F E Pardoe

1915–2002

F.E. [Bill] Pardoe made a major contribution to the history of printing with his biography John Baskerville of Birmingham, [1975] and two books on plain English for journalists. A life-long Birmingham resident, Pardoe was appointed to the English Department of Birmingham College of Commerce in 1957 where he set up a practical course for students of bibliography, which gave rise to the Morenardo Press from which Pardoe published numerous items of ephemera. Pardoe was also involved in the work of Dame Hildelith Cumming of the Stanbrook Abbey Private Press, with whom he corresponded and regularly reviewed her fine press books in the Birmingham Post. An indefatigable do-er, Pardoe chaired not only the committee of the Crime Writers Association but also the book committee of the Birmingham Library, the Birmingham Bibliographical Society and the West Midlands Radio committee. In 1993 he received an Honorary Degree from the University of Birmingham for a lifetime's service to the City.