Biography of William Frend
William Hugh Clifford Frend (1916-2005) was Professor of Ecclesiastical History from 1969 until 1984 and Dean of Divinity from 1972 to 1975.
Frend graduated with a First in History at Keble College Oxford, and completed his doctorate in 1940. Soon after the beginning of the Second World War he joined the War Office as an Assistant Principal. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office in 1941, and then in 1942 joined the Intelligence Service in the Foreign Office and served in North Africa, Italy and Austria from 1943 until 1946.
After the war, Frend worked as an editor on German Foreign Ministry documents before his appointment as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham in 1951. He was Lecturer in Divinity and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College before he he moved to Glasgow in 1969.
Frend became a deacon in 1982 and was ordained a priest in 1983. He served as a parish priest in the Peterborough Diocese from 1984 to 1990.