A FORMER Eastbourne councillor and champion of the elderly died on Christmas Day.
Professor Walter James was a committed Liberal Democrat, serving as councillor for Ocklynge on the Eastbourne Borough Council between 1994-8, and was heavily involved in setting up seniors’ forums across East Sussex.
Born in Worcester on December 8, 1924, Prof James served in the Royal Navy as a coder during the Second World War, escorting the artificial Mulberry Harbour into place ready for D-Day.
After the war he studied as a mature student at Nottingham University and was invited to become a lecturer in adult education.
After pioneering teaching methods using television he was appointed as co-founder of the Open University in 1969.
He moved to Eastbourne in 1991 where he became a councillor on the borough council and chaired the community services committee for two years.
He also chaired the Eastbourne, Seaford and Wealden Community Health Council between 1998-2002.
Prof James leaves behind wife Joyce, sons Alan and Andrew and four granddaughters.