June Walker, former Departmental Secretary/Administrator to the Department of History, has passed away, aged 88.
June was the cornerstone of the Department of History for 30 years, from 1962 to the 1990s. Many people thought that, across that time, she effectively ran the department. They would not be far wrong in so thinking. She had an orderly, analytical mind and an excellent memory, which made her a very fine administrator. She will, however, be remembered for much more than that. She was a staunch friend both to academics and to students. She would listen patiently and non-judgementally to students’ problems, both academic and personal, and give them clear, calm and realistic advice, which was much appreciated.
(Thank you to Professor Peter Marshall for providing this obituary.)