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Pontefract & District Archaeological Society - Dorothy Arundel

posted 4 Jan 2013, 08:43 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 15:12 ]
Dorothy Arundel, Pontefract and District Archaeological Society
It is with regret that The Pontefract & District Archaeological Society announces the death on December 23rd of Dorothy Arundel at the age of 89. 

Dorothy was one of the three surviving Founder Members of the society together with Bill Booth – Vice President, and Eric Houlder – Chairman.

When the society was formed in 1957, the Hon Treasurer was Frances Ridsdale. Within a couple of years marriage and professional commitments took Miss Ridsdale out of the area, and Dorothy was elected Hon Treasurer. She held that post for many years, indeed, well into the 1970s.

As well as being Hon Treasurer, Dorothy’s position on the committee enabled her to use her quiet, unassuming manner to influence for the better decisions taken by the whole committee. Her care with the finances enabled PontArc to grow and become the force it is today in local and regional archaeology.

She rarely missed a general meeting, and continued to attend most society functions well into her late 80s. Though still affected by a serious bout of TB in her 20s, Dorothy rarely let this prevent her attending. However, latterly she chose carefully those which matched her own interests.

A widow for many years, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law.

The attached image shows her cutting the society’s Fiftieth Birthday cake in 2007, her last official function in the society.