Peter Bayley, English academic, Died at 94


Peter Charles Bayley was born on January 25, 1921, and died on November 3, 2015.

He was an English fellow at University College, Oxford, England.

Peter was born on January 25, 1921. He was educated at The Crypt School, Gloucester, and University College, Oxford, where he was a Sidwick Exhibitioner (1940 to 1941).

He undertook war service during the Second World War (1941 to 1946).

Peter was subsequently a Junior Research Fellow (1947–1949), then a Fellow and Praelector in English (1949 to 1972), and Keeper of the College Buildings at University College.

He was made an Emeritus Fellow of the college in 1985.

Peter was the author of books on and Edmund Spenser, 19th century novelists, and John Milton.

The Times Literary Supplement wrote of his book on Spenser as being “a packed but lucidly written book which will be of permanent value to all students, and indeed readers, of Spenser”.

Peter also edited the University College Record for a number of years.

While a don at Oxford, Bayley oversaw the activities of the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) and the University College Players.

He produced, He Who Gets Slapped by Leonid Andreyev for the Univ Players in 1953.

He was a Curator of the University Theatre and Chairman of the University Theatre Appeal Committee.

Peter was the tutor of the author V.S. Naipaul.

Peter passed away at age 94 in November 2015.