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Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Dear Nola, what an inspiration you were. Wise and witty and infinitely sensible about the things that matter most. You were a superb supervisor for my PhD and, after you retired to Nelson, a wonderful example to follow in the garden. I loved receiving photos of your spring daffodils over the years.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
"I have just been scratching in my garden, naughtily in my dressing gown, in the hope of ultimately setting it to rights ..." (Nola, 2013)

Nola was a wonderful friend and supportive colleague over many years at the University of Otago. Warm, strong, wise, intelligent, principled, yet ever inquisitive. An inspired collaborator in the use of language learning resources. A charming hostess in Dunedin, Waipiata and Nelson (our daughter, Jennie, still cherishes a photo of herself on a swing at "Nola's playground", just below her Dunedin home). Who among her colleagues could forget those informal lunch-hour picnics with sandwiches and kirs at Stonelaw Terrace in the 70s and 80s or the witty conversations she inspired about both important issues and a latest scandal? She would often drive me home after work in her trusty VW and I always knew I was in for a treat if she turned the ignition off on arrival!

For many of us her cheery, quirky Christmas messages of hope and understanding are an enduring legacy:

"I often think of my young mother and would like to emulate her, except that I inherited rather more peppery genes from other forebears ..." (Nola, 2014)

RIP, Nola. You and your infectious laugh will be long missed.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
I am so grateful to you for the first lecture on L'Etranger that you delivered in the old tiered lecture theatre in 1968. It led me to the other works of Camus and other 20th century French writers which have influenced my thinking about the human condition ever since. I intended to express my gratitude for this to you face to face but I left it too late.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Dear Nola, I am so grateful to you for introducing me to Albert Camus in your wonderful first lecture on L'Etranger in the old tiered lecture theatre at Otago University in 1968.I hoped to meet you in Nelson and express my gratitude face to face but I left it too late.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Brilliant fellow student of French at Canterbury, admired and ever-helpful colleague at Otago, close friend for 75 years: dear NOLA how glad I am to have known you
Thursday, 7 November 2019
We are very sad to hear of the passing of Nola. She taught us both at Otago University and we have fond memories of her as a warm, positive and caring person. She had a keen and instinctive feel for the important things in life and a great ability to convey that feeling to others. The world has lost a gentle soul and a wise, keen and enquiring mind.
Virginia Earle and Geoff Booth
Thursday, 7 November 2019
Sad to hear this news. Will never forget the opening lecture on Camus' L'Etranger back in first year (1970). A real presence and fondly remembered.
Thursday, 7 November 2019
wonderful neighbour and friend at Tuckett Place.
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
a wonderful neighbour and friend
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Nola was a solid gold friend and colleague. We will all miss her warmth and common sense. It seems extraordinary that she should die only 4 days after Elizabeth Goulding as they both served as Head of the French Department at Otago University for many years. May I extend my condolences to her wider family and all who appreciated Nola.
Ailsa Goulding, Dunedin.

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Nola with Elizabeth Goulding (died last week) and Joyce (Bunty) Herd, 14th July 1969
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