Rosalind Joan Thesen (nee Newdigate) 
 
Rosalind Joan Thesen (nee Newdigate) died on Wednesday 21 March 2012, aged 86.  Her mother was also at DSG and so were her sisters and her two daughters, Lucia and Andy. Currently her (great) niece Pamela Smith is in matric. A memorial service will be held for her in Knysna at St Georges on Monday 26th  March at 3 p.m.

Felicity (Flick) Thorpe (DSG 1971)
There was a time when poor unfortunates driven from their own countries by miserable circumstances were given a cold welcome by Scotland’s learning system. Access to post-school provision was denied until a three-year residency criterion had been met.
"So," Scotland said, "just sit and wait and then we will help you develop your talents and then you can contribute fully to your new home." That was nonsense and needed to be changed. But it needed parliamentary action. So passion was fermented, evidence collected, forces marshalled and action directed. And the change was made.
People made that change, and prominent among them was Flick (Felicity) Thorpe. She remembered that day in the Scottish Parliament vividly when Scotland’s learning system became more welcoming and humane. She was proud of what she had helped achieve, many were proud of her and many more had cause to be thankful for her leadership.
Flick died on August 6, 2010. As she might have put it in her blog, her travels with cancer had come to an end. She was 56.
She was born into a church family in South Africa and was always drawn back there in many ways. She came to the UK to study social sciences at Brunel University and often reflected with a chuckle on the gender balance at an institution renowned for engineering provision.
She arrived in Edinburgh in the early 1980s and worked in areas which fitted her democratic values and which engaged those who could benefit most from learning. Her specialist area was English as a second language, in which she became an expert, making a number of national contributions. Stevenson College in Edinburgh recognised and nurtured her talents. Stevenson and Flick were a good match.
She grew into an inspirational leader as associate principal with responsibility for languages. Her contribution across the institution was extensive, and it honoured her with a fellowship when she left to continue her journey with cancer and find new life in her family, her writing and her travels.
As a friend, she will be irreplaceable. She held strong views on most things and these were grounded in firm, unshakeable values of social justice. Conversations with Flick were always rich, engaging and challenging; she was able to draw upon an astonishing and growing reservoir of knowledge and experience. The strength of her views occasionally found her using expletives, and she had an endearing habit of adding these into words rather than preceding them - the word "absolutely" was frequently extended in this way.
She made a wonderful family with Henry (H) and their two sons, James and Thomas. To see them together brought such joy.
Born in South Africa, the daughter of Canon Cyprian Thorpe and his wife Margaret, Flick progressed from young rural mission girl to boarding school prefect and Johannesburg city teenager. A rebellious motorbike-riding young woman, she studied social sciences at Brunel University, west London, and, arriving in Edinburgh in the early 1980s, started work as a teacher, in areas which fitted her democratic values, with those who could benefit most from learning.
 
Flick became an expert in teaching English as a second language to adults. She worked with the Royal Society of Arts on British qualifications for adults in ESL in the 80s, and later with the Scottish Qualifications Agency and the British Council.
She rose to become associate principal of Stevenson College in Edinburgh, one of the largest further education colleges in Scotland. There she earned the respect and love of students and colleagues and was honoured in 2009 with a fellowship.
She contributed fully to community life in West Linton, Peeblesshire, where she remained strong in her Christian faith. Flick had a talent for friendship, fed by her zest for life and boundless interest in others. She was a wise, loyal and forgiving friend, and loved a party. Her main focus was her family: her husband, Henry Wood, whom she married in 1998, and two sons, James and Thomas. They, and her mother and siblings, Liz, Rick and Biddy, survive her.

Daphne Thirsk nee Coster (Honorary Old Girl and ex staff member)

Daphne Joy died peacefully on 30th May 2012 after a brief illness aged 86. Devoted wife of the late Paul Thirsk DSC, dearly beloved sister, mother and grandmother and friend to all who knew her.  She taught Domestic science at DSG in Grahamstown in the late 1940s  until the late 1950s when she was Deputy Head.