Professor Margaret Marker

We are sad to learn of the death of our alumna Margaret Marker (St Hilda's 1951-54), who passed away on 12 June after a long illness.

Professor Margaret E Marker graduated in Geography from St Hilda's College, where she was an Exhibitioner, in 1954 and followed her academic tutor, Dr Marjorie Sweeting (St Hugh's, Oxford), in a life time of research in limestone geomorphology. After postgraduate work in Australia and then in Oxford, when she did field work with David Cooper and Richard Chorley, Margaret taught for a few years at the Wirral Girls' High School. Moving on to a university appointment at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, she never lost her parallel interest in Education, which made her appointment as Professor and Head of Department at the University of Fort Hare, Ciskei, especially appropriate. She was awarded a medal for her encouragement of black students and was fearless in any involvement with University' politics. In retirement, she continued research in geomorphology in association with colleagues at the University of Cape Town and on Pennine limestone back in Britain.

Joan Kenworthy (St Hilda's 1952-55) and David Cooper (St Peter's 1954-57)

The funeral service will be at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Cuthbert, Amble, on Thursday 25 June, at 1.30 pm, followed by cremation at the crematorium of Whitley Bay and Tyneside.