Socialist Worker

Kevin Doherty, 1954-2016

by Shaun Doherty
Issue No. 2498

Kevin Doherty

Kevin Doherty

Comrades and friends will be saddened to learn of Kevin Doherty’s untimely death from cancer.

He was a revolutionary socialist and trade unionist in the NUT teachers’ union throughout his life.

His final, poignant political act was posting a picture of himself holding a placard in support of the junior doctors from his hospital bed.

Kevin began his teaching career in Botswana, where his internationalism drew him into the struggle against apartheid in Southern Africa.

He taught history at George Orwell School in north London for many years. For most of that time he was the NUT rep and a prominent member of the NUT’s Islington branch.

He led numerous struggles both within education and in solidarity with other workers, particularly during the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984/85.

In the late 1990s he led the defence of George Orwell School from closure under New Labour’s “Fresh Start” programme.

After being victimised for his union activities, Kevin eventually won his case and a post at the new school with the support of the union.

His final teaching job was as head teacher of Daniel House, a pupil referral unit in Hackney in east London.

Kevin demonstrated a commitment to reintegrating excluded pupils back into schools. It was here that his qualities of patience and compassion were allied to a determined belief in equality of opportunity.

When he retired he pursued his passion for history, taking a masters’ degree in Irish Studies at Liverpool University.

Kevin was a keen fell-walker, cyclist and a regular at the Hampstead men’s pond and the London Fields Lido.

He famously captained the George Orwell cricket team and was a keen rugby fan.

Kevin is survived by his partner Sandra, daughters Rosa and Cara and their mother Claire along with his sister Mary and brothers Shaun, Paul, Gerard and Eugene.

Funeral Tue 12 April, 4pm, Golders Green Crematorium London NW11 7NL and afterwards at the Irish Centre, Camden Square NW1.

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Tue 5 Apr 2016, 15:40 BST
Issue No. 2498
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