Michael Hewitt – MaB 47-55
Submitted by Richard McGregor (MaB 48-57)
Michael Earling Hewitt died on 13 December 2019 in Portsmouth after a short illness. After a private cremation his life was celebrated with a wake at the Royal Naval Club, Portsmouth on 8 January 2020.
Michael was born on 28 March 1936 in the Isle of Wight. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital. Horsham, Sussex, where he distinguished himself academically, at rugby and at chess. After two years’ National Service in the Army, Michael went up to Merton College, Oxford in 1957. There he read Classics initially, achieving an Upper Second degree in Mods. He then switched to Modern History, in which he also achieved an Upper Second before graduating in 1961. At Merton he played hooker for the college rugby team, captaining the side in 1960. He also made a few appearances for the Oxford Greyhounds.
He then commenced his career with the Bank of England, which lasted from 1961 to 1994. Early on he obtained an external degree in Economics. In the 1970s he was seconded to Bermuda for four years as Economic adviser to the Government. In his career at the Bank of England he rose to the rank immediately below the main board.
He continued to play rugby for the Old Blues (old boys of Christ’s Hospital) until the late 1960s. He also played chess for the Bank of England and for Hertfordshire and became chess champion of Bermuda during his time there.
Michael married Elizabeth Batchelor in 1961 and they lived in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire and then in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. They had a son Thomas, born in 1970, and a daughter Joanna, born in 1974. The marriage was dissolved in 2000.
After he retired from the Bank of England, Michael became a Project Manager for the International Monetary Fund and carried out assignments in a number of overseas countries, including Russia, the Ukraine, Egypt, Macedonia and Romania.
Latterly Michael lived in Southsea, Portsmouth. He became a member of the Portsmouth Chess Club and a social member of the Royal Naval Club where he participated in the quiz teams. His daughter, Joanna, moved to Australia with Michael’s four grandchildren and Elizabeth subsequently followed her out there. His son, Tom, runs a travel company in Borneo but, in recent years, he spent quite a lot of time with his father in Portsmouth.