Sheldon, Oliver, 1894-1951

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Sheldon, Oliver, 1894-1951

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1894-1951

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Oliver Sheldon (1894-1951) joined Rowntree & Co., following his graduation from Merton College, Oxford, in 1919. He was closely involved in the restructuring and management of the company in the 1920s under its chairman, Seebohm Rowntree, where he advocated a more functional style of organisation and published a monograph on The Philosophy of Management in 1924. He became a director of the company in 1931. Sheldon was founder and first chairman of the York Georgian Society and co-founder and first chairman of the York Civic Trust (est. July 1946). A prime mover in the establishment of the Borthwick Institute and the post-war campaign to establish a university in the city of York, Sheldon was part of the city’s delegation to the University Grants Committee in 1947, also helping to secure St Anthony’s Hall for the Borthwick Institute. He died in 1951.

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