We are sad to announce that Donald Bryant, a long-serving member of the Tavistock Institute Association, passed away peacefully at home in October 2020.
Donald was associated with the Tavistock Institute for many years, since joining in 1964.
Donald worked first for the then newly formed Institute for Operational Research where he began to develop an integrated approach to operations research and behavioural science. He worked with the Human Resources Centre from 1969 and was a consultant to government departments, public and private industry, working in the UK and abroad, most notably for British Columbia Research on a long term project about the logging industry as well as acting as Co-director for NATO Conference, Stresa, Italy (1977). He published papers and was advisor to The Manpower Society and Associate of Ashridge College, before entering the Southwark Diocese Ordination course, becoming a non-Stipendiary minister in the 1990s, active in a number of parishes in Surrey and Sussex until the late 2010s. He was an accredited Counsellor and combined his pastoral and professional interests both within and outside of his Ministry.
Donald remained an active and popular member of the St George’s Park Community, a leading light in the Poetry Group, a key member of the Choir and fiendish setter of wide-ranging questions for the regular Quiz.
A committed walker, Donald loved exploring and took great pleasure in long-distance routes including gaining his ‘Compostela’ for completing the Pilgrimage Route from Le Puy, France to Finisterre, Galicia, via the Cathedral at Santiago Compostela. He is survived by his two daughters, Alison and Sally.
Text kindly provided by Alison Rae, Donald Bryant’s daughter.