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Magazine article Public Finance

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Eric Cobb died on August 16 aged 88. He was a distinguished C(PFA member and was president from 1981 to 1982. In 1980/81 he was president of the Society of County Treasurers.

Eric contributed much to the quality of public life in this country and by doing so added to the quality of private life for us all.

He had a distinguished career in local government, becoming county treasurer and then chief executive of Derbyshire County Council. He also served in the RAF during the Second World War.

Eric should be remembered as one of those who pioneered the extension of democracy within the institute, something we now take for granted.

This willingness to challenge established procedures required courage and intellectual integrity.

Eric had a modern approach to finance and accountancy in the 1960s and 1970s, way ahead of the thinking of the time.

He was an enthusiast for the institute and communicated this to his colleagues.

In many respects Eric was a very relaxed (although quite a private) person. This was demonstrated in his penchant for light coloured suits, brightly coloured ties and "flashy' cars.

His nature was summed up by one former trainee who described his encounter with Eric as such: "When I felt underutilised and neglected. …

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