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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: KENT; HOWARD-15/2/2005-UK
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 01:14:39 +0100

Howard Kent
(Filed: 21/03/2005)
The Daily Telegraph & telegraph.co.uk

Howard Kent, who died on February 15 aged 85, devoted the last 35 years of
his life to the advancement of yoga both in Britain and around the world.

His interest began in 1970 following a meeting in the United States with the
controller of the American Channel Five company, Larry Freiberg. Kent formed
a production company and brought over the American yogi, Richard Hittleman.

With Hittleman as presenter, they made 64 episodes of Yoga for Health; it
was a subject that had not been covered by British television before, and it
was first screened in January 1971. Over the next three years it was shown
on most of the ITV channels, reaching an audience of more than four million.
The book produced to accompany the series sold more than a million copies.

In 1972 Howard started a non-profit organisation, Yoga for Health Clubs. It
became a registered charity four years later and, in 1978, leased Ickwell
Bury in Bedfordshire as its residential headquarters.

Ickwell Bury has become widely known for its therapeutic work, treating
problems from stress to major chronic disabilities such as cancer, MS,
Parkinson's, asthma and arthritis. A few years ago the centre was described
as essential both to the NHS and the local community.

Kent wrote a number of books about yoga, including Key Facts Yoga, Yoga for
the Disabled, Complete Yoga Course, and Breathe Better Feel Better.

The son of a civil servant and a professional singer, Howard Kent was born
at Croydon on April 2 1919. After attending Whitgift School, he entered
journalism and, having edited a number of local newspapers in Kent and south
London, he joined the News Chronicle in 1955, serving as chief picture
editor until it closed in 1960.

A few months later, he was digging his garden when he received a phone call
asking him if he was interested in working in Jordan, Syria, the Lebanon and
Spain. He ended up spending six months abroad working as picture editor on
Lawrence of Arabia, organising, collating, captioning and dispatching the
thousands of stills taken on location.

Having turned down an offer to work on the film Cleopatra, he set up, with
Theo Cowan, a show business agency which came to represent Peter Sellers,
Dirk Bogarde, Richard Attenborough, André Previn, and Shirley Bassey, among

This was followed by more work as a film producer before, after a brief
flirtation with theatre ownership, he became actively involved in yoga.

The Yoga for Health Foundation now has 120 local groups and operates in 20

Howard Kent married Evelyn Marchant in 1946. She survives him with two sons
and three daughters.

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