Brown Bread: Professor Hubert Rees

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Professor Hubert Rees: scientist and bomber pilot | Times Online Obituary

I only recently learned, with deep sadness, of the death of Professor Hubert Rees DFC FRS, the highly respected scientist and Second World War pilot who was reported missing in action in 1944.

The Times obituary is a fine tribute to a remarkable man who led a remarkable life.

I got to meet Professor Rees, his wife Mavis and their family through their daughter Jude (with whom I lived nearly twenty years ago) and enjoyed their excellent hospitality and generosity many times in Aberystwyth and Swansea.

Those were my drinking days, so my memories of that period are incomplete, but one thing I remember clearly is the “Doctor’s Nightmare”, an enormous fried breakfast served up in the staff bar and dining room of Aberystwyth University, a highly effective hangover cure when washed down with a couple of pints of bitter.

R.I.P. Professor Hubert Rees 1923 – 2009

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