By browsing the internet I have, tonight, discovered my old friend Margaret has died. I was working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland studying the behaviour of impacts using holography when Margaret came to work in the University in the 70's. I remember being amazed at the artistry she had managed to produce compared to the "engineering applications" I had been working on using quite high powered equipment. We were part of a team from the University to give a presentation at The Royal Society of Edinburgh and I had taken her there in my car. After the presentation we were making our way back to the car carrying a number of her precious holograms and I stumbled on something on the ground and one of the holograms fell from my grasp and broke when it hit the ground. I never felt so ashamed in all my life having just destroyed one of her "art works." It must have taken her at least an hour to calm herself sufficiently to return to the car and let me drive back to Glasgow....in complete silence! I'm not sure if she ever forgave me for that disastrous event but it was never mentioned again. We lost touch when she left Glasgow but I always tried to keep up to date with what she was doing and this continued really, I suppose, until I retired a few years ago. Until tonight that is. I don't know what jolted my curiosity to find out what she was doing now but I was genuinely shocked to learn of her death two years ago. My belated condolences go out to her family and friends and be assured she is not forgotten by the people she touched in her working life.
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