Gordon Casely

Joyce Moffett, who has died aged 98, was a dean at Jordanhill College of Education and was responsible for the significant expansion in the number of its female students.

As an elocution tutor at Jordanhill, she annihilated glottal stops, labiodentals approximants and Dark Ls. As a young teacher of English at Whitehill School in Glasgow, the love of language, speech and drama that so marked her teaching moved her pupil Rikki Fulton to write in his autobiography years later: "Nothing compared to the significance of the lady, our English teacher, Miss Joyce Moffett. She was a young, warm, immensely attractive Irish lady, with an exquisite speaking voice that I could have listened to forever. She was, it has to be said, a dish!"

Joyce Graham Moffett was born a daughter of the manse in Milford, County Donegal. When she was six years old, her father, Reverend William Moffett, moved first to a charge in Greenock, and then Airdrie. Joyce was educated at Airdrie Academy (dux in 1928) and graduated with honours from Glasgow University in 1932.

Always an outgoing person, she marked her student days by taking an active part in the affairs of the University's Queen Margaret Union, representing the university at golf, and gaining a medal in running.

Her first teaching post was in Govan at Harmony Row School. When, by 1941, she joined the staff of Jordanhill as lecturer in English, speech and drama, she saw a wider remit for herself, and for the next decade assisted Anne McAllister, head of the speech department at Jordanhill, as a speech therapist in the Sick Children's Hospital at Yorkhill.

When she succeeded Dr McAllister as departmental head, Miss Moffett initiated the first courses at Jordanhill for training teachers of drama. Her considerable talents were recognised on her appointment in 1958 as dean of women at the college. When she retired in 1971, principal Sir Henry Wood paid tribute to her contribution in doubling the number of students, with numbers of women in particular increasing under her stewardship.

An external examiner at Nottingham University, she also sat on the boards of governors at Jordanhill, Laurel Bank School and Glasgow School of Art, as well as being a member of the general council of Glasgow University. For her wider work in education, she was made OBE in 1970.

Her busy private life beyond Jordanhill centred on the Reformed Presbyterian church (of which her father had been a minister), serving kirks in Airdrie and latterly Kelvinside Hillhead. From her home in Hyndland Road, she travelled Europe, first with students and latterly with friends. She revered golf, playing the course at Blackwaterfoot, Arran, all her life.

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