Lincoln College is saddened to report the death of Sir Maurice Shock on Saturday 7th July. Sir Maurice was the 36th Rector of Lincoln, a post he occupied from 1987 to 1994. Prior to that, he had been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, from 1977 to 1987 and at University College, Oxford, as Politics Fellow from 1956 to 1977.
After serving with the Intelligence Corps between 1945 and 1948, Sir Maurice read PPE at Balliol, getting a First in PPE, and then did postgraduate work at St. Antony’s. He was briefly a Lecturer at Christ Church and Trinity, before being elected Fellow and Praelector in Politics at Univ in 1956. In addition to his academic achievements, he is remembered by all three institutions as a transformer of estates. At both Univ, where he served for a long time as Estates Bursar, and Leicester, he was responsible for new buildings and institutes. At Lincoln, well ahead of other Oxbridge colleges, he recognised that fundraising would be essential for the College’s future development,. He established the first Development Office, and with the proceeds of the High Street Campaign was able to complete the development of the Bear Lane and High Street properties to provide much-needed additional accommodation.
He was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, served as a member of the General Medical Council, and as Chairman of the Nuffield Trust.
His life-long commitment to education was recognised with a knighthood in 1988.
A Service of Thanksgiving will take place at 14:30 on Thursday 26 July in Balliol College chapel. It will be followed by a reception here at Lincoln (at approximately 15:45), in the Grove. In the event of bad weather the reception will be held in the Langford and Oakeshott rooms.