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Remembering Elisabeth Lee (nee Humphris)

We would like to take this opportunity to remember one of St Ann’s College’s earliest students Elisabeth “Beth” Lee (nee Humphris), St Ann’s College Resident 1948-1950 who passed away on 14th of January, 2024.

Beth was born on October 5th 1930 and she grew up on a sheep property (Mungeree) north of Wirrabara in the mid north of South Australia. She boarded at Walford from age 10, and came to St Ann’s in 1948, the second year of the College’s existence. She attended St Ann’s until 1950 while she studied English and History at the University of Adelaide. Beth was the proud recipient of the Tennyson Medal for Excellence in English.

After completion of her studies, Beth taught in country schools before marrying Dr Chin Lee – who she had met during her College days when he was a resident at St Mark’s College. Together they had four children. Their eldest daughter Jane attended St Ann’s College from 1971-1973, and their son Jon attended St Mark’s College.

When the children were grown and left home, Beth and Chin moved to a hobby farm at One Tree Hill where she stayed until three years prior to her death. Beth Lee passed away at the age of 93 on 14 January 2024.

Beth’s daughter has kindly provided a photo of Beth taken on her graduation day from Adelaide University. She also shared with us that Beth held very fond memories of her College days living in Wilcox House. She enjoyed sharing rooms and playing pranks on each other! She remained friends with fellow residents throughout her life, in particular Judy Porter (nee Tothill).

Vale Beth. We are proud to tell her story as one of earliest students, and we extend our condolences to her loved ones during this difficult time.

(Pictured: the 1948 cohort)

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