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Sir John Zochonis

The President and Fellows regret to announce the death of Sir John Basil Zochonis DL, Honorary Fellow of Corpus.

Sir John was born in Altrincham, Cheshire on 2 Oct 1929. He was educated at Rugby School and came to Corpus to read Law in 1951.

Sir John was great-nephew of George Basil Zochonis, the co-founder of Paterson Zochonis Ltd which later became the Cussons Group. Sir John joined the Group in 1953, becoming a director in 1957 and serving as Chairman from 1970 until his retirement in 1993. During his time as Chairman, the group's footprint in Europe, Asia and Africa was expanded and included the strategically important acquisition of Cussons in 1975.

He was knighted in 1997 for services to the community and was a former High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. He served on the Council of the University of Manchester from 1987 to 1990 and was a governor of Withington Girls School between 1995 and 1998. Among the good causes he supported were: Chethams School of Music; Buxton Festival; Manchester International Festival; Manchester Art Gallery; The Lowry Centre; Manchester Mid-day Concert Series; the Royal Exchange Theatre; the Northern Chamber Orchestra and The Big Issue (in the North) as well of course Corpus, to whom he was a very loyal and generous donor. He was made a Foundation Fellow in June 2006 and an Honorary Fellow in November 2011.

Sir John died peacefully at Wythenshawe Hospital on Saturday 30th November, aged 84 years.


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