The college announces with regret the death of Priscilla Tolkien on 28 February 2022, at the age of 92, after a short illness. Priscilla entered LMH in 1948 to read English and afterwards enjoyed a varied career in social work, studying social sciences at the LSE in the late 1950s, then serving as a probation officer and later as a tutor at High Wycombe College. She was one of the generation of women who, after the Second World War, pioneered the entry of women into the professions, along with so many of her LMH contemporaries.

She valued her time at LMH above all for the opportunities it gave her to meet and make friends with women from many very different walks of life. Her friendships from those days were and remained forever special to her. Her portrait, painted by Michael Gabriel, and given by her to LMH, hangs in Talbot Hall. 

Priscilla Tolkien Portrait by Michael Gabriel