Ken Selvester

Ken Selvester

Ken Selvester died on 31st January 2021, aged 90.

Ken was a part-time Senior Lecturer in Management at the School of Business between 1990 and 2006. He is remembered here by his colleague and friend, Albert Eastham.

"In 1989 , Ken Selvester from Birmingham Polytechnic gave a guest lecture to my Business Organization class of 350 students. He was excellent and accepted a half-time post as senior lecturer in management in the School of Business. For 16 years he enjoyed teaching business strategy and related subjects to undergraduates and postgraduates.

"In 1999, Ken and I were invited to do a three week lecture tour in Gansu province of NW China. We had large audiences, such as 200 civil servants one day and then 150 communist party officials. Ken was widely read, he knew his subject, was well-prepared and he loved talking. We travelled by train to several cities + throughout the expedition he was the best company a man could ask for.

"Ken and I have been good friends for 30 years, often having get-together lunches with Robert Dyer and Nelarine Cornelius. In his youth, Ken had been a rugby player and had sustained many injuries which troubled him in later life. Four years ago, he had a stroke and latterly his health deteriorated.

"Throughout his life, he has been very happy with his wife Norma, their three children and several grand-children. These last few years have been difficult and Norma has been absolutely magnificent in caring for him at home.

"Ken was always cheerful , warm-hearted and generous. We talked frequently on the phone and I shall miss him greatly."

Albert Eastham

Photo supplied by Nelarine Cornelius