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Inspirational Person: Katherina Forbes Dunlop

Katherina Forbes Dunlop is Margaret’s beloved Great Aunt. Born July 14th, 1892 in Sussex County England, Katherina was the oldest of three girls. She had a long and inspired career both as a writer and as an educator. Katherina’s inspiration for writing poetry and short stories not only came from her mother who was herself a writer and an artist, but also from her encounters with the British author Joseph Conrad. The stories she has of making rice pudding for Mr. Conrad and other tales can be found in her book “Winchelsea Memories” which is based on her childhood growing up in the quaint sea-side village in Sussex County, England. Miss Dunlop not only taught English in the prestigious Queens Gate Academy in London, but also served as the headmistress of Stocks, the Oldest girls boarding school in England. Even after selling her school, this remarkable lady continued tutoring English and Latin privately in her London flat until the age of 97. In her later years, a scholarship was established in her name to help further the career of a young woman in the Arts. Margaret has many fond memories of times they spent together during Margaret’s many visits to England. which included many outings to the theatre in London together. She shared Margaret’s passion and interest in people, good literature, the Arts, and anything intrinsically beautiful. She was not only a great source of inspiration to Margaret but also to everyone else who had the blessing of knowing her.

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