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In memoriam: Gwynne Ovenstone MBE

The College deeply regrets to report that Gwynne Ovenstone MBE, Assistant College Secretary from 1947-50 and College Secretary from 1950-87, died on Saturday 19 June 2021 aged 97. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for some time, and spent her last years in a care home. Thanks to recent relaxations in lockdown rules, her family were able to be at her side at the end.

Even after her official retirement in 1987, she continued to come into College regularly until 2005, keeping records of our Old Members up to date. For all her long service to the College, Gwynne was awarded an MBE in 2000.

Many Old Members, Fellows and members of staff will remember Gwynne as a central figure in College life for many decades, from her vantage point on the ground floor of Staircase XII, and will have their own special memories of her.

The College sends its deep condolences to Gwynne’s family.

A tribute to Gwynne by Dr Leslie Mitchell can be found below.

photos kindly supplied by Sir David Edward

A tribute by Dr Leslie Mitchell

Published: 21 June 2021

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