A Tribute to GM Oram
We celebrate the life of
GM and Pat Oram
Kearsney College 1923 -1960
In gratitude G.M and Pat Oram is acknowledged on the
Kearsney Legacy Society Honours Board
in the Sir Liege Hulett Room for remembering Kearsney in their Will.
His philanthropy contributes to the betterment of the world through his support of the work of Kearsney College.
When I first met you in August 1927 I was instantly impressed by that puckish sense of humour that you carried with you all of your life. In the classroom you realised that mischievous schoolboys were passing through the phase that you had never yourself outgrown. Your sense of humour brought with it a proper sense of proportion and you never made mountains out of molehills. If you had occasion to use your “tickler” it was avenged on the rugger field the next day, and all was forgotten. In later years, as Housemaster of Gillingham, your sympathetic understanding of boys’ problems and your ready accessibility to boys and parents made you a deeply loved and respected man, and hundreds of Old Boys will bear testimony to the steadying influence you have had on their characters.
You were engaged specifically to teach English and History, but your interests were wide. No-one can forget the skill and patience with which you produced the annual School Plays, the liveliness of your Debating Society, your enthusiasm on the rugby field, your leadership of the school Cadets and your devotion to the School Chapel and all that this involved.
At Old Boy’s gatherings you were always one of the focal points, surrounded by infectious laughter. As you grew ill – and everything happened so quickly – anxious enquiries came from every part of South Africa, and, as you suffered others suffered with you. Only your firm hold on God and His goodness kept you going during your ordeal, a belief shared by your wife, Pat.
It was only right and fitting that, having served Kearsney for ten years with her, you should have married Pat in 1933. You and Pat were inseparable. She did not merely love you – she worshipped you. Pat was involved in everything you said and did, a model wife for a model husband.
We shall remember you, Max, always, and rejoice that it was our privilege to have known and lived with you for so long.” Jack F. Reece (Chronicle 1975)