The Society was very sad to hear the news of the passing of Dr J.E. Riding CBE at the age of 94 years in July 2018. Dr Riding or 'Dinge' as he was known to his friends, was Reader in Anaesthesia at the University of Liverpool becoming editor of the BJA for 10 years from 1963. He became President of the LSA between 1970-72 (latterly becoming a Life Vice President) and Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons (the precursor of our College) from 1976-1979. Not only was he highly respected for his academic achievements but also for his abilities as a practicing anaesthetist. All this came with modesty and great humour with the consequence that he was a role model for all around him.