Barrie Powell-Jones (OH 1935 - 1941)
01/09/2008
Born in South Wales ; Died in Woking, Surrey ; Laid to rest in Hay-on-Wye

When at school Barrie was the 1st VIII cox for several seasons, although his main interest was acting. He won a scholarship to the Weber Douglas School of Dramatic Art and later appeared in repertory, chiefly at the Theatre Royal in Leicester.

During the war he started out in the Royal Tank Regiment and, whilst serving in India, was awarded a commission with the Rajputana Rifles being the countrys' premiere guards regiment. With his acting background, he was later seconded to Forces Broadcasting and could be heard on All India Radio. From there his regiment was posted to Northern Italy where he became Director & Commander of Broadcasting.

After the war Barrie returned to acting, mostly on Radio which included plays such as " The Armchair Detective " and " Man Born To Be King " with Bernard Miles. He then made the momentous decision that acting was not going to provide him with stability he wanted in civilian life. He therefore joined Hodder & Stoughton and helped create the first publishing house which specialised solely in childrens books. His publications included Enid Blyton and Capt. W E John among other well known authors.

In 1961 JBPJ joined Spicers, the paper company which was eventually taken over by Reed International. He was later appointed Director of Public Relations & Advertising covering the entire company worldwide. He remained with Reed for over 22 years until he retired in 1985.

Barrie was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Founder Member of the European Public Affairs Forum, National Council Member of the Institute of Public Relations, Member of the British Code of Advertising Practice Committee and a Council Member of the Industry & Parliament Trust.

One of JBPJ's other associations was as a member of the Savage Club, an eclectic mix of people from the arts, drama, law, literature, music and science. The Club describes itself as a " Bohemian Gentleman's Club " with its stated aim as being - The Pursuit of Happiness !!

The above text is an adaptation of a Eulogy read out at Barrie's Funeral Service by his son Owain Powell-Jones
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