John Malcolm Rae was born 20th March 1931 and married Daphne Simpson in 1955, having six children. He was educated at Cambridge University (MA) and the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London (Ph.D), and later became headmaster at Westminster School between 1970-86. He is author of The Custard Boys (1960). He has also written books on education, including the best-selling Letters from School (1987) and five books for children. He died in December 2006.