It is with great sadness that we report the death of Miss Betty Rutson, Emeritus Fellow in French at St Anne's, who passed away in Banbury on 9 August 2016. Her association with St Anne's was a long one: as an undergraduate she read Medieval French Literature here from 1955 to 1958, in which she gained a First, then a BLitt from 1958 to 1961. She became a Fellow very soon afterwards, and retired in 2000. More than 200 people attended her retirement party, including former students that travelled from the US, Canada, Germany, France and Ireland as well as nearer home to wish her well.
Her many contributions to St Anne's are well known to many of us; she served both as Dean and as Vice-Principal. She was for a long while also closely involved in University administration, as a member of the General Board, and Chair of the General Board’s Undergraduate Studies Committee.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be a private funeral ceremony for family members on Thursday 25 August. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Cancer Research UK. The family may hold a memorial service at a later date for which we will announce details when available.