Vale: Long Standing Somerville House French Teacher Bev Soden

Oct 22, 2020

It is with great sadness that I record the passing of a beloved member of the Somerville House staff (1969-1990), teacher of French, Miss Beverley Soden.

Whilst not an Old Girl, Bev started her association with the School following her return from two years of living and teaching in Lisieux and Nice in France. Her sister recalls that her students thought that she was very chic and were amazed at her perfect French accent.

Beverley enjoyed her years teaching at the School and along the way, led a number of overseas trips to French-speaking parts of the world. 

Early in the Rev Sam Seymour’s time as Principal, he suggested that a Staff Association be formed. Her contemporaries believe that Bev was elected the first President, a sign of the regard in which she was held by her colleagues.  

After leaving Somerville House, Bev took on the challenge of re-training to teach the Visually Impaired, applying her flair for languages to the learning of Braille.

Some years ago, Mrs Barbara Merefield (née Lockley) and I spent a very enjoyable week touring Ireland with Bev and her sister. We have many happy memories from that adventure.

Our thoughts are with her brother and sister at this sad time.

 

Gaye Pitman


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