Wendy Archer, a former chairman of OFHS, has provided this brief tribute to Joan Howard-Drake, who died recently at the age of 97. There will be a longer tribute in the next edition of the Oxfordshire Family Historian.
Joan was one of OFHS’s Vice-Presidents throughout my Chairmanship, and I much appreciated her friendship. She always showed a keen interest and pride in the Society’s activities, as instanced in an email she wrote at the time of our 40th birthday celebrations: ‘Will you please pass on my congratulations to everyone for all the hard work over the last 40 years and give them all best wishes all for another 40 years! It has become a superb Society’.
My condolences go to her immediate and wider family.