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In Memory of Zoia Beresford, 1931-2013

Zoia Beresford

Zoia studied and then taught at the Oxford School of Architecture in the late 1960's

In the early hours of December 5th, Zoia Beresford passed away in Narberth Pembrokeshire at the age of 82.

Zoia, was brought up in Hampshire, and was sent off to the infamous St Trinian’s school. Zoia became a student and later a member of staff at the Oxford School of Architecture from the late sixties till the late seventies, teaching architectural design and specialising in conservation in the Diploma course. She also taught in the School of Surveying. She will be remembered for her enthusiastic involvement with the Doric club, when for a number of years in the 1970s she organised the end of 6th year celebration parties in her house in Old Headington, when both staff and students would splash about in the swimming pool - after the announcement of the final results at the ‘Vicky Arms’ in Old Marston.

In the eulogy read by her son Max, who also studied at the Oxford School, he recalled:

“I remember playing in the diploma studio at Oxford Polytechnic and coming home on a bright summer’s afternoon to find the garden littered with students and staff who appeared to have been drinking all day. Mum and one other member of staff were the only ones standing… but only just”.

On hearing of Zoia’s death, alumni from the Norwegian Doric Club, Bent Stensaker and Gunnar Aaserud remembered fondly the “great garden parties celebrating the final results”. Other members of the Doric Club, including John Assael, Gus Grundt, Andreas Grieg, Mette L’Orange and Tobben Eggen and Erik Romke, sent their condolences to the Doric Club and to the Oxford School of Architecture. The Head of School of Architecture, Matt Gaskin sent flowers on behalf of the School.

Zoia moved to Wales in 1992 where she lived ever since, closer to her family. She had a lifelong passion for horses and dogs and there were many pony trekking adventures in the welsh hills with her son and grandchildren.

The funeral took place at the Narberth Crematorium, Pembrokeshire, on Friday 20th December.

Written by Byron Mikellides and Manfred Thoms.