In memoriam David B. Sutcliffe

When I look back at my years with UWC Mostar, I always vividly recall what a privilege it was to be an assistant to such a great man and a great mentor like David  Sutcliffe. When David became the Chair of the Board, he approached the Head of our college and asked if I could be his assistant. Those were very difficult years in Mostar when we were trying to find the ways to move from the idea of a pilot project to becoming a school that is fully integrated into the life of the City of Mostar and a school that is here to stay. We worked really hard  but still I am glad that I was given the task and the opportunity to work and learn from him. I remember how amazed I was every time David would speak during the Board meetings. All of his speeches and comments were focused, powerful and seemed thoroughly prepared,  while they were expressions of his thoughts and opinions in that very moment. I am extremely grateful for all his kindness and support, for everything he did for all of us in Mostar.  It is now a big task ahead of us to keep the vision of David Sutcliffe alive. 

Velema Rokša, Administrative Coordinator , UWC Mostar


David B. Sutcliffe's family has sent the following message to the UWC community: "We have been greatly moved and are immensely grateful for all the wonderful messages, memories and thanks to David, which have comforted and supported us at this sad time. David’s funeral will take place at All Saints’ Church, 122-122A High Street, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 2HS on Friday, 29th November at 11.30 am. Family and friends are welcome. There will be a reception afterwards at The Tiger (church hall) next door. Family flowers only. According to David’s wishes, any donations should please go to the UWC Mostar Endowment Fund for student scholarships. It is thought that there will also be a memorial event for David held in the New Year. With love from Elisabeth, Michael, Veronica and families.’