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 Keith’s Obituary – Buenos Aires Herald, 9 Feb., 1997

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Obituary: Keith Pryor OBE

 From La Cumbre, C6rdoba, one of Keith’s closest friends, AOB [Archie Baggott], recalls:

 “Keith Cowes Pryor OBE, died January 27, 1997.

 Keith had a variegated schooling career in his early days, both in Argentina and in England.  In 1924 his parents decided that he should return to Argentina to attend St. George’s College, Quilmes where he became a flourishing pupil, both in his academic work and sport.  In the latter he distinguished himself by being awarded his St. George’s colours both in cricket and rugby.  In 1931 he both became Captain of the School and passed his entry examinations for Lausanne University, also spending time in England at the London Polytechnic.  The world economic crisis of the 1930’s forced his parents to decide that he should return to Argentina, where he started work with his father who was a cattle-broker.  This led to his joining the Cía. Swift de La Plata S.A., where he rose to become the Managing Director of International Packers Ltd. in Argentina, where he was responsible for three of the country’s main meat packers and two other associated companies comprising about 20,000 employees.

 Keith’s outstanding abilities led him to be appointed a director of five farming companies (including the Vice-Presidency of "King Ranch Argentina"), besides running his own farming activities.

 Apart from all this he had joined the Board of Governors of St. George’s College and was Chairman from 1958 to 1966.  He also became Chairman of the British and American Benevolent Society (BABS) in 1971 and again in 1979/80 (their Centenary year) since when he has been an Honorary President together with the British and American Ambassadors.  After some years on the Committee of the American Society of the River Plate he was made an Honorary Member.

 Since 1957 he has been on the General Committee of the British Hospital.

 He was given the Order of the British Empire (OBE) award in 1974.

 Another award was a Life Membership of the Intercontinental Biographical Association whose Headquarters are now in Cambridge, England.

 Keith was one of this world’s generous, pragmatic, striking and distinctive personalities.  May he rest in peace.”

© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)