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In Memory of Betty Hill

Betty Hill

Betty Hill, a long-time member of the Oxford School of Architecture, died on 11 October 2010 aged 82.

Betty was born in Harrow in May 1928 and studied Architecture at Liverpool University. She worked as an architect at Buckingham County Council and then at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She became a Senior Lecturer at the Oxford School of Architecture under Reginald Cave and ran the second year studio for many years. She then took over responsibility for professional practice, making a major contribution to the students' educational development and wellbeing by visiting each one in their year out. Betty retired 20 years ago and was an active and prominent member of the Doric Club, the founding institution of the Oxford School of Architecture. Betty’s dedication and love for the Oxford School, her good humour and lively personality will be much missed.

At Betty's funeral on 29 October, Byron Mikellides read a tribute to her which included the following:

Betty loved tennis and travelling. She went to the States several times and really enjoyed her time there. Her many friends, colleagues and students who talked fondly about Betty and could not be present would remember Betty today in their own ways and send their condolences. They include:

  • Jimmy Cox and Ron Melander from Savannah, Georgia
  • Ron and Judy Hess from Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mark Swenarton, Head of the Oxford School of Architecture on behalf of the School
  • Oyvind Loken, Secretary of the Norwegian Doric Club on behalf of the Norwegian students, including: Bent Stensaker, Andreas Grieg, Mette L’Orange, Tobben Egen and Gunnar Aaserud
  • Simon Norris from Oxford
  • Dr Dato Zainal A Ali
  • Brian Sopp, Senior Partner of Oxford Architects Partnership
  • Cambell David, Alexandria, USA
  • Derek Neale, Vancouver, Canada
  • Neil Ibbotson, Sheffield
  • John Assael, London

Brian Saunders wrote the following words: "I do remember her well as head of the second year architectural education programme at the Oxford School. I found her to be a most considerate and thoughtful person, always interested in the individual and very reassuring in helping students through their educational concerns. I remember the 10 meter cube study in second year, 1967, designed to help students think both inside and outside the box, which I think Betty and Richard Padovan developed together. We all wondered what it was about, but with careful guidance from Betty it turned out to be a success as a spatial exercise."

Gunnar Aaserud wrote: "I remember her as a person who always had a smile on her face. We had several discussions about our projects during 5th and 6th year when Bent and I seemed to be the only students in the Studio at college."

Oyvind Loken wrote: "Sorry to hear about Betty. She was an extremely nice person and my tutor in year six. Could you please once again buy some flowers on behalf of Norwegian students."

Betty Hill

Betty Hill

Betty Hill

Betty Hill