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Rachel Dale

Lalage Bown

Our family would like to celebrate the extraordinary life of Lalage Bown. Lalage died peacefully on December 17th in Shrewsbury Hospital as a result of a fall. Her nephew Jonathan Bown was with her. The purpose of this page is to share memories , please join us in adding your photos and messages or...  see more

Lalage Jean Bown OBE FRSE FAcSS has been described as a giant amongst women. She was an Oxford undergraduate; a friend and mentor of UK and international students; a campaigner for liberal causes, an African university leader and...  see more
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  • Paul Higgins
    Here is Lalage reciting a poem. The Youtube video is unlisted and so can only be viewed through the link. Please circulate it if you wish.
    Professor Lalage Bown recites a poem at a party in July 2015.
  • Paul Higgins

    Here is a Radio Shropshire interview with Lalage from 2016.
  • Mary Rose  Bone
    Lalage was the guest speaker at the 2018 Guest Night of Shrewsbury Drapers Company, an ancient Guild whose modern role is to provide homes for the vulnerable elderly. I was Master that year, the same year as the centinary of women getting the vote, so it...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    Some early photos of Lalage in Nigeria and Zambia
  • Rachel Dale
    Guardian Obituary - Written by Catherine Innes, Guardian writer.
  • Sandie O'Brien
    Shaughn and I lived next to Lalage for nearly 20 years. I have never met anyone like Lalage she was in my mind, a truly amazing woman! We didn’t live in each other’s pockets but we helped each other on all levels, she was a true neighbour.

    We...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    For anyone who hasnt hear it, this a powerful and very human interview with Lalage on Radio 4's womans hour.
  • Christie Ade-Ajayi

    I am deeply saddened at the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Emeritus Professor Lalage Bown.
    The news came to me as a shock; only a month ago while I was visiting family...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    "Tributes pour in for Shrewsbury education 'icon and trailblazer' after death aged 94"
  • Avis Patience
    When Gavin and I moved to Dogpole about 15 years ago, we were quickly recruited to the Town Centre Residents' Association by our neighbour Lalage. I last saw Lalage in the Summer. She called to see if I could help her measure a dress that was going on...  more
  • Rosemary Thornes
    Lalage has been an important part of my life since I arrived in Shrewsbury 21 years ago. I had not been here long before I discovered the Shrewsbury Town Centre Residents’ Association (STCRA), of which she was Chair. I joined the committee and through...  more
  • Rachael Akinyede
    My first conscious memory of Granny, as a 4-year old child, was the play-house gift she got for me. The play-house had six windows carved in “A, B, C,” on one side and “1, 2, 3” on the other side. It was a colourful house and I had the keys to...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    A happy memory from Lalages family - The inaugauration lecture of her Nephew - Professor Matthew Bown - Vascular surgery. The next generation of professor.
    From Left to Right
    Raymond Watkin, Patricia Watkin, Prof. Lalage Bown, Dr Jonathan Bown, Dr Emma...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    Lalage – an indomitable spirit
    From Angela Little and Keith Lewin

    Lalage was our professional colleague who became a great friend.

    Angela first met Lalage in 1979 when, as a very young researcher, she was a member of International Labour Organisation...  more
  • Joseph Akinyede
    Joseph Akinyede
    I first met Aunty Lala, as I used to call her, in December, 1979 at her resident in the University of Lagos, on invitation by her foster daughter, Miss Kehinde Ipaye, during the early part of our courtship. I was already offered a seat...  more
  • Kehinde Akinyede
    This tribute is written in memory of our late foster mother Emeritus Prof. Lalage Bown (OBE). Having lived with her from the age of 5 years in 1962. Aunty Lala, as we usually called her, was a mother personified....  more
  • Samuel Akinyede
    She was about to meet Jonathan for the first time and just a few hours before our scheduled zoom meeting, Granny sent me this email;
    "Excellent – I have the invitation on Gmail as well and will use that one. I see you haven’t given a time, but am...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    From: David Waterhouse
    Although Lalage's reputation preceded her I did not meet her until the late 1980s when she was a member of the board of the British Council. I was working for the Council in Nigeria at the time and Lalage came to have a look at...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    Published in Guardian - Nigeria. With thanks to Michael Omolewa, OON, FCOL Emeritus Professor, University of Ibadan.

    “She was a gentle feminist who believed that women should under no circumstance be...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    From Professor Maria Slowey AcSS
    Indominable, intrepid, dedicated, engaging, inclusive, imaginative, radical...these are all terms which come to mind when thinking about Lalage. However, there is a phrase which, in other circumstances may seem something...  more
  • Budd Hall
    When I was a student of education and African studies at UCLA in California in the 1960s, I learned of Lalage Bown's work at the time in Zambia. I was looking for a place to do my PhD studies. I almost went to Zambia, but at the last minute found a...  more
  • Gareth Williams
    I had the privilege and the joy to be Lalage's neighbour in Dogpole and continued to enjoy her friendship after moving. She was always interested in everything that went on around her and, when in conversation, her eyes would grow as her interest was...  more
  • Ruth Mainwaring
    I have been so interested to read the recollections on this site, learning more about Lalage’s inspiring life and at last understanding where her name came from and what it meant! I only met her a handful of times but it seemed like so much more. This...  more
  • Rachel Dale
  • Rachel Dale
    Written by : Peter Williams
    (formerly at University of London Institute of Education and the Commonwealth Secretariat)

    There is universal sadness at Lalage's death. Everyone who met her personally remembers the impact she made on them, the interest she...  more
  • Shaughn  O'Brien
    Shrewsbury has been a town with only a small number of professors and two of these lived next door to each other for 20 years. We enjoyed being April fools and celebrated that paradox almost every April 1st together - usually with a little champagne -...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    On behalf of the University of Glasgow, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to you and your family on the death of your aunt, Professor Lalage Bown. In 1981, Lalage became Professor and Director of the Department of Adult and Continuing...  more
  • sarah chapman
    Lala was always exotic to her American relatives. I remember as a child she would swoop in from Africa or a foreign business trip and would teach us how to make origami birds and other designs. As a child, I visited her home and she had poofs and art...  more
  • Rachel Dale
    A full account of Lalages work in adult education and her life long achievements. - written by Dr Robert Hamilton
  • Jonathan Bown
    Remembering happy family get togethers and a kind and generous aunt who had time for her family, friends and colleagues.

    I attended her OBE investiture in Edinburgh in 1977 and more recently her honorary doctorate awarded by the University of Chester,...  more
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    • Jonathan Bown
      Rachel Dale Well said, she was an amazing Aunt. Rachel.
      • December 21, 2021
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  • Rachel Dale
    Lalage with her foster daughter Taiwo
  • Rachel Dale
    Lalage giving a speech at Peter Peter Jarvis’s 80th birthday celebration
  • Rachel Dale
    Professor Lalage with her 3 successors of her Chair at Glasgow University.