Former Lecturer turns 100 years old


A former BCU lecturer has celebrated turning 100 years old.

Reginald Whitworth, known as Reggie, was born in 1924 and raised in Smethwick, and he has dedicated his life to education and community.

His early years at Smethwick Technical College laid the foundations for a fulfilling career as a Lecturer.

Reggie worked at South Birmingham Technical College from early 1960s as a Mechanical Engineering Lecturer, before becoming the Head of the Mechanical Engineering department.

After South Birmingham Technical College merged with North Birmingham Technical College and became Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971, Reggie became Head of the wider department in the late 1970s, before he retired in 1986.

During his time at Birmingham Polytechnic, BCU’s predecessor institution, Reggie became renowned for his technical prowess and leadership, leaving a mark on generations of students he guided and inspired.

Reggie found his lifelong partner in Audrey. They got married in 1949 and together have raised five children. Alongside his successful career, Reggie always made time for his passions, from music to gardening, as well as an active participant in many church choirs, including the Bournville Voice Choir.

Reggie still often serenades residents, staff, and guests at Dorset House Nursing Home in Droitwich Spa, where he now lives.

The former lecturer’s 100th birthday began with performances from Droitwich Spa Community Choir, who sang a special rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, which was followed by a surprise party, attended by over 40 family members and friends. Reggie’s highlight was the rare gathering of all his children, including one who had travelled from abroad.

Reggie also received a birthday card from The King and Queen Consort in celebration of his milestone birthday.

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