OBITUARY The Holly Leaf (February 51)

Miss C Buchan LLA who died on December 9th. 1950 was a member of staff at the Sheffield Pupil Teacher Centre from 1913 to 1933.


Old students of the Pupil Teacher Centre would learn with real regret of the death of Miss Buchan on 9th December 1950. For more than twenty years Miss Buchan was a member of the Centre staff, retiring in December, 1933. During that time Miss Buchan taught English and Biology. Her knowledge of both subjects was wide and deep, and she had the happy art of stimulating and interesting her students. Many will remember with keen appreciation her literature lessons, particularly her interpretation of the plays of Shakespeare.

Her own early training in Scotland was very thorough, and her grasp of the English language made her an able guide to students perplexed by its difficulties. Her work in Biology was such that students found themselves well prepared for college or university careers. Stress was laid not only on the purely academic aspect, but also on the interesting and enjoyable features. Her mind was stored with treasure, and her lessons were studded with gems of wisdom, good humour and practical application. Not one, but countless men and women owe her a debt which can never be repaid, for her worth was, in truth, the foundation of their careers.

Miss Buchan was quiet and unassuming. The amount of really hard work she did was amazing, yet one never heard about it from her lips. Her interests were centred in others, not in herself. She loved teaching and she gave herself in her teaching. She herself was so utterly frank and sincere that to think of offering work which was scamped or ill-prepared made one feel ashamed.

But the most outstanding characteristic of Miss Buchan was her generosity. She gave gladly and unstintingly, not only material things, but the precious gifts of understanding, affection, encouragement, kindness, sympathy and the belief in the best that was in one. To know her was to be enriched, to be counted one of her friends was to be wealthy.

It was a great grief to all who knew her when she became almost blind. Never once did one hear a word of complaint. Instead, Miss Buchan overcame her difficulties. Her hands were busy with tasks which were within her powers, for idle she could never be. Her alert mind made her keep abreast of the times, so that she could give sound judgement on the events of the day. Her wonderful memory never failed her and she was a charming and refreshing companion. Her home was a happy one, and to those who are left without her cheery presence we would offer our sincere sympathy.

Miss C. Buchan retired in 1933 - ARTICLE