Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie, Baron Runcie(1921-2000), Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 5 portraits
Runcie studied classics at Brasenose College, Oxford. His student years were broken by the Second World War in which he served as a tank commander and earned the Military Cross. On completing his degree he trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. He served as Fellow and Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, from 1956-60. In 1960 Runcie became principal of an theological college near Oxford and in 1970 was appointed Bishop of St Alban. In 1980 he was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury, a position he held until 1991.