Valerie Gane MBE (Val Doodson)

Valerie Gane MBE (Val Doodson)

It was with great sadness that The Friends of Flaybrick heard of the death on 7th September after a short illness of Val, a trustee and former chairperson of our charity. Val was a member of the Friends for some twenty years and her contribution to the work we do will be greatly missed. She assumed the role of chairperson in 2007 and continued in that position until 2019 when she took the decision to step down; she did however continue to work hard on our behalf and remained a member of our executive group, attending meetings until just a few months ago.

Val was the daughter-in-law of the renowned oceanographer, Arthur Doodson (known as ‘A.T.’ to those who knew him) and indeed she worked at the Tidal Institute at Bidston Observatory herself for some 43 years as a higher scientific officer. It was in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 1996 that her service was acknowledged when she was awarded an MBE for her services to science.

An unrelated enquiry to the Observatory by our group’s founder and secretary, John Moffatt, led to Val’s connection with Flaybrick becoming first known to us when she mentioned to him that she had links with the site, it being the resting place of her father-in-law.

She became more involved, assisting in research and not surprisingly providing us with a wealth of information regarding Arthur Doodson’s extraordinary life and achievements.

Several members of our group attended the service of remembrance held for Val on 22nd September at West Kirby Methodist Church and on behalf of our trustees, executive committee and indeed all members of the Friends of Flaybrick the sincere condolences of the group go, at this difficult time, to Val’s husband David and her extended family.

Rob Dolphin, Chair and Trustee, The Friends of Flaybrick.

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