8th March 2000




The founder of the Samaritans will be honoured by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside at a graduation ceremony in July.


The Rev Dr Chad Varah, who has close connections with Lincolnshire, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Arts at a ceremony in Lincoln Cathedral at 11am on Tuesday 11th July 2000.


Dr Varah, who has been rector of the Lord Mayor’s Parish Church of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London since 1953, was born the son of the vicar of Barton-on-Humber.


After studying at Worksop College and Keble College, Oxford, he trained at Lincoln Theological College and was curate of St Giles in Lincoln from 1935-38.


A prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral since 1975, he founded the Samaritans (to befriend the suicidal and despairing) in 1953, was director of the organisation’s London Branch from 1953 until 1974 and was its president from 1974 until 1986.


He received an OBE in 1969 and was made a CBE five years ago.


“With his strong local connections and his outstanding achievements as a clergyman and as the founding father of the Samaritans, the Rev Dr Chad Varah deserves the highest recognition,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“The people of Lincoln will always feel a close bond with him, so we feel that it is entirely appropriate for Dr Varah to be honoured in this way.”


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A b/w photograph of Chad Varah can be sent on request.


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk