William Letwin

14th December 1922 - 20th February 2013

On Thursday 2nd May, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of William Letwin was held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.
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The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:

Today in St Bride’s we celebrate the life and honour the memory of William Letwin, distinguished academic, economist, political thinker and business adviser. Born in Milwaukee, and a graduate of the University of Chicago, after war service in the US Army, William began his academic career at Chicago and then MIT, moving to the LSE in the 1960’s. Here he became a guiding light at the Centre for Policy Studies, a prolific writer and influential opinion-former for a generation of politicians and business people.

We remember today a man of wide-ranging intellect, great charm, and with a lively sense of humour. We give thanks for the privilege of having known him, and we commend him to God, trusting that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God’s love.



Oliver Letwin

Charles Moore


John Davidson read Revelation 21: 1-7

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Laura Letwin read Letter to Arthur Seldon

Jeremy Letwin read from Leo Rosten


The choir & organist of St Bride’s performed the following anthems and songs:

Adagio in C major BWV 564 – Bach

Pie Jesu from Requiem – Fauré

Laudate Dominum – Mozart

Priests’ Chorus from The Magic Flute – Mozart

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah – Handel

Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 357 – Bach



Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

Mine eyes have seen the glory


congregation sitting for service


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