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Inspirational Eva enjoyed lifelong interest in people

I would like to correct a couple of inconsistencies and add a little to the otherwise excellent tribute to Eva Gross that appeared in your paper (News, February 16).

Eva's father was a wise, prescient, non-practising Jew who, through his friendship with Ulster Presbyterian, Dr Arnold Frank, was able to arrange for Eva to come to Belfast in 1936 and enrol at Victoria College as a pupil teacher. Later, she studied German, Latin and English at Queen's and graduated in 1941.

Alas, as a so-called "enemy alien", she was not allowed to take a job. She was offered an au pair position by the headmaster of Friends School, Lisburn to look after the-then seven-year-old writer of this letter.

While at Friends, she was able to study for her MA degree, become a naturalised British citizen and take a position as a junior lecturer at Queen's.

In 1948, she joined the staff of Grosvenor High School and taught there until her retirement 37 years later.

Eva died on the morning of Friday, February 13 at Belfast City Hospital. She had an incredible memory for faces and a lifelong interest in people, which she used to good effect in her work for the Parkinson's Disease Society and Chest Heart and Stroke Association.

Eva is survived by her brother Wolff Gross, nieces Susi Shulte-Gross and Christiane Angermaier-Gross and their three children.

GLYNN DOUGLAS

Co Wicklow

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