Dad to Be Proud of as Varsity Pays Dues; SON OF SIR FRANK WHITTLE GUEST OF HONOUR AT NAMING CEREMONY
Byline: NIGEL HART
A CAMPUS building at Coventry University has been renamed to honour one of the city's most famous sons - with the real-life son of Sir Frank Whittle in proud attendance at the ceremony.
Sir Frank was born in Earlsdon in 1907 and left school in 1923 to join the RAF as an apprentice aircraft fitter, going on to achieve fame as the inventor of the jet engine.
He was given Coventry's Award of Merit in 1966.
He died in 1996 and was last year named the man of the millennium in a Coventry Cathedral poll.
So when Coventry University decided to get rid of letters to name buildings, his was one of the first names bosses thought of to replace the anonymous- sounding C Block, off Priory Street, now the Sir Frank Whittle Building.
Dr Mike Goldstein, vice- chancellor of the university, said: "Five years ago, the board of governors decided to phase out using letters to name buildings.
"But they decided on a tough criteria if names were used, which included strong Coventry links, an internationally renowned name and a relevance to the university.
"For me, right at the top of that list, there has got to be Sir Frank Whittle."
Ian Whittle, like his father a former RAF pilot, was also born in Coventry but now lives in Surrey. …