Raymond Curtis Ockenden, Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, Wadham College
B.A. (Balliol College, Oxford), M.A. and D.Phil.Oxon.
Raymond Curtis Ockenden, Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees
Ray Ockenden joined Wadham as its first Fellow in German in 1967, after seven years teaching German in the University of London (Bedford College).
During his time at Wadham as Fellow he was twice Senior Tutor, four times Dean, twice Sub-Warden and Steward of Common Room, and for 24 years was the Fellow responsible for the College Cellar. On retirement in 2003 he took on the office of Dean of Degrees. Since 2003 Ray has continued teaching for Wadham and other Colleges and lecturing for the University, and remained a member of the College Wine Committee.
Since 2008 Ray has been the convener of the Emeritus Fellows. In 1971 he inaugurated the Lennard Bequest Reading Parties, and has been fortunate enough to take part in every one of these annual ventures since then. He has also been closely associated with the Sarah Lawrence programme and spent a term at that College.
Professional duties outside Wadham have included being an A Level Examiner for three different examination boards; being an external examiner for four other Universities and an examiner of many doctoral theses outside as well as inside Oxford; being a TQA assessor for HEFCE, and an editor of a German-language literary journal published in Amsterdam. He has been a stipendiary lecturer at Balliol College for several decades, and at St Peter’s College since 2008.
Ray’s research work, like his tutorial teaching and lecturing, has been concerned with German literature from 1750 to the present day. His most recent publications have examined the poetry and influence of Stefan George. And when he is not working, Ray’s hobbies include music (he is a member of the Oxford Bach Choir) and wine.