Bryan Higgs

Bryan at Machu Picchu

Bryan was born in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, England, in 1944. From age 10 to 19, he attended Loughborough Grammar School, in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and then, in 1963, entered Liverpool University, studying Physics. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics in 1967. He moved to Yale University for his graduate studies, obtaining his Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics in 1973, after which he returned to England.

He joined Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1974, in Reading, England, and then moved back to the US to work for DEC in 1976. He moved to Milford, NH in 1978.

After working as an Educational Course Developer, then in Corporate Software Support, he moved into Software Engineering, where he worked on ACMS, a transaction processing system, and then on RDB, a relational database system.

Eventually, RDB was purchased by Oracle Corporation, and in 1994 Bryan began working for Oracle, after almost exactly 20 years at DEC. In 2002, he left Oracle and joined Rivier College (now Rivier University) in Nashua, New Hampshire, as a full-time faculty member in Computer Science (he had spent the previous 15 years or so teaching at Rivier as an adjunct faculty member, teaching Computer Science at the graduate level). In 2008, he retired.

Bryan started attending UUCM around 1978, shortly after his family arrived in Milford. Bryan’s first wife, Lyn, decided that our children needed some kind of spiritual place, and started attending a number of different Milford churches in a search for a suitable spiritual home. Once she experienced UUCM, that was the one she settled on. Bryan grew up in England, ostensibly in the Church of England, but his experience was not good there, so he was not very amenable to attending church. So, as was said at the time, he was ‘dragged kicking and screaming’ into the church. But he did find a home there, as it was a very different experience from C of E. He finally became a member by signing the book in 1983.

At some point, Bryan’s techie instincts kicked in and he joined the Communications Team, and eventually became webmaster, a position which he holds to this day.

Two truths and a lie about Bryan:

  1. He has visited five of the seven continents.
  2. He loves the water.
  3. He took ballroom dancing lessons as a teenager.