Brian CATCHPOLE 
- Born: Cir 1929
- Died: 17 Sep 2007 aged about 78
- Buried: 24 Sep 2007, Brough, North Yorkshire
From Yorkshire Post 26 Oct 2007
Brian Arthur Catchpole, dean of faculty and head of the School of Teacher
Education at Hull College of Higher Education, was the author of a series of innovative and successful Map History textbooks for schools and colleges, most of which were revised and reprinted several times over the next 20 years.
Brian, who has died aged 78, was born in Ipswich and as a schoolboy during the war at Northgate Grammar School - his younger brother, John, was evacuated to the countryside - developed an intense interest in aircraft.
He joined the Air Training Corps, attending camps and benefiting from the fact that East Anglia eventually had many of the airfields of the United States Air Force, from which frequent bombing missions were flown.
Memorably, he and his brother were once invited to visit a US base in Norfolk and, to their delight, were flown along the coast in a B17 Flying Fortress.
By the end of the war flying was his ambition and when he left school he volunteered for aircrew, only to be turned down by the Selection Board due to poor eyesight.
Instead, Brian studied History at Nottingham University and, on graduation, completed his National Service in Windsor as a sergeant in the Education Corps with the Royal Horseguards. By this time he was married to Barbara Banyard, a nurse, whom he had first met while they were at school together in Ipswich.
After leaving the Army they moved to Surrey, where their two daughters were born, and he taught history in various London secondary schools, at one time becoming the youngest head of department in the London catchment area.
They returned to East Anglia briefly in the early 1960s when he was appointed as a history lecturer at Norwich teacher training college; it was here that he met an editor from Oxford University Press, who encouraged him to write his first history book, Twentieth Century Germany.
Two years later his career took him to the East Riding as senior lecturer and, eventually, dean of faculty and head of the School of Teacher Education at Hull Higher College of Education. During these years he was commissioned by Heinemann Educational Books to write the Map History textbooks.
He took early retirement in 1982 to pursue his career as a writer of books, reviews and articles. He published a popular series of GCSE History study guides for Pan; he was also an examiner for the Cambridge board and much in demand as a lecturer in International Schools throughout Europe.
In 1985 Barbara, having retrained as an infant teacher, retired from the classroom and they moved to Dorset, where Brian was appointed commandant of the Dorset Army Cadet Force, in the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, a role which he enjoyed. Soon, however, they returned to East Yorkshire to be near their family and here he continued his writing career.
He completed a comprehensive history of flight titled From Balloons to Buccaneers, which traced Yorkshire's role in aviation since George Cayley's pioneering aeronautical experiments in Scar-borough in the late 18th century.
The book was launched at the Yorkshire Air Museum in 1994 with a flypast by a Buccaneer.
His last book, published in 2000, was a well respected account of the Korean War, which combined the experiences of veterans with a meticulous explanation of the politics of the day.
Meanwhile, Brian was delighted that his daughters had married husbands with flying qualifications. Thus inspired, he fulfilled a lifelong ambition by obtaining his own private pilot's licence, taking lessons from a flying school at Brough.
He also became a popular speaker at meetings of the University of the Third Age and was a founding member of his local Probus group, for retired professional people.
Brian Catchpole, a courteous, intelligent and often witty man, endured his long illness with great dignity and determination.
He leaves his wife, Barbara, two daughters, Deb and Mandy and five grandchildren.
Aged 78 Years at his death
1. Occupation: History Teacher And Author. See Notes.
Brian married Living