Old Roedeanians

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  1. Jani Allan

    Jani Allan


    Jani Allan (born 11 September 1952) is a South African author and columnist. She became well known as a columnist for the centrist newspaper, the Sunday Times where she worked between 1980 and 1989 publishing columns such as Just Jani, Jani Allan's Week and Face to Face. At the height of her fame, her newspaper commissioned a Gallup poll in 1987 to find "the most admired person in South Africa", she came first. She later became the subject of press interest over the nature of her relationship with an interview subject, the late Eugène Terre'Blanche. Allan strongly denied the affair allegations and in 1989, fled to London after her apartment was bombed. In 1992, she filed an unsuccessful libel suit against the broadcaster Channel 4. She returned to South Africa in 1996, publishing a web column and presenting a radio show on Cape Talk. Allan returned to the media frame in 2013, reinventing herself as a restaurant diarist and animal rights advocate. In 2014, she made headlines around the world after publishing an open letter to accused murderer Oscar Pistorius. Jacana Media published Allan's memoirs, Jani Confidential on 16 March 2015. Allan is currently a regular columnist at BizNews.

  2. Cicely Saunders

    Cicely Saunders


    Dame Cicely Mary Saunders OM DBE FRCS FRCP  (22 June 1918 – 14 July 2005) was an English Anglican nurse, social worker, physician and writer, involved with many international universities. She is best known for her role in the birth of the hospice movement, emphasizing the importance of palliative care in modern medicine.

  3. Enid Marx

    Enid Marx


    Enid Crystal Dorothy Marx, FRSA (20 October 1902 – 18 May 1998) was an English painter and designer. She was a distant cousin of Karl Marx.

  4. Lynda Chalker, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey

    Lynda Chalker, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey


    Lynda Chalker, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey PC (née Bates; born 29 April 1942) is a British Conservative politician who was Member of Parliament for Wallasey from 1974 to 1992. She served as Minister of State for Overseas Development and Africa at the Foreign Office, in the Conservative government from 1989 to 1997.

  5. Noel Dyson

    Noel Dyson


    Elsie Noël Dyson (23 December 1916 - 29 June 1995) was an English actress.

  6. Elizabeth Gloster

    Elizabeth Gloster


    Dame Elizabeth Gloster, DBE PC (born 5 June 1949), is a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. While a judge of the High Court of Justice, she served as the first female judge of the Commercial Court.

  7. Elizabeth Devereux-Rochester

    Elizabeth Devereux-Rochester


    Elizabeth Devereux Rochester (20 December 1917, date of death between 1981-1983 in St. Malo, France) was a member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry who served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II and worked as a courier for the French Section.

  8. Edith Pretty

    Edith Pretty


    Edith May Pretty (1883-1942) was an English landowner and amateur archaeologist.

  9. Beatrix Ong

    Beatrix Ong


    Beatrix Ong MBE is a London-based British luxury fashion accessories designer, known for her 'classic with a twist' shoes .

  10. Buzz Goodbody

    Buzz Goodbody


    Mary Ann "Buzz" Goodbody (25 June 1946 – 12 April 1975) was an English theatre director. Associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company for almost all of her short career, Goodbody is remembered for her sometimes politically charged experimental work and for establishing the RSC's first studio theatre in Stratford, The Other Place

  11. Vera Stanley Alder

    Vera Stanley Alder


    Vera Dorothea Stanley Alder (29 October 1898 – 26 May 1984) was a portrait painter and mystic. She wrote several books and pamphlets on self-help and spirituality. She founded the World Guardian Fellowship.

  12. Phyllis Pearsall

    Phyllis Pearsall


    Phyllis Isobella Pearsall MBE (25 September 1906 – 28 August 1996) was a British painter and writer who founded the Geographers' A-Z Map Company. She created London's first popular indexed street map.

  13. Margaret Cole

    Margaret Cole


    Dame Margaret Isabel Cole, DBE (née Postgate; 6 May 1893 – 7 May 1980) was an English socialist politician.

  14. Adèle Geras

    Adèle Geras


    Adèle Geras (born 15 March 1944) is an English writer for young children, teens and adults. Her husband was the Marxist academic Norman Geras and their daughter Sophie Hannah is also a novelist and poet.

  15. Margot Heinemann

    Margot Heinemann


    Margot Claire Heinemann (18 November 1913 – 10 June 1992) was a British Marxist writer, drama scholar, and leading member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB).

  16. Zerbanoo Gifford

    Zerbanoo Gifford


    Zerbanoo Gifford (born India on 11 May 1950) is a Human Rights campaigner, author, and founding director of the ASHA Foundation. Zerbanoo is married to the international human rights lawyer Richard Gifford and lives in England. They have two sons, Mark Mazda and Alexander Justice.

  17. Nancy Spain

    Nancy Spain


    Nancy Brooker Spain (13 September 1917 – 21 March 1964) was a prominent English broadcaster and journalist. She was a columnist for the Daily Express, She magazine, and the News of the World in the 1950s and 1960s. She also appeared on many radio broadcasts, particularly on Woman's Hour and My Word!, and later as a panelist on the television programs What's My Line? and Juke Box Jury. Spain died in a plane crash near Aintree racecourse while traveling to the 1964 Grand National.

  18. Margery Fry

    Margery Fry


    Sara Margery Fry (11 March 1874 – 21 April 1958) was a British prison reformer as well as one of the first women to become a magistrate.

  19. Katharine Whitehorn

    Katharine Whitehorn


    Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn CBE (born 1928) is a British journalist, writer, and columnist who is known for her wit and humour and as a keen observer of the changing role of women.

  20. Ursula Graham Bower

    Ursula Graham Bower


    Ursula Violet Graham Bower MBE (later known as U. V. G. Betts) (15 May 1914 – 12 November 1988), was one of the pioneer anthropologists in the Naga Hills between 1937–1946 and a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese in Burma from 1942–45.

  21. Olive Willis

    Olive Willis


    Olive Margaret Willis (26 October 1877 – 11 March 1964) was an English educationist and headmistress. She founded Downe House School and was its head for nearly forty years, from 1907 to 1946.

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