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Rose Theatre life president David Jacobs dies aged 87
9:20pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
The life president of the Rose Theatre David Jacobs has died aged 87.
The broadcaster and presenter of shows including Any Questions, Jukebox Jury and Housewives Choice died at home with family, the BBC announced this evening.
He played a vital role in the founding of the Rose as its chairman, leading a campaign before it opened to raise last-minute funds encouraging people to name seats in the auditorium.
He recruited Sir Peter Hall as vice-president, later creative director.
He was also a former chairman of Radio Jackie.
When the Rose opened he said: "I'm overwhelmed with disbelief, it's all too wonderful for words.
"It's been nearly 20 years. I can't tell you how much it means to us all."
He was also a supporter of the International Youth Arts Festival.
Tributes have been paid by BBC Director General Tony Hall, Ken Bruce, Simon Mayo, and Sir Alan Sugar.
Theatre trustee Robin Hutchinson said: "So sad to hear David Jacobs has died. I feel honoured to have known him as a supportive friend & without him the Rose Theatre wouldn't exist."
Former Kingston Mayor rCoun Shiraz Mirza said: "David was my mentor because it was my first year as Mayor after being on the council for two years.
"He guided me in so many ways to make my role an office a huge success.
"He had a certain way of communicating with people and put you at ease. I'm very saddened to hear of the demise of David."
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