Head teacher’s name to be added to lifeboat

Head teacher’s name to be added to lifeboat

By Michael Upton | 14/09/2021

Head teacher’s name to be added to lifeboat
Arthur Prust


A ROTHERHAM college head who was a long-standing supporter of seaborne lifesavers will be recognised for posterity when his name is added to the bow of a new lifeboat.

The late Arthur Prust made regular contributions to the RNLI throughout his life and his family asked for donations to the charity at his funeral four years ago after his death at age 93.

Now his will be among the names included on a “legacy” lifeboat to be launched next year.

Mr Prust took Rotherham Grammar School into a new era as the first principal of Thomas Rotherham College when it was formed in the 1960s.

Mr Prust’s son, Christopher Prust, said he and his sister, Elizabeth Kemp, had been informed by the RNLI that the new boat featuring their father’s name among thousands of others from supporters would be launched at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk next year.

“We sent them the collection proceeds and they said it would go to help equip a Shannon lifeboat,” he said.

“Then we received a letter saying his name will be added to a lifeboat.

“I believe his grandfather or great-grandfather, who was a butcher in Scaborough, was on the lifeboat so there is a family connection there.”

Castleford-born Mr Prust moved to Scarborough as a baby and attended Scarborough High School for Boys, before landing a place at Oxford University, which he deferred to serve in the RAF during the Second World War.

He was head of languages and deputy head at Newcastle’s Heaton Grammar School, before moving to Rotherham.

His daughter Elizabeth called him a pioneer in sixth form education, whose ideas and innovations had been used as a blue print for the numerous sixth form colleges around the country.

An RNLI spokesman said the new lifeboat would pay tribute to people who had left significant legacies to the charity throughout its 200-year history. 

“The name will be included on the decal on the sides of the legacy lifeboat,” he said.

“The decal which makes up the boat's operational number of RNLI plus a fleet number, which is positioned on both sides of every RNLI operational lifeboat. 

“These are usually solid white, but on this chosen legacy lifeboat, the decal will contain the names of supporters.”

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