It is with sadness that I am writing to let members of STSD know that on 2nd August one of our most distinguished members, Rona Laurie, died, aged 103.

Many people will remember Rona – she started her career as a performer and went on to teach, becoming a Professor at the Guildhall School in London and one of the School’s leading examiners in Speech and Drama. She was a sought-after adjudicator and the author of several books.

She was also an enthusiastic member and chairman of STSD, persuading many of her students to join the Society for the benefits it had to offer, especially for new, less experienced teachers. Rona continued to attend the Society’s AGM until her hundredth year, and last year she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her work for the Society throughout her career.

Rona’s standards were always high, but she could also give those she taught the confidence to achieve their goals. As her student and later her colleague I learnt more from Rona than any other individual, and I know there are others who would say the same. Her death really does mark the end of an era in the Speech and Drama world.

Mia Ball