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Sue McLeod memorial service

The family, friends and colleagues of Sue McLeod gathered at a packed Rochester Cathedral last week (Thursday, 28 August 2014) to pay tribute to the former principal of MidKent College.

Family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to Sue McLeod

Sue was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June, and passed away suddenly in hospital on Wednesday, 23 July, aged just 53.

The memorial service was led by The Dean of Rochester, The Very Rev'd Dr Mark Beach, who earlier in the day had overseen the funeral service at Blue Bell Hill Crematorium.

The College's chief executive, Stephen Grix, said: "The further education sector has lost a champion, MidKent College has lost an inspirational principal and many of us have lost a dear friend."

Sue's bereaved partner and daughter also offered moving tributes to the former Travel and Tourism lecturer, who climbed the ranks to become the College's first female principal in its more than 100-year history.

A highlight of her time as principal came last February when she visited Buckingham Palace to accept the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education from the Queen on behalf of the College.

Note to editors - Vice principal Simon Cook has been appointed acting principal by the College's governing body.

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