Obituary for Loretto O’Callaghan
3 February 2012
Loretto O’Callaghan, former Disabilities Officer, died on 4 December 2011. Emeritus Professor Rees Rawlings (Educational Quality Office) pays tribute:
“Loretto was born in March 1944 at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. She came to London aged 18, where she worked in PR and publishing, before joining the College in 1988 as a Student Accommodation Officer. Her role was to administer the allocation of students to halls of residence. Over time, however, she became more and more involved with students with disabilities, and this was acknowledged by her appointment, in December 2001, as the College’s first Disabilities Officer, a post she held until her retirement in December 2007.
Loretto was always willing to go into battle on behalf of deserving students and took every opportunity to promote awareness of disabilities through formal and informal discussions with both staff and students. She gained respect and confidence from both staff and students, which was essential for the development of her role.
From the late 1960s she lived in Queen’s Club Gardens, where she remained for the rest of her life. It was here that she met her constant companion, Christopher. Her diligence and hospitable nature led to many calls on her time and she worked hard for More House, the Roman Catholic Chaplaincy for Imperial, and the Queen’s Club Gardens Residents’ Association.
Loretto will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.”