Here is some sad news, communicated to the members of UK TUG by Joseph
I am sad to say that Robin Fairbairns, former UK-TUG Chair
and long-standing CTAN node maintainer, died late last month. Robin
was well-known to many of us, either in his CTAN role, as author and editors
of the UK TeX FAQ or as a constant presence on comp.text.tex. Robin
was also a member of the LaTeX Project, and author of several
important LaTeX packages. His funeral will take place on the 30th March at
On hearing this I shared with the members of UK TUG this message.
I'm saddened to hear that Robin Fairbairns has died. I knew that for some
time he had health problems. His family, friends and colleagues have my
About 30 years ago I learnt of his role in the TeX community, and was
delighted that he and I lived close to each other in Cambridge. I learnt a
lot from him, particularly working together in person on the TeX FAQ, which
had recently become the responsibility of the UK TeX Users Group.
In 1994 Chris Rowley, as chair of UK TUG, reported
The notable innovation in 1994 has been the regular appearance of
Baskerville. Under the editorship of Sebastian Rahtz, and with Robin
Fairbairns and Jonathan Fine as publisher and distributor, issues of our
newsletter now reach members approximately every two months.
It contains an interesting variety of TeX-related articles in addition to
notices of meetings and subscription forms. In my opinion, Baskerville is
the best in content and, by a wide margin, in timeliness of all the
journals and newsletters produced by TeX user groups.
Thanks to Sebastian, Robin and Jonathan, and also to all those who have
written items for Baskerville.
With the tragic early death of Sebastian in 2016, and Robin this year, of
the four persons named in that news story only myself and Chris Rowley are
https://tug.org/pipermail/uktug-announce/2022q1/000611.html # Joseph's
https://tug.org/pipermail/uktug-announce/2022q1/000612.html # Jonathan's
with a mixture of sadness, regrets and gratitude