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Gerry Balcombe (1929-2014)

Rishi Valley School, its staff and students, mourn the passing of Gerry Balcombe artist, playwright, story teller, footballer and annual visitor on campus.

For almost two decades during his winter visits to the school Gerry played pied piper. Students adored him – he created comic strip serials to keep them amused, organized quizzes, drew their portraits, wrote an annual play in which all fifty of class 7 students found a role, taught songs and played football.  Away from school, at first in Canada and then in England, Gerry kept in touch with students, with attached drawings, comic strips and stamps.  Happy memories of the school for generations of students will forever be associated with Gerry's presence.

Gerry was a gifted watercolorist and helped illustrate the schools publications. The pictures od birds he painted for our first publication, Birds of Rishi Valley and the Regeneration of their Habitats hang on the staff room walls; the book has since become a classic. His portraits of writers both Indian and European are permanent part of the library display.  

Gerry Balcombe’s contributions have left an indelible impression on Rishi Valley School.

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A letter to Goutam who hurt his arm.

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