On Thursday July 21 2016, after 8,026 days of service, the Revd Canon Prof Richard A. Burridge, became the longest serving Dean of King’s College London, passing the record of the previous longest serving Dean, the Very Revd Sydney Evans. He was elected Dean in July 1993, and started full-time at King’s on 1 August 1994.
The photo above was taken some 8,000+ days before the date on which Professor Burridge became the longest serving Dean of King’s. From left to right, the photo shows him at his licensing as Dean with the Rt Revd David Hope, then Bishop of London, and Prof Arthur Lucas, then Principal of King’s. They stand in front of the portraits of the two post-war great Deans: Sydney Evans, who served 8,025 days in 1955-77, and Eric Symes Abbott, who was Dean in 1945-55.
Richard says, ‘Thanks be to God for all his grace and mercy to me over these years – and for even more grace and mercy to all those who have had to put up with me!’