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The death has occurred at the age of 85 of Kevin Callan, a fellow of the Society (and the RICS, the CIOB and the CIArb) and its President in 1983. Educated in Sligo and in Belvedere College, Kevin commenced his studies in quantity surveying at Bolton Street College of Technology in 1949. He pursued his professional qualifications through the auspices of the Irish branch of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors (IQS), of which he was chairman in 1968.
Following the amalgamation of the RICS and IQS in the mid- 1980s, Kevin became involved in the combined body and played a significant role, not just as President, but in the negotiations leading to the subsequent establishment of the SCS.
Kevin spent most of his working life in SISK as contracting director, while in retirement he pursued his continuing involvement in construction, and in particular in arbitration and mediation. In all these capacities he was highly regarded, admired and respected by his many colleagues within the industry and the profession for his ability, amiability, firmness, calmness under pressure, sagacity, soundness of judgement, personal charm, and above all his integrity.
But behind all these activities, Kevin was fundamentally a deeply- committed family man, married for over 50 years to Pauline who sadly predeceased him in 2012, and devoted to and loved by their children, Carol, Hilary, John and Kevin, and his grandchildren. Kevin had many varied interests outside his business and profession, among which featured golf, rugby, literature (with particular emphasis on Yeats and Joyce), light opera and popular music.
Kevin’s was a full life, well lived, and those who knew him were proud to know him. May he rest in peace.
NH McD, November 2016