Keith Stephen

House and Years at Fettes:
Carrington 1963-1968

Qualifications and career:
BSc, Chartered Engineer. Initially Royal Navy and subsequently in Flow Measurement in the Oil and Gas Industry, mainly in the Middle East. Currently General Manager of Alderley Dammam which is manufacturing flow measurement systems in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
Singing the Vive-La at Founders Day.

And your least?
Stoving in the whaler (27ft sailing boat), on the rocks of Inchmickery.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
Michael Lester Cribb was a huge influence. Throughout our time we were aware that he was special. The insight which he gave us set my life in a path of great musical and literary appreciation. Charles Whittle was also a formative person who supported that and the memories of his teaching have been pillars thoughout my life but it was Michael Lester Cribb who was the greater.

Were you awarded a scholarship at Fettes and, if so, what did it mean to you?
I was a Flett Scholar. This enormous opportunity opened a world to me which would otherwise have been impossible.

Were you a conscientious student?
There was no choice but to be conscientious! The system was highly regulated and demanded our utmost.

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
I don’t recall having any free time but that could be because I was in the orchestra, choir and learning the violin. Latterly I spent a lot of time in CCF activities.