Dr Ivor Guest DUniv MA FRAD
It is with great sadness that we heard of the death on 30 March of Dr Ivor Guest, former lawyer, balletomane and Chairman of the Academy from 1969-1993.
Although a lawyer by profession, Dr Guest was an eminent dance historian and author. His biography of Dame Adeline Genée, RAD’s founding President, as well as his many other works, combined scholarship with a deep understanding and love of ballet.
Dr Guest was first elected to the Executive Committee in 1965 and became Chairman in 1969. He was a member of the RAD from 1965-93 and has been a vice-president since 1993. In 1992 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award for services to ballet, which is the RAD's highest honour. He was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2000 he received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).
During his time as Chairman of the RAD, Dr Guest oversaw the move to RAD’s current headquarters in Battersea Square in 1972. He also presided at the openings, of the new building in 1974 and the Fonteyn Centre in 1990, both by Her Majesty the Queen.
Paying tribute to Dr Guest, Luke Rittner, Chief Executive said: 'Ivor Guest will be missed, not only by all of us here at the RAD but by dance enthusiasts across the world. He will be remembered as a distinguished dance historian and the Academy will forever be grateful for his leadership of the organisation over 24 years as Chairman. On behalf of the Trustees and the entire staff at RAD, I send my heartfelt condolences to Dr Guest’s wife Ann and family.'
Main image: QEII Award 1992. Photo by Angela Taylor.