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Nicola Pyne 1948-2003

We were very sad to learn that Nicola Pyne, Class of 1965, died earlier this year aged 75 after a long battle with ill health following a bad fall 18 months ago.

After leaving LEH, Nicola undertook a BSc in Physics at Birmingham University, followed by a teaching qualification.  She became a pioneer in the relatively new world of IT, working as an analyst for several years before joining IBM in technical training, product and customer support until 1994.

She had a lifelong love of studying and, while working, completed a degree in Biology at Birkbeck in 1999, achieving a First and completing a ground-breaking project on the molecular structure of gorse at Kew.

The second part of the career saw her pulling together her training and technical skills and working on contracts, project managing training programmes in the IT world.

Her third phase of work saw her going back to her roots and becoming a tutor to pupils across a broad range of ages for English, Maths and all Sciences up to A level. She set high standards and pushed her pupils to excel through hard work, expecting that no-one would want to give less than their best. It is testament to her skill that many pupils have stayed in touch and become friends.

Outside work, Nicola was an avid collector of Oriental rugs, a keen supporter of the arts, and committed to her local community in many voluntary roles. She travelled extensively and her house is full of artefacts brought back from all parts of the globe. Golf and tennis were particularly important parts of her life, both taking part and socialising around them. She was a Roehampton Club member for 50 years, proudly attending the honorary lunch in May this year. She will be much-missed by all who knew her.

If you would like to attend a celebration of her life on Saturday 20th January in West London, please email nicolaattorneys@gmail.com for more information.

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