Reg McAuliffe (1910-1991)
During the somewhat fraught period of my chairmanship of the English Sangha Trust (ca. 1964), somebody said to me, 'You ought to resign!' I replied, 'Certainly, on two conditions: not under duress, and not till I am sure I can hand over to someone who won't make a worse mess of the job that I have done.'
It was not for several years that I was able to hand over to Reg, a man infinitely better fitted for the job than I was. He was not only a serious Buddhist and a man of great personal charm, he also had what I conspicuously lacked - a good business head and understanding of practical affairs - indispensable qualifications in his job as secretary of a large company.
He was a great support to the Ven. Kapilavaddho in re-building the organisation after the traumas of the '60s. It was not his fault that the Hampstead Vihara had finally to close its doors, but he did much to ensure that the physical and financial assets of the Trust remained intact for the upsurge of the late '70s to justify the seemingly wild optimism shared by a few of us in those apparently arid times.
After his wife's death, Reg lived at Seaford. He was able to pay a brief visit to Amaravati about a year before death, which must have been a gratifying experience for him. His cremation took place at Eastbourne on 17th October, with Sangha participation and attended by his daughter Anne, who now lives in America. May he attain Nibbana.