Magazine article Geographical

OBITUARY: Dorothy Middleton

Magazine article Geographical

OBITUARY: Dorothy Middleton

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Dorothy Middleton epitomised all that was best about the Royal Geographical Society. Her interest in geography came about through her association with the Society and her academic authority grew as she worked in the building. For 20 years she helped to edit the Geographical Journal, and it was during this period that she wrote her celebrated book Victorian Lady Travellers and became the leading expert on them.

She was elected a fellow of the RGS in 1959, being proposed by her brother Rab Butler, the then Home Secretary, and seconded by Lawrence Kirwan, the RGS's Director and Secretary. She joined the Council in 1973 and eventually became an honorary vice-president.

Middleton's knowledge of Victorian African explorers was unrivalled and she was an inexhaustible fountain of wisdom on the subject of their travels and adventures. She was generous with information and was always ready to spend time helping younger fellows understand the complexities of that most exciting period of exploration. …

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