It is with great sadness that we heard the news of Diana’s death on Friday 19 January. She died peacefully at home in Somerset with family around her.

It does not need me to remind the College community of all that Diana did for Radley, and of all she meant to us. She was at Dennis’ side throughout his twenty three years as Warden (1968-1991); dispensing hospitality, supporting families, giving of her time, ideas, and energy. She was a leader in her own right . . . together, they were a remarkable double act. It has been lovely to know and feel her ongoing support of all that is Radley in recent years, up to and beyond Dennis’ death in 2019. She would arrive at events and carry all before her with a ready smile, a natural generosity and a genuine interest in what everyone was up to.

There are and will be countless stories about what she did for generations of boys and staff; her warmth and wisdom will have been felt by all. But much of her contribution, of course, will have been unseen and unknown. Radley owes her an incalculable debt. A sad day for us but one filled with gratitude for all Diana and Dennis did for the College.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her children – Kate, Alexandra, Tom and Will – as well as her eleven grandchildren and the wider family.

Any letters of condolence can be sent care of the Radleian Society at Radley and will be forwarded on. We will be honoured to hold a service here in Diana’s memory in due course: details to follow.

John Moule

The Warden


A Thanksgiving Service for Diana Silk will be held in the Radley College Chapel at 2.30pm on Friday 3rd May. If you would like to attend, please register using the RSVP button below.



Diana Silk (1935-2024)