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Obituary of Kathleen Adams

The sheer number of years, forty, that Kathleen Adams was Secretary of the George Eliot Fellowship, is extraordinary, but that number does not do justice to the prodigious amount of time, energy and dedication that she devoted to the job. Like many…

Obituary: Barbara Hardy

This will be a very personal obituary because in losing Barbara I lost one of the profoundest friendships of my life. Her demanding intellectual boldness and buoyant strength of mind were immediately striking. But she also had a capacity for warmth…

In Memorium: Andrew Brown (1950-2014)

Andrew Missak: Cleverley Brown died peacefully at home on 21 January 2014, days short of his sixty-fourth birthday, and only months after his retirement from the position of Development Director for Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press.…

Margaret Wolfit Obituary

My Mum, Margaret Wolfit (Amis) passed away on 20th September. I wanted to write to reassure everyone that she didn't suffer for long and that 2008 was a decent year in many ways. As you may know, she'd been treated for breast cancer thirteen years…

Obituary: Jerome Beaty (1924-2000)

Jerome Beaty died on 30 January 2000, at the age of 75, after a year of illness during which he was working actively on Dickens and George Eliot. He was a fine Victorian scholar and critic, an editor, and a pioneer in the field of George Eliot…

Obituary: Viscount Daventry (1921-2000)

Francis Humphrey Maurice FitzRoy Newdegate, 3rd Viscount Daventry, died at his home, Temple House at Arbury, on 15 February. He had been ill for some time. The Arbury Estate spans 4000 acres between Nuneaton and Bedworth and it was in one of the…

Obituary: Dorothy Edmands 1911-1995, Vice-President: 1992-1995

Dorothy Edmands had been a member of the George Eliot Fellowship for well over 30 years and during that time had been a most supportive member. She served on the Fellowship Council for very many of those years and, although a quiet and very modest…

Obituary: Edith Lenton, Vice President of The George Eliot Fellowship

Edith Lenton, who has died at the age of 81, was a Vice President of the Fellowship, a former treasurer and a very active and loyal member for nearly thirty years. Born in Nuneaton, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Starkey, she had an early…

Obituary: Ann Robson, Curator of Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

Ann Robson had just passed her 32nd birthday when she died a few days before Christmas 1990. She was born in South Shields in October 1958. She learned to play the piano and was particularly fond of the Christmas carol' Away in a Manager'. The…

Obituary: Herbert Van Thal

'Bertie' Van Thal mode contact with the George Eliot Fellowship in the early l970's as a result of a letter to the Times from the secretary in which she proposed the Alliance of Literary Societies. The suggestion was one which earned Bertie's…

Obituary: Mrs. Lucia Charlotte Susan Fitzroy Newdegate

When Mrs. FitzRoy Newdegate died, in her 85th year, George Eliot Fellowship lost not only a Patron but someone whose friendship we had enjoyed for almost 45 years. This gracious lady, born in the last great days of the British aristocracy, was a…

Obituary: Dorothy Eva Beamish

When Eva Beamish died in March she was in her ninety-first year. Her death this year has held a particular sadness for us since she was to have been our Guest of Honour at the Wreath-laying in Nuneaton in June. As this is the Fellowship's Diamond…

Obituary: S.D. Ezell

We are sad to report the death on February 23rd. of Dr. Ezell at his home in Vermont. He had been one of our most supportive and active members. In the early 1970's a literary lady wrote a somewhat patronising letter to the Times Literary Supplement…

Obituary: C.J.S. Siggers

We were sorry to hear of the death on March 9th. of Dr. Siggers who had been a life member of the Fellowship since 1971. If you have the good fortune to live in a house once occupied by George Eliot, it is natural that an interest in the novelist…

Obituary 2: Gordon Haight

In the spring of 1972 when I was making plans to take my one woman version of "The Mi 11 on the Floss" to the Edinburgh Festival fringe I plucked up courage and wrote a letter to Gordon Haight asking his help with some programme notes. I had, of…

Obituary: Gordon Haight

Admirers of George Eliot owe an immense debt to Gordon S. Haight for his work on George Eliot, her life and her works. No-one studying the Nuneaton-born novelist can afford to miss the nine volumes of her letters which came out over a period of 24…

Obituary: Tom Reader

Tom Reader, who had been a member of the Fellowship Council for a number of years, died in October after a long and increasingly painful illness. My earliest memory of Tom was when he and Ann (now our excellent treasurer) attended meetings as…

Obituary: Dorothy Dodds

By the death of Dorothy May Dodds, who died on 27 February 1978 after a long illness, the George Eliot Fellowship lost one of its earliest members. Born at Hanalope, Bucks., 24 May 1901, she became an Associate of University College, Reading, in…

Obituary: Alice Lynes

The death took place in November 1977 of Miss Alice Lynes. Miss Lynes was educated at Barr’s Hill Grammar School for Girls in Coventry and joined the staff of Coventry City Libraries in 1923. In 1947 she was put in charge of the Coventry City…