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Remembering Pamela Huby (nee Clark)

Pamela attended JAGS from 1929 to 1940.

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Pamela started at JAGS at the age of 7, following her mother, Agnes Clark, nee Young (1894-1983), and her aunt, Gladys Young (1891-1999), to the school.  Her sister, Brenda Havenhand (nee Clark) also went to JAGS, as, in later years, did her niece, Diana Havenhand. From her early school days it was clear that Pamela was remarkably intelligent, and she won prizes for academic excellence every year. One subject she did not enjoy was PE, and, with characteristic stubbornness she refused to partake. Apparently, she used to tell the hockey teacher that she was playing netball and the netball teacher that she was playing hockey. In fact, she was walking round the Botany Gardens instead.  

It was at JAGS that she developed her interest in Classics, and Pamela won a senior scholarship in Classics to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. The JAGS headmistress’s report after the war, stated: “The most spectacular of all the results, of course, has been that of Pamela Clark, who, in July 1939, was awarded a State Scholarship, and then, in the following November, despite the difficulties of evacuation, won the Senior Classical Scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.  She was then only seventeen....”. She went on to gain a double first at Oxford and lectured at the University of Reading, and St Anne’s College, Oxford, before joining the University of Liverpool as Lecturer, and later Reader in Philosophy. In 1967 she wrote a pioneering article on the conflict between free will and determinism.  She was a world expert in the Ancient Greek philosopher, Theophrastus, and continued her work into her 90s, still translating works of the ancient philosophers for publication.  She married Ronald Huby, a lecturer in theoretical physics at Liverpool in September 1956.  Ron predeceased her. Their three children, Adam, Bart and Priscilla, and two granddaughters, Lucy Cole and Maya Huby, survive them. 

Pamela had strong views and definite likes and dislikes, which she expressed with vehemence.  Her likes included: stamp collecting, gardening, archaeology and visiting churches, detective fiction and Jean Plaidy, puddings, the paranormal, “Dad’s Army” and shiny 3D pictures. Her dislikes included: opera, animals (particularly dogs), cooking, eating vegetables, sport, exercise and Christmas!

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