Gerald Howat [1928-2007] was educated at Glenalmond, Edinburgh University and Exeter College, Oxford, where he took a research degree in nineteenth century history. He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and wrote several books of an historical nature. He was the author of several cricket books including five biographies, that of Sir Learie Constantine winning a literary award. He was a regular contributor to various cricket journals and for many years, reported schools’ cricket. Gerald Howat played MCC cricket and appeared for his local club, Moreton in Oxfordshire, of which he became president in 1990, until well past the age of discretion. He was a fully qualified umpire and his younger son Michael, won a cricket Blue at Cambridge. His last book was an autobiography, Cricket All My Life.