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Leading architect dies at 80.

John Surman, a committed Christian and one of the Midlands' leading architects, has died at the age of 80.

Mr Surman made his name with Kelly and Surman, one of the region's most prestigious architects which grew out of his father's practice.

Born in March 1923, Mr Surman was educated at West House School and Malvern College and admitted to the Birmingham School of Architecture in 1940.

He later served in the Royal Corps of Signals in both India and Burma, continuing his architectural studies after the war and immediately going into his father's practice when he qualified in 1949.

A keen supporter of the Church throughout his life, Mr Surman attended St George's, in Edgbaston, and was a former church warden.

Despite suffering ill-health in later years, he still utilised his skills in draughtsmanship and watercolour painting, undertaking many commissions for various bodies.

Just before his death on April 23, he had completed a fine water colour of the organ at St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham.

Mr Surman was a devoted family man, committed to his late wife Jean and two children, Paul and Claire.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 15, 2003
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