Former councillor and champion of the elderly

Professor Walter James
Professor Walter James

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.