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CHAMPNESS, Margaret June Linton nee Dempsey (1928-2017)

CHAMPNESS, Margaret ‘June’ Linton nee DEMPSEY (1928-2017)

June Champness, 1990.

June Champness, 1990.

June Champness, Mathematics, French and Science teacher at Geelong College, commenced on 1 January 1977, retiring on 30 December 1990. June was born in Melbourne on 30 June 1928, attended the Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Melbourne from 1942 to 1946 and earned a BA (Hons from Melbourne University in 1950 and BEd from Melbourne in 1962.

She taught at PLC, Melbourne from 1951 to 1952, part-time at Morongo PGC in 1953, Port Moresby High School from 1962 to 1965 and the University of Papua in 1966. She returned to Geelong and taught part-time at the Hermitage, Geelong from 1969-1975 becoming Senior Mathematics Teacher. She then returned to full-time teaching at the Highton Campus of Geelong Grammar School in 1976. During her career with College she represented the College Council on the Synod Education Committee of the Uniting Church.

Principal, Paul Sheahan, recorded her departure in Pegasus of 1990: ‘When June Champness came from the Hermitage to join the staff in 1977 she was one of a select group of seven women teaching in the Senior School. Undaunted – she was after all the mother of two sons who had already reflected considerable glory upon the School and two equally gifted daughters – she set about carving her own quiet niche in the School.

In her time at The Geelong College, June has taught mostly Mathematics with some French to add variety. June is a talented and patient teacher. Those of us fortunate enough to have been taught by her know her capacity for long suffering tolerance and skill in communication.

To her colleagues, June has been a valued friend and a wise counsellor. A monument of calmness and good sense. She has cared for her tutorial groups, chaperoned tours, compiled innumerable results from athletics and swimming sports and shown a willingness to complete any task, however humble, to perfection.’

She died on 16 July 2017 aged 89 years.

Sources: Pegasus 1990 p114; The Age (Melb) 19 July 2017.
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