Abbot’s Hill Life President, Lady Stuart-Smith

Wednesday 13 January 2016

We are sad to announce that our Life President, Lady Stuart-Smith, passed away on Saturday 12 December 2015.

LLady Stuart-Smithady Stuart-Smith MA (Cantab), JP, DL, was created Life President of Abbot’s Hill on her retirement as Chairman of the Board of Governors in 1997. She was a Justice of the Peace who sat on the Watford Bench for 30 years. Married to Lord Justice Stuart-Smith, Joan was a pupil at Abbot’s Hill from 1939 to 1944. Two of her children and six of her grandchildren have since been educated at Abbot’s Hill.

Her life was celebrated in our Senior School assembly on Friday 8 January where Mrs Thomas showed the girls some photographs of Joan as a boarder at Abbot’s Hill and explained her connection to the school.

The assembly shared some of Joan’s memories that she had remembered when speaking to the author of the Abbot’s Hill School Centenary book in 2012, Lady Stuart-Smith 1including how the girls were made to eat every scrap of food at mealtimes (the food was not as good in those days!), taking shelter when the air raid sirens sounded during the Second World War, and her best subject of English which Joan went on to study at Oxford University.

Through her determination throughout school and her studies, Joan has become an excellent role model for Abbot’s Hill girls today. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.