Mark Bolitho
1967 - 2021

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Mark Bolitho

Mark Bolitho was a notable and well-loved origami designer, and was a member of the BOS from 1983 until his death in 2021. He also helped start up the London Origami group with Paul Hanson & Sharon Turvey. Mark served on the BOS Council, firstly as a member and then as Secretary for five years from 2007. A period as Chair then followed and he was awarded a Sidney French Medal in 2015. Mark was also, together with Martin Walker and Zhong You from Oxford University, the lead organiser for the successful 7OSME origami, science, maths and education conference there in 2018.

He published numerous books - both self-published and commercially. He also compiled "Origami Europe" featuring  a selection of works from some of Europe's most notable folders. A full bibliography appears in Mick Guy's tribute to Mark in BOS Magazine #332 (February 2022) which BOS members can download from the BOS website here. He also made a number of appearances on UK TV, and his origami work featured in TV adverts, including for a series of ads for Santander featuring Ant & Dec.

Together with Paul Hanson, Mark created the long-running cartoon series "Creasey and the Paper Boy" for the BOS Magazine.

BOS posts & Honours: Chair 2012-2015, General Secretary 2007 - 2011, Sidney French Medal 2015

Some other tributes:

Stephen Hill (BOS Magazine Editor): "I'll start this editorial on a note of sadness, with the tragic news
that Mark Bolitho has died. He was a lovely guy and it was a privilege to have known him."

Tony O'Hare (BOS Chair 2016 - 2022): "It was with great sadness and shock that I learned in the last week about the death of Mark Bolitho. A full obituary and tributes will appear in the next magazine, but in the meantime our condolences go out to Mark’s family and friends all round the world. Mark was my predecessor as Chair of the BOS, having previously been our General Secretary, and was much loved not only here in the UK but all round the origami world. He was also a major driving force and organiser of the hugely successful 7OSME in Oxford in 2018. He will be sorely missed."

BOS website blog link here.

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