Dorothy Brock

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Dame Madeline Dorothy Brock DBE (18 November 1886 – 31 December 1969)[1] was an English educationist who served as Headmistress of the Mary Datchelor Girls' School, Camberwell, London from 1918 to 1950.[1] She oversaw the evacuation of the school during the Second World War and was succeeded in 1950 by Miss Rachel N Pearse.[2]

She was recognised for her services to education with an OBE in 1929,[1] and was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours, 1947.[3]

In 1919, Brock was appointed a member of the Prime Minister's Committee on Classics and from 1927-29 she was chairman of the Committee of the Association of Headmistresses. She became vice-president of the Classical Association in 1930, and a member of the Lancet Commission on Nursing the following year. From 1931 to 1940 Dame Dorothy was a member of the Consultative Committee of the Board of Education. From 1933-35 she was President of the Association of Headmistresses. During World War 2, Brock led the evacuation of Mary Datchelor Girls School to Ashford then latterly to LLanelli. She published a pamphlet called 'An Unusual Happening' telling the story of the evacuation years. She was a much-loved, caring headmistress. Many Old Girls of the school still talk about what a wonderful woman she was. Her contribution to the life of the school is also given coverage in.[4] From 1951 to 1968, Brock was a director of the University of London Press.

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  1. ^ a b c "Dame D. Brock: Educationist of great vision". The Times. London, England. 1 January 1970. p. 12. 
  2. ^ Years of birth/death
  3. ^ New Years Honours List 1947
  4. ^ 'The History of the Mary Datchelor School 1877-1977'