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Issue 480, 22 April 2002


Kitty Burrows

Many colleagues around the University will be saddened to hear of the death, in St James' Hospital, Leeds, on Saturday 16 March 2002, of Kitty Burrows.

Kitty was for many years Wardrobe Supervisor of the Workshop Theatre, coming to us after a career in the professional theatre which included jobs at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter and at the old Leeds Playhouse. She also worked for a while at the old Bretton Hall College. A part-time appointment at the Workshop Theatre, she was paid, as I recall, for only about a day and a half a week, but often worked for six or seven (going absent only when there was a test match on at Headingley, where she was a member). She costumed everything from Medieval mysteries to contemporary performance art, bringing a welcome streak of hard-edged professionalism to our work.

In her intellectual curiosity and breadth of reading she often put us all, staff and students, to shame.

The Wardrobe over which she presided was for a while the heart of the Workshop Theatre. There, often with much laughter, ideas were developed, arguments beaten out, gossip exchanged and, when necessary, hands held. An affectionate urban myth grew amongst students that it was she who had final say in their degree classification.

She will be greatly missed by the many friends she made here and overseas.

Dr Richard Boon
Deputy Director, Workshop Theatre

Mrs Tanya Hazell

Colleagues will be very sorry to learn of the sadly premature death, on 3 April, of Mrs Tanya Hazell. Tanya first became associated with the University in January 2000, when, as an agency employee, she carried out a six-month assignment as the administrator for the Business School's Chevening Scholarship programme for senior managers from India. Tanya will probably be better-known within the administration from her attachment in the following year to the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors, when, during the absence of one of the regular staff, she acted as PA to Professor David Hogg and Dr Harry Lewis for several months. Tanya then rejoined the Business School, initially as PA to the Director of the Institute for Corporate Learning. In November 2001, she was appointed to the staff of the School as an Administrator, responsible for supporting the Institute's reach-out and work-based programmes for corporate clients.

During her relatively short time with the University, Tanya created a lasting impression as an extremely proficient and congenial colleague, who will be affectionately remembered.

Roger Gair
University secretary

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