Woodruff, (John) Douglas

Woodruff (1897-1978) was educated at St Augustine's, Ramsgate, Downside School, and New College, Oxford, where he arrived a year later than Harrod and took the same courses as him (greats and modern history). He was president of the Oxford Union (1922) and an active member of the Oxford University Liberal Club. He was lecturer in history at Sheffield University (1923-24), joined the staff of The Times as colonial editor (1926-36), the staff of the BBC (1934-36), and accepted editorship of the Tablet, then a moribund Roman Catholic weekly, in 1936, which by the time of his retirement in 1967 he had revived. He was also deputy chairperson of Burns and Oates, publishers (1948-62), director of Hollis & Carter (1948-62), chairperson of Allied Circle (1947-62), of Associated Catholic Newspapers (1953-70) and of BOW Holdings (1959-70).

Woodruff had frequent exchanges of correspondence with Harrod in the early 1920s. Later, however, "a wide divergence" between their views emerged: "Perhaps this is due to the smallness of our total contact in late years. Perhaps such divergence is the inevitable result of man's innate conceit" (Harrod to Woodruff, 14 June, 1929, in DWP).

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