Derek Sydney was awarded an Alexander Korda Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He went on to perform in hundreds of theater, film and video dramas. He retired in 1990 from the British Actors Equity. Mr. Sydney was a part-time resident of San Marcos and part-time resident of London. He was recently nominated as "Volunteer of the Year" by the Actors Alliance of San Diego and honored at the ATAR Awards 2000 by the San Diego Performing Arts League.