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Michael Rowntree

Michael Rowntree, who has died aged 88, "continued the Rowntree tradition of the Society of Friends' good works that ranged far beyond the cocoa factory and its associated model village at Earswick. For Michael, these included taking a leading role in Oxfam for 60 years, the Friends Ambulance Unit, the liberal press, Oxford Area Health Authority, the Friends Provident and Century Life insurance company, and two of the three Rowntree grantmaking trusts. But in his heart of hearts he was a birdlover, a rambler over his beloved Yorkshire moors and a family man."

He was a pacifist, who saw action during World War II as a member of the Friends Ambulance Unit.

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