Famed Scottish teacher Eric Anderson, who taught Prince Charles, Tony Blair and Boris Johnson, has died

Sir Eric Anderson taught at both Fettes College and Gordonstoun before becoming headmaster at Eton College

Sir Eric Anderson has died aged 83.
Sir Eric Anderson has died aged 83.

Famed teacher Sir Eric Anderson has died aged 83.

Throughout his career, Sir Eric taught at Fettes College in Edinburgh where he was Tony Blair’s house master, Gordonstoun, where he taught Prince Charles, and later became headmaster of Eton College between 1980 and 1994 with both David Cameron and Boris Johnson attending during this time.

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Sir Eric died on Wednesday, April 22, and leaves behind his wife Poppy and his two children David and Kate.

Eton’s current headmaster Simon Henderson stated: “Sir Eric's contribution to Eton was unparalleled in modern times. He was one of the school’s greatest ever HeadMasters and then one of our finest Provosts.

“A wonderful school master, a fine scholar, and an inspiring and visionary leader – but above all a kind, loyal, humble and utterly authentic man.

“Much of the success of the school today derives from his legacy.

“On a personal note, he was a wonderful mentor and friend – encouraging me into teaching when I was an undergraduate, then encouraging me to consider senior leadership and more recently offering me invaluable support and wise advice when I returned to Eton as Head Master

“The whole Eton community mourns his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful wife Poppy and with the whole Anderson family.

“Thank you, Sir Eric, for all you gave us. I will do all I can to honour your legacy”.

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