Lucy Lind Lloyd (TAYLOR) B Ag Sc


Lucy Lloyd was born Lucy Lind Taylor in Armidale in 1920, the second of three children. Her father, Carl, was a grazier and veteran of the First World War. Lucy boarded at New England Girls’ School (NEGS) before studying agricultural science at the University of Sydney. At Women’s College she was treasurer and secretary of the dance committee, an air-raid warden, and secretary of the students’ House Committee. She maintained her connections to the College, the university and NEGS for most of her life.

Lucy enjoyed her university days and would often talk about vacation work at Gatton where she and her best friend, fellow agricultural science student and Women’s College resident, Janet McKibben (TERREY: 1939-42), were the only women amongst dozens of men. Janet was tall; Lucy was short – together they were known as “Stilt and Stump.” Lucy graduated with her Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1943. In the 1960s she returned to Sydney University to study psychology, grounding her in the caring roles she performed for so many people throughout her life.

Lucy’s special calling was to help and support people, especially those less fortunate or less able. She had a strong Christian faith and from the 1950s to the 1970s had a particular commitment to St James Church of England at Turramurra, where she was involved in the pastoral work of visiting the sick, elderly and dying, and where she gave assistance to unmarried mothers. She was an integral part of the Healing Ministry at Christ Church St Laurence and also formed a close, forty-year relationship with the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary.

Lucy had five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, in whose lives she was deeply interested and involved. In her later years Lucy lived in a retirement village in Lane Cove and since 2010 in St Peter’s Aged Care, also at Lane Cove. She died peacefully on 24 June 2018 at the age of 98.

With thanks to Anne Le Couter (BULLEN: 1962-63) and George Lloyd for providing the information for this vale.

CAPTION: Lucy on the college steps; While at Women’s College, Lucy and Janet McKibben were the subject of a photo news story in American Life magazine showing the lives of young students in Sydney during the War.

Vale 24 June 2018

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