Jeremy Cresswell 1949-2015

30 June 2015

We are very sad to report the death on 19th June 2015 of Kellogg Fellow Jeremy Cresswell.

Jeremy was Director of the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme, a one-year residential Postgraduate Programme aimed primarily at early-to mid-career serving diplomats from all over the world.

A graduate of Exeter College (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1972 and served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London) several times, with postings to Brussels, Kuala Lumpur, West Berlin, NATO, Prague, Berlin (as Minister/Deputy Head of Mission), and as British High Commissioner to Jamaica and The Bahamas, based in Kingston.  He retired from the FCO in 2010 and took up his position in Oxford later the same year.

President Jonathan Michie writes, ‘Jeremy Cresswell was a tremendous member of College. Whoever he happened to sit with at lunch he would be genuinely interested in their area of study and experiences, and he in turn would always have fascinating and usually amusing tales to tell of his own experiences from his time as a professional diplomat. He was equally engaging whether talking with members of staff, students, fellows, or visitors to the College. It is ironic that someone who came late to College life displayed all the characteristics of what one could hope for from an Oxford college fellow. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all members and friends of the College.’

Jeremy is survived by his wife Barbara and their two children.

The funeral service will be held at Exeter College Chapel, Oxford at noon on Thursday 16 July 2015. Thereafter, refreshments will be provided at the Rector’s Lodgings. A private service will be held at the Oxford Crematorium that afternoon. Condolences/RSVP: 66 Pitts Road, Oxford OX3 8AZ

Donations if desired to Sobell House Hospice