Tributes paid to much-loved Welwyn Garden City teacher
PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 22 July 2018
A much-loved Welwyn Garden City teacher and family man has passed away at the age of 98.
Frederick Aicken, who taught at Stanborough School, is remembered as a scientific thinker, a lover of the arts, and “a genuinely nice man” by his family, colleagues and the pupils he nurtured in his teaching career.
Born on February 3 in 1920 in Northern Ireland, he married his wife Helena in 1945, having children Lynne and Gareth. Helena sadly passed away herself in 2006.
Holding a BSc and a MSc, Frederick was asked to work for the Ministry of Supply during the Second World War.
Though he had the opportunity to do a PhD, Frederick decided instead to teach.
During his lengthy career, he worked as a science teacher at Stanborough - then a grammar school - in 1960, eventually becoming the equivalent of an assistant head teacher, a position he held until his retirement in 1981, at the age of 61.
As well as teaching science, he led the sixth form General Studies course, where he keenly instilled a love of informed debate into the pupils.
Mr Brown, head teacher at Stanborough School, said: “Frederick Aicken is remembered as always polite and helpful, and a genuinely nice man.
“Fred was himself an extremely erudite man, with not only great scientific knowledge but a wide knowledge and understanding of the arts too.
“He is fondly remembered.”
Frederick’s interest in science was both educational and intellectual, and he worked hard to pass that on to his pupils.
“He enjoyed working with kids,” his son Gareth told the WHT. “You could see that in the way he related to his grandchildren and to me.”
Frederick’s love of film began as a boy in Larne, Northern Ireland, when, according to his daughter-in-law Moyna, “he used to sneak into the projection room after school” to watch films where his father worked.
That love persevered throughout his life with him becoming president of WGC Film Society and being active with the Literary Society.
“He was also very much into theatre and drama,” remembers Gareth.
Frederick Aiken passed away on June 18. Holding steadfast to his ideals , he donated his body to scientific research.