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Tony profileRandsTonyteahing2It is with great sadness that Green Templeton College has learned of the death of GTC Emeritus Fellow Carl Anthony Rands, known as Tony, who passed away at the age of 78. Tony died suddenly and unexpectedly on 3 July following complications during the recovery hours after a routine hip replacement operation. He will be greatly missed by all members of the Green Templeton community. On 24 July a gathering a friends and colleagues from the many facets of his life joined Tony’s wife Sue and the family for a natural burial in rural Warwickshire, Tony’s personal choice.

Tony Rands was one of the first group of Fellows recruited by OCMS in 1966 and remained a Fellow in Management Science and Information System at the Oxford Centre for Management Studies (OCMS), later to become Templeton College, until his retirement in 2000 when he became an Emeritus Fellow. He served as Senior Tutor in 1984/85 and Dean in 1985/88 and continued his association and interest in the Management Studies in Oxford as an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College after the merger of Templeton College and Green College. Throughout his career he was a committed and dedicated member and supporter of the OCMS/TC community including continuing his contact with many alumni and colleagues into his retirement years.

A Cambridge graduate (double first in Mechanical Sciences) Pembroke College, prior to joining OCMS Tony worked as a Systems Analyst at the Pressed Steel Company, Oxford, working on computer-operated production control systems.

Tony listed his teaching and research interest as: factors in the development of cycles in industries; company cash-flow model building methods; and the effects of microcomputers on management information systems. In the mid 1990s he began a long term research project examining financing and management in the UK software industry. As part of this he constructed a substantial database which allowed him to produce the first analysis of factors influencing UK software company financial performance. His special interests continued in software package producers and in financing and management.

Tony’s programme directing roles included directing both open and commissioned programmes such OCMS’s flagship Senior Managers’ Development Programme, the Oxford Advanced Management Programme, a short specialist programme in Quantitative Methods, and the portfolio of middle and senior management programme commissioned by P&O.

During his years at OCMS/Templeton he spent sabbatical time as Visiting Professor in Management Information Systems, at the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a Visiting Fellow at the School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia as well as study time in the USA and India. In fact when Michael Earl, GTC Emeritus Professor of Information Management, Dean Templeton College 2002-08, joined OCMS in 1976, Tony was on sabbatical in Brazil, a post which Michael thinks Tony enjoyed greatly. On the years that followed, Michael had three memories of Tony's work: 

1. With his interest in management science he was an early adopter of personal computers in learning and teaching.
2. For a time Tony had a teaching relationship with the Engineering Science Department, one which enhanced our reputation there.
3. He was a conscientious and personable director of executive education programmes, always good to work with.

A number of other former colleagues also paid tributes to Tony:

Bob Vause, GTC Emeritus Fellow, Fellow in Finance; Acting Director; and three term Dean of OCMS/Templeton College (1968 - 2000).

I first met Tony in 1968 at OCMS in its first base at 161 Woodstock Road. I grew up in Rugby and he in Crick. We had never met as he had tended to keep to Northamptonshire and it was Warwickshire for me. He was tall, almost gaunt and never looked particularly comfortable in whatever he was wearing. He often appeared with a shaving nick on his chin and had a habit of running a finger around his shirt collar as if he were under stress. He was continually complaining of back pains but strenuously refused to accept any suggestions of a link to this and his beloved Lotus cars – with a driving seat some 6” off the ground. He enjoyed following motor racing and was a regular visitor to Silverstone.

We worked together for the next thirty or so years. I helped sort out his visit to Brazil and to encourage him to take over the AMP, and the P&O programmes. We produced several joint articles for the banking and accounting journals. We had a lot of fun working together. He was unusual as an academic in that he gave his ideas and experience to a project without restraint or consideration of any personal returns.


It is easy to forget that for the first 25 years of its existence OCMS was guaranteed survival purely by its Fellows. The supposedly directing body – Council – did very little to positively assist – either financially or with forward thinking - and quite a bit to inhibit successful growth. One of the early key points of conflict rested in the fact that most members of Council saw the Fellows merely as ‘employees’ whilst the Fellows saw themselves as partners in a new and exciting Oxford venture – a college in the making. (Photo: Bob and Tony are on the left with Norman Leyland, the first OCMS Director, at the opening of the Kennington site in 1969).

Tony was a very positive contributor to the Fellows' role in both the day-to day running of the Centre and in planning its future development. His time as Senior Tutor and then Dean saw positive advances in these areas. He was open, friendly and a good listener. OCMS staff – who still remember the ‘old days’ - have a real affection for his character and achievements.

Roger Undy, GTC Emeritus Fellow, Fellow in Industrial Relations; Senior Tutor; Dean; and Acting Director of OCMS/Templeton College.

Tony was Dean of OCMS between 1985 and 1988 when the future transition of OCMS into Templeton College was being discussed. Tony as Dean was not surprisingly therefore drawn into the drafting of strategically important papers at a time when changes in the membership of Council and the Chairmanship of Council were helping raise the temperature of exchanges between Fellows and Council. It was at this point that Tony played an important role in ensuring that the Fellows views were registered in a constructive and rational manner, with no small risk to himself when it was known that the Fellows' own jobs could come under threat should those involved in these discussions not find a mutually acceptable solution to a process which would eventually see the Council replaced by a Governing Body.

Dorothy Cooke, GTC Emeritus Fellow, Courses Registrar; Programme Administrator; Director of External Relations, Communications and Support Services; and Administrative Fellow, OCMS/Templeton College. (1972 – 2007).

I first met Tony when I joined OCMS in 1972 when, as well as being one of the original group of OCMS fellows, he was a 30 year old bachelor, driver of a Lotus car (and owner of two!), a regular squash player, an enthusiastic pianist (classical music) and photographer. Later he added sharing his wife Sue’s interest in horses and riding to his active hobbies, learning to ride both quickly and well in his mature years. He was also a regular jogger/runner for over 60 years, still running an average of 50 miles a month in his late 70s and competing locally in 10K events as recently as March 2017. His commitment to good diet and exercise were essentials ingredients in his good health and fitness despite recurring back problems, the reasons for him eventually having to give up his Lotus cars!

His flexible approach to 'office' hours included a relaxed willingness to support social and corporate events particularly alumni and staff gatherings; he always enjoyed OCMS/Templeton's excellent meals! When we were first struggling with the introduction of computer databases to replace our paper based systems I was sharing portacabin (on stilts!) office space with Tony and he was always obligingly available to offer guidance and encouragement as I struggled with the unfamiliar challenges.

After his marriage to Sue in 1984, Tony became very dedicated to family life and involved in the activities and lives of his ready made family, encouraging and supporting Vicky, Richard and Guy in their education, career development and life interests. As an example he arranged for Vicky to spend summer vacation time assisting with the administration of the Advanced Management Programme at Templeton College. In his retirement years he enjoyed trips to Canada to spend time with Vicky and her family as well as keeping in regular and frequent contact with UK based family members including his eight grandchildren.

As a child Tony lived in Crick, near Daventry in Nottinghamshire. An only child, in his retirement Tony spent time researching his genealogy and also had a keen interest in historical records relating to both his personal and professional life. Last summer he provided helpful recollections and identifications while I was sorting through the OCMS/Templeton collection of early photographs for the College archive.