Staff Obituaries

In Memoriam

We remember the lives of members of the College community recently deceased and offer our sincere condolences to their family and friends.

We have recently been made aware of the sad passing of the alumni and staff listed below. If you are aware of anyone not listed, please inform us via our contact form.

Alumni of Bedford College

Joyce M Lacy (née Hooper) – Mathematics, 1936
Ruby F Parker (née Floyd) – Mathematics 1936
Mary F Harcourt (née Thwaites) – General Arts, 1938
Margaret Williams (née Landon) – English, 1939
Margaret I Maddock (née Walton) – Geography, 1940 – read Margaret’s memories of Bedford during WWII
Mary Tyler (née Southcombe) – Philosophy, 1942
Margery Riley (née Shaw) – Mathematics, 1943
Margaret E Jones (née Thomson) – Philosophy, 1943
Marie Pinkin – Mathematics, 1944
Betty G Graham Eunson – French & Italian, 1946
Dolores Webb – History, 1947
June M Campbell (née Powell) – History, 1947
Kathleen Adam (née Gresham) – Mathematics, 1948
Patricia Raikes – History, 1948
Margaret E Higgs – History, 1948
May W Gregory (née Philbey) – Latin, 1948
Sonja Zentner – French with German, 1948
Anne J Butcher – English, 1949
Catherine Bateman (née Luff) – Mathematics, 1949
Jean A Cleaver (née Slack) – General Arts, 1950
Doreen Crawford (née Cheshire) – Geography, 1950
Alma P Armstrong (née Dunsford) – Chemistry, 1951
Gwyneth E Cox (née Hargreaves) – French, 1952
Jennifer J Hewitson (née Copeman) – English, 1953
Margaret Rigal (née Lazarus) – Sociology & Management Studies, 1953
Elizabeth Plowman – Mathematics & Physics, 1954
Audrey E Stenner (née Williamson) – Classics, 1954
Janet M Blackman – History, 1955
Dorothy Lee (née Hope) – Mathematics, 1955
Helen R Martyn (née Everson) – Social Studies, 1955
Patricia Payne (née Procter) – General Science, 1955
Maureen M Gane (née Strugnell) – Geography, 1956
Margaret A Martin (née Thorpe) – Mathematics, 1957
Jennifer Roxane Johnson (née Bradley) – Sociology, 1960
Sarah E Hayward – History, 1968
Elizabeth O’Brien (née Plummer) – History, 1958
Patricia A Paterson (née Banks) – Geography, 1958
Marielle C Pender (née Schwabacher) – French, 1958
Mary Buchanan (née Houghton) – French & Classical Studies, 1959
Wendy Steele (née Shakespeare) – German, 1962
Judith Dicks (née Jackson) – French, 1963
Professor Katharine Perera (née Lacey) – English, 1965
Sarah Dodson (née Beardmore) – Mathematics, 1966
Kay Bairstow (née Richardson) – Mathematics, 1966
Stephanie M Bromley (née Van Der Horst) – Italian, 1968
Diana M Brownhill – Geography, 1969
Susan E King (née Flogdell) – Biochemistry, 1969
Geeta M Alvares Meneses – History, 1973
Julia Poole (née Boyle) – Botany, 1974
John Alton – Mathematics, 1976
Rosalind Fishburn (née Hoare) – History, 1985
Professor James Green – Zoology

Alumni of Royal Holloway College

Stella W Oates (née Budden) – Mathematics, 1939
Margaret Esme E Derrett (née Griffiths) – English, 1945
Barbara Northey (née Crockett) – 1945
Lois Bamford Evans (née Bamford) – English, 1946
Isobel Smith-Cresswell (née Kerr) – General Arts, 1946
Doreen Brown (née Bouth) – Mathematics, 1947
Marjorie P Oludhe Macgoye (née King) – English, 1948
Frances C Carter – English, 1949
Sheila Pacaud (née Pashley) – Classics, 1951
Elizabeth A Viggers – (née Tate) General Arts, 1951
Margaret Willis (née Hawkins) – French, 1952
Joan M Warrington (née Dixon) – Botany, 1952
Mollie Barnett – English, French and Latin, 1953
Mary Gabriel (née O’Driscoll) – German, 1953
Joyce Lonsdale – English, 1953
Patricia J Mockridge (née Warwick) – English, 1953
Jill M Newlyn – History: Ancient & Medieval, 1954
Felicity Manuella Lewis MBE – French With History, 1956
Mary K Mahon – General Languages, 1956
Ruth J Pottinger – Classics, 1956
Sheila R White (née Mooring) – French, 1956
Barabara Mortlock (née Goulden) – Mathematics, 1957
Mary Barnett (née Isaac) – Physics, 1957
Dorothy Seeney (née Lowndes) – History, 1958
Margaret H Lamb (née Jenks) – History, 1958
Edith More (née Newham) – Biology & Zoology, 1961
Dorothy L Barrass – Chemistry, 1962
Mary C Whiffin (née Winder) – French, 1963
Sally K Mason – French, 1965
Marianne Devereux (née Bailey) – Physics, 1968
Patricia Austin (née Tyrell) – English, 1972
Raymond Walder – Chemistry, 1974
Diana C Pitt (née Lewandowska) – French, 1975
Barbara Harris – English & Drama, 1981

Alumni of RHBNC

Andrew P Batten – English, 1987
Dr Aloysius Siriwardena – PhD Chemistry, 1987
Carl N Pressley – History: Medieval & Modern, 1991
David P Brown – Modern History Economic History & Politics, 1994
Victoria J Elsbury-Legg – English & Drama, 1994
Carole (Wendy) Kett – English, 1995
Dr Philip R Wakeley – PhD Biochemistry, 1995
Maria A McCormack – Sociology & Social Policy, 1996
Jamie Thomson – Physics with Astrophysics, 2000
Pauline M Greaves – Health & Social Care, 2002
Christian B Thomas – Criminology and Sociology, 2014
Matthew V Squires – Classical Studies, 2015 (Matthew sadly passed away just 5 months after graduating; read obituary)

Staff

Sheila Browne CB – Former Governor, Bedford College
Professor William G Chaloner FRS – Hildred Carlyle Chair of Botany, Bedford College, 1979-1985 and School of Biological Sciences, RHBNC, 1985-1994
Dr Muriel Klein – Chemistry Department, Royal Holloway College 1956-1956
Dr Margaret Lamb – Department of History, Royal Holloway College, 1961-1964
Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith – Department of History, 1978-1994
Dr Brian James Wilson – Department of Mathematics, RHBNC, 1985-1999