Trinity College was saddened to learn of the death of Old Member and Honorary Fellow Sir David Goodall (1950), a diplomat who was a key figure in the negotiations which led to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
David Goodall came to Trinity in 1950 to read Classics and joined the Foreign Office in 1956. After various overseas postings and stints in Whitehall, he was Deputy Under Secretary of the Foreign Office from 1984, in which role he was involved in the complex negotiations that led to the Anglo-Irish Agreement signed in 1985, and then High Commissioner to India from 1987 to 1991. He was appointed GCMG in 1991.
A trustee of the Rajiv Gandhi foundation, he was awarded the Distinguished Friend of Oxford (DFO) award for his key work in securing, from the Indian Government, the endowment of the Chair in Indian History and Culture. Among other appointments, he was chairman of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of Trinity in 1992.
An obituary has been published in the Daily Telegraph.