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A ‘legend’ according to one dictionary definition, is a person having a special place in public esteem because of striking qualities or deeds, real or fictitious. 'Do' was, and still is, a DWS legend but in that legend there is nothing fictitious; the real was striking enough. She was one of the ‘Greats’.
She entered DWS as a 12 year old pupil in 1906 and left in 1912 to attend Aberystwyth University. Following a teaching post in South Wales she returned to DWS in 1919, retiring in 1961 as Deputy Headmistress.
“She was tall and carried herself very erect; she had short straight hair and blue eyes to rival those of Paul Newman and she oozed a great natural authority. When she walked into a classroom an immediate hush fell”
Click on the 'associated story' upload file to read an extract from ‘A Patchwork of Memories’ by Gaynor Smith. which tells her memories of Do and DWS.