Mr Peter Boizot MBE (1929-2018)

The College was extremely saddened to learn today of the death of Mr Peter Boizot on 5 December 2018 at the age of 89.

Peter matriculated at St Catharine’s College in 1950, reading for an undergraduate degree in History. As an alumnus, Peter was to be a loyal supporter of St Catharine’s, with a particular interest in College sport. Most notably, he funded the College’s all-weather hockey pitch, the first of its kind in Cambridge. Over the years, this facility has helped St Catharine’s attract talented hockey players, and in turn win numerous trophies. In recognition of his years of service to student life, he was made a Fellow Commoner at St Catharine’s in 1996.

Peter was best known for founding Pizza Express—a decision inspired by his extensive travels through Europe. Wishing to share his love for authentic Italian-style pizza with UK restaurant goers, he opened his first pizzeria in Soho in 1965; the chain has since grown to more than 470 restaurants across the UK.

Peter was born, educated and lived in Peterborough. Throughout his life, he remained a supporter of local charities and businesses, notably serving a period as owner and chairman of Peterborough United Football Club. He was made a freeman of the city in 2008.

In 1986, Peter was awarded an MBE in recognition of political and public service.

On 6 December, the College flag was flown at half-mast in memory of Peter.