Joyce Keegan was a Governor of the School for eighteen years and a Trustee of the Foundation for fourteen years, up to the time she passed away, after a long illness, on 26 July 2015.
Joyce first became connected to RA&A when her four sons, Robert, Oliver, Daniel and James joined the School as full boarders. Joyce immediately involved herself in school activities and joined the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and was soon elected as PTA Chairman. Joyce became a parent elected Governor in 1997. At the end of her term of office, in 2001, she was invited to be a Foundation Governor and, in the same year, was elected Chair of Governors.
Joyce retired from this chairmanship in 2010 but remained on the Governing Body and the Board of Management. Joyce worked tirelessly for the benefit of the children in the School's care and fought ferociously for their best interest. Her last public duty at Gatton was to cut the ribbon to formally open a new adventure playground for the Junior School in May this year.
For those of us who knew Joyce well: she always greeted you with a smile, she had a mischievous sense of fun and was a loyal friend. She invariably attended Founders' Day and met many old scholars. Her contribution and wise counsel will be missed greatly. A service of celebration of Joyce's life is taking place in the School Chapel on 13th October.
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