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Christopher Tugendhat, Baron Tugendhat

Christopher Samuel Tugendhat, Baron Tugendhat is a British Conservative Party politician, business man, company director and author. He was a Member of Parliament from 1970–77 a member of the European Commission, in 1993 was appointed as a life peer, with a seat in the House of Lords, in which he remains active. Tugendhat's family background includes Austrian-Jewish ancestry on his father's side and British and Irish on his mother's, he was brought up as a Roman Catholic. His father, Dr Georg Tugendhat, was born in Vienna, but came to Britain after the First World War to pursue a doctorate at the London School of Economics, settled in this country and married Marie Littledale in 1934. Georg Tugendhat traced his paternal origins to the town of Bielitz in Silesia, which until 1918 was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire but became part of Poland in 1920. Tugendhat was educated at King's College School, Ampleforth College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge took up a career in journalism, becoming a features editor and leader writer for the Financial Times from 1960-70.

In 1970 he was elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for the Cities of London and Westminster, remaining in the House of Commons until 1977, when he resigned after being appointed as a member of the European Commission. He was first appointed to the commission by a Labour government over the head of the nominee of the Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, but four years as prime minister, Thatcher reappointed him, he served as vice-president of the Commission from 1981 until 1985. On 3 December 1980, when he was leaving his home in Brussels, two bullets were fired at Tugendhat from a car, narrowly missing him; the Provisional IRA claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt. Following his role at the European Commission, Tugendhat was chairman of the Royal Institute for International Affairs from 1986 to 1995, of the Civil Aviation Authority from 1986 to 1991, when he was succeeded by Christopher Chataway. In 1993 he was appointed to the House of Lords, he went on to become the chairman of Abbey National, Blue Circle Industries, the European Advisory Board of Lehman Brothers, the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He was a director of Rio Tinto and Eurotunnel, among other companies. Tugendhat is a member of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum Advisory Board, an independent financial think tank which serves as a neutral, non-lobbying platform for exchanges among official institutions and private sector counter-parties worldwide, he married Julia Lissant Dobson. His younger brother, was a judge of the High Court of England and Wales, his nephew Tom Tugendhat has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling since May 2015. Tugendhat was knighted in the 1990 Birthday Honours. On 15 October 1993 he was created a life peer as Baron Tugendhat of Widdington in the County of Essex. In 1998 he became the Chancellor of the University of Bath, from which position he stood down in 2013, to be succeeded by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, he was chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the UK's first academic health science centre, from 2007 until December 2011. In 1998 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Bath.

Oil: The Biggest Business London. Eyre and Spottiswoode Multinationals London. Eyre and Spottiswoode Making Sense of Europe London. Viking Options for British Foreign Policy in the 1990s by Christopher Tugendhat and William Wallace Roy Jenkins, a Retrospective. A History of Britain through Books 1900-1964 London. Whitefox Hansard: Christopher Tugendhat's contributions in Parliament Prospect article

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church located in the Midtown section of Atlanta, Georgia. First Presbyterian Church was founded in 1848, it was Atlanta's first Presbyterian house of worship; the original church building on Marietta Street was vacated in April 1916 and the property was sold to the U. S. government for the construction of the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The church, which hosts a congregation of 2,000 members, is located across 16th Street from the High Museum of Art; when the church was founded on January 8, 1848 there were only nineteen Presbyterians worshiping at the log building known as the male academy. "This church was incorporated in February, 1854." "The name under which it was first incorporated was the'First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta,' and it was the only Presbyterian church in the city." The founding pastor of First Presbyterian Church was Dr. John S. Wilson. In 1915 the church completed a Sunday School building at the new location where the first service was held on December 5, 1915.

The new sanctuary, designed by Walter T. Downing, was completed in 1919; the first stained glass windows, some by Tiffany, were installed and over the next few years. First Presbyterian Sunday morning worship service was broadcast on local WSB radio; the only time the service on the radio was suspended was September 3, 1939, when the United Kingdom declared war on Germany and brought the world to the brink of World War II. In 1973, the church received its first black member since the days of slavery. Now the church is led by Dr. Tony Sundermeier who became pastor in 2014. "It is our purpose as a congregation of the Presbyterian Church, to be and become a community of grace a people of praise a loving congregation rooted in tradition, open to the Spirit disciples who proclaim and serve the Lord Jesus Christ in all we say and do to the glory of God for the salvation of humankind for the healing and hope of the city, for the reconciliation and peace of the world." After finishing the church in 1919 the first organ was constructed by Henry Pilcher's Sons in 1919 with 4 manuals.

In 1920 the Echo- and Solo-sections were added, the organ had 48 stops. In 1969 organ builder M. P. Möller built a new organ, using some stops from the Pilcher's organ from 1919. In 1992 the instrument was enlarged. In 2018 the instrument again was cleaned and restored and newly enlarged by German organ builder Klais and US organ builder A. E. Schlueter; the Instrument has got 112 ranks on 10 divisions