Clement Dodd obituary

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My father, Clement Dodd, who has died aged 93, was a domestic scientist and academic, an consultant in complicated Turkish politics and democracy. He was deeply meddlesome in a attribute between Turkey and Cyprus, and became one of a many reputable commentators on Cypriot affairs in a UK.

Born in Chester, a son of well-to-do farmers and family butchers, Margaret May (nee Harris) and Arthur Dodd, he won a grant to a King’s School, Chester. He went on to a School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London aged 17 to investigate Turkish and Persian, his seductiveness in a Middle East desirous by a story clergyman during school.

After only a year, in Jan 1945, he was called adult and served in British troops comprehension in Singapore and Java, where he narrowly avoided being shot during point-blank operation when out on patrol: a gun lerned on him by a immature leisure warrior unsuccessful to fire.

He had met his destiny wife, Nesta Jones, a daughter of a Welsh tillage family, during his initial troops training in Anglesey, and they were married in 1951.

On withdrawal a army in 1948, he complicated during Edinburgh and Bangor universities, completing dual honours degrees, one in Turkish and Persian and another in story and domestic theory.

Clement lectured in politics during Leeds, Durham and Manchester universities before apropos highbrow of politics during Hull University during a age of 44. The dialect he hereditary in a early 1970s was in disharmony in an epoch of tyro activism. Over time Clement easy educational fortify (so most so that a dialect was mostly referred to as “the Clemlin” in a tyro newspaper), and by a time he changed on from Hull in 1986 a dialect was deliberate to be one of a best politics schools in Britain.

Forced to retire from his professorship during Hull during a age of 60 as a outcome of Margaret Thatcher’s changes to aloft education, Clement was not prepared to quit educational life so early. Securing appropriation from Shell and from Turkish sources, he set adult a postgraduate programme in complicated Turkish studies during Soas.

Clement had turn increasingly meddlesome in Cyprus, partly desirous by a clarity that a Turkish Cypriots had had a severe understanding during a hands of a United Nations. He wrote several books and other publications on a Cyprus question, some published by his possess company, a Eothen Press. His final book, The History and Politics of a Cyprus Conflict, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

For many years he wrote a half-yearly refurbish on Cyprus affairs for a Bulletin of a British Association for Turkish Area Studies.

Nesta died in 2017. Clement is survived by his 3 children, Rosemary, Nigel and me, 8 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

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