Richard Deswarte

Richard Deswarte was an historian of modern European history and an enthusiastic scholar of digital history. An incredibly generous, smart and passionate teacher, he was universally admired and loved by his students and colleagues, for whom he always went the extra mile.

Richard taught at UEA for 20 years. He had a unique talent to inspire his students, instilling the confidence to pursue their dreams. Richard touched so many lives during his time at UEA and his early death at the age of 56 will leave a huge gap in our community. He was the epitome of kindness, collegiality and dedication. Richard personified UEA at its very best.

There was a memorial event for family, friends, colleagues, and students to celebrate Richard's life and give thanks for his incredible contribution to our communities. It took place on Monday 26 July at 5pm in The Square at UEA. A recording of the event is available here. Donations in Richard's memory can be made to the British Red Cross Trust, Richard's favourite charity.