David Jeaffreson, a former commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, has died. He was 76. Jeaffreson headed the graft-busting agency from 1988 to 1991 - one of a string of senior positions that he held in the government - and last year attended the opening of its new headquarters in North Point. Educated at Cambridge University, he started as an administrative officer with the Hong Kong government in 1961. He became deputy financial secretary in 1972, secretary for economic services in 1975 and secretary for security in 1977. Jeaffreson was praised last night by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and present ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Mr Tsang said: 'I am deeply saddened to learn that Mr David Jeaffreson has passed away. 'I remember him very well. His dedication and commitment to public service is well respected. He remained a staunch supporter of the community.' Mr Tong said colleagues who worked with Jeaffreson remembered him 'as a gentleman and a wise and caring leader'. 'Mr Jeaffreson led the ICAC during a challenging time when corruption reports in the private sector began to rise,' Mr Tong said. 'Between 1988 and 1991, under Mr Jeaffreson's leadership, the commission successfully detected a number of complex and sophisticated commercial cases involving corruption.' High-profile figures charged during his tenure included former Stock Exchange chairman Ronald Li Fook-shiu, for taking kickbacks to help companies list on the exchange. Jeaffreson also brought in high-capacity computer systems to assist in investigations and invited private companies to organise anti-corruption activities. 'With Mr Jeaffreson's support, the ICAC also forged closer links with the mainland's anti-corruption authorities,' Mr Tong said. Jeaffreson, who was the fifth ICAC chief, retired from the government at the end of his tenure with the agency. He stayed in Hong Kong, living in Pok Fu Lam and becoming involved in the property market here and on the mainland. Former security secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee was principal assistant secretary for security under Jeaffreson. The official-turned-lawmaker noted in her memoirs that Jeaffreson had realised, at a time when the bureau was dominated by the British, that a local official was needed to deal with issues such as illegal immigration and she had been 'fortunate' to have been brought in. Jeaffreson and his wife Elisabeth Marie had four children.