Memorial Celebration of Mary Moore
We were honoured to hold the memorial celebration for our former Principal, Mary Moore, in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building on 25 February 2018.
Guests were welcomed by our Principal, Professor Sir Gordon Duff. We then heard introductory words from our Vice-Principal, Dr Georgina Paul before Mary was remembered by her former colleagues, contemporaries and students. Janet Howarth, Elizabeth Llewellyn-Smith and Lady Goodhart all spoke movingly about Mary. They remembered her dedication to St Hilda's and to her students and the tireless energy with which she worked on the College's fundraising appeals, as well as her kindness. Nicolette Jones summed up her own feelings and those of her fellow students towards Mary when she said, 'we remember that she remembered us'.
We enjoyed greatly the musical performance of W. A. Mozart, Horn Concerto no. 4 in E flat major, Rondo allegro by our students Myrddin Rees Davies (French horn) and Tom Carr (piano). The Oxford Gargoyles then delighted us with their rendition of Frank Loesser, Fugue for Tinhorns from the musical Guys and Dolls, which acknowledged Mary's love of musical theatre.
The afternoon concluded when Mary's granddaughter Jocasta Moore read from Mary's 'beloved Shakespeare', The Tempest Act 4 Scene 1 (Prospero's speech) in tribute to her grandmother. Mary's son Arthur Moore, then shared very generously his memories of his mother. While very moving, they were also very amusing. This seemed the most appropriate tribute to Mary, whose 'fun' side we had heard so much about during the course of the afternoon.