher. I personally owe him part of who I am today, thanks to the humanist education I received during my years at Runnymede College.
I shall always remember him with the fondest respect, gratitude, and admiration.
Yet again my deepest condolences,
Please receive my warmest condolences. I will always remember Mr. Powell as a kind and wise man. I owe a great deal of my education to him and Runnymede.
Guilherme Castello Branco
Please convey my heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Powell, Manolo, Charles, and Paloma.
Eric van de Graaf
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Es con mucha tristeza que recibo esta noticia al abrir mi email esta mañana informándome sobre el fallecimiento de Mr Powell Senior. Han pasado ya muchos años desde que me marché del colegio en el 98 pero de repente me han venido muchos buenos recuerdos a la mente. Mr Powell ha sido parte de mi vida y de mis dos hermanas. Siempre me acordaré de él y por la buena persona que ha sido y por lo buenos consejos que siempre me ha dado durante mis años en la escuela. Podías contar con el siempre y nunca dejó de creer en mi y me apoyo en tomar muchas decisiones y hoy por hoy siempre se lo agradeceré y en mi corazón estará presente.
Podéis por favor darle a la familia Powell mi mas sincero pésame e informar cuando se celebrara la misa?
Un fuerte abrazo,
Regrets to family.
Dear Mrs Powell and family,
We would like to wish our sincere condolences for the loss of Mr Powell.
He will be remembered as a nice, straightforward and caring man.
Mrs F. von Breunig
Nicole von Breunig
Sandra Groen-von Breunig
Dear Powell family members,
Please accept my most heartfelt and sincere condolences on the sad passing away of Mr. Arthur Powell. God bless all of you.
Please send my condolences to Arthur Jr. and family.
Tehmur Khan Galindo
I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Powell died. My condolences go out to the family and especially Mrs. Powell... I always saw how much they meant to each other.
Monique van de Graaf
Dear Julia, Manolo, Carlos, Paloma and family,
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are all very close in thought and prayer.
Dear Julia, Manolo, Charles and Paloma,
I have just received the sad news of the passing away of Arthur. I am so sorry and feel like a loved family member of mine has died. I have such special and beautiful memories of the time we all shared together. Please accept my deepest condolences.
With love and respect,
Please let me say my regrets that a great man has passed away. He was one of the builders of old Spain, and the Runnymede school.
I, glad to have had him as headmaster and educator.
To my second father and mentor,
Mrs Powell, Frank, Charles,
Please receive my deepest condolences for your loss. I , like I am sure so many of my Runnymedian generation, also consider it our loss, for he was a person devoted to the constant pursuit of the schools excellence, school which for so many of us bring memories of very happy years of our life.
Manolo, Julia un abrazo muy fuerte. Os conozco desde que nací y lógicamente me toca el corazón.
Doy mi mas sincero pésame a Julia, Manolo, Carlos y Paloma. La noticia nos ha entristecido y traído muchos recuerdos de la infancia.
Un beso con todo nuestro cariño
Jacqueline M. Garrett
Querida familia Powell,
Les enviamos nuestro más sincero y cariñoso abrazo en estos momentos de tristeza por la pérdida de Arthur. La grandeza de lo que nos ha dejado convertirá ésta tristeza pasajera en el feliz recuerdo de un gran hombre.
Boris, Leslie, Andrea, Debora y Berit Levy
My deepest condolences goes to Julia and the family. As one of his first pupils from the first day the school opened in 67, I remember that day so clearly as he welcomed us into his new school.
He was very dedicated and successful headmaster as we see today. He was kind, warm hearted and cared a lot for his school and his pupils.
Runnymede will always be associated with Arthur Powell, and he will not be forgotten by many who went in his school either as a pupil, or worked for him as a teacher.
Jennifer Hofsö (Price) from Sweden
My condolences to the Powell family. It's hard to believe i saw Arthur Powell last year during the Runnymedian's dinner, these news shocked me a bit.
I never got to know him as well as my sister did, but nevertheless, a great man, and i know he'll be deeply mourned. It was an honor and a pleasure to have been part of what he created.
Daniel de la Calva
Class of '94
I am deeply saddened to hear today of Mr. Powell's passing. Many of my values were shaped by his vision of Runnymede. Un abrazo a Julia, Manolo, Charlie y Paloma.
Querido Frank y familia:
Queremos haceros llegar nuestro más sincero pésame, siempre le recordaremos con mucho cariño.
Recibir un sentido abrazo.
I was very saddened to hear about Arthur’s death.
As an ex-Runnymedian I was lucky enough to spend 5 years under Arthur’s supervision and was very kind to me during my years at the school. I have very fond memories of him.
My wife Mari Carmen, and my kids Emma and Alex (both at Runnymede) are thinking about you and your family during this very difficult time.
I know that your family and friends as well as all past and present members of Runnymede will help you make it through this challenging time.
With heartfelt condolences,
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing away of Dear Mr Arthur Powell.
May your memories give you strength.
Varsha, Ravin and Amit Gidwani
Dear Mrs. Powell and Family,
As you share the stories and the memories of how Mr. Powell lived his life and how very much he meant to many of us, may you find comfort at this difficult time and may you also know you are close in thought at this sad time.
Dear Julia, Frank and Cristina,
Tim and I were deeply saddened to learn of Arthur's death yesterday.
We have fond memories of a man who was always approachable, who's conversation reflected the interesting life he'd led and his passion for education, who always cared that your children were happy in the Runnymede environment. His presence at school will be sadly missed but may his principles continue to enrich the lives of Runnymede students.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Tim and Sue Magub
Our most sincere condolence and deepest sympathy to the family for your loss.
Nuestro más sentido pésame.
Mary-Kay Zagora, Alejandro Legarda Zaragueta
Os acompaño en el sentimiento a toda la familia Powell.
Recuerdo a Mr. Powell con cariño.
Un abrazo desde Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt condolences to Julia and Family over the loss of such a wonderful man and educator. He influenced the lives of so many and will always be remembered with respect and much affection.
It is very sad to hear about the loss of Mr. Powell. My deepest condolences to the Powell family.
Dear Frank, Cristina, Julia, Charles and Paloma,
Let me convey my deep condolences to you all. I receive the sad news in Boston and regret not to be in Madrid at this time.
Arthur Powell was one of the most influential figures in my life. I will never forget his support and encouragement when I applied to Oxford University and his enthusiasm when I was accepted. An excellent headmaster with extraordinary life achievements and a great legacy, a very charming man and a real gentleman...
I keep very fond memories of him throughout my years at Runnymede, his example has always inspired me and I will always remember him dearly.
Warmest wishes to the whole family in these sad moments.
Julio Crespo MacLennan
Annette and I were saddened to read of your father's passing away and would ask you to accept our deepest sympathy in your loss.
Ian M Angus
Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain
To the Powell Family
My most sincere condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will be sorely missed. I always wanted to see him again and tell him how much his school and leadership meant to me but unfortunately I was never in Spain for the reunions! Mr. Powell; Thank you for 5 wonderful years and building a great foundation in my life!
We are so saddened by Arthur's death. Our thoughts and heart go to all the Powell Family.
We left Runnymede in 1993 but we are Runnymedians at heart and cherish the memories lived and values learnt over those wonderful years. With his vision, Arthur Powell has illuminated our lives in so many ways and we are very grateful for that. Runnymede was not only about learning subjects, it was also about developing as a person. The values we learnt continue to guide us in life: respect, dialogue, hard work, tenacity, confidence and above all tolerance: that all human beings are equal regardless of religion, race, nationality and deserve respect and understanding.
Thanks for the humanist education and for the universal values but also for creating a school were we could learn not only through academia, but also through sport, art, music, photography, debating, theatre, etc. In Runnymede mind, body and spirit are equally nourished.
Thanks for creating this inspiring learning environment but also for the wonderful, plays (still remember watching West Side Story) the crowded debates and Christmas Carols singing in the dining room in Arga, or quizzes, the house captain election and sports days, the trips, the discos and so much that made Runnymede unique and special.
We will always remember Mr. Powell as a gifted, bright, talented Giant for his vision but also for being the most caring, warmest, sympathetic and down to earth headmaster that one could wish for.
Astrid Busser & Ivan Ballester
To the Powell family,
We are deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Mr. Arthur Powell. We would like to offer our condolences to the whole family. We hope that you get the strength and courage to bear this tragic loss. Our sympathies and prayers are with all of you.
Prakash, Jyoti, Natasha, Nitesh and Natalie Sharoff
My sincere condolences to the Powell family and to Runnymede College. I was one of the first pupils back in 1967!!! I remember Arthur Powell as a kind headmaster with a good sense of humour not at all a distant authoritarian figure. As pupils we felt part of a family where we all knew each others names and the atmosphere of the school was very friendly.
Our daughter Inés told us this afternoon about the loss of Arthur Powell. We would like to tell you that our hearts are with the family at this sad time.
We really think that his memory will live in the founding spirit of the school.
With our deepest sympathy and affection.
Inés González García-Victoria
Dearest Mrs Powell, Mr & Mrs Powell and Family,
We were deeply saddened to hear about Mr Arthur Powell. Our most sincere condolences for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies, he will truly be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Vishal & Natasha Chabaldas
Querida familia Powell:
Les ofrecemos nuestras mas sinceras condolencias por el fallecimiento de Mr. Arthur F. Powell, a quién siempre admiramos por su gran calidad humana y dedicación en el campo del saber y la docencia.
Carmen Galindo y Asad Khan
Please pass on my deepest condolences to the family.
Despite a life lived long and well, there is always a great sadness and loss when our loved ones leave on their final journey.
I remember my first encounter with Arthur Powell as a young, shy 15 year old girl, with great dreams - newly arrived in Spain. He was a tad... daunting, both in size and demeanor, however over my time at Runnymede that feeling passed and I found him to be a wonderful teacher and mentor.
Nuestro más sentido pésame a toda la familia Powell, y especialmente a Julia, por esta pérdida tan triste.
Familia Sanz Jordán de Urriés
Dear Powell family,
Our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences on the sad demise of Mr. Arthur Powell. For many years he has been the guiding lighthouse of all Runnymede students and he will be greatly missed.
Suresh, Sabita, Shirina and Sameer Hathiramani
I was very sad to hear the news of Mr Powell's death. He and Runnymede helped to shape the lives of very many young people over the years and will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to Julia, Manolo, Charles and Paloma and their families.
Un abrazo a todos.
Shirley (Richardson) Stobbart
My sincerest condolences to the Powell family. I was very saddened by the news of Mr. Powell’s death. Although I was only at Runnymede for a couple of years a long time ago, I always remember the school and the Powells very fondly.
Alina M. Cauce
A toda la familia Powell,
He sentido muchísimo la pérdida de Mr. Powell. Mi profundo pesar y condolencias.
Brooklyn, New York
Runnymede College Alumnus 1988
I am really sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Powell, he coped admirably with us rowdy lot who were in quotes 'the worst behaved year to ever go through this school!' ( & Numont apparently!), we probably gave him some headaches but he gave each one of us who had the misfortune of being sent to his office the chance to explain our version and give us sound advice on how to pick 'our socks' up and improve. He always struck me as a kind and wise man and a pioneer in bringing bilingual education to brilliant level. We all came out good in the end! My most favourite memories are at El Viso
My thoughts are with the family ....
Karen Burr xxxxx (1986 - 1991)
Our most heartfelt condolences to Mrs Julia Powell and family for their loss. We have and will always treasure the time spent at Runnymede and the ethos and values which Mr. Powell embodied and passed on to us.
Mary Jo & Andrea da Cunha
Dear Mr. Powell,
I was very upset when I heard about the sad demise of your father Mr. Arthur Powell. He was a great man and touched the lives of many.
Many of us are short of words, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May the love amongst your family and loved ones keep you going through these tough times.
My warmest regards to the rest of your family,
Navin Kamal Fabiani
Hola Julia, Paloma, Manolo y Carlos,
Me acabo de enterar de la muerte de Arturo y aunque hayan pasado tantos años todavía me acuerdo de vosotros. Cotilleando en la página del colegio he seguido un poco la evolución y en las últimas fotos que ví de Arturo se le notaba bien, elegante, con la barba blanca, mayor pero parecía el mismo. Siento mucho su pérdida.
Yo vivo en Javea desde hace años y estoy bastante desconectado pero estés donde estés siempre parece haber algún 'Old Runnymedean' cerca. Elena Lowenthal mi vecina de puerta también os manda su más sentido pésame y un fuerte abrazo.
Muchos besos a todos,
I wish to convey my most thoughtful condolences to the Powell family. My family and I regret the loss of our "patriarca". Mr Powell and Runnymede College have been a constant source of inspiration throughout my entire life. Life without Mr Powell will never be the same again. As when my father died in 1996, a part of me also dies without Arthur Powell. I will remember him always.
Dear Mr Powell and Cristina,
We were very saddened to hear of the passing of your dear father. Our hearts and our prayers are with you.
May you keep maintaining his legacy through the incredible work you are doing every day in changing the lives of so many young people.
All our love,
Freddy and Pascale Raitan
Dear Manolo Powell and Family,
It saddens me to hear of your loss, my prayers go out to you and yours.
I have many fond memories of Runnymede and I know I owe a lot of who I am today to Dear Mr. Arthur Powell.
With many regards,
Dear Powell Family:
What strikes me immediately while reading the guest book is the shared sentiment of loss and also of gratitude for the way Arthur's influence touched our lives. Forty-two years ago he had a Vision... did he ever in his wildest dreams imagine that his Legacy would continue with his own Family at the helm? I remember Arthur as a to-the-point, yet kind and caring. He knew all of us by name and our parents as well. I never felt that I was "in the presence of the Headmaster," but rather of someone who wanted to make a difference. Heaven has gained an Angel. God Bless You, Arthur.
Esther Fink (Marfy)
I was devastated when I read the news of Mr. Powell’s death today. He was a man I admired and thought of dearly. He created a school which was ‘different’, where we all felt as a BIG FAMILY (our second family) and he was our FATHER. He really cared about us and together with Mrs. Powell and the teachers, managed to give us wonderful memories of the most important period in our life, which is our school years.
Our warmest condolences to the family from my sister Aliki and myself. We will always remember him as the kindest and warmest headmaster and person, that he was.
Best regards from Greece
Elli and Aliki Dimitriou
Our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Powell, Manolo, Charles and Paloma.
It is sad to lose someone with such talents. We are grateful that he established Runnymede and built it into the school we know, which our boys enjoyed and from which they learned and benefited so much.
Pieteke and Gordon Johnston
What sad news, to hear that Arthur F. Powell ( Mr. Powell to us, even after so many years....) has left us. He was a caring and generous man, and
I have very happy memories of him and the school during my Runnymede years in Calle Arga in the 1980s. I am sure his two families, the Powell family and the Runnymede family, both past and present, will miss him dearly.
All my love to Julia, Frank, Charles, Paloma and the grandchildren,
María de Kobbe
To the Powell family,
My love and sympathy goes to you at this time. Mr Powell for me was a legendary Headmaster and I will never forget him. May he rest in peace.
Jenny Lambert (Shaw)
Old Runnymedian (1970 - 1972)
Mi más sentido pésame a toda la familia Powell.
Siempre es triste que el mundo pierda a alguien que de verdad ha hecho algo por el.
Lo recuerdaré como lo conocí: inteligente, ironico siempre alegre y vital y de un trato exquisitamente cariñoso.
Dear Mr. Frank Powell,
We read the obituary in the paper yesterday. We wanted to express our most sincere condolences to you and all the Runnymede family for this great loss.
Having lost my own father not too long ago I can only imagine what you must be going through right now.
I hope you find comfort in your own faith during these difficult moments,
Sonia Fernández and Nacho Izuzkiza
Please pass on my condolences to all the family and I would like to join you at the memorial service so please let me know when and where it will be
Te mando el más sentido pésame en nombre de mis hijos y el mío propio.
Quiero decirte que me siento afortunado de haber educado y formado a mis hijos en el Runny, el legado de tu padre ha dejado una impronta muy especial en casa.
Un fuerte abrazo.
Pablo, Mateo, Rodrigo y Gonzalo Fernández
Sincere condolences to the Powells.
Needless to say what a great inspiration Mr. Arthur Powell has been to us: his Runnymede family.
Sorry to hear about, the loss of my headmaster as he was a great man who was always helpful and supportive, he always encouraged us to improve, put more effort and passion on whatever we had to do and become better people.
Never did he gave up on many of us as he had great expectations on each and everyone of his students and staff.
It has been an honour to meet him and share so many years with an institution that I firmly believe will pass on his legacy to future generations.
I could not help read the visitor's book, and feel really sad as I remember most of the people in it, most of my friends, and share their loss, grief and sorrow with all the runnymede family,.
Julia, Frank and Cristina, my most sincere condolences.
I always had great respect and sympathy for him and can only add one more thing, thank you Sir Arthur F. Powell, true essence of an extraordinary gentleman, we will never forget you.
Abraham Dahan Benaim
Sarah Dahan Benaim
My heartfelt condolences to the Powell family.
I was a student at Runnymede from 1971 - 1975. I remember Mr. Powell well. He was always understanding, supportive and very kind. My fondest memories of all my school years around the globe was Runnymede College.
May he rest in peace.
Amman - Jordan
Dear Mrs. Powell,
I am deeply affected by your and your children's loss. As you know, I had much affection and respect for dear Arthur. Indeed I cherish the photographs of your lunch at my place in the country. I had more than once called a home phone number which however no longer belongs to you, just to query how you and Arthur were keeping, and perhaps to share a cup of tea with you. My work keeps me travelling constantly, however, I would appreciate if I could be informed of a mass or memorial which I would want very much to attend.
I met Semina last night who told me of Arthur's passing away. My prayers, deepest sympathy and thoughts are constantly with you and family. I feel deeply your loss - he was an institution in himself. What an amazingly good school both ran, Ismael I know has wonderful memories of his days there. The interest in each child by yourselves and teachers was immensely comforting. And then of course the academic level spoke for itself. Arthur Powell represented all the good values in life, he was indeed bigger than life and will be missed.
With love and prayers,
Dear Julia, Frank and Cristina,
Our deepest condolences for the loss of Arthur Powell. He left an extraordinary legacy behind and will surely be remembered warmly by all Runnymedians. Our thoughts are with you and the whole family.
Con mucho cariño,
Tania, Vivian & Karel Serfaty
Queridos Frank y Cristina,
Toda la familia os manda todo su cariño en este momento tan triste que os ha tocado vivir.
Un fuertísimo abrazo
Familia Azpiazu Osorio
Queridos Julia, Frank y Cristina,
Todo nuestro cariño, como siempre, pero especialmente en este momento. Todos hemos sentido profundamente la pérdida de Arthur. Nos ha dejado a todos un gran recuerdo por su amabilidad, sabiduría y por su entrega a un sueño que consiguió realizar y por el que todos estamos profundamente agradecidos. Siempre estará presente en nuestra familia.
Manolo, Isa, Maco, Borja e Inés Sordo
Dear Mr Powell and family,
Our thoughts are with you in such a difficult time and we are very sorry for your loss.
Maria, Tamara and Felipe Morge
Dear Powell family
I was profoundly moved to hear of the sad loss of Arthur Powell. I remember him fondly as being a good man, most endearing, enthusiastic and with many a joke to share. He was a particularly positive role model and an inspiration to many a Runnymede pupil passing through Calle Arga and La Moraleja. He will remain in my memory as a significant figure and a very distinguished man. My deepest and heartfelt condolences are with Julia and the rest of the Powell family at this sad time.
Sarah Gooding (nee Barlow)
Estimado Mr. Powell : Nos hemos enterado del fallecimiento de su padre y sentimos muchísimo su pérdida. Un afectuoso saludo en estos momentos difíciles.
Teresa Vara, Consuelo Izquierdo, Juan Duran
I was deeply saddened to hear of Arthur's death on Monday and, as the day wore on, I found that I could only focus on the happiness that he had brought to my life.
I joined Runnymede in its first year along with my brother John. It has always been a matter of regret that I could only spend two years in what, at the time, felt like an extended family. I had never before felt that sense of belonging at a school and I would never feel it again. That sense of community was fostered and nurtured by Arthur and I feel sure that his influence and example have guided me, and many others, ever since.
My thoughts are with Julia, Manolo, Charles, Paloma and their families at this sad time.
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Powell, my condolences to his family. My mother sends hers also, Mr. Powell was well regarded & liked by me and my parents.
To Julia, her sons and the Runnymede Family:
My family and so many others who have benefitted from Arthur and Julia's dedication are eternally grateful for their great work at Runnymede College - right from those pioneering days of the late 1960's and 70's.
It has been a privilege to have had children at this remarkable institution - go well, Arthur and may Monolo keep up the good work he has been doing after taking over from his father.
Our thoughts are with you, Julia, and your sons,
Te enviamos el más sincero pésame en mi nombre y en el de mi familia, por el fallecimiento de tu padre.
Carlos Gómez y Clara Guzmán
Matilde y Carlos Gómez Guzmán
Queridos Frank y Cristina,
Sentimos profundamente el fallecimiento del Sr. Arthur Powel y os enviamos nuestras mas sinceras condolencias.
Guardamos en nuestra memoria una fugaz pero inborrable estadía en Madrid en 1984, donde tuvimos el privilegio de conocer a Arthur Powell y hablar con él sobre temas diversos incluyendo el desafío de la educación de las generaciones futuras. Nuestras mas sinceras condolencias a toda la familia Powell.
Fernando Navajas, Hildegart Ahumada y familia
With deepest condolences to Mrs. Powell and the Powell family.
Sheyda Ardalan '75
Neda Ardalan '77
Dear Julia, Charles, Paloma, Manolo and familiy,
Our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Arthur Powell was an extraordinary man. A pioneer, a dedicated teacher, a mentor. A man with a big vision and big heart. His legacy lives on in all of us
With warm wishes,
The Dulanto family.
(Runnymede Alumni 1981 – 1992)
Acabamos de enterarnos de la triste noticia de la muerte de Arturo, por el que siempre hemos tenido profundos sentimientos de afecto y respeto. Hemos resistido la tentación de coger el teléfono y llamar; no sabríamos qué decir más allá de las fórmulas de rigor y, aunque lo supieramos, nada contribuiría a aliviar vuestra pena. Pero no hemos querido dejar de escribir unas líneas para haceros llegar nuestro testimonio de cariño, el de Sara, Elena y el mío. Y para superar la distancia que ahora nos separa y nos impide daros un abrazo, que sería más consuelo nuestro que vuestro.
Un fuerte abrazo para Julia, Paloma, Carlos y toda la familia.
Sara Ramos, Elena Vázquez y Rafael Ramos
Dearest Julia, Paloma, Charles, and Frank,
I was so sorry to hear about Arthur and wish to send you all the love imaginable to give you strength to get through this painful time.
Lots of Love and hugs,
Sarah Anne Swanson & Ann Swanson
Dear Mr and Mrs Powell
I was deeply saddened when I heard the news, and I give my most sincere condolences to your family. Arthur Powell was the backbone of the institution that was my home for over 10 years, and I will be forever in debt . He was a great man, and I'm sure will remain in the hearts of all who ever met him.
My deepest condolences to Julia, Manolo, Charles, Paloma and the grandchildren. Arthur was a true gentleman. In addition to the excellent education we received at Runnymede, I very often remember his valuable advice about life in general, and about having the courage to study and work in what you truly enjoy. Julia and Arthur created a great sense of family and twenty years after leaving school I work with five other Runnymedians.
Thank you Mr. Powell for teaching so many good values through your own example.
Un fuerte abrazo,
Tamara de Kobbe
A lamp has been extinguished.
In these days, when the phrase "I had a dream" has recovered its power, it is comforting to remember the dream that Arthur Powell shared with me. Six months after leaving Runnymede, remarkably in an underground jazz club in Cambridge, Arthur told me of how he endeavoured to create an English Public School "overseas". What he valued in this, he explained, was to form the character of his pupils, inject a series of values and abilities that not only prepared them for the world at large, but also made this a better place. This was half a life-time ago for me, and since then I have travelled far and wide - an opportunity granted to me because of the foundations set in Calle Arga - and met individuals of all colours and flavours. I know now that there is such a thing as a Runnymedian, a way of thinking, an attitude, which is particular; a kernel of a person recognisable amongst all the other baggage that each of us carries. Arthur Powell's dream was a reality well before he shared it with me, and still he worked day after day to maintain that dream alive.
A lamp has been extinguished, but it will take more than that to turn its light out.
Thank you Arthur
Ismael Juan Khan
My sincere condolences go to the Powell family and all those connected with Runnymede College on the sad loss of Arthur Powell.
Dr. Gerry Percy (Ex-Headmaster, King’s College, Madrid)
Hi Manolo, Christina, Charles, Sylvia, Paloma and Sunil
I've just heard about your dad and wanted to let you that my thoughts are with you all Please give my love to your mum.
Queridos Julia, Paloma, Manolo y Charles,
De corazón os mando todo mi cariño y estoy con vosotros en estos momentos tan tristes. El recuerdo que guardo de Arthur es de un gran señor y una bellísima persona. Espero poder daros un abrazo en persona.
Maria Pan de Soraluce
Dear Mrs. Powell, Paloma, Charles, Frank and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Mr. Powell, a man for whom I felt both respect and admiration. I can clearly recall the first time we met, at the end of the afternoon, when I was about to take the Runnymede entrance exam. He was extremely kind and reassuring and I immediately liked him. As time went by I felt that we genuinely became friends. I will always affectionately remember his sense of humour, his intelligence and his charm.
Estimada Sra. Powell y familia, hemos recibido con gran tristeza la muerte de Don Arthur Powell, les mandamos nuestro mas sentido pesame y recordarles que ha sido un gran Honor estar entre los Restaurantes preferidos de Don Arthur,
Rafael Pulido Jimenez
Restaurante Aspen, La Moraleja
Dear Julia, Frank, Charles, Paloma and family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences at the passing away of Arthur. Arthur was a great man. I have fond memories of him whilst at Calle Arga. As well as leading a fantastic school, Arthur imparted wisdom, caring and fun. My first Spanish lesson was in his office, wih Arthur imparting Spanish with passion. This helped us to integrate into the school quickly. The skiing trips in his Landrover on a Wednesday afternoon were the highlight of the week. We will all dearly miss him!
I hope you find strength in knowing that a part of him lives on in the pupils he so much cared for.
With heartfelt sorrow,
Dear Julia, Frank, Charles and Paloma,
It was with great sadness that I heard of Arthur’s passing but at the same time I couldn’t help but be in awe at how much he gave so much of himself to so many children throughout his life. He and Julia certainly helped guide a lot of us through those tumultuous teenage years with love, firmness and a wonderful sense of humour and yet they never took their eyes off providing all a stellar education. My memories of growing up and going to school are very happy ones.
All the Robertson family send their thoughts and prayers to you all at this sad time.
Victoria Crawley (Robertson)
It is with deep pain that we have learnt about the passing away of our beloved Mr. Powell.
He was more than our headmaster and will always remember him.
Michael and Mabel Trachsler
Palma de Mallorca
Queridos Julia, Manolo, Carlos, y Paloma.
Siento muchisimo los momentos que estais pasando. Aunque llevamos mucho tiempo sin vernos, guardo muy buenos recuerdo de aquellos aÑos y de Arthur "Mister Powell" para mi. Os mando un beso y un abrazo muy fuerte.
Isabel Pan de Soraluce
Queridos Julia, Manolo, Carlos y Paloma,
Cuando ayer me enteré por Jacqueline, de que Arturo habia muerto, no me lo podía creer y sentí una enorme tristeza, me tocó mi fibra más sensible ya que nos conocemos desde hace muchisimos años y habeis sido y seguireis siendo como una segunda familia para mi.
Aunque ya han pasado muchos años desde que me fui de Runnymede College (estabamos aún en la calle Arga) y por lo tanto dejamos de vernos, todavia me acuerdo de vosotros y de todos los buenos y malos momentos que he vivido con cada uno de vosotros, especialmente con Arturo y Julia. Hay un momento muy especial para mi, que guardo con cierta nostalgia, que fue cuando falleció mi padre, el apoyo incondicional que me disteis lo cual os agradezco de todo corazón. Aunque ya ha pasado bastante tiempo desde aquello no lo podré olvidar jamás.
En cuanto a Arturo que os puedo decir, que ya no os hayan dicho?. Que fue una persona entrañable y muy amigo de sus amigos, siempre dispuesto a ayudar a todo aquel que lo necesitara. Yo personalmente, le estoy muy agradecida porque fue la primera persona que me dio la oportunidad de poder trabajar en la secretaria de la escuela, lo cual en los años siguientes me valió para conseguir un buen empleo en una academia de idiomas.
Os mando todo mi apoyo y animos que seguro necesitareis en estos momentos tan dificiles.
Un beso muy fuerte de todo corazon para cada uno de vosotros.
Dear Powell Family,
Our sincere condolences to Mrs. Powell and family. We have fond memories of Mr. Powell and Runnymede. Mr. Powell will always be in our heart.
Querido Charles, querida familia Powell, en estos momentes tristes de la muerto de vuestro querido padre y esposo le envio en nombe de Mimoza y mio un mensaje de cariño y apoyo.
Kita Sallabanda Diaz
Dear Powell Family,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We will always be very grateful to Arthur Powell and to the school, and have many fond memories of him. He was a great man. With our deepest sympathy and affection,
Sofia, Carla, Juan and Andres Monge
Several years ago, we had the chance to speak with Arthur at a Runnymede event. The discussion turned to how each of us would want to be remembered after we are long gone. Arthur said that he wanted people to think of him as someone who 'always gave his best'. Ever since then this has become our family motto.
We are grateful to have known him, and also to be part of the Runnymede community as it continues to do the important work that he began.
The Stix family
We were sorry to hear of Arthur's death last week and would like to offer the family our condolences.
Liz, Peter, Ria and Ed Collins
To the Powell family,
I was deeply saddened to hear the news Mr Powells passing... I would like to offer my deepest felt condolences, also on behalf of my parents. Mr Powell was a great educator that marked so many of our lives.
(student at Runnymede from 1992 to 1997)
I would like to offer our sincere condolences to all the Powell family.
It was a privilege to know a great man with such an engaging nature.
He will be sadly missed. Kind Regards.
Carmen Gil de Bernabe/ Ignacio Gonzalez
Dear Powell Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Arthur and Julia Powell have done a lot of good to a lot of people by setting up Runnymede, and it is sad to see such a wilful person as Arthur passing away. I hope that despite these moments of grief you may still continue to make Runnymede the fantastic school it has been for me and many other students, for I'm sure that it is the best way to honour Arthur Powell's life. My best wishes go with you.
All the very best,
I was very sad to hear about the loss of Mr. Arthur Powell. I would like to give my sincere condolences to the Powell family, and thank him for founding such a great school. From me and my family, our thoughts are with you.
Queridos Julia, Manolo, Charles y Paloma,
Pasar por Runnymede ha sido uno de los privilegios más grandes que he tenido en mi vida, por eso siempre tendré una gran deuda con Mr Powell, personaje de una singularidad difícil de repetir. Siento mucho no poder acudir al funeral que se celebrará en su honor, pero Arthur siempre tendrá un lugar especial en mi memoria.
Un fuerte abrazo para todos
Gloria Crespo Baraja
It is with deep sadness that I have learned of Mr Powell's recent passing.
Please extend my heartfelt condolences to Mrs Julia Powell, Manolo, Charles, Paloma and their families, as well as the Runnymede staff members.
I hope that the knowledge that Arthur was a much loved and respected man, who will be remembered by many, may offer some consolation and help you all cope with this terrible loss.
Lisette van de Graaf
Dear Frank and Cristina,
We are so sorry for your loss and send your our deepest sympathy.
With best wishes to you both and your family,
Victoria, Iñigo, Anna, Edward and Bruno Espinosa de los Monteros
I am very sorry to learn about the death of “Mr. Powell”. My sincere condolences to the Powell family. Like may others I cherish those years spent at the school and will always remember Mr. Powell and his dedication to our education.
Me uno a vuestra pena con muchísimo cariño. Mr. Powell a quien en esta, mi familia, debemos además de gratitud una importantísima influencia, siempre estará muy cerca de todos.
Os recuerda siempre.
Un abrazo a todos
Fermín de la Cámara
La familia Hagerman Royo siente la pérdida de vuestro padre y les damos nuestra profunda condolencia con mucho cariño.
Siempre recordamos la calidad humana de Arthur Powell por encima incluso, de su maravilloso legado como creador del Runnymede Collage. Estamos muy agradecidos por los valores transmitidos a Alvaro en su formación allí.
Con todo cariño,
Rufino Fraile y Beatriz Hildebrand
We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Mr. Arthur Powell. We know how difficult this must be for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Our sincere condolences.
The Shahab Family
Siento mucho la perdida de Mr. Arthur Powel y espero poder dar el pesame personalmente si hay alguna misa en Madrid, yo he perdido a mi padre hace 15 días y es algo muy duro.
Beatriz Fernández de Gaspar
A la atención de D. Frank Powell
Estimado Frank, quiero transmitirle mi más sentido pésame por el fallecimiento de su padre en nombre de mi esposa y del mío propio. Cuenta con todo nuestro apoyo en estos duros momentos.
Un fuerte abrazo,
Ramón Mª Monell y Cecilia Fort
Queremos enviaros todo nuestro cariño en éstos momentos tan tristes.
Arthur siempre estará entre nosotros porque su lucidez, generosidad y sabiduría viven cada día en las enseñanzas que nuestros hijos reciben.
Un abrazo muy afectuoso
Querido Mr. Powell, te enviamos nuestro más sentido pésame por el fallecimiento de tu padre. Recibe un fuerte abrazo y todo nuestro cariño.
Sres. de Monjardín
Apreciado Sr. Powell, Cristina, hijos y familia:
Queremos expresar nuestros mayores sentimientos por la irreparable perdida del Sr. Arthur Powell, les acompañamos con profundo sentimiento en estos momentos dificiles.
Héctor, Brida, Héctor Andrés y Gustavo Eduardo Moreno
Dear Mr. Frank Powell & Family,
We were very sorry to hear the sad news about the demise of Mr. Arthur Powell, and would like to give our condolences to the whole family. Our sympathies and prayers are with you.
Vashi, Ekta, Sanjay & Vijay Kishnani
Estimado Mr. Powell,
Sabiendo por el momento tan difícil que están pasando aprovecho para darle mi pésame y enviarle un cariñoso abrazo para usted y toda su familia.
Isabel García Ormaechea Bravo de Laguna
Queridos Frank y Cristina
Quiero transmitiros mis más sinceras condolencias por vuestra pérdida y haceros llegar también las de Álvaro y su madre.
Un fuerte abrazo.
Dear Mr. Powell,
I am writing to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. I was very sad to hear about Mr. Arthur Powell. I could not let it go by without expressing how much of an inspiration and a role model he has been for me, for our class of 2008, and for the entire school.
I am proud to say that I had the honor to meet Mr. Arthur Powell. He will be greatly missed by those who attended Runnymede College and by those who had the chance to get to know how humble and intelligent person he was.
All the best and my warmest regards to you and all your family,
We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Arthur Powell. He was a great educationalist and a wonderful man.
We remember him most of all for his sharp sense of humour.
With our best wishes,
Alex and Kevin Mackenzie
Rome (previously Madrid 2004-7)
Dear Mr Powell & Family,
I am extremely sad to hear about the loss of Arthur Powell. Even though he was not acting as headmaster during my final time at Runnymede, he was the founder of a great school which has played a huge role in my upbringing. I would like to give my condolences to the whole family and thank them at the same time for the wonderful years that Runnymede has given me.
We were very saddened to hear of the death of Mr Powell, who we both deeply respected and admired, and to whom we will always be grateful for the humanist values and rounded education that has served us so well in our lives. He will be much missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Our deepest condolences to Mrs (Julia) Powell and the rest of the family.
Mary Jo Cunha and Andrea Cunha
With our sympathy on the death of Mr Powell,
The Penty Family
The English Montessori School sends their condolences to all the family.
The English Montessori School
I have the fondest memories of my years as a young teacher at Runnymede, and I remember the kindness, professionalism and dedication of Arthur Powell. To his devoted family and friends, as well as to the alumnae and staff of Runnymede College, past and present, I would like to convey my sadness and condolences at his passing.
Anne-Marie Napier de Ibañez
United Nations, New York
To my dear Headmaster, Mr. Powell
Dear Mr. Powell: It is very hard for me to write these lines, but I wanted to let you know that I am very proud to be one of the many Runnymedians that you created. You have been a great Headmaster to us. You where always “there”, whenever we needed you.
Dear Mr. Powell, you have just gone and we already miss you.
We are all sad down her but I’m sure that Up There you must be so happy to see the legacy that you have left all over the World.
I know Manolo is following and will always follow your steps. I send him also a big kiss, as I suppose these moments must be terribly hard for him..
I also want to send a special kiss to Julia, Charles and Paloma. I hope to be able to see them next saturday.
Your Runnymedian orphans will never forget you.
Dear Julia, Frank, Cristina and Powell Family,
In 1995 when we first met Arthur Powell we knew we were leaving our children in his capable hands. This visitor's book is a tribute to his life as Headmaster and Founder of Runnymede and we were all the better for knowing him. He was a good man.
Our deepest condolences to all the family and with warmest regards,
Sandro and Cecilia Tedoldi
I was terribly saddened to hear of Mr Powell's passing. He left an indelible memory on all of us who spent happy years at Runnymede, and I'm sure his generous spirit will live on through his beloved School.
With deep sympathy
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr.Arthur Powell. I still remember my first day at Runnymede when Mr. Powell met me and my family in his office. He was so kind and reassuring to a very nervous 13 year old girl! My sympathies to his family,
(Runnymedian between 1996-2000)
Dear Mrs. Powell and Family,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Powell. I will never forget his support, kindness and advice during the 4 years I spent at Runnymede. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
With my deepest sympathy and affection,
Dear Powell family,
My parents and I were saddened to receive the news of Sir Arthur Powell's death. These must be hard times for the family and friends, as we say good bye to a good man, admired by many. We can find consolation, however, in the knowledge that his memory will remain at the heart of Runnymede College.
I will always be grateful to Arthur Powell for giving Alan and me the chance to get to know Spain, where we have now been living for so long. He could make the most awful gaffes and backhanded compliments, as everyone who worked with him knows, but this was part of his natural exuberance and energy, which was so important to the school. His principles and objectives were solid, and he had a great sense of fun.
Dear Mrs. Powell, Manolo, Charles and Paloma,
No word can really comfort you or express my deepest gratitude for all what Mr. Powell did for me. Regrettably, I will not be able to join you for the memorial celebration but please know, my heartfelt prayers and wishes are with each one of you.
Marta Helena López
Having heard about the death of Mr Arthur Powell, both our family and ourselves would like to express our sadness for your loss and the admiration we always felt towards him. Our thoughts are with you.
Ruben and Iliana Portugues
I have just heard the sad news about Arthur Powell. My condolences to all.
Estimada Familia Powell: quisiera hacerles llegar nuestras condolencias por el fallecimiento de Mr. Arthur Powell. Durante el tiempo que nuestros hijos tuvieron la suerte de estar en el colegio, tuve la oportunidad de verlo en varias ocasiones y hablar con él, era realmente encantador. Me imagino que siempre fue y será un orgullo para él y su familia, el legado que dejó al haber fundado el colegio y formado a tantas generaciones de jóvenes.
Vayan a todos nuestro más sentido pésame.
Ivana, Martin, Julia e Ignacio Ruiz
Dear Powell family,
I am very sad to hear about Mr.Powell's decease.I send you my most sincere condolence.
He was always a very friendly and kind , and an excellent director.I am sure he will be greatly missed.
Dear Julia,Manolo,Charles and Paloma,
Received the news of Arthurs' passing away. I shared many happy times together in my 5 years at Runnymede College. He taught us to live and respect other cultures in the classroom, and as a result lasting friendships were established. His values were embedded in the school ethos and passed on to all of us, which has played an important part in my adult life. Please accept my deepest condolonces.
(class of '74)
Dear Julia, Manolo, Charles and Paloma,
Please accept our deepest condolences for your sad loss.
The three years I spent teaching mathematics at Runnymede were among the happiest days of a long teaching career. We were a newly married couple when we arrived in Madrid in September 1976, the help and support we both received from Arthur and Julia extended beyond the bounds of our expectations, we remain forever thankful.
I have worked for and with many heads and principals throughout my career, Arthur Powell was an outstanding leader who provided a first class learning environment free from prejudice, fear and jealousy. He will be much missed by many people.
Alan and Maria Heap
Querida Familia Powell.
Acabo de conocer la triste noticia de la perdida de D. Arthur el pasado 26 de enero.
Desde aquí, en nombre de la familia Di Domenico, expresaros nuestro más sincero y profundo pésame. Guardaremos siempre un espléndido recuerdo de él.
Os saludamos muy afectuosamente.
Guerino Di Domenico
I heard from Denise Cook of M. Powell's death. I want to send you my sincere condolences. After all this years I always think of him with respect and warmth, he helped me back in 1975 to convince my parents to send me to the university. I will always be grateful to him for that.
Having lost, years ago both parents, I know how painful it is, at whatever age... my deepest sympathy to all his family.
Thanks and receive my best wishes and deepest condolences once more
Very sad to hear of Mr Powell's death- it seems like the end of an era. Love and best wishes to all the Powells - I have many fond memories of Runnymede.
It is with great sadness that I have been informed of the loss of Mr. Arthur Francis Powell.
With thoughts of deeepest sympathy.
Dr George Georgiou
I was sorry to hear about the recent death of Mr Arthur Powell. From the numerous condolences received, it is comforting to know that he touched the lives of so many people from around the world, as he did mine, through his dedication to improving education, and his tireless commitment to his pupils and their families. Sadly I was not among his model students, but he was always just and fair anyway! He will indeed be sorely missed. At the same time, I was pleased to learn recently from the college website that Mr Powell's legacy lives on through his son Manolo who continues to spread his father's vision to an even greater number of children from around the world.
To Mrs Powell, who was always at her husband's side, and the rest of the Powell family, please accept my heartfelt condolences at this sad time.
Liz (Dahlson) Mueller
(Class of '76)
This is a belated tribute to Arthur Powell.
Thank you, Arthur, for taking the initiative of founding a British school in Madrid. An initiative you carried out so intelligently against many odds.
Six de Kobbes attended that first school in Arga, El Viso, and it was fundamental in their lives. Not just academically, but in every way. I remember, for instance, your saying "Discos are good for them - dancing is excellent exercise, for one thing." Just an instance of your believing in an all round education.
Thank you also for selecting such a wonderful staff, many of whom have stuck to Runnymede through thick and thin. I have to mention Mr. Murphy here as your main prop and they all helped you, together with dear lively Julia, to leave behind you such a legacy. Hundreds perhaps even thousands by now, of young and middle-aged people who will always remember Runnymede. I join them as a parent - an old lady now- among the great number of tributes that arrive from all ends of the earth.
Carmen de Kobbe
I am most sorry to hear that Mr Arthur Powell passed away.
My deepest condolences to the Powell family.
Querida Familia Powell,
Hemos sentido mucho la noticia del fallecimiento de Arthur Powell, un hombre extraordinario al que recordaremos siempre con muchísimo cariño.
Lamentablemente, no nos es posible asistir a su memorial pero nuestros pensamientos están con vosotros en estos momentos tan tristes.
Un fuerte abrazo.
Familia García Ezra
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Arthur F. Powell attending the service today. His extended family of students and friends around the world are certainly thinking of him too, and we all wish we could be at Runnymede for this reflection on a good man who so effectively helped others.
Class of '75
Dear Mr. Powell,
I’d like to extend my condolences to you, Mrs. Powell, Paloma, and the rest of your family for your great loss. Your father was a great man with all the great values that are seldom found in only one individual. He was a role model to all of us. He built a very special place at Runnymede! There are few places like it! I became extremely saddened when I heard he passed away. I remember how he always encouraged me to learn how to fly due to his service in the RAF. I now fly as a hobby and I that is thanks to him!
I attended Runnymede in the 80’s (I was a classmate of Paloma) and have very fond memories of my school years there thanks to your parents, the faculty, and all my classmates. I received a great education at Runnymede. I now live in the US and every time I visit Madrid, I always jog by the old Runnymede during my early morning run “echando de menos esos dias!“ I will remember your father in my prayers.
With warmest regards,
Chicago, Illinois - USA
We just received the memorial brochure from Runnymede thereby learning of the passing of Mr. Powell. Everyone in our family has such fond memories of our time in Spain and life at Runnymede. Mr. Powell's vision and dedication to Runnymede has been a gift to so many, including our family. We all have fond memories of him, and I especially remember Christie coming home after having a Spanish lesson in "playground language." He certainly knew how to get the attention of the class. May you all be comforted knowing he was a man of great wisdom, integrity, and importance to so many and his legacy lives on at Runnymede. Bless you.
Steve, Rheta, Stacey, Christie, and Brian Leece