Gwen Williams, who served on the Kearsney Board of Governors from 2003 to 2013, passed away on 30 October.
Gwen enjoyed a distinguished career in education. She served as Headmistress of Durban Girls College for 14 years and served on the boards of Kearsney and St Mary’s DSG, Kloof, the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA), the SA Mathematics Olympiad Committee and the Maths Association of South Africa (MASA).
After her retirement in 2002, Gwen continued to champion education and to strive to make a difference in people’s lives. She helped launch the ISASA Maths & English programme, and drove the project with her trademark passion and determination. Gwen was instrumental in placing hundreds of academically talented but disadvantaged children into ISASA schools and supporting them through the programme during their school, and often university, careers. Several incredible individuals attended Kearsney courtesy of this programme, including pupils who became head boy and deputy head boy of Kearsney.
Gwen was a devoted wife to the late David Williams, mother to her sons Roland and Bill, sister and grandmother.