We are very sorry to have to inform members of the death of Mrs Jenny Pemberton, of the Academic Unit of Medical Physics, on 17 October 2006. The following tribute is from Dr John Truscott, a close friend and colleague:
To any one who knew Jenny Pemberton the news of her death will make very sad reading. Jenny lost her year long battle with lung cancer on Tuesday afternoon of this week when she died in York District Hospital.
I worked with Jenny, in the Centre for Bone and Body Composition Research, throughout her twelve years with the University and I, and all my colleagues, feel a profound loss at this time.
Jenny was often a sea of calm in a chaotic world and affected us all with her quiet and gentle attitude to everyone she worked with. Her sense of humour was infectious and her ability to see the funny side of most situations helped to lighten the atmosphere in a busy Unit.
Since her departure on sick leave a year ago I have come to realise just how much we all relied on Jenny for the smooth running of our day to day working lives. Now I have lost a wonderful helper but more importantly a dear friend. Jenny will be an impossible act to follow.
We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Peter and her two sons, Toby and Matthew, and their families. I feel particular sorrow for Jennys granddaughter, Alice, who will never have the chance to know Jenny fully.
At this time I find particular comfort in the following words of Seneca:
The comfort of having a friend may be taken away but not that of having had one.