Peter Droop Obituary

Peter (C2 1957-62) died on 26th September 2023 at home in London, surrounded by his family. He suffered from debilitating illness for over eight years which he bore with stoicism.

He was a proud Marlburian. One of his ancestors, Henry Richmond Droop, arrived for Michaelmas term in 1847, four years after the school was founded, joined by his brother, John Reginald, a year later. They were both in C2 and shared a classroom with William Morris. Generations of Droops followed them.  

Peter enjoyed Marlborough enormously. He loved all sports and excelled at hockey, tennis, squash and rackets. A highlight of his school career was a cricket tour to Corfu in 1961. After Marlborough he went to Trinity College, Cambridge and read Moral Sciences for two years before changing to Law for his final year.

After University, he qualified as a Solicitor and joined Taylor & Humbert in Gray’s Inn. Through a series of mergers in the 1980s and 1990s, this small firm of Solicitors grew, eventually becoming Taylor Wessing, a leading global law firm. Peter was instrumental in negotiating the various amalgamations and mergers involved, and in creating the culture and character of each new and bigger firm as it emerged. He was a respected Commercial Property Lawyer.

Peter met his wife Pauline at Guilford College of Law. They married in 1967 and lived in Barnes, Southwest London. He was immensely proud of their three children, Harriet, James and Joanna, and of his eight grandchildren.

He was chair of Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association, the Aid for Prisoners Families’ Charity, the St Bartholomews Hospital Rahere Charity and the Friends of Queen Mary’s Roehampton.  

His love of sports persisted throughout his adult life.  He was Chairman of the Roehampton Club after his retirement. He continued to play a lot of tennis and golf until struck down by illness.  He loved travel, art, music, photography and spending time with friends and family.