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Helen Taggart (nee Thompson) died 11 March 2006

(Obituary by Elizabeth Miller)

Helen was born on 2nd March 1913 and died on 11th.March 2006 at the age of 93 years. She had led a full life. She graduated with BA(Hons) in 1935 (Mathematics). She entered the teaching profession and taught at Down High School. She met and married Dr Ivor Given of the Royal Air Force in 1942. Sadly, she was widowed in 1943.

She decided to return to Queens to study medicine. There she met James Taggart, a medical graduate of Queens, (1939) and they married in 1948 going to England to work. They returned in 1953 and James became the Medical Officer of Health. They had four sons, Hugh, Alistair, John and Richard, two of whom also graduated in medicine and still work in the province.

Helen maintained her links with Queens and joined the QWGA, eventually serving as their President in 1970. She retained her interest in education serving as a Governor for Bloomfield Collegiate School and she attended Mrs. Devlin’s Wednesday English lecture for years! She made many firm friends and they all valued her highly. She was a much loved wife and mother and will be missed by all who knew her.


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